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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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United States: Dispute resolution

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

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals - ranked: tier 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP's 'good group of team players' is noted for its significant individual representations, although it is often engaged by corporations in major cases. Alongside Michael Miller¬†in New York, Washington DC's¬†Reid Weingarten¬†and¬†Jason Weinstein¬†are representing¬†Fethullah G√ľlen in connection with a campaign by the Turkish government to obtain the client's extradition from the US to Turkey. Weingarten is representing retired judge Richard Roberts in a civil lawsuit in the District of Utah, involving historic allegations of sexual assault. Other highlights for the group included representing Volkswagen as lead counsel in the DOJ criminal investigation and prosecutions arising from the diesel emissions controversy. Other key figures in the group include¬†Brian Heberlig¬†in Washington DC and¬†Chris Niewoehner¬†in Chicago.¬†James Brochin¬†joined the New York office in September 2018, having previously practiced as a sole practitioner.

Leading individuals: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals

Reid Weingarten - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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General commercial disputes
General commercial disputes - ranked: tier 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

The highly experienced litigators at Steptoe & Johnson LLP are regularly called on to represent clients in breach of contract, fraud, business torts and trade secrets disputes, and are also well versed in asset recovery and judgment enforcement. The firm continued to grow on the West Coast, most recently with the hire of Los Angeles-based Robyn Crowther from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in January 2019. In other developments, Leah Quadrino was promoted to partner in 2018 and Molly Bruder Fox and Jared Butcher made partner in 2019. Jennifer Quinn-Barabanov and Chicago-based Cal Burnton achieved a victory for Shell when they defeated class certification of claims concerning termiticide chemicals brought by over 450 property owners. Elsewhere, a team including Reid Weingarten and Michael Baratz are representing a developer in the largest eminent domain case in Washington DC history. Steven Davidson and Antonia Ianniello co-head the department. In New York, the 'highly pragmatic’ Charles Michael 'always keeps an eye on the big picture’. Attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Next generation lawyers

Leah Quadrino - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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International litigation
International litigation - ranked: tier 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP's¬†team is ‚Äėwell known, well credentialed and capable of getting good results in international enforcement matters‚Äô.¬†Michael Baratz¬†and head of international arbitration Steven Davidson¬†frequently defend blue-chip corporate clients in complex litigation; the duo has been representing ExxonMobil in its efforts to enforce its $1bn ICSID award against Venezuela. White-collar defense specialist¬†Reid Weingarten¬†and New York-based litigator Michael Miller¬†are ‚Äėexcellent trial lawyers and strong tacticians with real jury appeal‚Äô. Headed by Washington DC-based Antonia Ianniello, the commercial litigation and arbitration department also acts a number of global¬†financial institutions. Also of note,¬†Jared Butcher¬†and Molly Bruder Fox¬†were made partners in Washington DC. The team was strengthened in 2019 by the arrival of¬†Christopher Paparella, who joined the New York office from¬†Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 1

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

A stalwart of the Washington DC international trade landscape, Steptoe & Johnson LLP's 'deep bench' provides 'concise and usable advice' to corporates, trade associations and governments across the spectrum, from export controls and sanctions advice to high-profile litigation, including prominent WTO mandates. In the trade remedies realm, as well as its involvement in many of the most high-profile and complex disputes between the US and China, the team, led by Mark Moran and Eric Emerson, also recently secured a notable victory at the ITC for the Canadian government in its subsidies dispute with Boeing regarding competition from Canada-based airline manufacturer Bombardier. Led by Susan Esserman, the team also recently secured another notable anti-dumping/countervailing ITC victory, when on behalf of numerous major US consumers/importers, including the American Beverage Association, the commission unanimously found that the imports of PET resin did not cause or threaten injury. Pablo Bentes excels at counseling and litigation (including WTO disputes) for Latin American sovereigns and companies; alongside Esserman he recently successfully secured exemptions for the Brazil Steel Institute on the Section 232 tariffs exercised by the Trump administration on steel imports. Moran, Matthew Yeo  and Amy Lentz continue to represent British Columbia Lumber Trade Council in the long-running softwood lumber dispute with the US, and are key members of the team that also includes trade remedies experts Joel Kaufman and Thomas Trendl, who 'know the dumping laws and practices of the agency like no one else'; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) expert Lucinda Low; 'knowledgeable' sanctions/export control practitioners Brian Egan  and Edward Krauland; and senior statesman Richard Cunningham.

