Robert M. Steptoe Jr, Jr., Esq.
400 White Oaks Boulevard
Bridgeport, WV 26330
Bridgeport, WV 26330
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC - Member
Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Bridgeport WV, 1971-present; Associate, Cole, Raywid & Braverman, Washington DC, 1970-71; Active Duty, U.S. Navy, 1965-67.
Representative issues handled as a mediator include the following: a construction contract claim relating to a $17M intermodal parking facility; a construction contract claim relating to a ski resort personnel conveyor; a commercial dispute under a customer service agreement for the provision of uniforms and related cleaning services; a Federal Court claim for failure of purchaser to pay for goods sold & delivered; a Federal Court declaratory judgment action involving material misrepresentations in application for fire insurance & complicity of independent agent; a landowner claim in Federal Court against Corps of Engineers involving wetland issues under the Clean Water Act & unconstitutional taking without just compensation; a Federal Court claim against a condominium association involving issues under the WV Condominium Act, including charging of illegal fees and illegal termination of water service; a Federal Court claim against FEMA raising issues under the National Flood Insurance Program by reason of damage to a government-owned building; a Federal Court claim involving serious personal injuries sustained in an auto collision with a tractor-trailer; a PA dispute involving a closely held corporation's "freeze out" of its president, raising issues of cumulative voting, valuation of stock, valuation of goodwill, & questionable financial statements; a NC employment termination raising issues of age discrimination, retaliation, & exempt employee status; a PA civil action involving termination of a restaurant manager raising issues of age discrimination; a WV matter involving employee claims of employer breach of promise to promote & wage discrimination; a Federal Court claim alleging wrongful discharge & intentional infliction of emotional distress by a foreman employed by a major electrical utility; a Federal Court claim alleging serious personal injuries as a result of a highway collision between two trucks; a Federal Court claim involving a multi-year coal purchase agreement & raising issues of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, possessory liens, reclamation requirements, escrowing of money, & value of coal; a Federal Court claim asserting violation of the Family Medical Leave Act raising issues of physical exam, requirement to advise the employer of return to work date, & retaliatory discharge; a Federal Court claim for breach of prison construction "design build" subcontract raising issues of bidder's failure to understand construction drawings, bidding procedures generally, pre-bid meetings, & alleged mutual mistake; a Federal Court personal injury claim involving non-English speaking claimant who sustained serious injuries in motor vehicle collision (mediation required interpreter & presented difficult cultural differences of opinion with respect to appropriate compensation); Virginia employee claims of harassment, denial of promotion, discrimination against disabled veteran, abuses of corporate policy, construction discharge, & defamation; a Federal Court class action claim alleging age discrimination in downsizing of a department store; a Federal Court multi-party claim alleging violation of the WV Consumer and Credit Protection Act in the context of vehicle purchases that were dealer financed with assignment of the paper to a national banking institution (purchasers alleged that liens on the traded vehicles were not satisfied and that taxes and registration fees were not paid to the State); a Federal Court claim under USERRA involving return of veteran to private employment as a security guard; a Federal Court claim asserting failure of insurer to pay under a fire policy, arson defense, mortgagee rights, and fraudulent misrepresentation as to contents on inventory forms; a Federal Court claim alleging serious personal injuries when a utility pole fell on the claimant during the course of his employment; a Federal Court claim for breach of contract to sell multiple radio stations & FCC licenses issues.
Admitted to the Bar: West Virginia (1970); Virginia (1971 - inactive); Pennsylvania (1994 - inactive).
The West Virginia State Bar (Past President); The West Virginia Bar Association (Past President); The West Virginia Bar Foundation (Fellow and Past President); American Bar Foundation (Fellow and former State Chair); American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow); The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Fellow); and Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference (Permanent Member).
University of Virginia (BA-1965); West Virginia University (JD-1970).
$375 Per Hour
United States of America
The AAA provides mediators to parties on cases administered by the AAA under AAA mediation procedures. Mediations that proceed without AAA administration are not considered AAA mediations, even where parties select a mediator who is a member of an AAA mediation roster.