Team Leader
(304) 353-8152
Charleston, WV

Government Relations & Lobbying


Steptoe & Johnson attorneys and in-house lobbyists promote client interests before state agencies, state legislatures, and the United States Congress.

The team provides government relations services on issues related to economic development, energy, environmental, government procurement, health care, and industrial and public safety. 

Our team has assisted clients in the following areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Appropriations
  • Bill drafting and monitoring
  • Fundraising
  • State government procurement
  • Issue management
  • Lobbying
  • Political Action Committees
  • Strategic planning and communications

Who Are We?

  • Kurt Dettinger, Esq. - Former General Counsel to West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
  • Steve Perdue - Former Government Affairs Manager, EQT Corporation
  • Gary Slagel - Former Director of Government Affairs and Director of Environmental Regulatory Affairs for CONSOL Energy Inc. and CNX Gas Company LLC
  • Mike Stuart, Esq. - Former Chairman, West Virginia Republican Party
  • Kevin West, Esq. - Former Managing Director, External Affairs, and Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, EQT Corporation and its predecessors
  • Gil White - Fourteen-year member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and former political liaison to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, III

How We Can Help:

  • Lobby executive branch agencies regarding administrative rulemaking
  • Advise clients regarding state government procurement-related matters
  • Draft, monitor, and advocate for passage of legislation
  • Facilitate access to and meeting with federal and state policy makers
  • Prepare clients for testimony before legislative committees
  • Build grassroot support for our clients' projects
  • Shepherd grants through state and federal agencies

What sets us apart

  • The ability to quickly respond to issues
  • The ability to "work across party lines"
  • Communication the way you want it - keeping the client updated on our progress
  • Crafting and implementing action plans tailored to individual client needs
  • Negotiated, drafted and ensured passage of significant legislation in West Virginia, including but not limited to:
    • HB 401 - West Virginia Horizontal Well Control Act
    • HB 4086 - West Virginia Ethane Cracker Property Tax Abatement Legislation
    • HB 4351 - West Virginia Mine Safety Reform Legislation
  • Successfully lobbied for passage of HJR 108 – 2014 Constitutional Amendment
  • Successfully lobbied for passage of HB 4184 – 2014 Tourism Development Tax Credit Reforms
  • Advised multiple clients and industries on SB 373 throughout the legislative and rulemaking process – 2014 Aboveground Storage Tank Legislation
  • Retained by major oil and gas trade association to lobby for pooling reform in West Virginia
  • Advised candidates, vendors, and independent organizations (including PACs, Super PACs, and 501(c)(4)s) on campaign finance, political advocacy, entity formation, and election law compliance issues