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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

1330 CONNECTICUT AVENUE, NW, WASHINGTON DC 20036, USA
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United States: Antitrust

Cartel
Cartel - ranked: tier 4

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s US team has vast experience in FTC and DOJ investigations, where it assists clients from industries such as technology, telecoms, aviation and insurance. It also plays a key role in EC-led investigations, where it works with members of the firm’s London and Brussels offices. Edward Schwartz leads the team, which also includes Kenneth Ewing.

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United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates - ranked: tier 4

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s practice is led by Jason Weinstein in Washington DC and Chris Niewoehner in Chicago. The team served as lead counsel to Volkswagen in connection with the criminal investigation and prosecution by the DOJ arising from the diesel emissions controversy, achieving a significantly reduced penalty for the company. ‘Superb trial lawyer’ Reid Weingarten splits his time between Washington DC and New York and led the defense of Richard Ireland against 79 counts of honest services bribery and money laundering in connection with allegations that Ireland bribed Pennsylvania’s former state treasurer, resulting in a full acquittal.

Leading lawyers

Reid Weingarten - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

The ‘very professional, responsive and accessible’ litigation group at Steptoe & Johnson LLP expanded significantly in 2018, adding a seven-lawyer team in San Francisco from Sedgwick LLP led by class action specialist Stephanie Sheridan; and in 2017, American College of Trial Lawyers fellow Joe Caldwell joined the Washington DC office. The firm’s judgment enforcement team is highly regarded and partners Michael Baratz and Steven Davidson are key figures in this space. Other partners receiving praise are ‘excellent trial lawyers’ Reid Weingarten and New York-based Michael Miller, the ‘thoughtful and dependable’ John Frey in Chicago, as well as Filiberto Agusti, Brigida Benitez and Phoenix-based Karl Tilleman. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC except where otherwise indicated.

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP has ‘excellent litigation and trial capability’, according to one client. Another remarks that it is ‘well known, well credentialed and capable of getting good results in international enforcement matters’. Washington DC-based Antonia Iannellio heads the commercial litigation and arbitration department. Also recommended are Michael Baratz and head of international arbitration Steven Davidson, who frequently defend blue-chip corporate clients in complex litigation. Davidson acted for ConocoPhillips in the enforcement of a $380m ICSID award against the Republic of Ecuador. White-collar defense specialist Reid Weingarten and New York-based litigator Michael Miller are ‘excellent trial lawyers and strong tacticians with real jury appeal’.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 1

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Jointly led by Brittany Prelogar and Edward Krauland, the ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Steptoe & Johnson LLP provides ‘a very strong service’ to corporates and sovereign governments across the spectrum of matters, from export control and sanctions advice to high-profile litigation including prominent World Trade Organization (WTO) mandates. On the trade remedies front, the firm has a ‘first-rate reputation’ for representing respondents in high-stakes anti-dumping and countervailing duty matters. As well as his work negotiating bilateral and multilateral treaty negotiations, the ‘superbMark Moran also has vast experience representing private parties and governments before the WTO and the US courts and federal agencies. Alongside Matthew Yeo, Moran continues to represent the British Columbia Lumber Trade Council in the long-running softwood lumber dispute with the US. Formerly a legal officer at the WTO’s appellate body, Pablo Bentes has significant insight into its machinations and is representing the government of Brazil as respondent in a WTO case concerning its tax regime brought against it by the EU and Japan. Particularly active in Latin America-related mandates, Lucinda Low has a focus on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters and regularly assists clients in ensuring robust compliance programs are in place. Eric Emerson is ‘absolutely superb at handling anti-dumping matters’ as well as other trade remedies and trade policy work, and is particularly accomplished in matters involving a nexus to China. Other recommended practitioners include Matthew Yeo, who excels at WTO disputes; Stewart Baker, for CFIUS issues; Susan Esserman, who has a significant focus on US-India and US-China matters; and Richard Cunningham. The arrival in May 2017 of Brian Egan from the US State Department and in October 2017 of former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Beatrice, significantly enhances the firm’s capabilities, particularly in relation to sanctions and export controls work.

Leading lawyers

Mark Moran - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Richard Cunningham - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Pablo Bentes - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Leading trial lawyers

Reid Weingarten - Steptoe & Johnson LLPSuperb trial lawyer’ Reid Weingarten is a white-collar criminal defense specialist and has a formidable track record in high-profile cases. Recently he led the defense of Richard Ireland against 79 counts of honest services bribery and money laundering in connection with allegations that Ireland bribed Pennsylvania’s former state treasurer, resulting in a full acquittal. Weingarten splits his time between Washington DC and New York.

