CHARLESTON -– Three Steptoe & Johnson paralegals have been recognized by the Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia (LAPSWV) at the organization's fifth annual meeting and seminar held in June.
Cynthia Lowther, ACP* was re-elected to a second term as President of LAPSWV, while Lorena Shingleton, ACP** was elected to a second term as First Vice-President of the organization. Renee Clay, CLA* was also elected to the Executive Committee, assuming the role of Treasurer.
Both Lowther and Shingleton were among the executive committee members who earned Paralegal of the Year honors for their commitment and dedication to the organization, while Clay was honored with the "Shining Star" award for her dedication to the organization and work throughout the programming year. Prior to becoming Treasurer, Clay served as a member of numerous groups, including the Education and Seminar Planning committees.
Lowther attended the University of Charleston and has been a paralegal for 19 years. She has been employed by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in its Charleston office since May of 2004, where she assists attorneys in the firm's environmental, regulatory, energy, and litigation departments, focusing primarily on mass litigation and toxic tort matters.
As a student at Marshall University, Clay received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Education and a Master of Science degree in Adult and Technical Education, both of which have assisted in performance of my duties as a paralegal in the Business Litigation and Energy Litigation practice groups.
Shingleton has been employed by Steptoe & Johnson in its Charleston office since May of 2002. She is also a registered lobbyist for the State of West Virginia. She assists attorneys in the firm's business, environmental, regulatory, energy, and litigation departments. Shingleton's main responsibilities include performing various tasks associated with the oil and gas industry, air permitting, water resources, public utilities and the coal industry.
Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia ("LAPSWV") is a non-profit organization established in 2004 in Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia. LAPSWV promotes high standards in the legal assistant/paralegal profession, establishes networking resources for legal assistants/paralegals, and provides integrity in the legal community. LAPSWV also contributes to the community by participating in a number of charitable programs. LAPSWV strives to raise professional standards in the legal assistant/paralegal profession by providing opportunities for personal growth and development through educational experiences and the networking with other professionals.
Steptoe & Johnson is a business-focused firm with particular strengths in energy, labor, employment and litigation. It comprises over 180 lawyers resident in eight locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. For nearly a century, Steptoe & Johnson has demonstrated its commitment to quality, devoting personal attention, experience, skill and resources to client-focused service.