John J. Meadows
(304) 353-8154
Office: Charleston
J.D. University of Richmond
B.A. M.P.A. Augusta State University
B.A. Hampden-Sydney College
Licensure: DC | GA | KY | WV
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Clients appreciate the broad base of knowledge that John Meadows has accumulated throughout his legal and business career.  Having worked in business for more than a decade before becoming a lawyer, John understands and respects the bottom line impact of his litigation on the clients he represents.  Even though John loves being in the courtroom, he maintains a business-focused approach to his litigation cases, always looking for resolution, and considering the needs of the client first.

Admitted to more than 25 federal district and four state courts, John has litigated cases involving gasoline contamination and industrial accidents, including a multi-billion dollar “bet the company” case for a major oil company. Additionally, John has represented gas and oil producers in cases involving: property disputes, nuisance defense, complex title litigation, contract disputes, regulatory appeals, environmental permitting and compliance, arbitrations, and mediations.  John is also experienced in the litigation of a variety of issues facing coal mines in the court system, including flooding, contamination and waste discharge, accident, permit violation defense, environmental compliance, and deliberate intent.

John is the leader for the firm's energy litigation practice group and is a certified mediator.  John loves to travel, has lived abroad, is involved in community development, is on several community boards, speaks French and loves good food. John and his wife Becky have two sons and live in an historic home in Charleston.

Work Experience

2012 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2003-2012 Robinson & McElwee PLLC
2002 Summer Associate, Bean, Kinney & Korman, PC
1997-2000 Operations Mgr./Procurement Offr., McCall-Thomas Engineering, Inc.

Speaking Engagements

Author of "Tech Tips" column for the W. Va. Defense Trial Counsel's quarterly newsletter, addressing issues including, electronic discovery, paperless office, computer system updates, and electronic researching advice

Landlord-Tenant Law CLE Seminar, Charleston, WV, 2010

Key Experience

Defended client in class action involving alleged multi-state industrial and commercial contamination
Represented client in complicated construction defect and product design litigation
Assisted clients in asserting rights to use the surface under oil and gas leases with and without litigation

Memberships & Awards

Super Lawyers® - West Virginia Rising Star 2012
Defense Research Institute
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Barrister, Judge John A. Field, Jr. American Inn of Court
Alumnus, John Marshall American Inn of Court
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Winner of the WV Environmental Council Green Entrepreneur of the Year, 2007
Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition, Semi-Finalist, 2003