Leading trial lawyers

Reid Weingarten - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s environmental, products and mass tort practice has extensive trial expertise and advises on sector-related regulatory matters. The team continues to represent Beazer East in an environmental site case and recently obtained denial of class certification and exclusion of several of the plaintiffs’ experts. In other ongoing work, Los Angeles-based Jason Levin continues to act as lead counsel for Shell in the defense against claims brought by Costa Rican and Panamanian agricultural workers, alleging personal injuries caused by the exposure to agricultural pesticide DBCP. The firm’s client roster also includes Lonza, Osmose and Honeywell. Robert Shuftan heads the department in Chicago. Daniel Blakey left the Los Angeles office in August 2017.

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United States: Finance

Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)
Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) - ranked: tier 1

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

In the words of one client, Steptoe & Johnson LLP is ‘one of the leading firms in the nonprofit field’. The group’s wide-ranging client base includes public charities, private foundations, congressionally chartered organizations and advocacy organizations. The team’s workload covers the full spectrum of legal matters, and it is noted for its expertise in the science, media and healthcare sectors. Co-chair of the practice Suzanne McDowell has ‘many years of diverse experience in the field and has excellent judgment in advising clients on challenging issues’; she is leading the team advising the Wounded Warrior Project on corporate governance and tax issues. ‘Fine lawyer’ Ruth Madrigal is ‘an asset to the firm’s nonprofit practice’. Madrigal brings a wealth of knowledge from her previous role as attorney and policy adviser in the office of tax policy at the US Treasury Department, where she handled tax matters relating to NFPs and tax-exempt organizations. Recent work highlights for the team include advising the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and its subsidiary AIP Publishing on compliance with the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act, and assisting South African medical research organization the Aurum Institute with establishing a similar facility in the US. Other clients include the American Astronomical Society, Pact, Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) and the Battelle Memorial Institute. Catherine Wilkinson, a specialist in voluntary disclosures, government investigations and IRS audits, co-chairs the practice with McDowell. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Suzanne McDowell - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s team provides ‘high-quality advice’ on, among other areas, bid protests, litigation, investigations and contract claims. A recent victory in the bid protest sphere was achieved for longstanding client Humana concerning a $40bn Defense Health Agency contract to perform the TRICARE East Region Managed Care Support services, which was being challenged by multiple competitors. The team also defends CACI against claims brought by Iraqi citizens held by the US at Abu Ghraib prison of alleged mistreatment under theories of co-conspirator liability. The ‘always available’ Paul Hurst, who attracts praise for his ‘deep knowledge’ and ‘keen analysis of the issues’, heads the practice.

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Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

With a strong reputation in the field of financial services advocacy, Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s government affairs and public policy practice has seen a significant uptick in work relating to tax reform. For example, the group was retained by seafood producer and distributor StarKist to advocate for the extension of a tax rule affecting companies operating in American Samoa. In another matter, the team acts for the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB) in ensuring that US states implement the regulations set by the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as promoting an employer-sponsored healthcare market for US businesses who are clients of CIAB members. Las Vegas Sands is another client. Scott Sinder and Micah Green jointly head the practice. Darryl Nirenberg, James Barnette and of counsel Jason Abel are also recommended.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: conventional power
Energy litigation: conventional power - ranked: tier 1

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Conventional power heavyweight Steptoe & Johnson LLP regularly acts on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceedings and high-stake litigious matters, such as the ongoing defence of Southern California Edison in appellate proceedings related to the overcharges during the California power crisis of 2000-2001. In a recent highlight case, practice head Richard Roberts obtained an interlocutory appeal by FERC on behalf of PEPCO and Delmarva Power and Light to reverse an Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) order to produce highly sensitive files; the order has been issued after claims of withheld and falsified information were brought by a merchant transmission developer. Another engagement saw the team representing Public Service Electric & Gas Company and PSEG Power in an appellate proceeding before the Supreme Court contesting state programs that interfere with pricing in FERC regulated markets. A representative client is Entergy; antitrust and litigation expert Douglas Green represented the energy company before the FERC and Justice Department Antitrust Division regarding its sale of the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Plant to Exelon. Key members of the team are the highly-regarded David Raskin and the eminent Steven Ross.

