(December 5, 2022, Washington, DC) – The Financial Times released an article titled, "Practitioners adapt legal tech for creative answers," which profiles the shortlist and winner of the Innovative Lawyer Awards 2022.
Steptoe Partner Jeff Weiss is one of just 10 lawyers listed in this feature in the "Most Innovative Practitioner" category. Recognized for his work since joining the firm in 2020, Weiss set up a coalition to increase transparency and interoperability in supply chains, particularly to explore how sharing data might lessen congestion globally.
The Innovative Lawyer Awards is a celebration of the best in innovation from law firms and in-house legal teams in the North America region. The awards took place at an event in New York City, attended by law firms and clients, in-house legal teams and legal service providers.
As the founder and lead of the Steptoe Supply Chain team, Weiss works with companies, trade associations, and coalitions to craft and implement strategy and advocacy plans to strengthen, build, or rebuild supply chains; facilitate the movement of cargo; and improve US supply chain infrastructure. He also counsels companies on compliance with anti-forced labor measures, such as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act; supply chain due diligence measures; and shifting supply chains to, e.g., minimize liability for customs duties and carbon border measures and take advantage of domestic content preferences. His strategy and advocacy efforts involve the full panoply of legal and policy tools, including: border measures, tax credits, changes to procurement policy, grants, climate measures, patent protection, standards, and creation of new structures within government.
In more than 100 years of practice, Steptoe has earned an international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in structuring business transactions. Steptoe has more than 500 lawyers and other professional staff across offices in Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington. For more information, visit www.steptoe.com.
The diversity of the firm is a critical factor in its success. The firm’s Chair is a woman; the majority of Steptoe's nine offices are managed by women; the majority of Steptoe’s practice groups have women as leaders; and the firm’s twelve-person elected compensation committee is headed by a woman and includes five women as members. The firm's seven-person professional business services leadership is equally diverse, with three of the c-suite made up of women, all of color, and other leaders who openly identify as LGBTQ+.