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
Leading trial lawyers - ranked: tier 4

Reid Weingarten - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Reid Weingarten - Steptoe & Johnson LLP White-collar defense specialist Reid Weingarten maintains a stellar record acting for major corporates and individuals in high-profile disputes. Spitting his time between the firm's Washington DC and New York offices, he is representing the former president of the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute in connection with pending criminal matters related to allegations of bid-rigging involving a non-profit. Acting alongside Clifford Chance, Weingarten is also representing founder of Autonomy Mike Lynch in a dispute against Hewlett Packard Enterprise in a $5bn damages claim surrounding fraud allegations.

Leading lawyers

Reid Weingarten - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP‚Äôs¬†toxic tort team handles mass tort actions arising from catastrophes, chemical products and environmental contamination and has significant trial experience. Practice head Robert Shuftan¬†in Chicago is ‚Äėa highly intelligent and experienced strategist with broad knowledge of the industries in which his clients operate‚Äô. The team continues to represent Beazer East in an environmental site case, and is defending Growmark against claims that plaintiffs developed cancer as a result of using a glyphosate product. In other highlights, Los Angeles-based Jason Levin¬†is representing Elster American Meter as the manufacturer of an allegedly defective gas pressure regulator in a personal injury case filed after an explosion occurred in an apartment complex. In January 2018, Anthony Anscombe¬†and Stephanie Sheridan¬†joined from Sedgwick in Chicago and San Francisco respectively.

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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP¬†has ‚Äėa deep bench of government contracts professionals‚Äô, who earn praise for their ‚Äėresponsiveness‚Äô and ‚Äėknowledge of government contracting and financial management‚Äô. The team handles bid protests, contract claims, investigations and FCA issues. Government contracts chair Paul Hurst¬†defended longstanding client Humana in multiple bid protests at the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims, in a challenge to its award of a $40bn contract by the Defense Health Agency for the Tricare health program designed primarily for military families. The team also has notable experience representing clients in response to audits and investigations conducted by agencies; in one example,¬†Thomas Barletta¬†and Hurst assisted an international corporation in resolving an investigation launched by the Department of Justice, which was triggered by a whistleblower who alleged FCA violations due to fraudulent representations that induced the government into awarding the contract to the client. In another instance, Hurst represents an NGO regarding an audit conducted by the US Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction relating to costs charged by the NGO to the United States Agency for International Development under a cooperative agreement awarded to the NGO to fund the development activities for local government services. Of counsel Mike Michael Navarre¬†is a ‚Äėknown expert in contractor issues in the battle space‚Äô. Peter Wellington¬†is another key member. Senior counsel Michael Mutek¬†left in May 2018 and is now general counsel at Aerojet Rocketdyne.

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Government relations
Government relations - ranked: tier 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP¬†has ‚Äėput together a solid team‚Äô of ‚Äėwell-respected advocates‚Äô that lobbies for clients in the energy, telecoms, health, insurance, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors. Douglas Kantor¬†acts for the Secure Payments Partnership, a coalition consisting of merchant trade associations, debit card networks and payment processors, to advocate for numerous industries to have votes in setting payment security standards, advocate for more secure authentication and promote competition in payment cards. ‚ÄėVery organized and exceptional advocates‚Äô Darryl Nirenberg¬†and associate Eva Rigamonti¬†are recommended. Advocating on behalf of 1-800 Contacts, Nirenberg was instrumental in achieving enactment of a piece of legislation that secures every American the right to a copy of his or her contact lens prescription after an eye exam. Bond Dealers of American and KLX are new clients. Scott Sinder¬†leads the practice, and James Barnette¬†is also a key name.

