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Steptoe Opens First Pa. Office with 18-Lawyer Energy Team from Competing Law Firm


Updated: Steptoe & Johnson has brought in a team of energy lawyers from a western Pennsylvania law firm to anchor a new office there.

The firm doesn’t say how many attorneys have joined its new Meadville office from Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma and Schug. However, its website shows 18 energy lawyers working there: one member of the firm, Russell Schetroma, three counsel, four associates and 10 project attorneys. Energy of some type is a listed practice focus for all but one lawyer in the group.

Meanwhile, the CWSS website says that firm “has joined with Steptoe & Johnson.”

A spokesman for Steptoe tells the ABA Journal that “there were a few attorneys who did go out on their own” among the Culbertson Weiss partners, but he says the firm is no longer in existence now that other partners and all of its associates and project attorneys have joined Steptoe.

The Meadville office is Steptoe’s ninth, further enhancing its services to regional Appalachian clients, the firm explains in a press release today.

Steptoe also has an office in Kentucky, another in Ohio, and six offices in West Virginia. It is already planning a second Pennsylvania office, in Canonsburg.

“With the addition of the CWSS energy practice group, Steptoe & Johnson’s Energy Team will field approximately 190 attorneys and paraprofessionals who will provide legal services to Appalachian energy industry clients throughout the nation,” Steptoe says in the the press release. “The firm’s team of energy practitioners focuses on services to the energy sector including coal, oil and gas and renewables.”

A cover story in the September issue of Business Magazine (published by the Manufacturer & Business Association) provides further details about the law firm’s energy practice.

Hat tip: West Virginia Record.

Last updated at 1:58 p.m. to link to Business Magazine article.

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