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    Kurt Dettinger is a trusted advisor to senior executives in major corporations operating in the oil and gas, gaming, technology, insurance, energy, capital markets, healthcare, finance, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, emergency response, hospitality and economic development industries.  In many of these industries, clients call upon him to not only provide legal advice essential to their decision-making, but to also interface with policymakers to guide their strategic initiatives through governmental processes. Mr. Dettinger’s legal practice is focused on transactional and regulatory matters, and his government relations practice is focused on the legislative and executive branches of West Virginia state government where he represents clients before both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature, the Governor’s office and executive-branch agencies.  His perspective on how to approach an issue is shaped by his substantial legal experience, business acumen, strategic vision, and policy knowledge.  Mr. Dettinger leads the Firm’s Government Relations practice and is the Practice Group Leader of the Firm’s Energy Policy and Project Finance practice group.  His legal experience includes both private and public-sector service, and he invests himself fully in helping clients achieve goals that are essential to the success of their business interests.

    Memberships & Awards

    Trustee and Chairman of Legal Committee, West Virginia Investment Management Board (appointed by Governor Tomblin for a six-year term: 2013-2019)
    The Best Lawyers in America®
    National Association of Bond Lawyers
    Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
    West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants
    West Virginia State Bar

    Key Experience

    Served as lead counsel to international and regional investment banking firms in conjunction with the underwriting and sale of taxable and tax-exempt bond transactions totaling in excess of $1 billion
    Advised international company regarding economic incentive opportunities in West Virginia
    Regularly represents clients across industries before the legislative and executive branches of government in West Virginia

    Speaking Engagements

    "Pooling in West Virginia - A Historical and Prospective Analysis," WVONGA Fall Meeting, Roanoke, WV, September 2012

    "Investments and Opportunities Related To Marcellus Drilling in West Virginia" - Marcellus and Utica Shale Conference and Expo, The Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs, WV, April 1-3, 2012

    "Transaction Documents in Shale Gas Transactions - a Panel Discussion," Steptoe & Johnson Acquisition & Disposition Seminar, 2012

    Written and oral testimony regarding development of the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia - U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Charleston, WV, November 14, 2011

    "West Virginia's Approach To Attracting Ethane Cracker Investments" - Stonewall Jackson Resort, Roanoke, WV, Fall 2011

    "Evaluating The Market For Marcellus Ethane - West Virginia's Approach" - NGL Shale Infrastructure Conference, Canonsburg, PA, August 24-25, 2011

    Contributing author, "Survey of Developments in the Law of West Virginia: 2001 Part One," 104 W. Va. L. Rev. 632, (2002)