Steptoe & Johnson’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) is ready to assist you when an emergency strikes. Not only will we assist you in a crisis, but also prepare for the best response to critical situations.  We will learn about your current emergency response plan and its implementation, and we will work with you to tailor it to address regional anomalies.  We will assemble the legal Emergency Response Team most appropriate to your facility locations and needs.  

Team members include litigators and specialists in labor and employment law, regulatory law, white-collar crime, energy law, and government relations. We provide both the regional and multi-disciplinary legal coverage tailored to your specific needs.

What We Do:

Emergency Response Plans

Scene Management

Public Relations

OSHA Responses

Regulatory Responses

Provide advice for land, water and air contamination


Pipeline Explosion

Responded to a transmission pipeline explosion with fatalities and neighborhood evacuation

Pipeline Burial and Damage

Emergency injunctive relief to halt ongoing burial and damage to pipeline by contractor

Rig Fires and Explosions

Coordinated response to OSHA investigation and employee interviews


Handled catastrophic damages resulting from landslides caused by flooding


Responded to drilling fluid spills and impoundment blowouts

EPA/FBI/DEP Investigations

Coordinate and attend on-site investigations and employee/contractor interviews by EPA, FBI or state criminal and civil investigators following spills, wetland fills, and accidents


What sets us apart

Immediate and Long-Term Value

Having Steptoe & Johnson as an integral part of your Emergency Response Team will protect you not only during the emergency, but also in the long run.  

During the emergency, the legal team leader can facilitate responses to requests from jurisdictional government units, accident victims and their families, the press, and the general public. 

In the short term, this facilitation can help ensure your company’s reputation for prompt response and appropriate action. 

In the long run, because many of our team members are litigators, they understand that when you go to trial, the details of the incident (emergency) which brought you to the courthouse will be subjected to intense scrutiny.  With that perspective in mind, your Steptoe & Johnson team members’ involvement will help to balance your disclosure needs with litigation issues to help minimize the potential damage should a trial ensue at some time in the future.