CHARLESTON -– Steptoe & Johnson attorney James Wright has been sworn in as President of the West Virginia State Bar.
Wright succeeds Gary Nickerson, also of Steptoe & Johnson, who served from 2011-2012. This marks the first time in the State Bar's history that two attorneys from the same firm will consecutively serve as president.
"The State Bar relies on its attorney leaders to help keep it moving forward," Steptoe & Johnson CEO Susan Brewer said. "I am confident that Jim will work to keep the State Bar on a path toward continued growth, and look forward to seeing his vision for the organization unfold."
Wright concentrates his legal practice in complex and commercial litigation in the areas of energy and construction law from the firm's Wheeling office A graduate of Lock Haven University (B.S.) and West Virginia University (J.D.), Wright joined Steptoe & Johnson in 1997.
Before his election to president, Wright served as a member of the West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors and as its vice president. Wright's term runs through April 2013.
"This is a great honor for me," Wright said. "I am anxious to work with the State Bar Board of Governors to help continue the success of the organization."
Steptoe & Johnson is a regional, business-focused firm with particular strengths in energy, labor, employment, and litigation. It comprises over 230 lawyers resident in eleven locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Texas.
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