Legal Employment Opportunities

We want to work with interesting people who are outstanding lawyers. If your goal is the same as ours—the pursuit of excellence in the context of an informal, collegial atmosphere—we welcome your application.

HOW TO APPLY

We encourage any candidate with strong academic credentials and excellent personal qualities to apply. Please send your cover letter, resume, and law school transcript (a copy of your academic records is required). 

Steptoe is an equal opportunity employer EOE/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran.  All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.

Washington Office 

To apply, please forward application materials to:

R. Thomas Rodriguez
Legal Recruiting Manager
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20036-1795
Fax: +1 202 828 3661
legal_recruiting@steptoe.com

Patent Litigation Associate
Steptoe seeks an associate for its rapidly growing Intellectual Property practice.  Candidates should have a strong background in electrical engineering or computer science and 1-4 years of patent litigation experience.  May be based in Palo Alto, Chicago or Washington, DC.  Principals Only.

Employee Benefits/ERISA/Executive Compensation Attorney
Steptoe & Johnson LLP is seeking a highly qualified attorney with 7+ years of law firm experience to join our Employee Benefits/ERISA/Executive Compensation practice in the Washington, DC office.  Thorough knowledge of tax and benefits compliance issues under qualified retirement plans (including 401(k), 403(b), and pension plans), executive compensation arrangements, health plans (including Section 125, COBRA, HIPPA and Affordable Care Act), and other benefit plans essential.  We will consider attorneys for Senior Associate, Counsel or Partner position.  Principals only.

Corporate Associate
The DC office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP seeks an associate with two to four years of transactional experience in the corporate/securities area with an emphasis on M&A and finance.  Principals only.

Toxicologist (non-legal)
Steptoe seeks a toxicologist.  This non-legal position is in the firm’s robust regulatory and policy consulting practice and involves working both independently and collaboratively with team members in Washington, DC, and others outside the U.S.

Candidates should have a minimum of three years of toxicology experience and an understanding of laws and regulations administered by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (especially EPA regulation of antimicrobials and other pesticides).  Knowledge and experience with either FDA or EPA regulation, combined with a demonstrated ability to apply toxicology to new regulatory areas, will be considered.  Experience with the design and interpretation of in vitro and in vivo toxicology studies and the conduct and application of structure/activity relationship analysis and computational toxicology are important factors.  Strong analytical and writing skills are a must.  Also required is the ability to analyze complex policy, technical and regulatory situations, to identify and understand implications of issues at an early stage and to communicate the information to the firm’s clients and to the broader industry.

A technical or scientific graduate degree in toxicology or a discipline related to toxicology is required.  A Ph.D. in toxicology or a related discipline is desirable.  Salary commensurate with scientific credentials and experience.  Principals Only.

Senior Pesticide Regulatory and Policy Analyst/Consultant (non-legal)
Steptoe seeks a Senior Pesticide Regulatory and Policy Analyst/Consultant.  This non-legal position in Steptoe’s robust pesticide regulatory and policy consulting practice involves working both independently and collaboratively with team members in Washington, DC, and others outside the US on issues related to US pesticides.  It provides a unique opportunity to interact on multiple levels with a wide range of clients and stakeholders, including individual registrants, industry task forces, industry trade groups and US/EPA/OP to provide strategic and detailed assessments of technical, regulatory and policy issues and to develop and implement resolutions.  Issues include those of broad applicability to the pesticide industry as well as those specific to individual clients and industry segments.  Resolution development requires a detailed understanding of issues, background, and implications, with opportunities to be part of cutting-edge solutions and novel approaches. 

Candidates should have a minimum of eight years of high-level pesticide regulatory experience and an excellent understanding of federal regulatory and legislative processes; strong analytical and writing skills; including the ability to  analyze complex policy, technical and regulatory situations; the ability to identify and understand implications of issues at an early stage and to communicate the information to the firm’s clients and to the broader industry; the ability to provide detailed and documented support and analysis of issues and solutions; and the ability to explain complex issues and produce professional quality written analyses and comments.  A technical or scientific background in a discipline related to pesticides is helpful but not mandatory.  A M.A. and/or Ph.D in a scientific discipline will be viewed favorably.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Principals Only.

DC Entry-Level Associate Opportunities
Our entry-level positions for 2013 and 2014 are filled.  As a general rule, Steptoe is pleased to consider candidates from all law schools and judicial clerkships.  Applicants should apply directly to the firm.  We do not use legal search firms for 3L and Judicial Clerk hiring.  The number of entry-level positions varies each year.

Century City Office

Please forward application materials to:

Linda Rosensweig 
Legal Administrator
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
2121 Avenue of the Stars Suite 2800
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Fax: +1 310 734 3300
cccareers@steptoe.com.  Principals only.

Chicago Office

Please direct your inquiries to:

Deborah Fletcher-Broucek
Legal Administrator
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
115 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 3100
Chicago, IL  60603
chi_recruiting@steptoe.com

Litigation Associates - Commercial and IP
Although there are no open positions at this time, Steptoe’s Chicago office is always interested in reviewing resumes from top-quality litigation associates with 2 to 4 years of experience in commercial litigation or patent litigation.  Must have excellent academic credentials and strong writing and analytical skills.  Patent litigation applicants must also have solid technical backgrounds in the fields of biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, computer science, or related fields.  Please send your resume and transcript to chi_recruiting@steptoe.com.  Principals only.

Los Angeles Office

Please direct your inquiries to:

Lawrence P. Riff
Managing Partner - Los Angeles
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
633 West Fifth Street Suite 700
Los Angeles, California  90071
lriff@steptoe.com

New York Office

Please direct your inquiries to:

Heidi Braun
Legal Administrator
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
hbraun@steptoe.com

Phoenix Office 

Labor Law Associate: Steptoe, an AmLaw 100 firm with a strong NLRA practice, is seeking a highly motivated labor litigation attorney to work full-time in our Phoenix office. The ideal candidate will have 4-6 years of labor litigation experience including writing NLRB position statements, interviewing witnesses, writing briefs, and  NLRB trial experience.  The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and demonstrate a high level of initiative, with solid academic credentials, strong writing skills, and superior analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.  Principals only.

To apply for this position, please forward your cover letter, resume, transcripts and a current writing sample to:

Meg D'Esposito
Legal Recruiter
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
201 E. Washington Street Suite 1600
Phoenix, AZ 85004
mdesposito@steptoe.com

Beijing Office

Please direct your inquiries to:

Olive Zhang
Office Manager
China Central Place, 29th Floor, Tower 2
79 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100025
ozhang@steptoe.com

Brussels Office

For positions in our Brussels office, please provide your CV and a recent relevant English writing sample to Ms. Kathleen Van Nuffel, Office Administrator, at kvannuffel@steptoe.com.

Environment, Life Sciences, and Nanotechnology Lawyers (1 to 5 years post-Bar qualification)
Our busy Brussels office seeks lawyers (an Associate position) to support its leading Environment, Life Sciences and Nanotechnology 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 junior 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 junior colleagues. 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.