Steptoe & Johnson Adds Four Partners in Chicago
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Summary: Four new partners have been added to the Chicago office of Steptoe & Johnson. 

The law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP has announced that it is expanding their office in Chicago, according to a press release.

The firm will add to its commercial litigation and toxic tort litigation practices with the addition of four partners.


Michael Dockterman

Michael Dockterman

The four new partners include Michael Dockterman, Cal Burnton, John Frey and Derek Smith.

Cal R. Burton

Cal R. Burton

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Derek Smith

Derek Smith

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“This is an impressive group of trial lawyers with substantial first-chair jury trial experience,” said Phil West, chair of Steptoe. “Michael Dockterman is a nationally renowned litigator who clients turn to for their most challenging trials. He has successfully litigated numerous high-profile trials and advised top business executives, general counsels and boards of directors in government investigations. Together with Cal, John and Derek, the group will strengthen Steptoe’s litigation capabilities and expand the range of services we offer clients nationwide.”

Dockterman said, “Although my move was motivated by a conflict, I am simply delighted to have joined Steptoe. Its reputation as a top-tier litigation firm for complex civil and criminal matters is well-deserved. It’s an ideal fit for our clients.”

Burnton comes to the firm with first-chair trial experience. He has represented clients in mass tort, environmental and complex commercial issues. He has argued for clients in federal and state courts during his career.

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Frey comes with three decades of experience in consulting clients on issues involving antitrust, contract, bankruptcy, CERCLA private cost recovery actions, securities, insurance and environmental issues.

Smith joins the firm with two decades of experience in epidemiology, toxicology, industrial hygiene and occupational medicine. Smith has argued cases in federal and state courts throughout the country. His practice focuses on defending national and international pharmaceutical and chemical companies.

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