Legal Employment Opportunities

We want to work with interesting people who are outstanding lawyers.  We encourage any candidate with strong academic credentials and excellent personal qualities to apply.  If your goal is the same as ours—the pursuit of excellence in the context of an informal, collegial atmosphere—we welcome your application.

TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and law school transcript (a copy of your academic record is required).  A law degree from an ABA-accredited law school is required for all US attorney candidates.  We do not use legal search firms for entry-level and Judicial Clerk hiring.  The number of entry-level positions varies each year.  Unless noted otherwise, submit your application to the contact in the city of interest.

Steptoe is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by law.

To view the opportunities in each Steptoe office, please click on the link(s) below:

Beijing 

London

Palo Alto

 

Brussels

Los Angeles

Phoenix

 

Chicago

New York

Washington

 

Beijing Office

Please forward application materials to: 
Olive Zhang
Director of Office Administration - Beijing Office
China Central Place, 29th Floor, Tower 2
79 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100025
Fax:  86 10 5969 6099
ozhang@steptoe.com

There are no attorney employment opportunities in the Beijing office at this time.

Brussels Office

For positions in our Brussels office, provide your CV and a recent relevant English writing sample.

Please direct your inquiries to: 
Kathleen Van Nuffel
Director of Office Administration - Brussels Office
Avenue Louise 489
B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Fax: 011 322 626 0510
kvannuffel@steptoe.com

German-speaking Trainee Lawyer/Referendar/Intern
Our busy Brussels office seeks a German native speaking Trainee Lawyer / Referendar / Intern with either Swiss, German or Austrian background, preferably combined with a EU law background to support its Financial Services and Trade Groups.

You should be able to express yourself clearly and concisely in German and English (both written and orally).  Fluency in other languages would be an advantage.

The successful candidate should be available for four months or longer.  They will be a good team-player who can also work independently when required.  On the job training and mentoring is provided to all our young lawyers.  In addition to client projects, our lawyers are expected to participate in marketing and business development initiatives.  Compensation will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience.  Our offer is subject to a trial period.  Please provide:

  • a current CV (including names of 2 referees who can be contacted),
  • copies of certificates for each educational or vocational qualification (including grades achieved),
  • and two recent writing samples of your own work – German and English.

Oral interviews will be conducted at the final selection round. Please direct your inquiries to:
Kathleen Van Nuffel
Director of Office Administration - Brussels Office Avenue Louise 489
B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Fax: 011 322 626 0510
kvannuffel@steptoe.com

Environment & Life Sciences Lawyers (2 to 3 years post-Bar qualification)
Our busy Brussels office seeks lawyers (an Associate position) to support its leading Environment & Life Sciences practice. We seek hard working colleagues with an agile mind and creative approach to problem solving.  This is more important than prior experience in the areas of biocides, cosmetics, food and food contact materials, nanotechnology, plant protection products, REACH and litigation before the General Court and Court of Justice.  An appreciation of the scientific issues underlying our practice would be a bonus, since our team (like our clients) is multidisciplinary.  You should be able to express yourself clearly and concisely in English (both written and orally).  Fluency in other languages would be an advantage.  The successful candidates will be good team-players who can also work independently when required.  On the job training and mentoring is provided to all our young lawyers. In addition to client projects, our lawyers are expected to actively participate in marketing and business development initiatives.  Compensation will be commensurate with the successful candidates’ experience. All offers are subject to a 6 month trial period.

Please provide:

  • a current CV (including names of 2 referees who can be contacted),
  • copies of certificates for each educational or vocational qualification (including grades achieved),
  • and two recent writing samples of your own work.

Candidates chosen for further consideration will be asked to complete a written assignment under exam conditions. Oral interviews will be conducted at the final selection round.

Trainee Lawyers / Interns
Our busy Brussels office seeks Trainees / Interns to support all four of its practice areas: Competition/Antitrust and State Aid; Environment, Life Sciences and Nanotechnology; Financial Services, Insurance; and Trade. Candidates must hold an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in law. A Bar qualification is not necessary. Candidates must be willing to work in more than one of our practice areas. Positions are offered for 6 months, with the possibility of an extension thereafter for exceptional candidates.

Candidates must be good team-players who can also work independently when required. On the job training and mentoring is provided to all our Trainees and Interns. In addition to client projects, the work includes participation in marketing and business development initiatives.

The successful candidates will be fluent in English. Fluency in other languages would be an advantage.

Chicago Office

Melissa M. Forshey
Legal Recruiting Manager
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 22206
legal_recruiting@steptoe.com

Commercial Litigation Associate
Although there are no available employment opportunities at this time, our Chicago office is interested in reviewing resumes from top-quality litigation associates with 2 to 4 years of experience in commercial litigation.  Candidates must have excellent academic credentials and strong writing and analytical skills.  Principals only.

