HUNTINGTON -- The law firm of Jenkins Fenstermaker PLLC is pleased to announce that Michael Estep has been named a member and owner of the firm effective Jan. 1.
Estep, a West Virginia native, has been an associate with Jenkins Fenstermaker for seven and a half years. His work ethics as an attorney and dedication to Jenkins Fenstermaker's clients have made him a valuable asset to the firm.
Estep specializes in labor and employment law and employment litigation. Most recently, he represented Cabell Huntington Hospital in the contract negotiations with the Service Employees International Union. Estep represents clients in employment-related matters in state and federal court and before various administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the West Virginia Human Rights Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the West Virginia Workers' Compensation Office of Judges and Board of Review.
"I am very pleased that our firm has recognized Michael as its newest member," Tom Krieger, chairman of the firm's labor and employment practice group for the past 30 years, said. "Michael is an exceptional person and skilled attorney who has dedicated himself to be one of our state's future leaders as a labor and employment lawyer. I have been extremely pleased with the feedback from our clients regarding Michael's ability to understand and resolve their employment issues in a prompt, professional and cost-efficient manner.
"Additionally, our clients just like Michael personally as he takes a real interest in them and their problems. I have greatly enjoyed working with Michael since he joined our firm, and I consider him very well-qualified indeed to continue the firm's long and fine tradition of providing top-quality labor and employment advice to our clients. Congratulations, Michael, you deserve this recognition."
Estep was born in Charleston. He majored in accounting at Marshall University and graduated in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Estep earned his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2000. He was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in 2000 and the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, in 2003.
Estep and his wife Elizabeth, a Huntington native, have a 3-year-old son named James Michael. Estep said he made the decision to practice law in his home state when he married Elizabeth in 2000. The Esteps attend Fifth Avenue Baptist Church in Huntington.
During his time in Huntington, Estep volunteered in various capacities for the United Way of the River Cities. He is a member of the American Bar Association, West Virginia Bar Association, Cabell County Bar Association and the Tri-State Society of Human Resource Management.
The attorneys at Jenkins Fenstermaker are happy to begin the New Year with Estep as a member in the firm.
Jenkins Fenstermaker is a multi-practice, full-service law firm based in Huntington. For more than 80 years, Jenkins Fenstermaker has been prominent in the West Virginia legal community. Today, Jenkins Fenstermaker serves clients in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and the region. For more information, visit http://www.jenkinsfenstermaker.com.