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    In a potentially volatile practice where emotions can run high, Mark Dean and his level headed personality are assets to clients.  Mark, a labor and employment lawyer, frequently guides clients to proactively prevent litigation by helping them develop and implement best practices. In contentious and often precedent setting litigation, Mark is detail oriented, creative, and thoughtful. Mark often represents clients in wrongful termination, discrimination against a protected class, sexual harassment, and retaliation.  In the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Mark helped clients navigate reductions in force, vaccine and mask mandates, and the changes to FMLA. 

    He regularly represents employers – both public and private sector – in defense of employment-related lawsuits in the state courts of West Virginia and the federal District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, as well as charges filed before the West Virginia Human Rights Commission, the West Virginia Public Employees Grievance Board, and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  

    Memberships & Awards

    West Virginia State Bar
    United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
    United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
    United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    Associate Editor, West Virginia Law Review, Vol. 113
    Senior Research Editor, West Virginia Law Review Vol. 114
    CALI Award in Natural Resources

    Key Experience

    Prevailed on summary judgment on behalf of a public agency in a matter involving pay discrimination
    Advised client on EFLMEA issues related to COVID-19 and employee leave
    Advised client on employee remote work arrangements related to COVID-19

    Work Experience

    2014 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2012-2014 West Virginia Division of Highways, Legal Division

    Speaking Engagements

    Presenter, “2018 West Virginia Legislative Update,” West Virginia SHRM Annual Conference, October 2018

    Co-author, “Reductions in Force: Factors to Consider in Order to Avoid Liability to Laid-Off Employees,” Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 36th Annual Institute, Amelia Island, FL, 36 Energy & Min. L. Inst. 375 (2015)