Los Angeles Office

Please forward application materials to: 
Lesley Reisinger-Green
Director of Office Administration - Los Angeles Office
Steptoe & Johnson LLP 
633 West Fifth Street Suite 700 
Los Angeles, CA  90071 
Fax:  +1 213 439 9599 
lreising@steptoe.com

There are no attorney employment opportunities in the Los Angeles office at this time.

New York Office

Please direct your inquiries to: 
Heidi Braun
Director of Office Administration - New York Office
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY  10036
Fax: +1 212 506 3950
hbraun@steptoe.com

There are no attorney employment opportunities in the New York office at this time.

Palo Alto Office

Please forward application materials to:
Linda Rosensweig
Director of Office Administration - Palo Alto Office
Steptoe & Johnson LLP 
1891 Page Mill Road
Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Fax: +1 310 734 3300 
cccareers@steptoe.com

Technology Specialist - Intellectual Property Group
Steptoe, an AmLaw 100 firm, seeks a Technology Specialist to join our IP group in the Palo Alto office. Duties include:

supporting the identification, protection and management of corporate intellectual property;
providing assistance in analyzing and drafting patent applications, disclosure documents and opinions;
supporting patent prosecution and alternative IP protection strategies;
patent searching, patent analysis, re-examination and consolidating technical information for review and analysis by counsel;
creating and maintaining necessary databases and/or archives tracking the intellectual property portfolio and technical documentation;
conferring with clients regarding inventions, technical documents and processes; and
preparing and delivering presentations.

Outstanding academic, organizational, interpersonal, research and writing skills, law firm or in-house patent prosecution experience, and an advanced degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or computer science (Ph.D. preferred) are required. Patent Bar admission is desirable, but not necessary. For consideration, forward cover letter, resume, and unofficial academic transcripts to legal_recruiting@steptoe.com.

Phoenix Office 

Please forward application materials to: 
Meg D’Esposito
Legal Recruiter/Admin Coordinator
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
201 E. Washington Street Suite 1600
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Fax: +1 602 257 5299
mdesposito@steptoe.com

Litigation Associate
Steptoe seeks a litigation associate to join our complex commercial litigation practice in Phoenix. Candidates should have 2 to 5 years of litigation experience, excellent academic credentials, writing and analytical skills, a strong work ethic and the ability to excel in a fast-paced environment. US District and Federal Court clerkships highly favored. Please forward resumes and law school transcripts (an unofficial transcript is fine) to mdesposito@steptoe.com. Candidates must be members of the Arizona Bar or eligible for membership by motion. Recruiting agency submissions will not be accepted at this time.

Washington Office 

Please submit application materials to: 
Melissa M. Forshey
Legal Recruiting Manager
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20036-1795
legal_recruiting@steptoe.com

Attorney candidates for the Washington office must be members of the DC bar or eligible for membership by waiver. 

White Collar Criminal Defense Associate
Steptoe seeks a white collar criminal defense associate to join our DC office.  Candidates should have 2 to 4 years of litigation experience, excellent academic credentials, writing, and analytical skills; a strong work ethic; and the ability to excel in a fast-paced environment.  US District and Federal Court clerkships highly favored.  For consideration, forward resume, writing sample, and law school transcript to legal_recruiting@steptoe.com.  Please note “White Collar Criminal Defense Associate – DC” in the subject line.  Candidates must be members of the DC Bar or eligible for membership by waiver.  Recruiting agency submissions will not be accepted at this time.

International Trade Analyst
Steptoe & Johnson LLP, an AmLaw 100 law firm, seeks an International Trade Analyst. Law firm, consulting or government experience strongly preferred. Prior experience in international trade policy, and/or subsidy and antidumping litigation also strongly preferred. Outstanding academic, organizational, interpersonal, research and writing skills are required. We also seek candidates with strong quantitative/economic analysis (high degree of fluency with Excel), the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and the capability to meet strict deadlines. Forward cover letter, resume, and transcript(s) to legal_recruiting@steptoe.com.

Oil Pipeline Attorney
Steptoe, an AmLaw 100 firm, is seeking an associate or contract attorney with a minimum of two years of experience for its Energy practice in the Firm’s Washington office. Interested candidates should have excellent academic credentials and experience in, or willingness to learn, oil pipeline regulation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  The practice involves representing oil pipelines before the FERC and federal courts in a variety of matters, including pipeline rates and regulated practices as well as the transactional and regulatory aspects of major pipeline infrastructure projects.  Candidates must be members of the DC Bar or eligible for membership by waiver.  For consideration, please submit your resume and law school transcript to legal_recruiting@steptoe.com.

International Regulation & Compliance Associate (Anti-Corruption Focus)
Steptoe is seeking an associate with a minimum of two years of experience (agency or law firm) for its anti-corruption practice.  Interested candidates should have excellent academic credentials and experience with internal or government investigations, preferably in FCPA matters.  Candidates with experience managing investigations, or parts of investigations, are of particular interest.  French and/or Spanish language skills preferred.  Candidates must be members of the DC Bar or eligible for membership by waiver.  For consideration, please submit your resume and law school transcript.