Phoenix Business Journal Names Paul Charlton to ‘Most Admired Leaders’ List

(September 28, 2016, Phoenix, AZ) — Steptoe partner Paul Charlton has been named to the Phoenix Business Journal’s list of the“Most Admired Leaders” for 2016.  The list, published September 23, recognizes 25 of the Valley’s most respected leaders for their strong leadership, integrity, vision, financial performance and commitment to the community.  Mr. Charlton, the only law firm leader selected to this year’s list, and the other honorees were feted at a dinner held September 27 at the Montelucia Resort and Spa in Scottsdale.

Mr. Charlton, the former US attorney for the District of Arizona, has served as managing partner of Steptoe’s Phoenix office since January.  He joined the firm in 2013 and concentrates his practice on high-profile and complex litigation, internal investigations and white-collar criminal defense.  He has represented corporations and public officials, as well as provided special assistance to those who were subjects of a state or federal investigation.  Over the course of his career, Mr. Charlton has also developed an outstanding track record in the representation of Native American governments and tribal leaders, and has appeared before every tribal council in Arizona.

A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Charlton was nominated by President Bush as US attorney for Arizona in 2001 after serving as an assistant US attorney for ten years.  During his six years of service as the US attorney, Mr. Charlton established the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, a program that improved communication and coordination between law enforcement agencies.

In a profile of Mr. Charlton published in the Phoenix Business Journal, Mr. Charlton remarks:  “If your boss demands loyalty, show him integrity.  If he demands integrity, show him loyalty.”

Since joining Steptoe, Mr. Charlton has been recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States, Best Lawyers in America, and Southwest Super Lawyers, among other accolades.

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Phoenix Business Journal managing editor Patrick O’Grady presents Steptoe partner Paul Charlton with the “Most Admired Leaders” award.

Phoenix Business Journal managing editor Patrick O’Grady presents Steptoe partner Paul Charlton with the “Most Admired Leaders” award.  (Photo Credit: Phoenix Business Journal)