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Steptoe’s Pipeline Group, Reid Weingarten Win Chambers USA Awards for Excellence

June 10, 2012

Steptoe’s Pipeline Group has received the 2012 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Energy Projects: Oil & Gas and partner Reid Weingarten has received the award in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.  Steptoe was presented with the awards on June 7 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York at a gala held in conjunction with the release of the Chambers USA 2012 guidebook.  Steptoe was also shortlisted for Awards for Excellence in the fields of Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Insurance, and International Trade.

Steptoe's Pipeline Group has been one of the nation's leading practices in the field of pipeline regulation for more than three decades.  Its increasingly active transactional practice provides counsel on M&A’s and joint-ventures, negotiates contracts between pipelines and shippers, and creates innovative rate structures and tariff approaches.  In addition to receiving the Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Steptoe’s Pipeline Group took top honors in the Chambers USA 2012 guidebook, which gave the firm a top-tier ranking nationwide in the category Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation).  Chambers’ editors touted Steptoe as “a major force in the energy regulatory field” and as the “best option for FERC-related work.”  Clients and peers interviewed by Chambers researchers described Steptoe’s energy lawyers as “incredibly bright,” “creative and responsive,” and in possession of a “wealth of industry knowledge.”

Widely recognized as one of the nation's top white-collar criminal defense lawyers, Mr. Weingarten, a member of Steptoe’s White-Collar Criminal Defense Group, has represented individuals and corporations in some of the most high-profile cases in the country including the successful acquittal of a former GlaxoSmithKline associate general counsel indicted on six criminal counts.  In addition to receiving the Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Mr. Weingarten received two top honors in the Chambers USA 2012 guidebook.  He received a top-tier ranking nationwide in the category Litigation: Trial Lawyers and he was given the rare distinction of a “star” ranking in the Washington category Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.  According to Chambers, Mr. Weingarten is a "renowned trial lawyer" who is known as "one of the finest in the country," and who continues to impress with his “top rate judgment, tone and temperament.”  A source interviewed by Chambers stated that they had “never seen or heard a more eloquent and articulate advocate for a client in the courtroom.”

In 2011, The National Law Journal named Mr. Weingarten one of the "Most Influential Lawyers in White-Collar Defense."  The publication also selected him for its annual "Winning" feature that profiles successful attorneys and their strategies.