CLARKSBURG -- Steptoe & Johnson is pleased to announce that the firm is top-ranked in five practice areas in West Virginia for the third consecutive year by Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

In addition, 20 Steptoe & Johnson attorneys have been ranked as "Leaders in Their Field."

"We are thrilled that Steptoe & Johnson has been top-ranked again by Chambers USA," firm CEO Susan Brewer said. "These rankings reflect the firm's achievement in a variety of complex practice areas, which reinforces our lawyers' commitment to professional excellence and client relationships."

Steptoe & Johnson's top ranking in the five West Virginia practice areas studied by Chambers USA includes:

* Ranked 1 in Corporate/Commercial - West Virginia

* Ranked 1 in Labor & Employment - West Virginia

* Ranked 1 in Litigation: General Commercial - West Virginia

* Ranked 1 in Natural Resources - West Virginia

* Ranked 1 in Real Estate - West Virginia

The following Steptoe & Johnson attorneys are individually recognized by Chambers USA as "Leaders in their Field":


* Patrick D. Deem

* Evans L. King Jr.

* John C. Stump

* L. Frederick Williams Jr.

Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare

* Walter L. Williams

Corporate/Commercial: Tax

* L. Frederick Williams Jr.

Labor & Employment

* Rodney L. Bean

* Bryan R. Cokeley

* David E. Dick

* John R. Merinar Jr.

* C. David Morrison

* Christopher L. Slaughter

* Robert M Steptoe Jr.

Litigation: General Commercial

* William E. Galeota

* Jeffrey K. Phillips

* Joanna I. Tabit

Litigation: Healthcare

* Susan S. Brewer

Natural Resources

* Patrick D. Deem

* Sharon O. Flanery

* James A. Russell

Real Estate

* Patrick D. Deem

* Louis E. Enderle Jr.

*Randall C. Light

Chambers USA rankings are based upon the recommendations of clients and lawyers throughout the United States. Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked on a scale of 1-6, with an additional ranking awarded to those considered "up and coming," and for lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field.

Steptoe & Johnson is a regional, business-focused firm with particular strengths in energy, labor, employment, and litigation. It comprises over 200 lawyers resident in ten locations throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Chambers and Partners, based in London, publishes the annual Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Top firms and top attorneys are ranked and their merits described -– usually in the words of clients the publisher has interviewed.

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