Nature of practice and clients
Over seven decades, Steptoe has established a reputation for vigorous advocacy in complex litigation and arbitration, successful representation of clients before governmental agencies, and practical advice in guiding business transactions. The firm has more than 500 lawyers and other professionals working collaboratively from offices in Beijing, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Phoenix, and Washington, DC.
Ranked in The Lawyer’s “Global Litigation Top 50,” we are widely known for our ability to help clients solve high-stakes, multi-dimensional problems, particularly those with a governmental aspect, and for effective litigation of unusually complex matters, particularly in the realm of international trade and investment, where we are established as one of the premier practices in the world (and ranked in the top echelon by both Chambers and The Legal 500). In handling matters involving China, our lawyers in Beijing and other offices coordinate to develop and implement effective strategies for our clients, who seek our counsel in complex and high-profile international trade cases, international trade policy and strategy, as well as WTO and EU matters. In addition, we offer experienced judgment on international regulation and compliance issues, providing advice to clients on the scope, meaning, administration, and enforcement of cross-border regulations that affect international business transactions.
In all of our practices, from intellectual property (where we represent clients in patent litigation and prosecution as well as on trademark, copyright and licensing matters, and have litigated more than 200 Section 337 cases before the ITC) – to litigation and arbitration, labour and employment, tax and transactions, and rapidly evolving issues of cyber-security and data security, we work closely with our clients to establish shared goals and objectives and to implement clear strategies to support their dispute resolution efforts.