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Former U.S. Attorney Charlton Joins Steptoe

Steptoe & Johnson LLP announced that Paul Charlton, the former U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona, has joined the firm as a partner.  He will be based in the Phoenix office and will practice in Steptoe’s Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense Groups.

Mr. Charlton 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.

A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Charlton was nominated by President Bush as U.S. attorney for Arizona in 2001 after serving as an assistant U.S. attorney for ten years.  During his six years of service as the U.S. attorney, Mr. Charlton established the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC), a program that improved communication and coordination between law enforcement agencies.  He also established a national security division within the U.S. Attorney’s Office to actively work with law enforcement agencies on terrorism related criminal cases, and expanded the victim advocate staff in his office to better serve crime victims.  In 2002, the U.S. Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Program was awarded the Federal Service Award.  In 2007, USA Today published an article that ranked Mr. Charlton number one among the nation’s 93 U.S. attorneys for prosecutions and convictions.

“Paul’s arrival represents an important addition to our Phoenix office, by continuing the growth of practices in Phoenix that have local, national and global reach,” said Bruce Converse, managing partner of Steptoe’s Phoenix office.  “Paul joins two recent exciting additions to our office, former Congressman John Shadegg and former chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission and national FERC Commissioner Marc Spitzer.”

Steptoe Chair Roger Warin commented:  “We are delighted that Paul has joined us.  He has a strong and varied background in both civil and criminal investigation.  He can draw upon his experience as a federal prosecutor to advise companies that might be facing both criminal and civil exposure, as well as handle their large-scale internal investigations.  His addition also adds a top-shelf criminal defense attorney to our white-collar practice west of the Mississippi.”

Over the past 18 months, Steptoe’s white-collar practice has expanded its depth and reach with several key additions.  Earlier this year, it added Jason Weinstein, former deputy assistant attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division to the Washington office, and Patrick Rappo, the former joint head of Bribery and Corruption of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office to the London office.  In July 2012, it established a Midwest presence with Chris Niewoehner, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois who served as a lead trial attorney in the prosecution and conviction of former Governor Rod Blagojevich.  Also in 2012, Michelle Levin in the firm’s New York office was elected to the partnership.  With Mr. Charlton’s arrival, Steptoe’s white-collar practice, which was named a Law360 “White Collar Group of the Year” in 2011 and 2012, includes nine former federal prosecutors with extensive trial experience and a host of lawyers with substantial experience in other government positions.

“I am honored to be joining such a well-renowned firm with its talented roster of lawyers,” said Mr. Charlton.  “I am truly looking forward to working with my new colleagues, as well as using the national platform that Steptoe offers to expand my practice beyond Arizona.”

Fluent in Spanish, Mr. Charlton has been deployed by the DOJ on numerous occasions to provide instruction to Latin American prosecutors and judges on the American criminal justice system.  An adjunct professor at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Mr. Charlton was named “Prosecutor of the Year” by the Arizona State Bar a year after leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  He has been recommended by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Southwest Super Lawyers, among other accolades.

Mr. Charlton received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Arizona.

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Steptoe hosts Construction Industry Tax Seminar

Contractors, developers, construction managers, and homebuilders are invited to attend Steptoe & Johnson’s 10th Annual Construction Industry Tax Seminar co-sponsored by the AzBusiness Magazine. Steptoe’s tax lawyers will bring participants an annual update on the latest developments in Arizona’s sales and property taxation.

The seminar will take place September 27, 2013 and the Arizona Biltmore Resort.
The program will focus on new legislation, which if passed and signed by the Governor, will turn the sales taxation of contracting upside down–from taxing the prime contractor to taxing the sale of building materials, except for road and bridge construction where the prime contractor will still be taxed (H.B. 2111). In addition, seminar leaders will bring you up to date on legislation (already signed by the Governor) that does away with the “permanent attachment” test under the exemption for installing exempt machinery and equipment (H.B. 2535).

Speakers include Pat Derdenger, Dawn Gabel, Frank Crociata and Ben Gardner, all members of Steptoe’s Tax Group in Phoenix. Steptoe’s tax lawyers bring to clients decades of consulting, transactional, and advocacy experience in all substantive areas of federal and state taxation.

