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Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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CEO: Susan S Brewer

Firm Overview:
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is nationally recognized as an energy firm with core strengths in energy law, labor and employment, litigation, and transactions.

Main Areas of Practice:

Energy & Natural Resources:
Firm attorneys represent Fortune 500 energy producers and are nationally recognized for excellence in shale gas law. The group is ranked #1 in the U.S. in energy law by The Best Lawyers in America® 2020.
Steptoe & Johnson’s energy team:
■ Multi-billion dollar oil and gas transactions in the all major shale plays
■ Government affairs support to national energy developers
■ One of the largest mineral title and due diligence groups in the nation
■ Lead counsel energy litigation experience, including defense of claims in excess of $250 million regarding allegations of contract breach, fraud, and tortious interference in a natural gas measurement dispute
■ Defended an oil and gas producer in a dispute over ownership of oil and gas rights worth over $70 million

Labor & Employment:
Steptoe & Johnson’s labor & employment group represents employers in all aspects of labor, employment, employee benefits, and occupational injury law. It provides a client-focused combination of counseling, litigation avoidance and litigation defense in industries such as energy, manufacturing, higher education, health care, and construction. Steptoe & Johnson’s labor & employment practice is ranked #1 by The Best Lawyers in America® 2020.
■ Landmark Supreme Court decision for employer in prevailing wage case - the court reversed Department of Labor opinion applying prevailing wage law to employees of state agencies
■ Defended a national industrial cleaning enterprise in a “bet the company” collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Tried the case to a jury and obtained a complete defense verdict

Real Estate:
Steptoe & Johnson provides comprehensive legal services to real estate developers, commercial banks and lending institutions, government entities, energy companies, buyers and sellers of business assets, and investors. The group’s broad experience positions the firm at the forefront of the legal profession in the region. The real estate practice is ranked #1 by The Best Lawyers in America® 2020.
■ Managed all aspects of commercial real estate development for clients, including structuring public and private financing, resolving land-use issues, and preparing real estate and financing documentation
■ More than 60 attorneys cross-trained to understand title in multiple states and basins

Firm litigators possess extensive experience in handling “bet the company” cases and know that when clients face business disputes, they want lawyers who understand the impact of the litigation to their business, regardless of the size of the dispute. Recognizing that cost control and time are critical factors, Steptoe & Johnson litigators are also adept at analysis, budgeting, and all types of alternative dispute resolution.
■ Co-lead counsel defending large pharmaceutical distributor in more than 3,000 opioid lawsuits in state and federal courts nationwide; responsibilities include developing arguments for and implementing removal of state court suits to federal court
■ National and regional lead counsel in representation of banking industry in check payment and regulatory litigation, negotiable instruments, bank deposits, and collection

Steptoe & Johnson’s environmental and regulatory attorneys have a national reputation for counseling clients on environmental issues including industry, penalty, and enforcement actions, site remediation and planning, hazardous and solid waste disposal permitting and enforcement. They possess the knowledge and experience to understand the highly technical nature of environmental issues, with several attorneys who have technical and engineering backgrounds. They are seasoned litigators who can handle environmental litigation in high-profile cases. Seven attorneys are recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® 2020 in environmental law.
■ Leadership roles in environmental/energy trade organizations and regional/national multistakeholder technical advisory groups provide clients with a voice on critical issues
■ Represent regulated industries including energy, power generation, chemical, manufacturing, mining, municipalities, research and development, transportation, waste disposal, commercial development, and banking and finance