Melanie Morgan Norris
Of Counsel (Team Leader)
(304) 231-0460
Wheeling, WV
Laurie C. Barbe
Member (Team Leader)
(304) 598-8113
Morgantown, WV

Insurance Company Team


Steptoe & Johnson’s Insurance Company Team has more than 100 years of experience providing legal service and advice to the insurance industry. Our attorneys possess a wealth of experience, knowledge, and understanding of insurance issues. We are prepared to manage insurance carriers’ complex legal issues and defend insurance companies during claim investigations.

Our Insurance Company Team attorneys handle insurance matters in the following practice areas:

  • Coverage issues
  • Declaratory judgment actions in both federal and state courts
  • Defense of first party cases including suits asserting "bad faith" and allegations of unfair settlement practices
  • Counseling companies, agents, brokers, and individuals on insurance matters
  • Handling insurance receiverships, liquidations, and guaranty matters
  • Regulatory aspects of insurance, including consumer complaints and other administrative matters involving the Insurance Commissioner
  • Agent and broker liability issues
  • Fidelity and surety bond obligations and litigation
  • Compliance issues
  • Life, health, disability, and retirement insurance, including matters involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Complex uninsured and underinsured motorist issues
  • Investigation and evaluation of suspicious claims, including conducting examinations under oath
  • More than 300 attorneys
  • More than 40 areas of practices, allowing for cross-team collaboration
  • Top listed firm in West Virginia in a combination of areas by The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Top listed in the U.S. in Energy Law by The Best Lawyers in America®
  • 95 lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®