One of West Virginia's busiest lawyers does work for the State of West Virginia, earning $370,000 in fees for his law firm Steptoe and Johnson, which has earned more than one-third of the $5.6 million dollars paid to attorneys by state government in the past two years.

Jeffrey Phillips has spent most of his time handling more than 40 lawsuits and claims against the West Virginia State Police.

He is not an assistant attorney general assigned to the Department of Public Safety, but is one of more than 100 private lawyers routinely hired to represent the State Police, government officials and public agencies in court.

Many of the cases involve work for the Board of Risk, which is the state's insurance carrier.

Among other big takers, Bailey and Wyant $945,000 for 85 cases.

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