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Winston & Strawn LLP


  • 35 West Wacker Drive
  • Chicago
  • Illinois
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  • IL 60601-9703
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  • Managing Partner: Thomas P Fitzgerald
  • Senior Partners: Dan K Webb (Chairman), James R Thompson (Senior Chairman)
  • Number of partners in US: 359
  • Number of other lawyers in US: 463

Firm Overview: 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, Silicon Valley, Taipei and Washington, DC.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Litigation: 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 50 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.

Intellectual Property: 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.

Real Estate: 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: 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.

Energy: 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.

Environmental: 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.


  • 333 South Grand Avenue,
  • Los Angeles,
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  • District of Columbia
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Bankruptcy/Restructuring - California

What the team is known for Los Angeles-based group working with all manner of clients in distressed situations with a particular focus on creditor-side representation. Represents bank agents, lending groups and a range of creditors, creditors' committees and liquidating trusts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Winston is excellent at keeping us informed, explaining complex litigation strategies and making strong recommendations."

"Winston has a good group of litigators who are innovative, good and very steady."

Work highlights Litigated on behalf of Solyndra's liquidating trust in the aftermath of the company's bankruptcy. The group has been involved in seeking over $1 billion from other companies that it claims conducted themselves illegally, leading to the company's collapse.

Represented the liquidating trust of People's Choice Home Loan following on from previous representation of its unsecured creditors' committee in the company's Chapter 11 filing.

Notable practitioners  

Eric Sagerman leads the bankruptcy group and clients praise him as a "very good lawyer" who is "detail-oriented and a strategic thinker." He handles the group's major litigation for liquidating trusts, and also works on behalf of significant lenders and DIP financiers.

The "terrific" Randy Rogers focuses on clients in creditors' rights, real estate and commercial lending matters. He has recently represented a number of banks and major lenders in large-value bankruptcy matters, including General Electric Capital and CoBank.

Justin Rawlins is "very smart, detail oriented, results driven and practical," according to clients. He has recently been leading work on behalf of trustees and defending clients in bankruptcy-related litigation.

Significant clients Wells Fargo, Medley Capital, American AgCredit, CSFB.

Energy & Natural Resources - California

What the team is known for Versatile energy firm playing a central role before the California Energy Commission, CPUC and FERC. Acts extensively for regulated utilities and developers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Winston & Strawn has a great regulatory-side practice."

Work highlights Supporting California Cogeneration Council's efforts in implementing the California Highway Patrol program in compliance with the state's aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving energy independence.

Represented the California Wind Energy Association in a wide spectrum of regulatory issues to assist with the implementation of California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard program.

Notable practitioners  

Jerry Bloom knows the world of independent power producers inside out, according to sources. One impressed client highlighted that he "combines deep industry knowledge and contacts with tenacity to deliver solid results."

Joseph Karp comes very highly recommended by sources, who consistently describe him as "excellent." He specializes in renewables as part of a broad energy practice. His current clients include the California Wind Energy Association.

Sources describe Lisa Cottle as a lawyer with great personal charm who nevertheless "negotiates in a very firm way." She enjoys a healthy energy project finance and development practice, and has extensive experience negotiating power purchase agreements.

Significant clients California Cogeneration Council, California Wind Energy Association, NRG Energy, NextEra, Searles Valley Minerals.

Labor & Employment - California

What the team is known for Well-established California practice encompassing all aspects of labor and employment law, with emphasis on litigation, and class and collective claims. Particularly adept in the renewable energy and healthcare sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are always conscious of the overall goals of our defense and of proceeding in an efficient manner."

"I give them very high marks for client service, responsiveness, strategic acumen and experience." 

Work highlights Continued to serve as lead counsel to Wells Fargo in wage and hour class action litigation, including recently achieving the denial of class certification on overtime-based claims.

Acted for Bankers Life and Casualty in an insurance agent misclassification claim, substantially reducing the potential class action to an individual claim.

Notable practitioners  

Laura Petroff holds extensive litigation and counseling experience across labor and employment, but most prominently in wage and hour class actions. Clients praise her "phenomenal negotiating skills and ability to analyze a situation and look for solutions that might not be apparent." 

San Francisco labor and employment head and managing partner Joan Fife garners particular praise for her "very good courtroom demeanor" and is seen as being "very creative with regards to legal arguments." She focuses mainly on litigation, and has particular expertise in high-stakes class and collective actions. 

Significant clients Louis Vuitton North America, CHRISTUS Health, Calpine Corporation, Valspar, Nuveen Investments.

Tax - California

What the team is known for A practice focusing on state tax issues and recognized in particular for its expertise in property tax. Noted for its subject matter knowledge and firm grasp of procedural matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Outstanding, five-star service." 

"Very helpful and very responsive." 

Work highlights Acted for Schlumberger Technology in the Alaska Supreme Court in an income tax appeal matter.

Represented Constellation Brands against the County of Madera in a case concerning the purchase price in relation to property tax.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Moll is recognized by peers and clients as a leading property tax expert. Sources describe his impressive knowledge and ability in court. He was lead lawyer for Schlumberger Technology in an appeal in the Alaska Supreme Court.

Troy Van Dongen is "very professional" and an "excellent negotiator" according to sources. He is developing a strong practice in property tax and related state and local matters.

Significant clients Genentech, Thermo Fisher Scientific, VMware, HGST.

Healthcare - District of Columbia

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Antitrust - Illinois

What the team is known for Represents major clients in many of the leading antitrust cases across the country as part of its multifaceted litigation practice. Features some top-flight litigators and experienced antitrust lawyers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"There are no areas where they're not exceptionally good. They continue to exceed expectations each and every day."

