Steptoe & Johnson LLP has extensive experience representing retailers in a wide range of legal matters.  We represent many of the largest retailers in the world, including national discount chains, grocery and convenience stores, restaurants, department stores, automobile dealerships, on-line and catalog retailers, as well as retail building owners and developers, and manufacturers of retail products. Our United States and European offices combine to provide comprehensive legal services that are critical to the success of our retail clients worldwide.   

In particular, our attorneys have considerable experience successfully defending retailers in state and federal courts in employment disputes involving claims of harassment and discrimination, and in cases involving allegations of unequal pay, overtime and wage and hour violations, defamation, and wrongful termination.  We counsel our retail clients regarding employee benefit programs, workforce reduction planning, trade secret protection, non-compete contracts, employee discipline, human resource policies, and immigration issues.  We also effectively represent retailers in union avoidance efforts, union elections, collective bargaining, contract maintenance, and unfair labor practice proceedings. 

The firm provides valuable advice to our retail clients regarding tax planning and obligations in the areas of sales and use taxes, multi-state corporate income taxes, property taxes, and luxury and excise taxes, as well as litigates tax matters on the federal, state, and local levels.

Our attorneys also possess a wealth of experience in the intellectual property, electronic commerce, antitrust, and commercial law areas.  We counsel retailers about e-commerce, information security, data protection, privacy law, and federal and state regulatory compliance issues, and have successfully represented our retail clients in consumer class actions arising from claims of unfair competition, unfair advertising, and deceptive trade practices, as well as in a broad range of commercial and intellectual property litigation.  In addition, we advise our clients regarding various transactional matters, including corporate acquisitions, product distribution, supplier and customer contracts, and real estate deals.

Our retail clients are well-served by our offices located in major retail cities: Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco and Washington, DC.