Stephanie D. Taylor serves as the Vice President and General Counsel of West Virginia University. As the Vice President and General Counsel, Stephanie is part of the University’s executive leadership team and provides advice and counsel to the President, the University’s administrators, faculty, and staff, and the University’s Board of Governors. She also manages the legal services provided by the University’s attorneys and oversees work performed by law firms on behalf of the University.
Prior to joining WVU in 2016, Stephanie was a lawyer at Jones Day, an international law firm, in its Pittsburgh office. At Jones Day, she focused her practice on general civil litigation, product liability defense, and aviation litigation. Stephanie defended businesses and corporations in litigation and appeals filed in the U.S. state and federal courts and in Canada. She also argued repeatedly before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on behalf of pro bono clients. Stephanie has spoken on aviation issues at national conferences and co-authored a book chapter on transportation litigation.
Before joining Jones Day, Stephanie served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert B. King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Stephanie graduated Order of the Coif from West Virginia University College of Law in 2006 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. She graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.