Steptoe’s tradition of public service dates back to 1949, when Louis Johnson, the firm’s co-founder, was named Secretary of Defense under President Harry Truman.  Steptoe lawyers have held a wide range of elected and appointed positions in the US Congress, the executive branch, federal regulatory agencies, and the Judiciary.   This experience enables us to provide unique insight into the political, regulatory, and legislative processes as well as intimate familiarity with all regulatory bodies and government departments affecting businesses and not-for-profit entities.

Our professionals have served in various capacities in legislative and executive branches, including the following:

    • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico - Governor
    • United States House of Representatives – Congressmen
    • United States House of Representatives – General Counsel, Energy & Commerce Committee
    • United States Senate – General Counsel, Banking Committee
    • United States Senate – Deputy Special Counsel, Committee on Foreign Relations
    • United States Senate – Tax Counsel, Finance Committee
    • United States Senate – Chief of Staff, US Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)
    • United States Senate – Chief Counsel, Committee on Rules & Administration
    • United States Senate – Counsel, US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)
    • United States Senate – Communications Director, US Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
    • Office of the President of the United States – Special Assistant
    • Office of the Vice President of the United States – Counsel
    • Central Intelligence Agency – Office of General Counsel
    • Department of Commerce – Deputy, US Trade Representative
    • Department of Commerce –General Counsel, US Trade Representative
    • Department of Commerce – Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Import Administration
    • Department of Defense – Special Counsel
    • Department of Homeland Security – Assistant Secretary for Policy
    • Department of Homeland Security – Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy & Development
    • Department of Homeland Security – Chief of Staff, Office of Policy & Development
    • Department of Homeland Security – Director, Visa Waiver Program Office
    • Department of Housing & Urban Development – Deputy Assistant Secretary, Regulatory Functions
    • Department of Housing & Urban Development – Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Counsel
    • Department of Interior – Chief of Staff and Chief Operations Officer
    • Department of Justice – Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division
    • Department of Justice – Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division
    • Department of Justice – Chief of Major Crimes Unit, US Attorney’s Office
    • Department of Justice – Associate Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Director, Executive Office for National Security
    • Department of Labor – Commissioner, Interstate Commerce Commission
    • Department of State – Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs
    • Department of Treasury – International Tax Counsel, Office of Tax Policy
    • Department of Treasury – Deputy International Tax Counsel, Office of Tax Policy
    • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – General Counsel
    • Federal Bureau of Investigations – Director of National Infrastructure Protection Center
    • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission – Commissioner
    • Federal Trade Commission – Assistant Director, Bureau of Competition
    • Food and Drug Administration – Acting Director, Office of Food Additive Safety
    • Food and Drug Administration – Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Food Additive Safety 
    • National Institutes of Health – Acting Deputy Director, Science Policy and Technology Transfer
    • National Institutes of Health – Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel to the Director
    • National Security Agency – General Counsel
    • Commission on Intelligence Capabilities of the US Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction – General Counsel
    • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – Executive Director
    • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation – General Counsel
    • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration – General Counsel
    • Securities and Exchange Commission – Associate Director of Enforcement