Lori A. Dawkins
(303) 389-4360
Office: Denver
J.D. West Virginia University
M.S. State University of New York
B.S. West Virginia University
Licensure: CO | PA | WV | WY
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Lori Dawkins is the Managing Member of the Denver office and focuses her practice on litigation for energy companies.  Lori has more than twenty-two years of litigation experience and has tried more than fifty cases in front of juries in state and federal court.  A former officer in the United States Air Force, she served in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm and received the Medal of Commendation, the Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Southwest Asia Service Medal.

Work Experience

2005 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2000-2005 Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling
1995-2000 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1989-1993 Commissioned Officer, United States Air Force

Speaking Engagements

"Surface Use in the Age of Horizontal Drilling," North Dakota Law Review (2013)

"Surface Use in the Age of Horizontal Drilling," North Dakota Energy Symposium (2013)

"Surface Use in the Age of Horizontal Drilling," Texas Wesleyan Law Review Energy Symposium (2013)

"Shareholders' Preemptive Rights," West Virginia Law Review

"Litigating Title Disputes," AAPL

Litigation Updates, Steptoe & Johnson Second Annual Appalachian Oil & Gas Roundtable - Shaping the Law We Need

Key Experience

As lead counsel, represented one of the nation’s largest interstate natural gas pipeline companies in eminent domain proceedings in federal court in Pennsylvania and West Virginia
As lead counsel, prosecuted a claim in excess of $24 million on behalf of a coal operator in an eminent domain matter that went to verdict in a jury trial
Represented energy companies in complex condemnation actions involving permanent easements for the storage of natural gas, permanent well road easements, and permanent pipeline easements

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
Who’s Who In Energy
Top Women in Energy selected by the Denver Business Journal and Women in Energy
Executive Committee, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
Board of Governors, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
Member, Colorado Energy Coalition
Super Lawyers®
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association
Advisory Committee, Institute for Energy Law
Western Energy Alliance
Women in Energy
Denver Petroleum Club
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Adjunct Professor, West Virginia University College of Law
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit