CLARKSBURG -– Sixty-nine Steptoe & Johnson attorneys representing offices throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky received honors in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for distinguished work.

In addition, for the third year, the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson is ranked first in West Virginia with 65 attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America.

The firm is top ranked in West Virginia in 26 practice areas -- up from 19 in 2009. Eight practice areas are included in the rankings for the first time: Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Employee Benefits Law, Government Relations Law, Immigration Law, Municipal Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law and Trusts and Estates.

The Best Lawyers in America list is compiled through an extensive peer-review study of thousands of the top lawyers across the country. The following Steptoe & Johnson attorneys are included:

* Laurie C. Barbe - Insurance Law

* Michael W. Barill - Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

* Kenneth J. Barton Jr. – Banking Law, Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law; Real Estate Law

* Rodney L. Bean - Appellate Law; Labor & Employment Law

* Ralph J. Bean Jr. - Energy Law

* Armando F. Benincasa - Water Law

* Henry C. Bowen - Workers' Compensation Law

* Susan S. Brewer – Health Care Law; Legal Malpractice Law; Medical Malpractice Law; Personal Injury Litigation; Professional Malpractice Law

* George E. Carenbauer - Government Relations Law; Immigration Law

* Bridget M. Cohee - Legal Malpractice Law

* Bryan R. Cokeley - Labor & Employment Law

* Vincent A. Collins – Municipal Law; Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law; Structured Finance Law

* Gordon H. Copland - Antitrust Law; Commercial Litigation; Health Care Law

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

* David E. Dick - Labor & Employment Law

* Louis E. Enderle Jr. - Real Estate Law

* Donald J. Epperly – Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Law

* W. Randolph Fife - Insurance Law

* Sharon O. Flanery - Energy Law; Mining Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil & Gas Law

* Jan L. Fox – Labor & Employment Law

* William E. Galeota – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Medical Malpractice Law; Personal Injury Litigation; Professional Malpractice Law

* Brian D. Gallagher - Real Estate Law

* Kelly Little Guice – Mass Tort Litigation

* Sara E. Hauptfuehrer – Employee Benefits Law

* Charles F. Johns - Medical Malpractice Law

* John H. Johnston - Oil & Gas Law

* Karen E. Kahle – Commercial Law

* Patrick D. Kelly – Corporate Governance & Compliance Law; Government Relations Law; Health Care Law

* Evans L. King Jr. - Banking Law; Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law

* Michael Kozakewich Jr. – Commercial Litigation; Construction Law

* W. Henry Lawrence – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Environmental Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil & Gas Law

* Jamie L. Leary - Employee Benefits Law

* Douglas G. Lee - Workers' Compensation Law

* Lucien G. Lewin – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Personal Injury Litigation

* Richard L. Lewis - Environmental Law; Water Law

* Randall C. Light – Banking Law; Real Estate Law

* David H. Lunsford – Trusts and Estates

* E. Dandridge McDonald - Energy Law; Natural Resources Law

* Steven P. McGowan - Energy Law; Mining Law

* Edward A. Matto - Antitrust Law

* John R. Merinar Jr. - Labor & Employment Law

* Katerina M. Milenkovski - Environmental Law

* C. David Morrison - Labor & Employment Law; Mining Law

* James J. A. Mulhall – Product Liability Litigation

* Gary W. Nickerson - Workers' Compensation Law

* Jeffrey K. Phillips - Personal Injury Litigation

* Robert D. Pollitt – Energy Law; Mining Law

* Patricia Proctor - Oil & Gas Law

* Ancil G. Ramey - Appellate Law; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law

* Larry J. Rector - Labor & Employment Law

* James A. Russell - Corporate Law; Mining Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil & Gas Law; Real Estate Law

* Charles A. Sinsel – Health Care Law

* Christopher L. Slaughter - Labor & Employment Law

* Arthur M. Standish – Banking Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law; Real Estate Law

* Robert M. Steptoe Jr. - Alternative Dispute Resolution; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Labor & Employment Law

* Timothy P. Stranko – Water Law

* H. Toney Stroud - Workers' Compensation Law

* John C. Stump – Municipal Law; Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law; Structured Finance Law

* Joanna I. Tabit - Appellate Law; Personal Injury Litigation

* Thomas A. Vorbach – Non-Profit/Charities Law; Tax Law

* Carolyn A. Wade – Labor & Employment Law

* Melissa S. Watkins – Non-Profit/Charities Law

* Sherri S. Whalen - Elder Law

* Kara L. Cunningham Williams – Energy Law

* L. Frederick Williams Jr. - Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law; Structured Finance Law; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

* Walter L. Williams - Health Care Law

* William D. Wilmoth – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Corporate Governance & Compliance Law; Legal Malpractice Law; Criminal Defense: White-Collar

* James M. Wilson - Alternative Dispute Resolution; Insurance Law; Personal Injury Litigation

* Richard M. Yurko Jr. – Education Law; Labor & Employment Law

Best Lawyers ranked Steptoe & Johnson first throughout West Virginia in the following categories:

* Alternative Dispute Resolution

* Antitrust Law

* Appellate Law

* Banking Law

* Commercial Litigation

* Corporate Governance & Compliance Law

* Elder Law

* Employee Benefits Law

* Energy Law

* Government Relations Law

* Health Care Law

* Immigration Law

* Insurance Law

* Labor & Employment Law

* Legal Malpractice Law

* Medical Malpractice Law

* Municipal Law

* Non-Profit/Charities Law

* Oil & Gas Law

* Professional Malpractice Law

* Project Finance Law

* Public Finance Law

* Real Estate Law

* Structured Finance Law

* Trusts and Estates

* Water Law

Steptoe has been featured in the publication for more than 20 years, while Deem, King, Lawrence and McDonald have been listed as Best Lawyers for more than 10 years.

Established in 1913, Steptoe & Johnson is no stranger to leading lawyer directories. The firm's attorneys frequently appear in surveys listing top practitioners –- publications such as Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business and America's Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree -- and it has achieved the highest peer-review rating given by Martindale-Hubbell.

Published biennially since 1983, The Best Lawyers in America is widely regarded as the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. The Best Lawyers in America list represents 80 specialties in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The referral guide is subscribed to by more than 4,000 of the leading law firms in the U.S. and abroad, and by more than 1,000 of the world's largest corporations.

For 20 years, law firms and major corporations have used The Best Lawyers in America to locate counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions for major legal matters. The Best Lawyers in America® list is compiled through an extensive peer-review study of thousands of the top lawyers across the country.

Steptoe & Johnson is a business-focused firm with 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.

For more information, visit the firm's Web site at www.steptoe-johnson.com.




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