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Stephanie D Thacker

Ms. Thacker began her career as an associate at AG&T from August, 1992 to November, 1994. She rejoined the firm in 2006 after having served as a federal prosecutor for twelve years both in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia and in the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.

During her tenure with the United States Attorney’s Office, Ms. Thacker, along with Mr. Combs, was part of the trial team that prosecuted the first case in the country brought under the Violence Against Women Act. United States v. Bailey, 112 F.3d 758 (4th Cir. 1997). Stephanie tried numerous other cases, including money laundering, fraud, firearms, and tax evasion matters. She also coordinated a number of prosecution initiatives directed to combating domestic violence, criminal non-payment of child support and federal coal mine safety violations.

During her time with the Department of Justice, Ms. Thacker tried cases in multiple jurisdictions, spearheaded several nationwide initiatives, and conducted training on prosecution and trial techniques around the country and around the world. As a result, she was ultimately charged with managing the entire litigation and training work load for the Child Exploitation Section of the Department of Justice. Stephanie received numerous awards for her work, including the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest given within the Department, for her role in the prosecution and trial of Dwight York, the leader of a world wide pseudo-religious organization who molested countless children. United States v. York, 428 F.3d 1325 (11th Cir. 2005).

Ms. Thacker’s practice with AG&T concentrates on complex litigation, including toxic tort, and criminal defense. She currently serves on AG&T’s Executive Committee.

  • Marshall University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1987
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1990
    • Order of the Coif
    • West Virginia Law Review, 1988-1990; Coal Issue Editor, 1990
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District of West Virginia, 1994-1999
  • Trial Attorney and Principal Deputy Chief, United States Department of Justice, Child Exploitation Section, 1999-2006
  • Adjunct Professor, West Virginia University College of Law Trial Advocacy Course (2010)
  • Member, DRI; DuPont Primary Law Firm Network

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Stephanie D Thacker

Allen Guthrie & Thomas, PLLC
P.O. Box 3394
Charleston, WV 25333

(304) 720-4233
(304) 345-9941 (fax)


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