Robert Shuftan > Steptoe & Johnson LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Steptoe & Johnson LLP
115 SOUTH LASALLE STREET
SUITE 3100
CHICAGO, IL 60603
United States

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United States > Industry focus > Environment: litigation

Steptoe & Johnson LLP provides a ‘seamless blend of technical and legal expertise’. 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 ‘insightful and strategic advice, exceptional client care and responsiveness’.

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense

Steptoe & Johnson LLP’s 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 ‘a highly intelligent and experienced strategist with broad knowledge of the industries in which his clients operate’. 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.