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    Dallas Kratzer joined Steptoe & Johnson after spending more than five years working in the United States Courts. His legal practice is focused on litigation, and his experiences in federal trial and appellate courts—including the Fourth Circuit and Sixth Circuit—help him advise clients in any situation. As a high school lacrosse coach, he has a unique perspective on the teamwork needed when working with clients in high stakes litigation. Whether in the courtroom or on the lacrosse field, Dallas also recognizes how important it is to understand and predict an opponent’s behavior to succeed. Clients appreciate that Dallas can simplify a complex and nuanced situation and present a logical solution to their problem. He believes that it’s best to approach everything with a purpose—and that includes defending his clients and advising fellow attorneys.


    Memberships & Awards

    Member, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    Member, Judge John A. Field Jr. American Inn of Courts
    Order of the Coif
    Order of the Barristers
    Senior Managing Editor, W. Va. Law Review (Volume 115)
    Associate Editor, W. Va. Law Review (Volume 114)

    Key Experience

    Successfully defended client’s right to arbitration in appeal to the Fourth Circuit
    Represented oil and gas producer in state and federal proceedings in Ohio and West Virginia
    Defended publicly traded international on-line retailer in matters involving purchases and fraudulent refunds, contract disputes, and property damage claims

    Work Experience

    2020 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2017-2020 Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    2016-2017 Law Clerk to Judge Robert B. King, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    2015-2016 Law Clerk to Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
    2014-2015 Law Clerk to Judge Stephanie D. Thacker, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    2013-2014 Associate, Jackson Kelly PLLC

    Speaking Engagements


    Who Bears the Burden of Liability? The Law of Joint and Several Liability, Setoffs, Contribution, and Implied Indemnity in the Eastern Coal States, 35 E. Min. L. Found. § 19 (2014) (coauthor)

    Deliberate Intent Developments, W. Va. Def. Trial Counsel Ann. Notebook (May 2014)

    Up, Up & Away: How Siegel & Shuster’s Superman Was Contracted Away & DC Comics Won the Day, 115 W. Va. L. Rev. 1143 (2013)