Member, Steptoe & Johnson, Charleston, 32
On her first paying job:
"I was a waitress at Glade Springs (resort in Raleigh County). It was a summer job when I was right out of high school. I learned how to multi-task — how to cut back on trips to the kitchen."
Erin Anderson always knew she wanted to be a lawyer — though not the kind of lawyer she became.
Growing up and even into law school, she wanted to be a trial attorney.
"As a kid, I must have watched one too many episodes of ‘Matlock' with my grandmother," Anderson said. "Somehow, he always managed to make it look fun."
The Beckley native finished law school at West Virginia University in 2004 and worked in litigation at Steptoe & Johnson for about a year before she realized she was better suited for transactional law.
As it happened, she made the switch right around the time the Marcellus shale boom began. She'd found her niche.
"I come from a family of coal miners, so it's exciting for me to follow in their footsteps and play a role in the development of West Virginia's natural resources," she said.
Anderson helps clients with the performance and preparation of mineral title opinions, as well as issues related to surface use or surface damage claims arising from coal, oil and gas operations. She also handles matters related to mineral transactions.
She is actively involved in recruiting and mentoring at the firm.
Anderson serves on the board of the National Association of Lease and Title Analysts, the local chapter of which she helped to form several years ago. She also is a member of the Greater Appalachian Basin Association of Lease and Title Analysts, the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation and the Kanawha County Bar Association.
In her personal time, she volunteers with the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and has served on its Scholarship Committee, which awards scholarships to hundreds of students across the state each year, for the past seven years.