(September 24, 2018, New York) — Steptoe & Johnson LLP is pleased to announce that Jim Brochin has joined the firm's pre-eminent white-collar criminal defense practice as a partner. He will reside in the firm's New York office.
Brochin focuses his practice on white-collar defense, FCPA, government regulatory matters, internal investigations and complex civil litigation. He has a particular focus on representing clients in the financial services industry. Brochin has represented both corporations and their executives in a wide variety of government investigations, including high-profile investigations by the Department of Justice, the New York attorney general's office and the Securities and Exchange Commission. He also has significant experience with the New York Department of Financial Services. Brochin's work over the past several years has included a number of cross-border investigations for major multinational corporations as well as a variety of complex civil matters in areas ranging from securities fraud and shareholder derivative suits to ERISA and antitrust.
Along with his many years of private practice experience, Brochin brings prosecutorial experience having served as an associate independent counsel in the investigation of former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy.
"Jim is an experienced trial attorney who is well regarded in the New York white-collar bar," said Phil West, chair of Steptoe. "He brings substantial experience in corporate defense and internal investigations that will further expand the work we’re doing in those areas."
Steptoe's white-collar criminal defense practice has represented some of the largest public and private companies in the world in major government and internal investigations. The team represented Volkswagen AG in the Department of Justice's diesel emissions case and successfully negotiated the largest corporate criminal and regulatory settlement in recent history.
Regarded as one of the best white-collar practices in the United States, the team has garnered many accolades, including recognition by both Chambers USA and The Legal 500 as a top-ranked practice in this field. The group was also named The National Law Journal's "Washington Litigation Department of the Year in White-Collar Crime" in 2014, 2017, and 2018, and has received Law360's "Practice Group of the Year in White-Collar" award three times. For the past three years, Global Investigations Review has named Steptoe to its GIR 30, an independent guide to the world’s best firms for international investigations.
Brochin commented: "I am excited to be joining Steptoe and the many friends I have there, including Reid Weingarten, with whom I have worked for almost 20 years. I have faced off against or worked alongside of quite a few lawyers there, and have long admired the firm. I am truly looking forward to working with Reid and the incredible team of talent he's surrounded himself with at Steptoe."
Brochin has done significant pro bono work for the Innocence Project, where he serves on the lawyers advisory committee and has co-authored briefs addressing the law concerning eyewitness identification evidence in courts throughout the country, including one the Second Circuit labelled "outstanding."
Brochin received his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. He clerked for the Honorable Kimba M. Wood of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington. For more information, visit www.steptoe.com.