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United States: Industry focus

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

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

With clients such as Arizona Public Service Company and Southern California Edison, the work of Steptoe & Johnson LLP's electric practice group spans much of the US. Richard Roberts is the head of the 'seasoned' 23-lawyer group, which 'works to advance business interests while maintaining the necessary regulatory relationships'. Antitrust expert Douglas Green and others successfully acted for Eversource Energy (the largest transmission owner in New England) in a class action antitrust and consumer fraud complaint; the plaintiff alleged that the defendant purposely withheld gas transportation capacity on the Algonquin gas pipeline, increasing wholesale electricity price in New England by a total of $3.7bn over several years. In an ongoing matter for the same client, a team led by the 'creative, strategic and forward-thinking' David Raskin represents Eversource Energy in four complaints filed at FERC seeking to reduce the return on equity allowed for New England's transmission owners. Gary Morgans is 'a master of FERC rate-making theory'; also recommended are Daniel Mullen, Charles Mills, Steven Ross and Jennifer Key. Associate Karen Bruni is noted for her FERC enforcement and investigation work. Mark Johnson joined the Chicago office from McGuireWoods LLP in June 2018; of counsel Heather Horne departed for an in-house position at Duke Energy in November 2018. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC, unless otherwise noted.

Leading lawyers

Charles Mills - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

David Raskin - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steven Ross - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Rising stars

Karen Bruni - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Energy litigation: oil and gas
Energy litigation: oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Daniel Poynor, noted for his experience in representing pipelines before FERC and appellate courts, is the head of the nine-partner Washington DC-based oil and gas pipeline focused group at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, which is 'easy to work with'. The department has well-known clients such as Colonial Pipeline Company and Sunoco Pipeline, and does a significant amount of work for the Association of Oil Pipe Lines. Recent highlights include negotiating and finalizing a high-profile $162m settlement between Enbridge and the government arising from releases of crude oil from the client's pipelines in Michigan and Illinois in 2010; the 'seasoned and pragmatic' David Coburn led on this matter. In a matter spanning seven years and ending successfully in 2018, Poynor assisted Seaway Crude Pipeline Company with obtaining a FERC approval to switch to charging market-based rates; key contacts Steven Brose and Steven Reed were also involved in this work. Besides this, the firm is known for its success in cost-of-service rate proceedings. Cynthia Taub is 'very knowledgeable'.

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

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Key areas of activity for Steptoe & Johnson LLP's energy team include FERC investigations, rate cases and regulatory assistance on transactions. FERC enforcement specialist Richard Roberts heads the team. A group led by Steven Ross assisted a major electric and natural gas utility with obtaining FERC authorizations for its $16.4bn all-stock merger with SCANA. Another significant matter is the firm's representation of Eversource Energy, New England's largest energy provider, in a FERC complaint proceeding; the counterparties seek a reduction in the return on equity given to New England transmission owners, which could cost the client several billion dollars of transmission investment. David Raskin, Gary Morgans and of counsel Hunter Hodges are active on this. Douglas Green, Daniel Mullen and Marc Spitzer are other names to note. Wesley Heath joined the group from FERC's Office of Enforcement in April 2018; Mark Johnson joined the Chicago office from McGuireWoods LLP in June 2018. Named attorneys are based in DC, unless otherwise noted.

