When Clarksburg-based Steptoe & Johnson PLLC was designing new Morgantown office space in the early 2000s, the firm had something grand in mind—but the builder’s estimate for a circular staircase was a budgetbuster. The solution: three Amish carpenters from central Ohio. Their threequarter-turn staircase with mahogany treads and railings, completed at half the original estimate, made for a classic architectural centerpiece befitting a law firm approaching its hundredth year.

Now 105 years old, Steptoe & Johnson has core strengths in energy, labor and employment, litigation, and transactional law. Its more than 300 attorneys practice in Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and six offices across West Virginia.

Steptoe & Johnson is guided by core values laid out on its website. “Our clients don’t belong to individual lawyers. The firm has clients, and we all serve them,” it reads in part. The firm guards its reputation. It is passionate, but plays fair. Staff share credit and learn from their mistakes. And they see themselves as stewards of a great law firm. “We are duty-bound to ensure that the culture that has sustained and united our firm for more than 100 years endures even after we are all long gone.” — PK

Suncrest Center, 1085 Van Voorhis Road, 304.598.8000, steptoe-johnson.com

photographed by STEVEN ROYCE

Pam Kasey
Written by Pam Kasey
Pam Kasey has traveled, brewed, farmed, counseled, and renovated, but most loves to write. She has degrees in economics from the University of Chicago and in journalism from West Virginia University. She loves celebrating Morgantown and West Virginia as executive editor at New South Media.