Leading lawyers

David Raskin - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steven Ross - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Energy litigation: oil and gas
Energy litigation: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP leverages its top-notch regulatory capabilities to represent oil companies and independent pipeline companies in contentious regulatory and transactional matters, including accident responses and enforcement matters. Jointly led by Steven Reed and Daniel Poynor, the group is assisting pipeline industry trade association AOPL with various cases, including acting on behalf of the organization as an amicus party in a litigation connected to Portland Pipe Line Company’s challenge to an ordinance enacted by the City of South Portland, and David Coburn reached a settlement with the US government on behalf of Enbridge related to the 2010 crude oil release from the oil company’s pipelines in Michigan and Illinois. Other notable clients are ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobile and Sunoco. Jennifer Key made partner and Dane Jaques joined from Dentons.

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Energy regulatory: conventional power
Energy regulatory: conventional power - ranked: tier 1

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s conventional power regulatory practice stands out for its expertise in advising on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rate cases, investigations and metering proceedings and has a solid knowledge in transactional regulatory matters. A recent mandate saw the highly regarded David Raskin assist Eversource Energy, as part of a transmission owners group, with four complaints before the FERC seeking reductions in the allowed return on equity for all of New England’s transmission owners. Gary Morgans is representing Peco Energy Company in a transmission formula rate case before the commission, while Marc Spitzer is acting on behalf of Arizona Public Service Company in a FERC proceeding related to the termination of a fifty-year transmission service agreement. The department is led by Richard Roberts and includes Douglas Green as well as Steven Ross.

Leading lawyers

David Raskin - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Energy regulatory: oil and gas
Energy regulatory: oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

The team at Steptoe & Johnson LLP is best known for representing integrated oil companies and independent pipeline companies on regulatory and transactional matters. A key client for Daniel Poynor, who leads the department alongside Steven Reed, is the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL); recent mandates include issuing comments in the course of the FERC’s review of its calculation of the inflation-based index for oil pipeline rates and opposing a petition filed by shippers concerning the disclosure of additional pipeline costs information in the pipelines’ annual report to the commission. Steven Brose assisted Colonial Pipeline Company with the filing of a comprehensive revision of its rule tariffs at FERC. Other highlights were the representation of Seaway Crude Pipeline Company in a FERC proceeding to obtain approval to charge market-based rates and defending Sunoco against a complaint at the commission brought by BP Products North America regarding capacity allocations.

Leading lawyers

Steven Brose - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steven Reed - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Environment: litigation
Environment: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLPdoes an outstanding job; the firm’s lawyers are responsive, creative, good writers, and effective advocates’. The team secured a favorable settlement for the Pebble Partnership in its dispute with the EPA, concerning the agency’s preemptive regulatory action under the CWA. Robert Shuftan in Chicago is practice chair. In Washington DC, Seth Goldberg is ‘extremely knowledgeable about the law and government processes’. Recently promoted Cynthia Taub ‘provides exceptional counsel’.

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Insurance: advice to insurers
Insurance: advice to insurers - ranked: tier 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

From its Washington, DC, Chicago, New York, and Phoenix offices, the team at Steptoe & Johnson LLP regularly handles high-value coverage disputes over pharmaceuticals, personal injury, asbestos, finance, and environmental claims. James Rocap continues to represent Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company and New England Reinsurance Company in a case involving coverage for tort suits filed by former NFL players relating to the lack of safety provisions in NFL helmets. Harry Lee is representing Travelers’ subsidiary, St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. in a major asbestos-related insurance coverage dispute, and Roger Warin represented Lexington Insurance Company in connection with a property damage, business interruption, and bad faith claim by Ochsner Health System. Frank Winston, Jon Neumann, John Jacobus and Antonia Ianniello are key contacts. In 2018, Darlene Alt joined the Chicago office from Sedgwick LLP. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers – Coverage

James Rocap - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Roger Warin - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation
Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation - ranked: tier 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Based in Washington DC, Steptoe & Johnson LLP often appears before key transportation and aviation agencies and has particular expertise in aviation disputes with heavy regulatory aspects. Dane Jaques represented Swissport in various matters, including litigation arising from a ground accident and numerous personal injury claims. David Coburn acted for Amadeus IT in a putative class action regarding alleged uncompetitive practices. William Karas and Carol Gosain represented TAP Portugal in several claims following the forced removal of a group of unruly passengers. Japan Airlines, Travel Technology Association and American Association of Travel Agents are additional clients.