Leading lawyers

David Raskin - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Praised by a client for its 'exceptional depth of experience', Steptoe & Johnson LLP's DC-based oil and gas pipeline department is led by FERC and appellate court specialist Daniel Poynor. The 'seasoned' team is 'full of strategic thinkers' who specialize in representing companies in cost-of-service and market-based rate proceedings. Recent highlights include Poynor and Steven Reed leading a team that negotiated and obtained regulatory approvals for a settlement pertaining to the Trans Alaska Pipeline System on behalf of ConocoPhillips; the settlement brought to an end over a decade of rate litigation at FERC, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and various state and federal courts. Elsewhere, Douglas Green and others successfully acted for Eversource in a class action antitrust and consumer fraud complaint initiated by retail electric consumers in New England; the plaintiffs alleged that the client, along with Avangrid, purposely withheld gas transportation capacity on the Algonquin gas pipeline in order to benefit from the resultant increased prices of rival electric generators. Enbridge and Colonial Pipeline Company are some other impressive names which feature on the firm's client list. Steven Brose is also highly recommended.

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 LLP¬†provides a ‚Äėseamless blend of technical and legal expertise‚Äô. Strong in contaminated sites, toxic substances, CWA and CAA, it is representing Shell in a class action pending in a Florida Circuit Court involving 465 property owners claiming personal injury and a loss of over $30m in property value due to detection of a pesticide called dieldrin, sold by Shell, in domestic wells and in soil. Cal Burnton¬†(who handles toxic tort and product liability) worked on the case; he is based in Chicago as is practice chair Robert Shuftan. In Washington DC, Seth Goldberg¬†provides ‚Äėinsightful and strategic advice, exceptional client care and responsiveness‚Äô.

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

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP's core areas of expertise include product liability, environmental disasters, professional liability, finance, cybersecurity personal injury and health reinsurance claims. Harry Lee won final judgment for St Paul Fire and Marine Insurance in a $30m asbestos and personal injury coverage dispute against the policyholder concerning the interpretation and exhaustion issues of a definition contained in historical insurance policies, while Roger Warin and James Rocap have been advising an AIG entity in a coverage action initiated by Merck, which suffered losses through a network interruption. Antonia Ianniello reached a settlement between client Swiss Re and Guidant in UK arbitration relating to defective product liability claims. Frank Winston, who heads the department with Lee, regularly acts for Travelers in insurance disputes. All mentioned attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Leading individuals: Insurance: advice to insurers: 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

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is experienced in representing aviation-sector clients in administrative and commercial disputes. Regulatory matters and aviation accidents are also key areas of expertise. Dane Jaques is representing Swissport in litigation arising from an accident that occurred in property owned by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; he is also acting for a major aerospace manufacturer in claims arising from the malfunction of an airborne missile defence platform. TAP Portugal and Japan Airlines are also clients. David Coburn, William Karas and Carol Gosain are other names to note in the Washington DC-based team.

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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 handles a wide range of regulatory work in the aviation sector, and is particularly well known for its experience of UAS regulations. Key contacts include William Karas, who handles regulation and antitrust mandates, Carol Gosain, Dane Jaques and David Coburn. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

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Transport: rail and road - litigation
Transport: rail and road - litigation - ranked: tier 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP represents rail carriers in complex commercial disputes and in pre-emption matters before the STB, federal and state courts, and arbitration panels. Alice Loughran is representing Union Pacific Railroad in several cases, including a putative class action case brought by residents regarding the June 2008 flooding of the Cedar River. Also recommended are transportation practice chair Linda Stein, Samuel Sipe, Betty Jo Christian, and Peter Denton, who joined in 2018 from Mayer Brown. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

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

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP regularly acts for railroad industry clients in regulatory proceedings and is experienced in advising on environmental matters. Anthony LaRocca, who advises railroad clients on economic regulations and pre-emption matters, and Samuel Sipe were retained by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) to represent the freight rail industry in a major rulemaking proceeding before the federal STB, which considered circumstances wherein a freight railroad could be compelled against its will to handle freight traffic on behalf of a potential competitor. David Coburn represented All Aboard Florida in a suit filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia regarding a planned passenger railroad, which included advising on a variety of permitting and environmental review issues related to the planned construction of the rail line. Alice Loughran, senior counsel Betty Jo Christian and department head Linda Stein, who regularly represents railroads in STB proceedings, are also key figures, as is Peter Denton who joined from Mayer Brown in 2018. All lawyers mentioned are based in Washington DC.

