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Stephanie H. Ojeda | H and L

214 Capitol St.
Charleston, WV 25301

Tel: 304-346-5500
Direct: 304-720-5520
Fax: 304-346-5515
Email: sojeda@handl.com

Stephanie Hainer Ojeda joined Hendrickson & Long, PLLC in January 2016. She practices as a commercial lawyer in West Virginia and Kentucky, primarily in the areas of business, civil litigation, employment law, and insurance defense.

Since 1998, Ms. Ojeda has helped numerous corporations in West Virginia successfully navigate employment matters, including advising and defending them on deliberate intent and workplace safety cases and toxic tort cases. Previously, she served as a criminal Assistant United States Attorney and has since used that experience to participate in the defense of workplace safety and white-collar criminal investigations for corporate entities and individual managers. Additionally, Ms. Ojeda has accepted numerous court-appointed matters, serving as guardian ad litem for juvenile abuse and neglect cases and as criminal defense counsel.

Ms. Ojeda’s professional experience also includes serving as law clerk to the Honorable John T. Copenhaver, Jr., United States District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia, and, most recently, as Vice President and Associate General Counsel to a coal corporation. She shares her skills and participates in further professional development as a barrister member of The Judge John A. Field, Jr. American Inn of Court, an organization focused on professionalism, skills, and ethics in the legal profession. Ms. Ojeda has further shared her expertise by working as an adjunct instructor of criminal justice at West Virginia State University and of appellate advocacy/advanced legal research and writing at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Involved in her community, Ms. Ojeda served as a founding board member for the Appalachia Chapter of the Women’s Energy Network and for Laotong Yoga, Inc., a non-profit organization. She has also served as a board member for the Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center.

When she is not at work serving as a commercial lawyer in West Virginia, Ms. Ojeda is the mother of active teenagers and enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Practice Areas

Business, Civil Litigation, Employment, Insurance Defense

Education

M.B.A., West Virginia University, 2012

J.D., West Virginia University, 1998

B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College, 1995

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

United States District Court, Northern District of West Virginia

United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia

Supreme Court of Kentucky

United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky.

United States Court for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Awards and Achievements

West Virginia Law Review, Associate Editor

Order of the Coif

Patrick Duffy Koontz Award Recipient

Energy & Mineral Law Foundation

 Affiliations and Community Involvement

Per diem Counsel, Energy, Industry & Mining Committee and Judiciary Committee, West Virginia Senate

Founding Board Member, LaoTong Yoga, non-profit

Member, West Virginia Women Attorneys
Chair, Organizing Committee for WV’s YWCA Girls’ Night Out Annual Event

Fundraiser, Resolve Family Abuse Program