The luncheon speaker will be Hon. John Shadegg, partner in Steptoe’s Phoenix office and former US Congressman. He will give his perspective on the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact Arizona businesses.

For more information, call 602-257-7708. Register online at www.steptoe.com.

Steptoe partner Stephanie Quincy has been placed among the Top 50 Attorneys and among the Top 25 Women in Arizona.

Steptoe Phoenix Lawyers earn recognition

Five partners in Steptoe’s Phoenix office have received individual mentions in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA.  The prestigious legal guide identifies the leading lawyers and law firm practices based on interviews conducted by Chambers researchers with thousands of lawyers and their clients.

Fourteen Steptoe attorneys have been recognized in the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers.  The annual list selects only five percent of the total lawyers in the region based on peer review and the publication’s independent research.

In addition to being named to the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers list, Steptoe partners Floyd Bienstock, Pat Derdenger, and Stephanie Quincy have been placed among the Top 50 Attorneys, and partners Stephanie Quincy and Nancy White have been placed among the Top 25 Women in Arizona for receiving the highest point totals in the nomination, research, and review process.

The following Steptoe lawyers have been recognized in Chamber USA 2013:

· Floyd Bienstock — Litigation: General Commercial (Arizona)
· David Bodney — First Amendment Litigation (Nationwide)
· Lawrence Katz — Labor & Employment (Arizona)
· Stephanie Quincy — Labor & Employment (Arizona)
· Steven Wheeless — Labor & Employment (Arizona)

The following Steptoe attorneys have been recognized in 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers:

· Floyd Bienstock – Insurance Coverage (Top 50)
· David Bodney – First Amendment, Media, Advertising
· Bruce Converse – Insurance Coverage
· Ben Cooper – Appellate
· Pat Derdenger – Tax (Top 50)
· Dawn Gabel – Tax
· Kevin Hunter – Business/Corporate
· Larry Katz – Employment & Labor
· Kevin Olson – Business/Corporate
· Stephanie Quincy – Employment & Labor (Top 50 and Top 25 Women)
· Karl Tilleman – Business Litigation
· Nancy White – Mergers & Acquisitions (Top 25 Women)

The following Steptoe attorneys have been selected as 2013 Southwest Rising Stars:

· Erin Bradham – Civil Litigation Defense
· Robert Vaught – Employment & Labor

Steptoe’s Phoenix office celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012.

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Steptoe hosts Construction Industry Tax Seminar

Contractors, developers, construction managers, and homebuilders are invited to attend Steptoe & Johnson’s 10th Annual Construction Industry Tax Seminar co-sponsored by the AzBusiness Magazine. Steptoe’s tax lawyers will bring participants an annual update on the latest developments in Arizona’s sales and property taxation.

The seminar will take place June 13, 2013 and the Arizona Biltmore Resort.

The program will focus on new legislation, which if passed and signed by the Governor in the coming weeks, will turn the sales taxation of contracting upside down–from taxing the prime contractor to taxing the sale of building materials, except for road and bridge construction where the prime contractor will still be taxed (H.B. 2111). In addition, seminar leaders will bring you up to date on legislation (already signed by the Governor) that does away with the “permanent attachment” test under the exemption for installing exempt machinery and equipment (H.B. 2535).

Speakers include Pat Derdenger, Dawn Gabel, Frank Crociata and Ben Gardner, all members of Steptoe’s Tax Group in Phoenix. Steptoe’s tax lawyers bring to clients decades of consulting, transactional, and advocacy experience in all substantive areas of federal and state taxation.

The luncheon speaker will be Hon. John Shadegg, partner in Steptoe’s Phoenix office and former US Congressman. He will give his perspective on the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact Arizona businesses.

For more information, call 602-257-7708. Register online at www.steptoe.com.

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Steptoe Advises ALDILA on Merger

Aldila, Inc. announced on March 27 that it has closed its merger with Mitsubishi Rayon America, Inc. (MRA). The official effective time of the merger will be April 1.  Steptoe advised Aldila on the transaction.

Aldila is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of carbon fiber shafts.  MRA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. and part of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation Group.  MRA has a business centered on MMA (methyl methacrylate) and AN (acrylonitrile) business complexes as basic raw materials and finished products.

