PERSONNEL FILE: 40 Steptoe & Johnson attorneys named to 'Best Lawyers' list

By The West Virginia Record | Sep 11, 2006





CHARLESTON -- Forty Steptoe & Johnson attorneys have been honored in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for their work.

The attorneys are recognized for their legal specialty and represent Steptoe & Johnson's offices throughout West Virginia.

"We are honored to have 40 of our attorneys recognized by their peers as the best of the best in the legal field," said Robert M. Steptoe Jr., Steptoe & Johnson CEO. "The attorneys selected for this accolade reflect the diversity and strength of the firm's many areas of practice."

Best Lawyers ( is a leading national benchmark of legal counsel published by the Woodward and White Corporation. The 2007 edition is based on extensive peer-review survey. Some 16,000 leading attorneys throughout the country cast more than half million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties. Lawyers are not allowed to pay a fee to be listed.

Here is the list of Steptoe & Johnson attorneys honored, along with their practice areas:

Laurie C. Barbe, Insurance Law

Michael W. Barill, Tax Law

Kenneth J. Barton Jr., Real Estate Law

Ralph J. Bean Jr., Energy Law

Henry C. Bowen, Workers' Compensation Law

Michael L. Bray, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law

Susan S. Brewer, Legal Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation

Bryan R. Cokeley, Labor and Employment Law

Vincent A. Collins, Public Finance Law

Daniel C. Cooper, Insurance Law

Gordon H. Copland, Health Care Law

Patrick D. Deem**, Corporate Law, Energy Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil & Gas Law, Real Estate Law

David E. Dick, Labor and Employment Law

Sharon O. Flanery, Energy Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil & Gas Law

William E. Galeota, Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation

Brian D. Gallagher, Real Estate Law

Charles F. Johns, Medical Malpractice Law

John H. Johnston, Oil & Gas Law

Patrick D. Kelly, Health Care Law

Evans L. King Jr.**, Banking Law, Corporate Law

W. Henry Lawrence, Environmental Law

Douglas G. Lee, Workers' Compensation Law

Richard L. Lewis, Environmental Law

Randall C. Light, Real Estate Law

E. Dandridge McDonald**, Energy Law

Steven P. McGowan, Energy Law

C. David Morrison, Labor and Employment Law

Gary W. Nickerson, Workers' Compensation Law

Ancil G. Ramey, Appellate Law, Commercial Litigation

Larry J. Rector, Labor and Employment Law

James A. Russell, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law

Robert M. Steptoe Jr.*, Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Law

John C. Stump, Public Finance Law

Thomas A. Vorbach, Tax Law

Sherri S. Whalen, Elder Law

Kevin A. Wiggins, Employee Benefits Law

L. Frederick Williams Jr., Corporate Law, Public Finance Law, Tax Law

Walter L. Williams, Health Care Law

William D. Wilmoth, Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense

James M. Wilson, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury Litigation

** denotes listed for at least 10 years

* denotes listed for at least 20 years

With more than 160 lawyers and a support staff of more than 200, Steptoe & Johnson maintains six offices throughout West Virginia. For more information about the firm, visit

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