DC-based Steptoe & Johnson is drawn to candidates with clerkship or government experience, and the right personality is a must. The firm is dedicated to associate development, with early opportunities for challenges and genuinely invested partners. Today, the firm serves as counsel to a number of blue-chip clients and is routinely ranked among the top firms for international trade, insurance, tax, intellectual property, energy, white-collar criminal defense, and the ever-evolving arena of internet law.
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Steptoe values factors including clerkship or government experience and personality fit, and it will look beyond T14 schools to find candidates that check the boxes. The culture here is kind, cordial, and inclusive from the top down. Associates can choose how social they want to be; aside from a few firm-sponsored events, get-togethers tend to be organized by associates. Partners are respectful, reasonable, and invested in associate development. Transparency is an area of critique, as associates feel they don’t have enough insight into decisions, especially those regarding promotions and compensation. The billable-hours requirement of 2,000 hours seems high to some, while others find it entirely reasonable. The bigger complaint is around bonuses, which trend below market. The work...
Steptoe & Johnson LLP got its start representing the airline industry, as well as pipelines, railroads, and foreign companies whose assets had been seized during World War II. Today, the firm serves as counsel to a number of blue-chip clients and is routinely ranked among the top firms for international trade, insurance, tax, intellectual property, energy, white-collar criminal defense, and the ever-evolving arena of internet law.
In 1913, Philip Steptoe and Colonel Louis Johnson, both graduates of the University of Virginia School of Law, combined forces to form Steptoe & Johnson in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The match verged on cliché: a pairing of the introverted Steptoe with the extroverted Johnson, adept at politics and people. Johnson ag...