Steptoe & Johnson CEO named as regent by American College of Trial Lawyers

By John Severance | Oct 20, 2017

MORGANTOWN – Steptoe & Johnson Chief Executive Officer Susan S. Brewer was elected earlier this month as one of five head regents to the American College of Trial Lawyers.

"I am very honored to have been appointed a Regent in the American College of Trial Lawyers," Brewer told The West Virginia Record. "I was first inducted into the College in 2001 and since then have been very active in its activities. Becoming a regent will allow me to increase my service to this fine organization of trial attorneys."

Brewer said she is looking forward to the challenge.

"I look forward to working closely with the 14 other regents in the United States and Canada to further the mission of the College, and that includes identifying qualified trial lawyer candidates with the highest level of competence, civility and ethics in the profession," Brewer said.

Brewer said the ACTL appointed a nominating committee from the U.S. and Canada and four attorneys were nominated to become regents.

"I was one of the four nominated," Brewer said "I will be responsible for overseeing the state committees in West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina."

Brewer has worked at Steptoe & Johnson for more than 36 years and has been CEO at the firm since 2009.

According to the firm’s website, Brewer has tried more than 100 jury and non-jury cases on the federal and state level and also worked cases on the state and federal appellate levels. Her primary concentration of litigation has been in professional liability including many malpractice cases.

The firm has offices in six states including Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Texas, Ohio and West Virginia.

The ACTL was founded in 1950 and its membership is by invitation only. The group is considered to be the top trial organization in North America.

According to a press release from the American College of Trial Lawyers, "the College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission."

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