Michael Barill

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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Van Voorhis Road 1085
Morgantown 26505 WV US

Michael W. Barill focuses his practice in taxation, and trust and estate administration. He has significant experience in estate planning, estate administration, fiduciary litigation, taxpayer representation before the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Tax Court, corporate and partnership taxation, retirement planning, and merger structuring and reorganizations. He is the leader of the firm’s Tax Practice Group and Estate and Trust Team.


  • Represented multimillion dollar trust in defending the trustee against claims by beneficiaries of breach of fiduciary duties and excessive compensation
  • Represented large corporations in stock and asset sales, tax-free and taxable mergers and acquisitions
  • Assisted multi-tier corporate conglomeration in converting into S corporation with numerous subchapter S subsidies
  • Represented executor/beneficiary in defending against a breach of fiduciary duty and will contest action
  • Represented large corporate executive in successfully negotiating supplemental executive retirement plan and split dollar insurance arrangement
  • Represented client in structuring a part sale/part conservation easement gift to a government agency administered by both federal and West Virginia governments
  • Represented numerous clients on estate administration, elective share, and other probate matters in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio
  • Drafted numerous stock restriction agreements and membership interest restriction agreements as well as cross purchase agreements between shareholders to cover limitations on transferability and buy-backs in stock and membership interest


  • LL.M. Emory University
  • J.D. West Virginia University
  • B.S. West Virginia University


  • Tax and Estate Sections, American Bar Association
  • Former President, North Central Estate Planning Council, Inc.
  • Tax Law Section, Pennsylvania State Bar
  • Probate Committee, American Bar Association
  • Probate Committee, West Virginia State Bar
  • ALI-ABA Estate Planning Advisory Board


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Van Voorhis Road 1085
Morgantown 26505 WV US
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