MORGANTOWN -– Steptoe & Johnson is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian D. Gallagher to the position of Managing Member of its Morgantown office.

Gallagher began on July 1, replacing Susan Brewer who will become the firm's CEO on Jan. 1.

Gallagher joined Steptoe & Johnson in 1995 and has focused his practice in the areas of real estate development, commercial transactions and business organization. He is the leader of the firm's real estate, zoning and land use practice group. He is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law.

Gallagher is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, and was recently named to the 2008 West Virginia class of Super Lawyers by Law and Politics magazine for his accomplishments in real estate law.

Gallagher is also active in organizations that serve the Morgantown area: he is a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, Wes Mon Youth Association and The Morgantown Area Economic Partnership.

Steptoe & Johnson is a business-focused firm with particular strengths in energy, labor, employment and litigation. It is comprised of over 180 lawyers resident in seven locations throughout West Virginia and Ohio. For nearly a century, the firm has demonstrated its commitment to quality, personal attention, experience, skill, and resources to client-focused service.

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