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    If you ask Edward "Skipp" Kropp why he became a lawyer, he may tell you a funny anecdote about a private jet and a martini.  When you dig deeper, you quickly realize that while Skipp likes to joke, he has deep and broad environmental experience in the areas of air, water, and waste.   As the former Chief of the WV DEP Office of Air Quality and former Deputy Director of the WV DEP, Skipp is a respected and serious environmental lawyer, with a hands-on approach to helping clients.  Skipp’s clients depend on him to help them navigate environmental regulatory changes and to understand the impact on their operations and bottom line.  In the unfortunate situation when a client is on the wrong side of a regulation, Skipp helps them propose solutions, negotiate penalties, and obtain compliance.  While Skipp doesn’t fly on a private jet and he prefers bourbon, he enjoys being a lawyer who can help his clients stay in harmony with ever-changing environmental regulations. 

    Memberships & Awards

    The Best Lawyers in America®
    Super Lawyers® 2011

    Key Experience

    Regulatory enforcement counsel for operator of the wastewater treatment facility of a major metropolitan area
    Defense counsel for state Clean Air Act enforcement action involving major industrial facility
    Represented trade association in Clean Power Plan administrative proceedings and subsequent litigation

    Work Experience

    2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2001-2013 Jackson Kelly PLLC
    1997-2001 West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
    1989-1997 Robinson & McElwee
    1987-1988 TRC Companies
    1978-1983 American Electric Power
    1983-1987 Appalachian Power

    Speaking Engagements

    Frequent lecturer on environmental issues, including air quality policy, Voluntary Remediation Programs, and stormwater regulation