Stephen J. Golder


Stephen J. Golder

Huntington, West Virginia

Steve's expertise is in the areas of corporate and commercial law, contract law, mergers and acquisitions and commercial real estate, land use and zoning law, and business entities. Steve has worked with clients ranging from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 companies and has handled transactions as small as the sale of a local computer business to multimillion dollar sales of businesses. Steve understands that business people at all levels of sophistication need an attorney who listens to them, understands what they need to accomplish, cares about their challenge or problem and at the end of the day, finds a way for the client to achieve its goals.

Steve's love of problem solving began while at Wittenberg University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Chemistry. Rather than proceed to medical school or engineering school, Steve chose to pursue a career in the law. In 1992, he graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law. While at UVA, he was a member of its Journal of Law & Politics and played on three different softball teams.

Steve is licensed to practice law in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia. Over the years he has represented individuals and businesses throughout West Virginia, southeastern Ohio and eastern Kentucky.

Steve is active in the Huntington community, particularly at his church, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. He has served on church council for many years and recently served as chairman of the "call committee" which was charged with finding the congregation a new pastor. Steve is also a member of the Executive Committee of Huntington Area Development Council, a local non-profit organization focused on economic development and job creation in Cabell and Wayne counties in West Virginia. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Stella Fuller Settlement, Inc. and a citizen member of the Marshall University Institutional Review Board.

As a longtime Huntingtonian, Steve is an avid Marshall fan and a member of the Big Green Foundation. Since his return to Huntington after law school, he has been a Marshall football and basketball season ticket holder.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate Law
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Commercial Real Estate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Business Organizations

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers – Corporate and Business Law, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2008 - 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2009 - 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Business Organizations, 2014-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, 2017

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1992
  • Ohio, 2006
  • Kentucky, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1992

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Business Law and Real Property & Probate Sections, Member, 1992 - Present
  • Cabell County Bar Association, 1992 - Present


  • Brownfield Redevelopment in West Virginia-Turning Liabilities into Assets, Charleston, West Virginia, 2002
  • Brownfield Redevelopment in West Virginia-Turning Liabilities into Assets, Huntington, West Virginia, 2002
  • Choice of Business Entity, West Virginia Society of CPA's, Huntington Chapter, 2003
  • Legal Requirements of Client Confidentiality, West Virginia Society of CPA's, Huntington Chapter, 2004
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law in West Virginia, West Virginia Society of CPA's, Huntington Chapter, 2006
  • Examining and Resolving Title Issues, National Business Institute, 2009
  • LLC or Inc?, National Business Institute, 2014


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1992
    • Law Journal: Journal of Law and Politics, Member
  • Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1989
    • Honors: Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership Society)
    • Honors: Phi Eta Sigma (Leadership and Academic Honor Society)
    • Honors: Wittenberg Presidential Scholar
    • Honors: Wittenberg College Honor Society
    • Honors: Wittenberg University Scholar
    • Major: Chemistry
    • Minor: Political Science

Past Employment Positions

  • Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC, Associate, 1992 - 1999

Pro Bono Activities

  • Marshall University Institutional Review Board, Member, 2009 - Present
  • Huntington Area Development Council, Member, Executive Committee, 2006 - Present
  • Stella Fuller Settlement, Inc., Board Member, 2010 - Present
  • Huntington Area Development Council, Chairman of Executive Committee, 2012 - 2013
  • St.Paul Lutheran Church, Huntington, Member, 1967 - Present
  • St.Paul Lutheran Church, Huntington, Member of Church Council, 1993-1997; 2002-2007; 2014-2016
  • St.Paul Lutheran Church, Huntington (Chairman, Stewardship & Finance Committee)
  • St.Paul Lutheran Church, Huntington, Member and Chairman of Pastoral Call Committee, 2009 - 2010
  • St.Paul Lutheran Church, Huntington, Member and Chairman of Mutual Ministry Committee, 2010 - 2012