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Lewis Roca Expands Business Transactions Practice Group with Addition of Steptoe & Johnson Lawyers

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PHOENIX (June 3, 2019) – Lewis Roca has expanded the firm’s business transactions practice with the addition of six new lawyers, four of which join the firm from Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

This group of lawyers provides the firm’s clients enhanced resources in the area of business transactions incorporating real estate, corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions and tax.

“This year our Business Transactions Group has seen significant growth and has expanded 22 percent,” said Ken Van Winkle, managing partner of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. “With an already extensive real estate practice group, our growth has been strategic and aimed at offering clients even more robust corporate legal services to meet their needs in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, as well as tax.”

The firm’s business transactions practice welcomes lawyers from Steptoe & Johnson, Pat Derdenger, Kevin Olson, and Nancy White as partners and Karen Lowell as an associate to the Phoenix office. In addition, Jeffrey Steffen joins as a partner in the firm’s Las Vegas office and Nina Ward as of counsel in the firm’s Denver office.

“We are delighted to welcome this new group of talented lawyers to the team,” said Amy Altshuler, Chair of the firm’s Business Transactions Group. “They have exceptional experience and great energy and align well with our efforts to provide clients elevated service.”

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Business Transactions Group also welcomed four additional lawyers earlier this year to the Phoenix and Tucson offices, including Tyler Carrell, Jason Simon, Joshua Crandell, and Molly Magestro.

About Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP is an Am Law 200 commercial law firm handling complex matters in litigation, intellectual property, business transactions, gaming, government relations and other practice areas. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie offices are located in Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Reno, Silicon Valley and Tucson. For more information, visit


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