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Transport: aviation and air travel - regulation
Transport: aviation and air travel - regulation - ranked: tier 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s aviation department provides a ‘simply excellent’ service to clients including air carriers, manufacturers and trade associations, with notable experience advocating before every major regulatory agency related to the aviation industry. William Karas and Carol Gosain (both of whom are praised for their ‘indispensible’ advice) act fot Japan Airlines on issues such as the DOT’s passenger disability regulations, tarmac delays and air service between the US and Cuba; Karas and Gosain provide similar regulatory advice to TAP Portgal. Dane Jaques acts for multiple aerospace and defense companies and regularly represents clients in NTSB accident investigations. David Coburn is another key figure in the practice group. The department also has a dedicated UAS offering.

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Transport: rail and road - regulation
Transport: rail and road - regulation - ranked: tier 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s transport department provides ‘consistently excellent service’ to rail carriers and industry associations, with specialist expertise in federal pre-emption issues, state taxation, and environmental and safety concerns. Anthony LaRocca and Samuel Sipe are advising BNSF Railway on various issues, including STB proceedings concerning the rail rates for the transportation of grain, and a STB complaint challenging the railroad’s rates for the transportation of crude oil. Other key figures include Alice Loughran, who handles pre-emption cases for Union Pacific, David Coburn, and Linda Stein. Kathy Gainey joined Canadian National Railway, and Fred Horne took a position with the STB.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Washington DC-based team represented BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music as the plaintiffs in a copyright infringement case brought against Cox Communications, which found that the defendant was not entitled to ‘safe harbor’ protection under the DMCA, after being found to have aided and abetted the online infringement of over 1,400 copyrighted works by its subscribers. The group also advises the NMPA on a number of copyright enforcement initiatives. Practice chair Michael Allan often counsels Louis Vuitton on fashion-related copyright matters. John Caracappa and Harold Fox are also recommended.

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Patent litigation: international trade commission
Patent litigation: international trade commission - ranked: tier 4

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s strong technology focus is reflected in recent work, such as assisting Broadcom with a multi-patent complaint against more than twenty respondents involving semiconductors and audiovisual products. The group’s sectorial breadth shows in the representation of Nano Tech against infringement allegations by Aspen Aerogels involving aerogel insulation materials. After the departure of Steven Adkins to McGuireWoods LLP, the core team in Washington DC consists of practice head John Caracappa, Michael Allan and Harold Fox, who has a strong prosecution background in the life sciences and engineering sectors. Of counsel Matthew Bathon provides key support.

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Bathon - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - ranked: tier 4

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s department is led from Washington DC by John Caracappa and Harold Fox. The group is representing E&J Gallo Winery in a case involving claims of trade secrets misappropriation, unfair competition and breach of contract filed against a number of Belgian companies, and is defending Huawei in a trade secrets dispute brought by Quintel. William Abrams Foster Pepper.

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Trademarks: litigation
Trademarks: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Washington DC-based department acts for clients across a range of sectors, but has particular strength in relation to fashion. Co-chair Michael Allan has been assisting Burberry with a trademark infringement and counterfeit dispute brought against a number of companies regarding Burberry’s trademarks. Allan also successfully represented Campos Brothers Farms in arbitration brought against Campos Family Farms alleging trademark infringement and dilution regarding the client’s name. William Pecau also leads the department.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Paul Ondrasik and Gwen Renigar lead the ERISA litigation practice at Steptoe & Johnson LLP. In recent highlights, Ondrasik secured a win for BP alongside Eric Serron and Morgan Hodgson in a longstanding stock-drop case which arose from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Other significant wins included defending clients such as American Express and Express Scripts against claims involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duties and ACA obligations as well as prohibited transactions. Republic Services also engaged the team to defend a fiduciary breach class action in relation to the management of an employee-owned company, the sale of the ESOP’s stock to a third party, and the investment and distribution of the sale proceeds in connection with the termination of the ESOP. All named individuals are based in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Eric Serron - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Paul Ondrasik - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design - ranked: tier 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

The ‘overall service is excellent’ at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where the employee benefits and executive compensation lawyers are trusted ‘with the most significant matters in the field’. Clients such as trade associations, insurance companies and financial advisers appointed the group to advise on the regulatory landscape surrounding the term ‘fiduciary’, while health and welfare plan service providers engaged Melanie Nussdorf and Paul Ondrasik in Washington DC to respond to DOL investigations. Eric Serron, Edward Mackiewicz and Patrick Menasco are other names to note in the Washington DC office, as is ‘superb lawyer’ Morgan Hodgson. Public sector pension plan sub-team leader Don Wellington joined Reed Smith LLP in April 2018.