The Steptoe corporate team was led by partner Kevin Olson with assistance from partner Kevin Hunter and associate Kami Galvani, all in the firm’s Phoenix office.  Partners Meredith Rathbone and Stephen Heifetz, and associate Teddy Nemeroff, all based in Washington, advised on the international trade aspects of the deal.

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‘Casual Day’ Fund at Steptoe’s Phoenix Office Nears $100K in Charitable Contributions

Steptoe & Johnson’s Phoenix office is closing in on raising $100,000 for charities and non-profit groups in Arizona by allowing employees to wear jeans on Fridays in exchange for a five dollar, or more, contribution toward a designated charity, which rotates weekly.  The office’s “Casual Day” fund has raised more than $95,000 since it was launched in 2005.  The effort is entirely voluntary, but lawyers and support staff rally around the comfort and the cause.

Casual Day raises money for various charitable organizations such as the Arizona Red Cross and the Christina Taylor-Green Memorial Fund established after the mass shooting in Tucson.  Other local causes that have benefitted from the fund include Hospice of the Valley, St. Mary’s Food Bank, “Packages from Home,” and the Pat Tillman Foundation.

“We are more than just an office in the community.  We’re part of the community,” said David Bodney, managing partner of Steptoe’s Phoenix office, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.  “It is nice to be a little more comfortable on Fridays, but it feels even better to help make a difference.  That is extremely important to us, as individuals and as a firm.”

One of the charities helped through the program is Duet, a Phoenix organization that offers support to grandparents raising their grandchildren.  Casual Day donations assist Duet in providing support groups and guidance, and organizing much-needed outings where the “grand families” get together.

“It’s inspiring when people at all levels of an organization can get involved in a cause,’’ Elizabeth Banta, Duet’s executive director, said of the firm’s efforts.  She said that although wearing jeans to work may be a simple thing, “it’s a simple thing that adds up to make a great difference.”

Steptoe Celebrate 25 Years

Steptoe Celebrates 25 Years In Phoenix

Steptoe & Johnson LLP celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Phoenix office with a gala at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix.  Clients and local dignitaries joined Steptoe lawyers from the Phoenix office and the firm’s other offices to celebrate the occasion.

Steptoe’s Phoenix office opened on January 1, 1987, and was the first regional office for the Washington, D.C.-headquartered firm, which today has nine offices, including three outside the United States.  The firm was initially drawn to the nation’s Southwest to handle federal government contracts work for the Arizona-based semiconductor division of a large national technology company.  While working on the lengthy project, Steptoe became familiar with the Phoenix business community and recognized the opportunities the Valley of the Sun presented.

Steptoe chair Roger E. Warin commented:  “The opening of the Phoenix office was the beginning of an evolution for Steptoe, as it marked the first time we were operating in a city outside Washington.  The office remains an integral part of the firm, with established practices that serve local, national and global clients and lawyers who work seamlessly with their counterparts in our other offices.”

Steptoe’s Phoenix office handles a broad array of matters, from labor issues for international retail conglomerates to libel issues for national newspapers and broadcasters.  Other noted practices include insurance coverage and bad faith defense, commercial litigation, corporate and real estate transactions, and state, local and federal taxation.

“For the past 25 years, we have enjoyed the support of the Phoenix business and legal communities, and we look forward to expanding and strengthening those relationships over the next quarter century,” said David Bodney, managing partner of the firm’s Phoenix office, whose media practice is profiled on the cover of the 2012 edition of Southwest Super Lawyersand who received the 2011 APS Peacemaker Award from Valle de Sol.

Steptoe’s Phoenix office also is home to former U.S. Representative John Shadegg, who represented northern Phoenix in Congress for eight terms before retiring from office in 2010 and joining the firm as a partner in March 2011, and Ambassador P. Robert Fannin, a senior counsel in the firm who was appointed by President Bush in 2007 to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.  Former FERC Commissioner Marc Spitzer, who previously served in the Arizona State Senate and as chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission, works from Washington, D.C. and Phoenix and represents energy clients in Phoenix and throughout the Southwest.

For more information on Steptoe & Johnson, visit Steptoe’s website at steptoe.com.