Kevin West

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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South High Street 41
Columbus 43215 OH US

For over 30 years, J. Kevin West’s practice has been focused on the energy industry, both as an outside and in-house attorney. His practice includes complex litigation, and he has taken several hundred cases to trial. He has also handled asset and stock transactions, lease transactions, and land and legal due diligence for acquisitions and regulatory matters.

He has managed the governmental affairs process and drafted legislation regarding natural gas operations. He has also defended clients charged with violations of federal criminal laws. Mr. West is the Managing Member of the Columbus, Ohio office, but also spends time in our Lexington, Kentucky office.


  • Coordinated, filed, and prosecuted condemnation project for seventy mile FERC interstate pipeline project
  • Filed recent Ohio condemnation action in federal court for property associated with mile FERC interstate pipeline project
  • Represented natural gas transportation company in federal condemnation action for major interstate pipeline
  • Jury trials and defense of management officials prosecuted for criminal violations of federal law
  • Prosecuted dozens of preliminary and permanent injunctions to halt interference with natural gas operations
  • Represented interstate pipeline in Kentucky condemnation action for Big Sandy Pipeline


  • J.D. University of Kentucky
  • A.B. Centre College of Kentucky


  • Ohio Bar Foundation Life Fellow
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Kentucky Oil & Gas Association
  • Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors, Kentucky Bar Association 1988-2004
  • Ohio State Bar Association – Natural Resources Section, Litigation Section, Criminal Practice Section
  • Kentucky Bar Association – Mineral Law Section, Criminal Practice Section


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South High Street 41
Columbus 43215 OH US
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