(November 21, 2019, Washington, DC) — Steptoe & Johnson LLP is pleased to announce that litigator Michael Edney has returned to the firm's Washington office as a partner and chair of the firm's regulatory litigation practice. Edney's practice focuses on challenging government regulations before they are enforced and defending clients in criminal and regulatory investigations.
Edney is leading some of the nation's most prominent regulatory litigation cases. He is representing the cigar industry in multiple cases challenging the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) first effort to regulate that product. He is representing industries in defending their First Amendment rights, seeking judicial relief against compelled commercial speech, intrusive product warnings, and restrictions of advertising. Edney has contested Executive Branch efforts to sanction companies and individuals, including a suit against the Treasury Department's designation of Russian oligarchs.
Edney defends corporations and individuals facing government agency and congressional inquiries and criminal investigations. Along with the FDA, he has represented clients before the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of the Treasury and its Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Department of State, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the National Security Agency, congressional committees, and other government entities.
Edney's practice draws on his prior government experience. During the administration of President George W. Bush, he served as deputy legal advisor to the National Security Council at the White House and previously in the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel.
"Mike is a bright and talented lawyer who has built a substantial client following based on his record and reputation as an aggressive and strategic litigator," said Phil West, chair of Steptoe. "His government experience has given him distinctive insight into how to win cases involving difficult regulatory issues, and he greatly complements Steptoe's strengths in government investigations and regulatory litigation. We are delighted to welcome him back to the firm."
Edney commented: "I am thrilled to rejoin my friends and exceptionally talented colleagues at Steptoe. You cannot tackle the most difficult Washington problems with a handful of lawyers. Steptoe has extraordinary depth of talent in government regulation and investigations."
Edney earned his J.D., with high honors, from the University of Chicago, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as articles editor for The University of Chicago Law Review. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame. Edney then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Danny J. Boggs of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
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, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington. For more information, visit www.steptoe.com.