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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright
Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is primarily concerned in dealing with piracy and counterfeiting issues. Michael Allan leads the team and recent work highlights of his included advising BMG in a lawsuit against Cox Communications, whose subscribers had infringed online copyright.

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Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)
Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) - ranked: tier 4

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

The team at Steptoe & Johnson LLP is particularly active in the technology sector. Recent examples included representing complainant Autel Robotics in an investigation filed against DJI regarding drone patents. In the medical device space, the team acted for Ilooda and Jeisys Medical as respondents in an investigation filed by Syneron Medical, Candela and Massachusetts regarding radio frequency micro-needle treatment devices. Broadcom is another key client. Practice head John Caracappa is a key figure in the team, and of counsel Matthew Bathon is also recommended. Charles Schill retired.

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 3

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP has been building a reputation for cross-border trade secret disputes. Practice head Michael Allan is based in DC and acted for Huawei Technologies in litigation brought by T-Mobile alleging that the client engaged in trade secrets misappropriation; T-Mobile sought $600m in damages. He also defended Hytera against Motorola, which claimed that several of the client's employees had misappropriated 20,000 trade secrets and copied copyrighted source code.

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United States: Labor and employment

ERISA litigation
ERISA litigation - ranked: tier 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s Washington DC-based team has handles significant 401(k) excessive fee, fiduciary breach and stock drop litigation cases, as well as DOL investigations for clients such as BP, American Express, Bear Stearns and Honda. Ongoing big-ticket cases include defending Express Scripts against a class action alleging breaches of contract, prohibited transaction rules, RICO laws and ACA compliance; Paul Ondrasik, Eric Serron and Gwendolyn Renigar are involved in that matter. Sara Pikofsky, who recently joined from Jones Day, is part of the team representing the National Indemnity Company in a stock-drop litigation class action. Additionally, Pikofsky is defending Macy’s against ERISA fiduciary breach claims forwarded by the Secretary of Labor. The team also represented Republic Services in a class action arising from alleged losses in its ESOP arrangement.

Leading lawyers

Eric Serron - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Paul Ondrasik - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sara Pikofsky - 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

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s full-service employee benefits and executive compensation team boasts a client base comprising plan sponsors and fiduciaries such as banking institutions, broker-dealers, insurers, trade associations and investment entities. Key individuals include practice head Paul Ondrasik, and Melanie Nussdorf, who has particular expertise in ERISA fiduciary mandates including prohibited transactions and DOL corrections. Nussdorf and Eric Serron handled a number of plan compliance corrections in response to DOL investigations, and Ondrasik and Edward Mackiewicz are providing broad legal advice to numerous health and welfare funds. Notable clients include Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Patrick Menasco left the firm for Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and William Bortz joined as senior counsel from the US Treasury Department. The team is based in Washington DC.

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

Steptoe & Johnson LLP's practice handles a high number of unfair labor practice allegations and is active in a variety of industries, including retail, healthcare, logistics, food processing, and aviation. Phoenix- based Steve Wheeless leads the team; he is representing Walmart before the NLRB regarding allegations by the NLRB that Walmart unlawfully disciplined and discharged scores of employees who participated in short-duration strikes as part of the United Food and Commercial Workers International 'work center' campaign to ultimately organize Walmart. Alan Feldman has expertise in advising employers facing union organization campaigns, as well as managing the campaigns in accordance with the NLRB and the Railway Labor Act.

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 advises clients on global privacy and data security issues, including data breach prevention and response, compliance, regulatory investigations and class action lawsuits following data breaches. New York-based practice head Michael Vatis has been assisting the global supplier of electronic learning products for children, VTech, with the response to a hack of customer information and the resulting US and international regulatory enforcement investigations. Other key team members of the Washington DC office include Alan Cohn, who specializes in cybersecurity, blockchain and distributed ledger technology issues, Stewart Baker and cryptocurrency expert Jason Weinstein.

