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Steptoe’s Office Expands with Three New Lawyers

Steptoe & Johnson LLP announced the arrivals of three new lawyers in its Phoenix office.  All three have joined the firm as associates.

Erin Norris Bass, a 2011 summer associate at Steptoe, has rejoined the firm after clerking for Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch.  Ms. Bass received her law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Arizona in 2012, where she was elected to Order of the Coif and was the research editor and marketing manager for the Arizona Law Review.  She is a 2009 cum laude graduate of Arizona State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus on public relations.

Quintin Cushner has joined the firm’s Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense Groups.  He will focus on civil litigation, criminal law, and Native American law.  Mr. Cushner clerked for the Honorable Stephen M. McNamee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona from 2010-2011.  He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona in 2009, where he was elected to Order of the Coif and served as managing editor of the Arizona Law Review.  He received a B.A. in history from Oberlin College in 2001.

Kate Frenzinger has joined the firm’s ERISA, Labor & Employment Group.  Ms. Frenzinger was named Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year in 2012 by the State Bar of Arizona’s Young Lawyers Division, and was named to Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star’s list in 2012 and 2013.  She was awarded a J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2004, where she was elected to Order of the Coif and served as chief copy editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review.  She received a B.A. in art history from UCLA in 1999.

The associates’ arrivals follow that of former U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton, who joined Steptoe’s Phoenix office in November as a partner.  Mr. Charlton practices in the firm’s Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense Groups.