BRIDGEPORT -– Steptoe & Johnson attorney, Richard "Dink" Yurko was recently presented with the A.S. "Buddy" Ammar Kiwanian of the Year award during the West Virginia District Kiwanis convention.
Yurko was honored based upon his "dedicated focus to the continued growth and leadership of the Kiwanis family as demonstrated by his involvement in the entire Kiwanis community of West Virginia."
Yurko began his long affiliation with Kiwanis when he joined the Weir High School Key Club. Throughout the years, Dink has worked tirelessly on numerous events and fundraisers and has become a stabilizing force for the Kiwanis Club of Bridgeport since 1986, serving as its President and Secretary.
Yurko also serves the West Virginia District Key Club as Administrator, serving as a guide and mentor to the area's young leaders. In addition, Yurko served as the Advisor to the Bridgeport Middle School Builders Club and Key Club Advisor for Bridgeport, Lincoln and Buckhannon Upshur High Schools.
In 2011, the Kiwanis Club of Bridgeport established the Susan Gail Yurko Memorial Scholarship Fund, in honor and recognition of the selfless dedication and hard work of both Yurko and his wife.
Within the practice of law, Yurko concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law litigation and insurance fraud. Having joined Steptoe & Johnson in 1984, he has tried over 50 jury cases throughout the State of West Virginia and in federal court and has argued appeals in the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
A graduate of West Virginia University (J.D., M.P.A.) and the United States Air Force Academy (B.S.), Yurko serves as the firm's Education Law Team leader.
Aside from the Bridgeport Kiwanis, Yurko is a member of the education committees of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce. He is the current Chairman of the West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities system.
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 West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. For more information about the firm, visit www.steptoe-johnson.com.
Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14–18, Builders Club for students age 11–14, Kiwanis Kids for students age 6–12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, dedicate annually more than 18 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises nearly 600,000 adult and youth members in 80 countries and geographic areas. For more information about Kiwanis, visit www.kiwanis.org.