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BRIDGEPORT, WV -

Eight West Virginia attorneys have been promoted to membership at Steptoe & Johnson effective Jan. 1, according to the firm's CEO Susan S. Brewer.
Tammie C. Alexander focuses her legal practice in the areas of banking, real estate, commercial transactions and construction law. She joined Steptoe & Johnson's Morgantown office in 2009 after serving as vice president and general counsel to a prominent bank.
Alexander is active in Morgantown and surrounding communities. She served as co-chairwoman of the 2012 WVU Children's Hospital Gala, and is a member of the board of directors for the United Way of Monongalia & Preston Counties, Friends of WVU Hospitals and Habitat for Humanity of West Virginia. She was recently presented with the 2012 Outstanding Board Member Award for her service to Habitat.
William J. Black IV practices energy and mineral law specializing in assisting clients with mineral title examinations and opinions. Black also practices in the Morgantown office.
He earned his bachelor's degree from West Liberty State College and his law degree from West Virginia University. He joined the firm in 2006 and is a member of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation and Northern Appalachian Landman's Association.
Jonathan R. Ellis practices in the firm's Charleston office. He practices in the areas of mine safety law and the defense of mine operators and other energy clients in civil litigation against claims of wrongful death, deliberate intent, personal injury and breach of contract.
He earned his bachelor's degree from Concord University and his law degree from Washington & Lee University. He is a member of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, the West Virginia Coal Association, and the Kentucky Coal Association. He joined the firm in 2006.
Brian R. Hopkins also practices in the Charleston office. For more than 20 years, he has pursued a practice focused on coal, oil and gas, gas pipeline and commercial real estate law. Hopkins joined Steptoe & Johnson in 2011 after serving 10 years as in-house counsel to a major energy production company, and several gas transmission and distribution companies.
Hopkins earned his bachelor's degree from West Virginia University and his law degree from Washington & Lee University. He is a member of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation.
Kurt L. Krieger practices energy law in the firm's Charleston office. He represents clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia as well as other state and local public utility commissions. Krieger joined Steptoe & Johnson in 2010.
He is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and earned his law degree from West Virginia University. He is a member of the Energy Bar Association, American Gas Association and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.
Sarah C. McCarty practices in the areas of banking, commercial transactions, real estate and bankruptcy in the firm's Charleston office. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Ohio University. She joined Steptoe & Johnson in 2006 after graduating from OSU's law school. McCarty is a member of the Community Bankers Association of West Virginia and the Charleston Area Alliance.
Timothy M. McKeen practices energy and mineral law, as well as real estate transactional law in the firm's Wheeling office. McKeen graduated from Washington & Lee University with his law degree and from Wheeling Jesuit University with his bachelor's degree. He serves on the board of directors for Vision Shared, OVConnect, Elmhurst and Regional Economic Development Partnership. He also is the president-elect of the Rotary Club of Wheeling. He joined Steptoe & Johnson in 2006.
Peter J. Raupp practices in Charleston, focusing on the areas of commercial litigation, professional liability, civil rights and appellate law. He earned both his bachelor's degree and his law degree from The College of William and Mary. Raupp is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he served in the Judge Advocate General Corps and earned the rank of captain. Raupp joined Steptoe & Johnson in 2007.