- Managing Partner: Thomas P Fitzgerald
- Senior Partners: Dan K Webb (Chairman), James R Thompson (Senior Chairman)
- Number of partners in US: : 348
- Number of other lawyers in US: 480
- Number of lawyers worldwide: 935
Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 900 attorneys among 15 offices in Beijing, Charlotte, NC, Chicago, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, TX, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Newark, NJ, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, DC.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate America consistently trusts Winston & Strawn with their most high-stakes litigation. Its litigators have tried major jury and bench trials in virtually every significant federal and state venue and assisted with high-profile investigations related to SEC, AG, and other regulatory inquiries. They handle appeals before the US Supreme Court, US Courts of Appeals, and state appellate courts. Winston’s international arbitration attorneys have extensive experience with all the major arbitration and international claims institutions and rules, and the firm has locally qualified commercial litigators in Geneva, Hong Kong, Paris and London. Substantive areas of litigation work include: antitrust, securities, product liability, class actions, white-collar, patent/ trademark/copyright, ERISA, insurance coverage, construction, energy, media and entertainment.
Corporate & Financial:
Winston’s global Corporate Practice provides securities and M&A legal services to multinational companies, investment banks, and other financial services firms. The firm’s private equity work encompasses capital raising, investment and divestiture, and operational activities. In the finance area, Winston represents clients in capital markets, corporate lending, securitization, lease finance, and derivatives transactions. The firm’s Financial Services Practice assists clients in bank regulatory and compliance, investment management, private funds, broker-dealers, and futures/exchange matters. Winston provides restructuring and insolvency advice to debtors, creditors, committees, purchasers, and other parties in bankruptcy matters.
Labor & Employment Relations:
Winston has more than 70 partners and associates in the area of labor and employment law. They have appeared in state and federal courts around the country, and before the NLRB, DOL, EEOC, and other local, state, and federal agencies. The firm provides national and international employment law assistance from most US offices, as well as from Paris and London.
The firm’s IP attorneys litigate disputes in federal courts and before the US PTO. The practice includes risk assessment, portfolio management, and prosecution of applications for patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and supervision of global IP enforcement initiatives. Winston IP attorneys assist with patent, trademark, and copyright licenses, product development deals, and advertising, marketing, and promotions.
Winston & Strawn’s real estate attorneys assist purchasers, sellers, developers, borrowers and lenders in major real estate investment,development, and lending activities. They represent US and international corporations, financial institutions, and other clients in acquisitions, financings, sales, developments, and leasings.
Tax attorneys at the firm provide assistance that ranges from planning through audit, appeals and litigation, as well as legislative and regulatory representation. They help clients resolve significant tax issues through creatively planning transactions, effectively influencing tax policy, and carefully working with the IRS.
For more than 30 years, Winston has helped clients deal with changes in the energy industry, from leading renewable energy projects to advising on nuclear security matters. Energy attorneys handle development, financing, construction, and regulatory matters, and the sale and purchase of energy companies and assets. They also provide litigation, tax and labor advice.
This practice encompasses all aspects of environmental law, from Superfund actions and toxic tort claims to environmental compliance in transactions to regulatory issues. The Paris Environmental Practice includes regulatory, transactional, and litigation in the European Community.
Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs:
The Government Relations Practice at Winston is composed of attorneys and advisors adept at using the rules of the legislative process to develop and implement practical solutions. They assist corporate clients with campaign finance issues, and public sector clients with appropriations.
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation:
Winston assists employers with the compensation of employees and the planning and administration of employee benefits, as well as all forms of executive compensation plans.
International Work: Albemarle Corporation, Alstom Group, Deutsche Bank AG, EDF, FAGE Dairy Industry SA, Foot Locker France, Française des Jeux SA, LVMH, Nestle SA, Philip Morris International, Republic of Ecuador, Rhodia, Soitec SA, Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Clients: Abbott Laboratories, American Airlines, Bank of America NA, Calpine Corporation, Dell Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co., JP Morgan Chase Bank, Lear Corporation, Luxottica Group S.p.A., McDonald’s Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Motorola Mobility Inc., Philip Morris USA, Wachovia Bank, Weatherford International, Wyeth.