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    For over 30 years, Kevin West's practice has been focused on the energy industry, both as an outside and in-house attorney.  His practice includes complex litigation, and he has taken several hundred civil and criminal cases to trial. For energy companies, Kevin has litigated complex royalty cases, midstream matters, and matters involving mineral title disputes. He has also handled asset and stock transactions, lease transactions, and land and legal due diligence for acquisitions and regulatory matters. He has managed the governmental affairs process and drafted legislation regarding natural gas operations. He has also defended clients charged with violations of federal criminal laws.  Mr. West is the Managing Member of the Columbus, Ohio office, but also spends time in our Lexington, Kentucky office.

    Memberships & Awards

    Ohio Bar Foundation Life Fellow
    Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
    Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    Kentucky Oil & Gas Association, Board of Directors
    Ohio Oil & Gas Association
    Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors, Kentucky Bar Association 1988-2004
    Kentucky Law Journal, 1984-1986
    Ohio State Bar Association - Natural Resources Section, Litigation Section, Criminal Practice Section
    Kentucky Bar Association - Mineral Law Section, Criminal Practice Section

    Key Experience

    Obtained unanimous defense verdict at jury trial on behalf of an oil and gas exploration and production company in an environmental exposure matter alleging toxic encephalopathy and other personal injury claims
    Obtained summary judgment for pipeline company in correlative rights dispute with coal company
    Filed recent Ohio condemnation action in federal court for property associated with mile FERC interstate pipeline project

    Work Experience

    2012 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2009-2012 Managing Director, External Affairs, EQT Corporation
    2008-2009 Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs, Equitable Prod. Co.
    2007-2008 Vice President and General Counsel, Equitable Production Company
    1990-2007 Partner, McCoy, West & Franklin (formerly McCoy, Baker & West)
    1986-1990 Associate, McCoy, Baker & Newcomer

    Speaking Engagements

    Co-author, “Co-tenancy and Statutory Unitization in the Appalachian Basin,” Chapter 7, Energy & Mineral Law Institute, 39th Annual Institute, 2018

    Panel, "Energy Development," Energy, Environment, and the Economy, 2018 Ohio State Business Law Journal Symposium, April 2018

    Co-author, “Eminent Domain Authority for Midstream Pipelines,” Chapter 3, Energy & Mineral Law Institute, 35th Annual Institute, 2014

    Author, University of Kentucky, CLE Kentucky Civil Practice Before Trial Handbook, 4th ed. (2016), Chapter 7 "Claims for Relief"

    "Claims for Relief," Kentucky Civil Practice