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.  Our entry-level positions for 2015 are filled.  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 

Chicago

New York

Washington

Brussels

London

Palo Alto

 

Century City

Los Angeles

Phoenix

 

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

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.

Century City Office

Please forward application materials to:  

Linda Rosensweig
Director of Office Administration - Century City Office
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
2121 Avenue of the Stars Suite 2800
Los Angeles, CA  90067
Fax: +1 310 734 3300
cccareers@steptoe.com

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

Chicago Office

Please forward applications to:
Deborah Fletcher-Broucek
Director of Office Administration - Chicago Office
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
115 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 3100
Chicago, IL  60603 Fax: 
+1 312 577 1370
chi_recruiting@steptoe.com

Patent Litigation Attorney
We are seeking attorneys for our rapidly growing Intellectual Property practice. Three specific hiring needs include: (1) biotechnology patent attorney with an advanced degree in biology, molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry or chemistry having 6+ years of substantial experience with freedom-to-operate opinion work and some litigation experience; (2) life sciences patent litigation with an advanced degree in biology, molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry or chemistry having 2-4 years of experience with Hatch-Waxman and/or biologics litigation and freedom-to-operate opinion work; and (3) patent attorney having a strong background in electrical engineering and computer science with 1-4 years of experience in patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings (IPR and CBM). Strong writing skills are required. Positions are available in New York; Washington, DC; Palo Alto and Chicago. For this position, send your application materials to legal_recruiting@steptoe.com, and specify which office you are interested in. Principals Only.

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

White Collar and Commercial Litigation Associate
The New York office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, an international law firm headquartered in Washington, DC, has an immediate opening for a junior/mid-level litigation associate to work in its award-winning white collar and commercial litigation groups.

The associate will have the opportunity to join Steptoe’s growing New York team.  The associate will focus their practice on white collar criminal defense - particularly the representation of individuals - and complex civil litigation running the gamut from commercial disputes to professional liability to insurance coverage.  Candidates should be prepared to assume significant responsibility in the management of their matters and to take on a front-facing role with clients, opposing counsel, and the courts.  Candidates should have two to four years of litigation experience and a demonstrated interest in white collar work.

Please send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to mmoffett@steptoe.com, attention Melissa Moffett, Administrative Coordinator.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is an Equal employment Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information or any basis proscribed by applicable statutes.  EOE/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran.

Principals Only.

Patent Litigation Attorney
We are seeking attorneys for our rapidly growing Intellectual Property practice. Three specific hiring needs include: (1) biotechnology patent attorney with an advanced degree in biology, molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry or chemistry having 6+ years of substantial experience with freedom-to-operate opinion work and some litigation experience; (2) life sciences patent litigation with an advanced degree in biology, molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry or chemistry having 2-4 years of experience with Hatch-Waxman and/or biologics litigation and freedom-to-operate opinion work; and (3) patent attorney having a strong background in electrical engineering and computer science with 1-4 years of experience in patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings (IPR and CBM). Strong writing skills are required. Positions are available in New York; Washington, DC; Palo Alto and Chicago. For this position, send your application materials to legal_recruiting@steptoe.com, and specify which office you are interested in. Principals Only.

Palo Alto Office

Please forward application materials to:
Linda Rosensweig
Director of Office Administration - Palo Alto Office
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
2121 Avenue of the Stars Suite 2800
Los Angeles, CA  90067
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 (PhD preferred) are required.  Patent Bar admission is desirable, but not necessary.

Forward cover letter, resume, academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are fine) and writing sample to legal_recruiting@steptoe.com.  Please note “Technology Specialist – IP Group” in the subject line.  Principals Only.

Patent Litigation Attorney
We are seeking attorneys for our rapidly growing Intellectual Property practice. Three specific hiring needs include: (1) biotechnology patent attorney with an advanced degree in biology, molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry or chemistry having 6+ years of substantial experience with freedom-to-operate opinion work and some litigation experience; (2) life sciences patent litigation with an advanced degree in biology, molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry or chemistry having 2-4 years of experience with Hatch-Waxman and/or biologics litigation and freedom-to-operate opinion work; and (3) patent attorney having a strong background in electrical engineering and computer science with 1-4 years of experience in patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings (IPR and CBM). Strong writing skills are required. Positions are available in New York; Washington, DC; Palo Alto and Chicago. For this position, send your application materials to legal_recruiting@steptoe.com, and specify which office you are interested in. Principals Only.

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

Associate
We are seeking an associate with four to eight years of experience in labor law.  NLRB trial experience is required.  Interested candidates should have excellent credentials, exceptional writing skills, and the ability to work effectively in teams.  Forward cover letter, resume, JD transcript, and writing sample to Meg D'Esposito at mdesposito@steptoe.com.

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. 

Telecommunications Contract Attorney
Steptoe is seeking a contract attorney to start immediately in the Telecom, Internet & Media practice. Duties include document review, binder making, bluebooking and cite checking, legal and market research, drafting etc. Outstanding organizational, interpersonal and DC Bar membership (or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar) required. To apply, send cover letter, resume and law school transcript to legal_recruiting@steptoe.com.

International Regulation & Compliance (Anti-Corruption Focus)
Seeking an associate with a minimum of four years of experience (agency or law firm) for anti-corruption practice. Interested candidates should have excellent academic credentials, high level proficiency in Spanish and/or French, and substantive experience with the FCPA, including internal or government investigations.  Principals only.

Mid-Level - Telecom Associate
The Washington, DC office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP is seeking a mid- or senior-level regulatory associate to join its Telecom, Internet, and Media practice. Candidates with a combination of experience with FCC matters, copyright licensing, and dealing with performance rights organizations preferred.  Steptoe’s dynamic client base includes leading innovators in the fields of satellite communications, wireless networks, Internet services, and electronic privacy and security.  The practice involves counseling clients on matters of licensing and regulation; net neutrality and other aspects of Internet law; regulatory applications for approval of mergers and acquisitions of regulated companies; the statutory copyright licenses; and privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity.  A law degree and D.C. bar membership or eligibility are required. For consideration, please submit your cover letter, resume, and law school transcript.  Principals only.

Patent Litigation Attorney
We are seeking attorneys for our rapidly growing Intellectual Property practice. Three specific hiring needs include: (1) biotechnology patent attorney with an advanced degree in biology, molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry or chemistry having 6+ years of substantial experience with freedom-to-operate opinion work and some litigation experience; (2) life sciences patent litigation with an advanced degree in biology, molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry or chemistry having 2-4 years of experience with Hatch-Waxman and/or biologics litigation and freedom-to-operate opinion work; and (3) patent attorney having a strong background in electrical engineering and computer science with 1-4 years of experience in patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings (IPR and CBM). Strong writing skills are required. Positions are available in New York; Washington, DC; Palo Alto and Chicago. For this position, send your application materials to legal_recruiting@steptoe.com, and specify which office you are interested in. Principals Only.

International Trade Attorney
We are seeking a talented junior to mid-level attorney for our International Trade practice with a minimum of two years of private law firm or Department of Commerce experience.  Candidates must have excellent academic credentials, exceptional writing skills, and strong prior experience in import relief litigation (anti-dumping or countervailing duty investigations).  Principals only.

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 transcripts to legal_recruiting@steptoe.com. Principals only.