CHARLESTON -– Steptoe & Johnson attorney Sharon O. Flanery has been named chair of the West Virginia State Bar's new Energy Law Committee.
As chair, Flanery will be responsible for helping lead the committee's efforts involving the energy industry in West Virginia. The committee will focus on the legal issues impacting our state's energy future.
Flanery is a member of Steptoe & Johnson and leader of the firm's Energy Group. She focuses her legal practice in the areas of energy and mineral law with a client base that includes major oil and gas, coal, coalbed methane, pipeline and hydro companies. Flanery is a petroleum engineer with both an operating and legal background in the energy industry. She is recognized among The Best Lawyers in America for 2012.
Prior to joining Steptoe & Johnson, Flanery served as Vice President of Exploration for Columbia Natural Resources Inc., where she was responsible for the Geoscience, Reservoir Engineering, Gas Supply, Marketing and Land Departments. She is the former Assistant General Counsel at Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. and NiSource Corporate Services Company and was a member of the Law Department of CONSOL Inc. in Pittsburgh. Before obtaining her law degree, she worked as a reservoir engineer in Appalachia and also at Aramco in Saudi Arabia.
Steptoe & Johnson is a regional, business-focused firm with particular strengths in energy, labor, employment, and litigation. It comprises over 200 lawyers resident in 10 locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.