Steptoe & Johnson LLP has named Kevin L. Olson as the new managing pa…

Steptoe & Johnson LLP has named Kevin L. Olson as the new managing partner of its Phoenix office. He assumed management responsibilities from former managing partner David J. Bodney on January 1.

“It’s an honor to be selected for this position of leadership and responsibility,” said Mr. Olson. “David, our management team, and our partners have helped to make Steptoe one of the preeminent firms in Phoenix. In the months ahead, we plan to build on our very strong foundation by continuing to emphasize and improve the excellent and sophisticated client service our firm is known for. We will strive to provide service that delivers very high value to our clients. I believe we are one of the best firms to work for in the region and we expect to recruit additional attorneys of the highest quality in key areas, starting with additions to our transactional practice.”

A partner in the firm’s corporate group, Mr. Olson’s personal practice emphasizes general corporate advice, mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate finance, and other commercial transactions. He presently serves as outside general counsel for many Arizona-based businesses.

“It has been a privilege to lead this office for the past two years,” said Mr. Bodney. “Our attorneys in Phoenix represent a dynamic mix of regional, national and international clients on a wide range of legal matters. We are all delighted that an attorney of Kevin’s stature – our former Deputy Managing Partner – will be taking on this important management role. I am confident that he will do an excellent job of leading our firm, serving our clients and expanding our influence throughout the Southwest.”

Mr. Olson is a member of the Executive Committee of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and a director of the Arizona State University Alumni Association. He is immediate Past President of the East Valley Partnership and, as President of the EVP, was a leader in the establishment of the Business Leadership Coalition. He was a member of the Governor’s Vision 21 Transportation Task Force. He served as president of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce in 1995 and 1996.

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