Christopher Niewoehner is leaving his position as Assistant U.S. Attorney in Illinois’s Northern District to join Steptoe & Johnson LLP in the firm’s Chicago office.
“Steptoe has one of the premier white-collar practices in the country,” Niewoehner said in a statement. “Not only am I looking forward to working with the team’s very talented lawyers in representing senior executives and corporations in a variety of industries, I am excited about the opportunity to spearhead the first major geographic expansion of the practice beyond the east coast corridor and to establish a presence in Chicago.”
Currently, Niewoehner is a deputy chief in the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecution section in Illinois’ Northern District. He is joining Steptoe as a partner in the white collar criminal defense practice.
Niewoehner joined the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s office in 2000. He had previously clerked for Judge Milton Shadur of the Northern District and was an associate at a Chicago-based law firm.
At the U.S. Attorney’s office he lead the prosecution of Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, who was convicted on federal corruption charges
Niewoehner received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard College and his J.D. also magna cum laude from Harvard’s Law School.