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Twelve firms that were not listed on the NLJ 250 last year made the cut of 162 attorneys. One made history. For the first time two firms on the list share one name: Steptoe & Johnson. The larger is the Washington firm ranked No. 95 (up from No. 116). The new addition has six West Virginia offices and enters at No. 243. They were actually one firm from 1945 until they split in 1980, according to Robert Steptoe, managing partner of the West Virginia firm whose grandfather, Philip Steptoe, was a founding partner. His firm’s strength is labor and employment, Steptoe said, and the state’s economy has helped it grow steadily. “We don’t get a big boom when things are going up nationwide,” he said, “and likewise when things are dropping, we stay pretty even.”

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