BRIDGEPORT –- Steptoe & Johnson is pleased to announce the appointment of L. Gil White as Government Affairs Coordinator.

White will be a member of the Government Relations and Lobbying Team sharing his time and efforts between the firm's Charleston and Wheeling offices.

White is currently Vice President of Paull Associates Insurance and Real Estate in Wheeling. He previously served seven terms as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates where he sat on the House Finance and Political Subdivisions Committees. He has held positions with the West Virginia Ethics Commission and Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2007, White was appointed by Gov. Joe Manchin to be his Legislative Liaison -– a position he held until joining Steptoe & Johnson.

White holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Duquesne University and is the graduate of nationally renowned courses on political leadership.

"Gil White understands the impact that government has on private industry," said Charleston office Managing Member Pat Kelly. "He will put his experience and his knowledge of the legislative process to work for our clients immediately."

Steptoe & Johnson's Government Relations Team assists clients with strategic planning, bill drafting, lobbying, and advocacy before state agencies on behalf of its clients who have included state universities and agencies as well as Fortune 500 companies.

Steptoe & Johnson is a regional 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 more information, visit the firm's Web site at www.steptoe-johnson.com.

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