Steven Lee Snyder

Steven Lee Snyder

Senior Counsel
Huntington, West Virginia

Steven Snyder offers labor and employment counseling, litigation and alternative dispute resolution services. Steven has worked for federal and state appellate courts, for one of the world's biggest corporations, and for large law firms. He is happy to now be working in a firm that is small enough to be collegial and large enough to handle any legal issue. Steven recognizes that his clients would prefer to be focusing on their businesses, rather than on litigation. That is why he tries to quickly and cost-efficiently resolve disputes on their behalf. At the same time, Steven tries to look at every legal dispute as a potential opportunity to help his clients improve their processes and avoid trouble in the future. Steven has a J.D., summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois, where he was an Articles Editor on the Law Review. He has an M.B.A. from Xavier University, where he was admitted to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Society, an M.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois, and a B.A. in Communications from Antioch College. While working as an in-house attorney for General Electric, Steven earned his "Green Belt" in the Six Sigma process improvement methodology. Steven studied abroad during his junior year of college at Eberhard-Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany, and is proficient in German. Steven is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") and has completed the AAA's forty-hour mediation training course.  He is also a panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization and has resolved more than a dozen domain name disputes. He is currently licensed to practice in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

Areas of Practice

  • Labor and Employment
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (arbitration and mediation)

Honors and Awards

  • Order of the Coif
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Society
  • Martindale-Hubbell-AV Rating, 2012-present

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1992
  • Ohio, 2008
  • West Virginia, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1992

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator, 2013 – Present; Mediator, 2016 – Present
  • World Intellectual Property Organization, Panelist, UDRP disputes, 2002 - Present


  • Some Recent Developments in Employment Law, Employment Law: Advanced Issues and Answers Seminar, Charleston, WV, June 7, 2018
  • Stopping Harassment, Tri-State SHRM, Huntington, WV, April 25, 2018
  • Recent Developments in State and Federal Employment Law Which Interest Me, Employment Law Seminar, Charleston, WV, February 7, 2018
  • Risk Factors for Sexual Harassment, He Said She Sued Seminar, Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce & Jenkins Fenstermaker PLLC, Huntington, WV, January 24, 2018
  • Accidents Will Happen: Were illegal drugs or alcohol to blame?, West Virginia Rural Water Association’s 32nd Annual Training and Technical Conference, Charleston, WV, September 12, 2017
  • Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law, The Rotary Club of Huntington, WV, June 5, 2017
  • What’s Up with the FLSA?, Greater Huntington Estate Planning Council, Huntington, WV, May 11, 2017
  • Dealing with the Drug- Addicted Employee: ADA and FMLA Considerations, Interplay of Employee Benefits seminar, Huntington, WV, April 7, 2017
  • Critical Issues in FLSA/Wage and Hour, Essentials of Employment Law seminar, Charleston, WV, April 6, 2017
  • Dealing Legally with Illegal Drugs in the Workplace, West Virginia Assisted Living Association's Annual Conference, White Sulphur Springs, WV, March 29, 2017
  • Employee Handbooks and Policies in the 21st Century, Human Resource Law from Start to Finish seminar, Charleston, WV, February 22, 2017
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Employment Context, Human Resource Law from Start to Finish seminar, Charleston, WV, February 22, 2017
  • To Be or Not to Be Exempt: The New Overtime Law, Jenkins Fenstermaker Seminar, Huntington, WV, November 3, 2016
  • Critical Issues in FLSA/Wage and Hour, Essentials of Employment Law Seminar, Huntington, WV, June 2, 2016
  • Distinguishing between addicts and addictions: Complying with the ADA and FMLA, Jenkins Fenstermaker Seminar, Huntington, WV, May 24, 2016
  • Respect Your Adversary: Rules for Civilized Litigation, Consumer Law Symposium & CLE, Huntington, WV, April 12, 2016
  • The Ever-Changing Landscape of FLSA/Wage & Hour Issues, Employment Law Update: Cutting Edge Issues Seminar, Charleston, WV, April 7, 2016
  • Employee Handbooks: What to Include and What to Exclude, Tri-State SHRM, Huntington, WV, March 30, 2016
  • The Role of Handbooks, Policies and Training, ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation Seminar, Huntington, WV, February 26, 2016
  • Creating Fair Labor Standard Act Compliance Strategies That Work, Advanced Employment Law Seminar, Charleston, WV, February 23, 2016
  • Responding to EEOC and State Agency Charges, Advanced Employment Law Seminar, Charleston, WV, February 23, 2016
  • Labor & Employment 2016: Update on Legal Developments, Jenkins Fenstermaker Seminar, Teays Valley, WV, January 26, 2016
  • Protect Your Good Name: An Introduction to Trademark Law, Jenkins Fenstermaker Seminar, Teays Valley, WV, January 26, 2016
  • Returning the Injured Worker to Work: West Virginia Self-Insurers Association, Annual Conference, Charleston, WV, October 9, 2015
  • Injured workers and the ADA, Jenkins Fenstermaker Seminar, Huntington, WV, September 30, 2015
  • Paying More for What You've Already Got: The Upcoming Changes to the FLSA, 2015 West Virginia SHRM State HR Conference, Bridgeport, WV, September 25, 2015
  • Jaymie and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Legal Ethics Update, 2015 Consumer Law Symposium, Huntington, West Virginia, May 19, 2015
  • Intellectual Property for HR Managers, Tri-State SHRM, Huntington, West Virginia , January 28, 2015
  • Smart Phones & Dumb Lawyers: Current Issues in Legal Malpractice, West Virginia Association for Justice, Charleston, West Virginia , January 23, 2015
  • Intellectual Property for Engineers, West Virginia Engineering Law Seminar, Charleston, West Virginia , December 19, 2014
  • Smart Phones & Dumb Lawyers: Current Issues in Legal Malpractice, Bankruptcy and Collection Law for the General Practitioner, Huntington, West Virginia , October 4, 2012
  • SPAM WARS III: An Update on the Can-Spam Act, Louisville Bar Association , June 15, 2005
  • Can the Can-Spam Act Can Spam?, Louisville Bar Association , May 26, 2004
  • Protecting Your Trade Secrets, Louisville Bar Association , March 8, 2003
  • Intellectual Property 101 -- The Basics of Trademark Law, Louisville Bar Association , November 8, 2002
  • Employer’s Protection of Intellectual Property, Lorman Education Services , June 5, 2002
  • Resolving Domain Name Disputes, Louisville Bar Association and the University of Louisville School of Law , May 16, 2001
  • Dotcom Litigation, Third Annual Computer & Technology Law Institute, University of Kentucky College of Law , March 16, 2001
  • E-Privacy In Kentucky: Strategies for Protecting Your Business and Your Employees’ Rights In Today’s High-Tech Environment, Council on Education in Management , September 28, 1998


