International IP, Litigation, Tax, Criminal Defense, Trade & Investment Law Firm
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
633 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, California 90071
Phone (213) 439-9400
Steptoe & Johnson LLP Overview
In more than 100 years of practice, Steptoe has earned an international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in structuring business transactions. Steptoe has more than 500 lawyers and other professional staff across offices in Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington.
Steptoe has a long, vibrant history in Washington, DC, where the firm established an office in 1945. But Steptoe’s origins go back much further, to a partnership established by two Virginia natives more than a century ago. Upon his graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1902, Philip Steptoe went to seek his fortune in Clarksburg, WV, at the time a booming oil and gas center. There, Mr. Steptoe formed a partnership with another attorney, John Rixey. In 1913, Steptoe invited Louis Johnson, who had graduated first in his class at UVA Law the previous year, to join the firm. When Mr. Rixey left the practice in 1916, the firm became known as “Steptoe & Johnson,” a name that has endured since that time.
Today’s Steptoe is a recognized leader among the nation’s law firms, with acknowledged expertise in criminal defense and investigation, intellectual property, international trade, compliance, and investment, litigation, regulatory and legislative affairs, and tax. At the same time, the firm is widely known to be a collaborative partnership that appreciates each other’s successes in an effort to pursue and celebrate those of its clients. It is an institution of which Mr. Steptoe and Col. Johnson would be justly proud.