Leading lawyers

Melanie Nussdorf - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Paul Ondrasik - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Labor-management relations
Labor-management relations - ranked: tier 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steven Wheeless spearheads Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s team from Phoenix and recently teamed up with Washington DC-based Alan Feldman to advise Walmart on a series of state trespass and nuisance actions arising from ‘store invasions’ coordinated by the United Food and Commercial Workers. The pair also defended Walmart in an unfair labor practice claim which sought to allow non-union employees the right to a representative during investigative interviews. Larry Katz intervened in the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement on behalf of BridgePoint Hospital. Of counsel Doug Janicik is also a key contact and worked alongside Wheeless to represent Adecco in its challenge of an NLRB decision pertaining to class waivers in employment agreements.

Next generation lawyers

Alan Feldman - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) - ranked: tier 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is ‘the go-to firm for blockchain and bitcoin knowledge’; it recently assisted with the formation of the Blockchain Alliance, a forum aimed at reducing bitcoin and blockchain crime, and advised on the formation of the Digital Assets Tax Policy Coalition (DATPC), which will develop tax policies for the virtual currency markets. Jason Weinstein led both matters, while New York-based practice head Michael Vatis acted for VTech Electronics on its response to the hacking of its customer information and subsequent regulatory enforcement investigations. Clients also single out Stewart Baker, who focuses on regulatory issues, and of counsel Alan Cohn, who is co-chair of the firm’s blockchain and digital currency practice. The practice also benefited from the recruitment of seven litigators into its San Francisco office. All attorneys, unless otherwise specified, are based in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Michael Vatis - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alan Cohn - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is ‘excellent across the board’ and has ‘outstanding industry knowledge of telecoms and satellite matters’. Markham Erickson heads the practice and has extensive experience in advising internet companies on regulatory proceedings. He advised Netflix on the net neutrality repeal and British Telecom on the business data services regulation. He also represented The Word Network before the FCC in a dispute with Comcast surrounding its attempt to cease its carriage of the broadcasting network. Pantelis Michalopoulos advises telecoms, wireless and satellite companies on FCC regulations; he advised Dish Network on the recent net neutrality ruling and assisted M2M with the prosecution of FCC wireless licenses required for IoT services. Stephanie Roy regularly advises on aerospace and satellite matters and of counsel Christopher Bjornson is experienced in wireless-, satellite- and internet-related matters.

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Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional - ranked: tier 4

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is ‘excellent across the board’ with ‘deep expertise’ in M&A and possesses ‘outstanding industry knowledge of telecoms and satellite’. Practice head Markham Erickson is noted for advising market participants on the implications of proposed mergers within the industry; he has recently advised Netflix on the proposed mergers of AT&T and DirecTV as well as AT&T and Time Warner, and advised INCOMPAS on the proposed merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable. Pantelis Michalopoulos is experienced in both wireless and satellite matters, and recently advised Dish Network on opposing the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger.

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 5

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP assists public and private clients with a number of international tax issues, including tax treaties, foreign tax credits, internal restructuring transactions and debt/equity issues. Recent highlights include assisting a US-based conglomerate with various domestic and international tax matters, including analysis of operating agreements; and advising numerous high-net-worth individuals on corporate, partnership and individual tax matters with significant cross-border aspects. Practice chair Philip West, Amanda Varma, Lisa Zarlenga and Robert Rizzi, who are all based in Washington DC, are the names to note.

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US taxes: contentious
US taxes: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

At Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington DC’s Walker Johnson has been defending pharmaceutical company Perrigo against IRS assertions that transfer pricing adjustments are necessary with regard to inter-company transfers of some of the client’s over-the-counter generic drugs. In the Phoenix office, Pat Derdenger has been assisting US electricity generator Calpine with a challenge to the property taxes imposed by the state of Arizona and Mohave County on the client’s South Point Energy Center. Delaware Gas & Electric is another key client. Other key contacts include practice heads Lisa Zarlenga and Robert Rizzi as well as Brad Anwyll, all of whom are based in Washington DC.

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP handles transactional, restructuring, SALT and international planning work, with particular experience in the insurance, construction and private client sectors. Additionally, the team regularly advises its clients on tax policy issues before Congress and the Treasury, which is sometimes followed by legislation reform advocacy. Washington DC-based Lisa Zarlenga, Ruth Madrigal, Amanda Varma and Phil West are key partners for this type of work, as is Zvi Hahn in the New York office.

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