Rodney L. Bean
(304) 598-8140
Office: Morgantown
J.D. West Virginia University
B.A. West Virginia University
Licensure: WV
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For more than 20 years, Rodney Bean has provided practical, no-nonsense advice to help leading employers develop and apply labor and human resources strategies that are both compliant and prudent.  He regularly counsels employers on most aspects of federal and state employment law, and has broad experience in wage and hour compliance and affirmative action planning.  He also has significant litigation and arbitration experience, having represented employers in more than 30 labor arbitrations and argued more than 20 cases before state and federal appellate courts.    Mr. Bean serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and is the former Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Labor Department. 

Before joining Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in 1994, Mr. Bean served as law clerk to the Honorable Charles H. Haden, II, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, and as Assistant Attorney General for the State of West Virginia under Attorney General Mario J. Palumbo.  He is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law and the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University.

Work Experience

1994 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1993-1994 Law Clerk, The Honorable Charles H. Haden II, U.S. District Court
1992-1993 Assistant Attorney General, State of West Virginia

Speaking Engagements

West Virginia's Very Own Celotex Trilogy: A Series of Recent Opinions by The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Reveals That the Rumors of Rule 56's Death Were Greatly Exaggerated, 98 W.Va. L. Rev. 571 (1996)

Key Experience

Received no probable cause determination from Fairfax County (Virginia) Human Rights Commission in national origin discrimination claim
Landmark Supreme Court decision for employer in prevailing wage case - the court reversed Department of Labor opinion applying prevailing wage law to employees of state agencies
Represented a public entity in a disability discrimination case brought by a former firefighter with hemophilia

Memberships & Awards

Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2018 Morgantown, WV Employment Law - Management, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2015 Morgantown, WV Employment Law Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2013 Morgantown, WV Appellate Law Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers®
"Service Above Self" Award, Morgantown Rotary Club, 2003, 2004
Adjunct Lecturer, West Virginia University College of Law (2001-2005)