Power Circuit: Steptoe lands a new lobbyist, plus more partner promotions.

The week between Christmas and New Year's is always a bit slow, which means it’s an ideal time for these lawyers and lobbyists to unpack their new offices.

By: Marisa M. Kashino

Chris Caron joined Steptoe & Johnson after more than a decade on the Hill. Photograph courtesy of Steptoe & Johnson.

Steptoe & Johnson has beefed up its lobbying team with new senior government affairs advisor Christopher Caron. He joins Steptoe’s government affairs and public policy group from Oklahoma Republican Representative Tom Cole’s office, where he most recently served as deputy chief of staff.

Mayer Brown brought on G. Richard Dodge Jr. as a partner in its litigation and dispute resolution practice and insurance industry group. He was previously a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Intellectual property law firm Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck hired partner Steven Weihrouch from Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt. At Oblon, Weihrouch served as a co-chair of both the litigation and prosecution practices.


Wiley Rein has promoted two lawyers to partner and three to of counsel. The new partners are:

Thomas McCarthy in the appellate and communications practices.

Mark Sweet in the white-collar defense practice.

The new of counsel are:

Robert DeFrancesco III in the international trade practice.

Rebecca Saitta in the bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice.

Maureen Thorson in the international trade practice.