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Steptoe & Johnson has added two partners to its Century City outpost, bringing the office’s total to 26 attorneys a little more than a year after its opening. The latest hires are corporate attorney Susan Wolf, who comes from Beverly Hills’ Ervin, Cohen & Jessup, and John Hanley, a patent prosecution and litigation attorney from Fulwider Patton. “We’re adding them all the time,” said Mark Neubauer, a leader of the Century City office. Neubauer said they’ve been able to entice L.A. lawyers to their nascent office by distinguishing themselves from the growing dissatisfaction throughout the profession: “We recognize not everything has to be sacrificed for the bottom line. We’re what a lot of law firms were 20 years ago before they discovered the Am Law 100.” Wolf, who also worked at Loeb & Loeb for nearly two decades, said she was attracted by the prospect of building the Century City team for Steptoe. “I was approached with this one opportunity which had appeal because it’s different,” she said, pointing out that it’s a small office for a large national firm. Washington, D.C.-based Steptoe landed at No. 79 on the 2006 Am Law 100 list, with revenue per lawyer of $800,000. Wolf, who said she’s bringing along all of her clients, represents high net worth individuals such as the CEO of a subprime mortgage lender that is in bankruptcy. Hanley, the office’s 10th intellectual property hire, focuses on the prosecution and litigation of patents in areas such as mechanical and electromechanical arts, optics and the medical sciences.

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