Richard L. Lewis - Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
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Richard L. Lewis

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 304-353-8133

Richard Lewis focuses his practice on environmental and energy-related legal matters, including litigation and general compliance counseling. He represents clients before federal, state and appellate courts and administrative agencies in civil, criminal, and penalty proceedings. In addition, he provides client counseling and advice in permitting, compliance, and transactional matters involving environmental statutes and regulations. Mr. Lewis is Department Head of the firm’s Business Department and leads the Environmental & Regulatory Practice Group. 

Mr. Lewis has represented government entities (with an emphasis on publicly owned utilities), energy companies, chemical companies, construction companies and various other businesses in permitting, administrative, and civil enforcement actions in the fields of water resources, solid waste, hazardous waste, underground storage tanks, air pollution control, and sanitation issues. Mr. Lewis has also represented insurance companies and insureds in environmental insurance matters as well as clients in condemnation, encroachment and injunction actions.

West Virginia UniversityBS 1981Harvard University Law SchoolJ.D. 1990

Client Comments

"I have enjoyed working with Richard over the last six years. Richard has provided our company with excellent legal advice when it comes to dealing with complicated environmental issues. I find that one of Richard's greatest attributes is that he can pull from his chemical engineering background, his extensive environmental law expertise, and his knowledge of the legal system to help us develop effective strategies in correctly solving some extremely difficult and sensitive issues."

-Terry Wilcox
Director of Global Manufacturing Operations
Alpharma, Inc.

"I have worked with Richard for many years and believe him to be among the best legal practitioners in the region, particularly with respect to environmental matters. Whether giving advice as to proactively minimizing liability or in complex litigation, Richard has the ability to deftly navigate the potential pitfalls inherent in the Energy Industry. As a client, I'm relieved that my company has almost immediate access to legal experts like Richard and his firm."

Office Location

707 Virginia Street East, 17th Floor
P.O. Box 1588
Charleston, WV 25326-1588
United States

Practice Areas

Energy Law
Environmental Law (Administrative/Regulatory, Clean Water Act, Counseling, Enforcement Defense, Environmental Cleanup, Industry, Land Use and Zoning, Litigation, Mining, Permitting, RCRA/Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste, Superfunds/Environmental Remediation)
Litigation - Environmental
Mining Law
Natural Resources Law
Water Law (Clean Water Act, Environmental, Transactions, Water Quality, Water Resources Development, Water Rights)

Other Information

Gender: Male