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 noted for its work on high-profile regulatory matters, as well as for its ability to pull together interdisciplinary teams and its 'invaluable' policy awareness. A key recent mandate for the internet-focused firm was its representation of several clients in petitioning the FCC to reverse its Restoring Internet Freedom Order. 'Extremely savvy' practice head Markham Erickson and 'very responsive and organized' associate Georgios Leris represented lead petitioners Mozilla and INCOMPAS, while internet law and new technologies specialist Pantelis Michalopoulos, alongside associate Travis West, advised additional petitioners Etsy and the Coalition for Internet Openness. Michalopoulos is also assisting Dish Network with its opposition to the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile, and with its expansion into Cuba, and is assisting Iota in wireless licensing matters crucial to its Internet of Things services. Erickson works with key client Netflix on various regulatory matters, including representation before the FCC concerning regulations applied to over-the-top video services. Other key names in the practice include of counsel Christopher Bjornson, who advocates for clients before both national and international regulatory bodies, and former FCC general counsel Jonathan Sallet, who also brings to bear significant experience in antitrust and internet law.

Leading lawyers

Markham Erickson - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Rising stars

Georgios Leris - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 5

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP assists with international tax issues, including tax treaties, foreign tax credits and internal restructuring transactions. The firm also frequently acts for companies in tax controversy matters with international elements. Practice chair Philip West, Amanda Varma, and team leads Lisa Zarlenga and Robert Rizzi, are all notable. Recent highlights include advising a technology company on a very high-value restructuring matter. The team also advises numerous families in Israel, Switzerland, Monaco and the UK. All lawyers named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, and national trade associations and charities)
Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, and national trade associations and charities) - ranked: tier 1

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is instructed by a broad range of tax-exempt clients, including healthcare organizations, universities, private foundations and charities. The firm's Washington DC-based lawyers work closely with colleagues in New York, who have considerable experience acting for high-net-worth individuals, and together the cross-office group has expertise in areas such as tax, corporate, employment, regulatory and governance. On the transactional side, the firm was involved in several significant deals in the healthcare and micro-finance sectors. Other notable highlights include advising the Wounded Warrior Project on a variety of tax issues, including fringe benefit rules added by the 2017 tax bill. Other key clients include the National Park Foundation, INSEAD University, Economic Innovation Group, and the American Astronomical Society. Catherine Wilkinson jointly leads the team together with Suzanne McDowell and Ruth Madrigal, who are 'both excellent lawyers with significant and varied experience in addressing the issued faced by tax-exempt organizations'.

Leading lawyers

Suzanne McDowell - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ruth Madrigal - Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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US taxes: contentious
US taxes: contentious - ranked: tier 2

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is defending pharmaceutical company Perrigo against IRS assertions that transfer pricing adjustments are necessary with respect to inter-company transfers of the company’s highest selling, most lucrative drug. In other notable work, the firm represented numerous trade associations - including Silicon Valley Tax Directors Group and National Association of Manufacturers - as amici taxpayers in support of taxpayer Altera in the Ninth Circuit, seeking affirmance of the en banc Tax Court decision. Other names in Washington DC are Walker Johnson, Phil West, Alice Loughran and Brad Allwyn. Pat Derdenger, who splits his time between Los Angeles and Phoenix, is also noted. Lisa Zarlenga and Robert Rizzi lead the practice from Washington DC.

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

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is well known for its private client practice and its experience in legislative reform advocacy, SALT matters, international tax planning and transactions in the insurance, construction and technology sectors. The firm regularly advises corporate and private clients on impacts of legislative and regulatory developments, and also handles tax planning mandates, partnership structuring, and commercial taxation on behalf of private clients. New York partners Phil West, Zvi Hahn and Robert Rizzi are highly recommended. In Washington DC, Lisa Zarlenga and Aaron Nocjar are also key figures. Further, William Bortz joined the Washington DC office in September 2018 from the US Treasury Department, adding complementary expertise in employment benefits.

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