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • J.D. summa cum laude - 1992
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Law Review: University of Illinois Law Review, Articles Editor, 1990 - 1992
  • Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1981
    • Major: Communications
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • M.B.A. - 2011
    • Honors: Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary Society
    • Major: Business Administration
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
    • M.S. - 1987
    • Major: Journalism

Published Works

  • Paying More for What You’ve Already Got: The Upcoming Changes to the FLSA, For the Defense, January, 2016
  • Disabled Nurse Cannot Escape Employer’s Attendance Policy, April 27- 2012, State Journal (Charleston, W. Va.)
  • Comparing Comparative Advertisements, March/April 2006, The Federal Lawyer
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Comparative Advertising, February 3- 2006, Business First
  • Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, Intellectual property developments from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2005 & 2006, ABA Section of Business Law
  • Understanding the Ineffectual CAN-SPAM Act, August 2004, Louisville Bar Briefs
  • Use a Lot Instead of a Little (How To Avoid a Celebrity’s Wrath), July 2004, The Federal Lawyer
  • Borrowing a Celebrity’s Name May Lead to Legal Trouble, April 2- 2004, Business First
  • A Temporary Guide To Sovereign Immunity Law in Kentucky, Bench & Bar, Kentucky Bar Association , July, 2003
  • A Reporter’s Guide To The Kentucky Open Meetings And Open Record Acts, Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press , 1997
  • Movies And Product Placement: Is Hollywood Turning Films Into Commercial Speech?, 1992 U. Ill. L. Rev. 301, 1992

Past Employment Positions

  • Supreme Court of West Virginia, Asst. Disciplinary Counsel, 2013 - 2014
  • Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Of Counsel, 2013 - 2014
  • General Electric, Counsel , 2006 - 2012
  • Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP, Partner , 1993 - 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, Law Clerk, 1992 - 2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • Ohio Graduation Test Tutor, Aiken HIgh School, Cincinnati, OH, 2007 - 2009
  • Mock Trial Coach, Wyoming High School, Wyoming, OH, 2006 - 2012
  • Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries of KYOHWVA, INC., Huntington, WV, January 1, 2018 – present (Board Member, January 1, 2015- Present)
  • Vice-President Communications, Tri-State Society of Human Resource Managers, Huntington, WV, January 1, 2018 – present (President, 2015 & 2016)
  • Board Member, Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity, 2015-2017
  • Board Member, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, 2016 - Present
  • Board Member, B’nai Sholom Congregation, Huntington, WV, 2017 - Present


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