Steptoe & Johnson LLP Announces Robbin Itkin's Arrival

Century City Office Continues to Expand
June 11, 2007

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(June 11, 2007, Los Angeles) – Continuing its strong growth, Steptoe & Johnson LLP has announced that Robbin Itkin is joining the firm as a partner in its Century City office. She will join Steptoe’s Business Solutions Team effective June 11, 2007, where she will concentrate on financial restructuring and insolvency matters.  Steptoe’s Century City office has grown to over 20 lawyers since opening 10 months ago.

Formerly a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Los Angeles office, Ms. Itkin has over 20 years experience in restructurings, workouts and bankruptcies. Her skills have been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, current Co-Chair of the Central District of California Lawyer Representatives for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and as one of this year's Top 50 Southern California Women Attorneys.

“Robbin is one of the true stars of the  bankruptcy bar,” said Roger Warin, Steptoe firm chair.  “We are excited to have her launch our West Coast restructuring and insolvency practice. She will help us broaden our commercial litigation, corporate and real estate practices in California, and she will contribute significantly to the firm nationally. Robbin will be working extensively with our financial services, media, entertainment, hospitality, tax, intellectual property and environmental practices in our other offices.”

Ms. Itkin’s diverse practice includes representation throughout the United States of  debtors, creditors’, equity and bondholders’ committees, purchasers and trustees in corporate restructurings and bankruptcies in a wide variety of industries, including entertainment, retail, transportation, real estate and hospitality, and advises high profile individuals and corporations in out-of-court workouts and financial transactions.

"Steptoe is a highly-respected firm, known for its legal acumen and sophistication in a wide variety of practice areas.  There is a real synergy between my practice and the areas of expertise of Steptoe attorneys that will greatly benefit our clients," said Ms. Itkin.

Ms. Itkin has an extensive and longstanding involvement in professional and community-based organizations. Her professional activities present and past include service on the Board of the Women’s Leadership Council, the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, and the California Bankruptcy Forum and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Financial Lawyers Conference. Ms. Itkin has authored and co-authored numerous professional publications and delivered many professional presentations, seminars and workshops.  Ms. Itkin also serves as a Certified Mediator for the Central District of California Bankruptcy Courts.

Her community activities include service on the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, the Executive Board of Directors, City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute, and as a Board Member and former President of City of Hope Inner Circle.

Ms. Itkin earned a  B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1982, and her J.D. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1984. She was listed among the “Top 50 Southern California Women Attorneys” in 2007, and named a “Southern California Super Lawyer” in 2007, 2006 and 2005.

"I welcome the opportunity that joining Steptoe presents.  Steptoe has a collaborative environment.  I am excited about working together to expand the restructuring practice in the United States and abroad, and to play a role in the direction and growth of the recently opened Century City office,” said Ms. Itkin.

About Steptoe & Johnson LLP

With more than 450 attorneys, Steptoe & Johnson LLP provides counsel and representation in a wide range of legal fields.  In more than 60 years of practice, the firm has gained a national and international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in guiding business transactions.  The firm has offices in Washington, New York, Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Century City, London, and Brussels.