Joe R. Caldwell, Jr.


Joe Caldwell is a partner at Steptoe, after recently serving as partner and chair of the litigation department of, the Washington office of Baker Botts L.L.P. and chair of the firm’s diversity committee.  He is a Big Brother in the Bigs In Schools Program.

As past Chairman of the Board, Mr. Caldwell continues to provide thoughtful leadership as a member of the Board of Directors. He represents clients in federal and state courts and before congressional committees, administrative agencies, and arbitration tribunals. His practice focuses on complex business disputes in civil litigation and on white-collar criminal trials and investigations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Caldwell has been honored with selections by notable publications, such as Best Lawyers in America (2003-present), Washingtonian Magazine (Top Washington, D.C. lawyers – 2007), Black Enterprise Magazine (Top Black Lawyers in U.S.), Ebony Magazine (Top Six Black Lawyers in U.S. – 2005).

Mr. Caldwell previously served as counsel at the United States Supreme Court and as special assistant to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. He also served as deputy attorney general for the State of New Jersey and as chief of staff and legal counsel to Washington, D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly. Mr. Caldwell has taught trial practice as part of the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University Law Center and is a co-leader of the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at Georgetown University Law Center. He was educated at Syracuse University (A.B.), Harvard University (M.P.A.), Rutgers University Law School (J.D.) and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. Program).

Mr. Caldwell is married to Sybil Caldwell, also a lawyer and fellow BBBSNCA Board member. They live in McLean, VA with their son.