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Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
No. of offices 9
No. of attorneys 374
Major practice areas General practice
Key people Philip R. West (Chairman)
Date founded 1945
Founder Philip Steptoe, Col. Louis A. Johnson
Company type LLP
Website
www.steptoe.com

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is an international law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is the 93rd highest-grossing law firm in the United States[1] according to the Am Law 100.

History[edit]

Philip Steptoe and Col. Louis A. Johnson, classmates from the University of Virginia School of Law, formed Steptoe & Johnson in 1913 in Clarksburg, WV. In 1928, Steptoe & Johnson opened an office in Charleston, WV, to meet the expanding legislative and regulatory work available in the state capital. Meanwhile, Col. Johnson helped found the American Legion, bringing national prominence to himself and the firm when he served as the organization’s commander in the mid-1930s. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Col. Johnson deputy secretary of war in 1937.

After leaving the Roosevelt administration, Col. Johnson opened the Washington D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson in 1945. Shortly thereafter, Col. Johnson was again tapped for public service, this time by President Harry S. Truman, for whom he served as secretary of defense until 1950.

The firm’s Washington office grew quickly under Col. Johnson’s influence. Among its first clients were the members of the growing airlines industry, as well as pipelines, railroads, and foreign companies whose assets had been seized during World War II. In assisting these clients, Steptoe became known as a prominent firm in regulatory law, tax, and international trade.

In 1980, the firm began a period of growth, starting with the amicable separation of the Washington and West Virginia offices. The West Virginia firm known as Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is still based in Clarksburg, WV.

In 1987, a combination of client needs and business opportunities led to the opening of a Steptoe office in Phoenix. Since 1997, the firm has opened offices in Los Angeles (1997), London (2001), Brussels (2002), New York (2005), Chicago (2007), Beijing (2010), and Palo Alto (2014).

Steptoe attorneys have frequently served in high-level government positions, and are often quoted on current business, political, and legal happenings in national media.[2][3][4] The firm is notable for being one of the first to establish a blockchain practice[5] and to accept payment in bitcoin.[6]

Pro Bono[edit]

Steptoe ranked 19th among Am Law 200 firms in The American Lawyer's 2015 pro bono report,[7] based on average hours spent on and breadth of commitment to pro bono work. The firm’s pro bono efforts have been recognized by the Animal Legal Defense Fund,[8] the John Carroll Society,[9] the Children’s Law Center,[10] the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation,[11] and the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project,[12] among others.

Recent Awards & Rankings[edit]

  • Chambers UK[13] recognized one practice area and five attorneys (2017)
  • Chambers Global[14] recognized 13 practice areas and 25 attorneys (2016)
  • Chambers Europe[15] recognized two practice areas and three attorneys (2016)
  • Chambers USA[16] recognized 20 practice areas and 57 attorneys (2016)
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific[17] recognized two practice areas and three attorneys (2016)
  • China Law & Practice[18] recognized Steptoe as International Trade Firm of the Year
  • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa[19] recognized 6 practice areas and 14 attorneys (2016)
  • The Legal 500 United Kingdom[20] recognized 13 practice areas and 12 attorneys (2016)
  • The Legal 500 United States[21] recognized 26 practice areas and 88 attorneys (2016)
  • U.S. News & World Report[22] recognized 23 practices in national and 45 in metropolitan rankings, and named the firm Railroad Law Firm of the Year (2016)
  • Law360[23] named the firm one of "The 100 Best Law Firms For Minority Attorneys" list (2015)

Notable Current and Former Attorneys[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Firms Ranked by Gross Revenue". The American Lawyer. ALM Media Properties, LLC. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Guida, Victoria; Hanna, Andrew. "Banks not looking to rip up Dodd-Frank". Politico. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Megan R. "Schumerland ascends to new heights in Senate". The Hill. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Versprille, Allyson. "What Mnuchin Should Expect From Senate Vetting: Tax Primer". Bloomberg BNA. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  5. ^ DeNisco, Alison. "Bitcoin & Blockchain, Attorneys at Law: One firm's big switch". TechRepublic. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Friedman, Gabe. "Will Work for Bitcoin, Steptoe & Johnson Says". Bloomberg Law. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Pro Bono Report 2015: The Charts". The American Lawyer. ALM Media Properties, LLC. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Pro Bono: Giving Back to the Animal Community" (PDF). The Animals' Advocate. 32 (3): 6. Winter 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Red Mass". John Carroll Society. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Steptoe Receives Pro Bono Champion Award from Children's Law Center". Children's Law Center. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation and LexisNexis Recognize Five Lex Mundi Member Firms for Outstanding Pro Bono Contributions in 2012". Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation. Lex Mundi. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "ABA Death Penalty Representation Project presents Volunteer Service Awards". American Bar Association. ABA. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "Steptoe & Johnson LLP - Washington, DC - Law Firm Profile - UK Guide, 2017 - Chambers and Partners. Chambers & Partners. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  14. ^ "Steptoe & Johnson LLP - Washington, DC - Law Firm Profile - Chambers Global 2016 - Chambers and Partners". Chambers & Partners. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  15. ^ "Steptoe & Johnson LLP - Brussels - Law Firm Profile - Chambers Europe 2016 - Chambers and Partners". Chambers & Partners. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  16. ^ "Steptoe & Johnson LLP - Washington, DC - Law Firm Profile - Chambers USA 2016 - Chambers and Partners". Chambers & Partners. Retrieved 2014-09-30.
  17. ^ "Steptoe & Johnson LLP - Washington, DC - Law Firm Profile - Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 - Chambers and Partners". Chambers & Partners. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  18. ^ "The China Law & Practice Awards 2016 fetes the industry's finest". China Law & Practice. ALM Media Properties, LLC. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  19. ^ "Steptoe & Johnson LLP". The Legal 500. Retrieved 2016-12-19.
  20. ^ "Steptoe & Johnson". The Legal 500. Retrieved 2016-12-19.
  21. ^ "Steptoe & Johnson LLP". The Legal 500. Retrieved 2016-12-19.
  22. ^ "Steptoe & Johnson LLP". Best Law Firms - U.S. News. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  23. ^ "The 100 Best Law Firms For Minority Attorneys". Law360. Retrieved 2015-09-15.

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