Steptoe Adds Commercial Litigator Tim Overton in Phoenix

(April 11, 2016, Phoenix, AZ) — Steptoe & Johnson LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Tim Overton as a partner in the Complex Commercial Disputes Group.  He will reside in the firm’s Phoenix office.

Mr. Overton is an experienced commercial litigator who has handled a variety of matters in both state and federal court.  His most substantial trial experience has involved complex commercial disputes, including breach of contract and related actions where ownership of entities, properties, and other assets were at stake.  He also has substantial experience defending major product manufacturers from significant tort claims and defending employers from employment and compensation-related claims.  Additionally, Mr. Overton has experience enforcing and defending non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality provisions in employment agreements, as well as advising employers and employees regarding when such enforcement is beneficial.  Mr. Overton also has extensive experience in representing and helping creditors to obtain and collect on judgments.

Mr. Overton has litigated multiple matters in Indian courts in Arizona and Oklahoma.  He has also counseled ministries and other religious organizations as they attempt to negotiate complex commercial legal issues.  For the past two years, Southwest Super Lawyers has recognized Mr. Overton as a Rising Star in business litigation.

“Tim is a versatile first-chair trial lawyer, having won both jury and bench trials,” said Steptoe Chair Phil West.  “He will further deepen the litigation bench in our Phoenix office, which is handling several significant matters, including the Tucson school district’s desegregation case.”

Mr. Overton remarked:  “Steptoe has a terrific reputation as a litigation firm both in Phoenix and internationally.  I have also known Paul Charlton, the managing partner of the Phoenix office and the former US Attorney, for a number of years.  I’m really excited to be calling the firm my new home.”

Mr. Overton received his B.A., cum laude, from Humboldt State University and his J.D., cum laude, from Brigham Young University where he served as editor of the Journal of Public Law.  He clerked for the Hon. Diane Johnson at the Arizona Court of Appeals.

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