BRIDGEPORT – A new book details the 100-year history of the Steptoe & Johnson law firm and how it rose to prominence in West Virginia and beyond.
The book, “Firmly Rooted: The First One Hundred Years of Steptoe & Johnson,” was written by Robert M. Steptoe, Jr. - grandson to one of the firm’s founders - in celebration of its centennial.
“Firmly Rooted” takes readers on a journey through the history of Steptoe & Johnson which began with founders Philip P. Steptoe and Louis A. Johnson in Clarksburg in 1913 at a time when Clarksburg was a hub for business and culture. It follows the major developments of the firm from its humble beginning to a multi-state firm with nearly 300 attorneys and 14 offices in six states. It also discusses many of the historic events that helped develop the firm and the region.
The book contains nearly 500 pages and more than 140 photos as well as extensive appendices and endnotes. It begins with a forward by John W. Fisher II, William J. Maier, Jr., Dean Emeritus, West Virginia University College of Law.
“For a law firm or any business to exist after 100 years is very special; and the good news is that our firm is thriving,” Steptoe said. “The history of the firm and its founders are both so unique that it made writing the book a joy and a challenge.”
“The entire Steptoe & Johnson family is grateful for Bob’s hard work and dedication to make the book a reality,” Steptoe & Johnson CEO Susan Brewer said. “Our first 100 years shaped who we are, and we look forward to what the next 100 years will bring.”
Steptoe served as Managing Partner of the firm from 1989 until 2008 and Chairman from 2009 until 2012. He is now a Member of the firm practicing labor and employment law in the Bridgeport, W.Va. office.
Steptoe & Johnson plans on a limited release of the book and will donate copies to educational institutions and public libraries throughout the region.