(September 7, 2021, Chicago) — Steptoe partner Kate Johnson has been named to Crain's Chicago Business's 2021 list of "Notable Rising Stars in Law." The list recognizes lawyers who have been partners for five years or less who have demonstrated an impact at their firm and in the community.
Johnson became an elected partner at Steptoe in January 2021 and focuses her practice on patent litigation. She handles complex litigation across a variety of technical fields, including pharmaceutical matters, website development, automotive parts, medical devices, chemical processes and nutritional compositions. A registered patent attorney with the US Patent & Trademark Office, Johnson's represented numerous clients in federal district courts; USPTO proceedings, including inter partes reviews; appeals before the Federal Circuit; and International Trade Commission investigations.
In addition to her practice, Johnson mentors full-time and summer associates across Steptoe's Chicago office. She is a board member and programming co-chair for the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law in Chicago and volunteers for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, representing families in adoption matters on a regular basis.
The full profile can be read at Crain's Chicago Business (subscription required).
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.