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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 serving the industry with its core strengths in energy law, labor and employment law, litigation, and transactional law. In 2013, Steptoe & Johnson celebrated serving clients for 100 years.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Energy:
Firm attorneys represent Fortune 500 energy producers and are nationally recognized for excellence in shale gas law. The group is ranked #1 in the US in energy law by The Best Lawyers in America® 2019.
Steptoe & Johnson’s energy team:
■Multi-billion dollar oil and gas transactions in the all major shale plays
■Governmental affairs support to national energy developers ■
■One of the largest mineral title and due diligence groups in the nation
Experience:
■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

Employment:
Steptoe & Johnson’s employment law practice group represents employers in all aspects of labor, employment, employee benefits, and occupational injury law. Group lawyers assist clients in industries such as energy, manufacturing, education, health care, and construction. The labor and employment practice is ranked #1 by The Best Lawyers in America® 2019.
Experience:
■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 & Natural Resources:
Steptoe & Johnson provides comprehensive legal services to real estate developers, commercial banks and lending institutions, governmental 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® 2019.
Experience:
■More than 60 attorneys cross-trained to understand title in multiple states and basins
■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

Litigation:
Steptoe & Johnson litigators have built a reputation in trial and appellate courts based on a strong record in dealing with complex cases. Knowing that cost control is a critical factor in any successful strategy, the firm’s attorneys are also adept at analysis, budgeting and alternative dispute resolution. Experience:
■Co-lead counsel defending large pharmaceutical distributor in more than 2,000 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

Environmental:
Steptoe & Johnson’s environmental attorneys are seasoned litigators who handle commercial and energy related litigation in high profile cases, and experienced counselors who help clients to meet environmental obligations. The group counsels clients on environmental issues including industry and penalty and enforcement actions, site remediation and planning, hazardous and solid waste disposal permitting and enforcement. Seven attorneys are recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 in environmental law.
Experience:
■Advised clients with respect to climate change issues including legislative policy, rulemakings and stakeholder proceedings including the President’s Climate Action Plan
■Represented clients in connection with USEPA efforts to develop new and renewed National Ambient Air Quality Standards (‘NAAQS’) and regulatory requirements to address the interstate transport of air pollutants, including appeals of final rules