Chair, Steptoe & Johnson LLP


Philip West is rated one of the best international lawyers in the nation by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and The Legal 500. In addition to chairing the firm, he heads Steptoe’s Transactions and Tax Department. Philip also previously served as the Treasury Department's International Tax Counsel, the senior international tax lawyer in the U.S. government.

Steptoe’s diversity efforts include five affinity groups, a Pride Group, a Women’s Forum, and recruitment of minorities both laterally and from law school. The firm received the Minority Corporate Counsel’s Thomas L. Sager award in 2014 and its Innovator Award in 2011. Steptoe has also received high ranking for inclusion of women, Native Americans, and overall diversity.  

Steptoe was named an LCLD Top Performer in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021. 

Joined LCLD 2010

Highlights of LCLD Participation 

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated:
2021: Monique Watson; 2018: Stephanie Ann Roy; 2017: Tim Overton; 2016: Brigida Benitez; 2015: Michelle L. Levin; 2014: Kendall R. Enyard; 2013: Erica L. Gerson; 2012: Patricia B. Palacios

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2021: Yvonne Malino; 2020: Judy Wang; 2019: Luke Tillman; 2018: Lauren Azebu; 2016: Alexis Early 

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2021: Matthew Schaible; 2019: Vanessa Rodriguez, Ayana Lindsey, Micah Burbanks-Ivey; 2018: Nailah Ogle, Rebecca Robinson; 2017: Samantha Bollers, Matt Tharp; 2016: Gianna Ceophas, Sally Mordi; 2013: Michelle Sohn; 2012: Tyler Rosenbaum, Jacob Steele

Sucess in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Annual Meeting (2020, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014)
Leadership Summit (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)


Member: Philip West

Diversity Professional: Allison Ilagan

Communications: Brandon Coutre