"They are only a phone call away and extremely responsive, whether it be by e-mail or texting."

What's new? New clients include Panasonic, Goldman Sachs and the LA Dodgers.

Work highlights Represented RockTenn as a defendant in the containerboard antitrust litigation alleging a conspiracy to restrict output of its products.

Acted for Verizon Wireless in the text messaging antitrust litigation concerning short-code text messages.

Notable practitioners  

Dan Webb remains one of Chicago's most respected litigators and his practice often involves antitrust matters. Sources call him a "superstar." He acted for Monsanto in its $1 billion patent and antitrust victory against DuPont.

James Herbison is a junior partner who "has a great deal of expertise in the area." He has been working across a wide range of the firm's recent representations.

Significant clients RockTenn, Monsanto, Verizon Wireless, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Dell, Panasonic.

Banking & Finance - Illinois

What the team is known for Busy practice representing financial institutions and multinational corporations in a range of small, mid and large market financing transactions. Experienced in all types of senior and subordinated and secured and unsecured loans.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team are consummate professionals and are always good to work with. I think their balanced combination of being commercial while at the same time providing expert legal advice with an emphasis on protecting interests is terrific. In addition, the team works incredibly hard and delivers on time." 

"They are our go-to guys on all of our needs related to our business and our fund-raising. What stands out most about their performance is their strong level of experience and their problem-solving capabilities. "

Work highlights Advised agent JPMorgan in relation to a $650 million revolving credit facility for Tupperware Brands.

Represented MacLean-Fogg in a recapitalization involving a $525 million credit facility refinancing, a $240 million preferred equity refinancing and a $100 million mezzanine financing.  

Notable practitioners  

Gregory Murray is praised for being "great at solving problems - he understands what clients' issues are and how to resolve them." Murray represents lenders in relation to secured and unsecured loans and a recent mandate saw him advise JPMorgan Chase on a billion-dollar credit facility for Fortune Brands.

Charles Boehrer is "very good on critical ideas and has a remarkable understanding of the issues." He is a go-to expert for commercial and investment banks in relation to leveraged finance transactions.

Sources say of Ronald Jacobson that he is "a great guy - a brilliant lawyer, very practical, and is very conscious of customer service and satisfaction." He has a solid grounding in matters pertinent to debt markets, including asset-based and cash flow loans.

James Snyder is highlighted as "very quick and very bright. He has good, strong analytical skills." He handles a range of lending transactions including leveraged acquisitions.

Patrick Hardiman earns praise from clients for having "a wealth of knowledge on the issues related to our business as well as the overall market." He focuses on middle market financing and syndicated loans, among other things.

Significant clients Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, GE Commercial Finance, Madison Capital Funding, Deutsche Bank.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Illinois

What the team is known for Experienced in handling restructurings, workouts and Chapter 11 proceedings for debtors, creditors, hedge funds and trustees, among others. Key clients include those active in the energy, financial services, retail and healthcare sectors.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Botica is widely respected by commentators. He has a wealth of experience acting for trustees, debtors and institutional lenders across the spectrum of bankruptcy-related matters.

Corporate/M&A - Illinois

What the team is known for Advises major-name clients on a wide range of transactional and capital markets matters. Proves popular with private equity firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Winston & Strawn offers excellent client service, giving you the attention of the senior leadership and partners. The advice you get is superb and practical, and the team's sector knowledge is deep." 

Work highlights Advised TreeHouse Foods on its $187 million acquisition of Associated Brands GP Corporation from TorQuest Partners.

Advised Tulsa-based NGL Energy Partners on its $240 million acquisition of Oilfield Water Lines' water disposal and hauling operations.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Wall is widely known in the Illinois marketplace as a talented and skillful corporate attorney whose practice spans financial, securities and transactional advice. His recent highlights include advising underwriters JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and Goldman Sachs on CDW Corporation's $396 million IPO.

"An exceptional lawyer and business partner" with "top-notch" skills across corporate governance, M&A and securities advice, clients say, M&A chair Oscar David remains popular with clients.

Interviewees say James Junewicz possesses "the rare ability among M&A lawyers to find – and even create – solutions to negotiating sticking points without compromising the business goals at stake." He specializes in restructurings and M&A. 

Bruce Toth is "an invaluable adviser on a wide range of legal issues covering everything from SEC reporting, compliance and corporate governance through to M&A," reports one client. "An attorney and counselor in the finest sense of those words," Toth advises an extensive list of household names on governance and financings.

Steven Gavin is valued for his expertise in corporate finance and transactional matters. Commentators cite his "responsive and pragmatic" approach as a key strength.

Significant clients Motorola Solutions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Lear Corporation, Nuveen Investments, Activision Blizzard.

Environment - Illinois

What the team is known for Well versed across the gamut of environmental law issues. Has a sure footing in due diligence, strategic planning and criminal enforcement proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I certainly enjoy working with Winston & Strawn. The team is very successful in providing good sound legal advice, and the lawyers understand the technical components. They are definitely knowledgeable on the regulations and operations." 

"Winston & Strawn has a global reach - any issues that arise abroad, the firm can handle them. It has a very strong reputation and good relationships with the agencies." 

Work highlights Recently advised Hoosier on landfill permit applications, Clean Air Act compliance reviews and a compliance program for the company's gas and coal plants.

Advised Star Atlantic Waste Holdings on environmental regulatory compliance following its $1.9 billion purchase of Veolia Solid Waste.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Eleni Kouimelis advises on transactional and contentious matters for clients from a broad range of industries, including retail and manufacturing. She is "phenomenal," said one peer, while impressed clients add: "She is able to understand the technical aspects, provide good advice and come up with good solutions."

Significant clients NextEra Energy, Banco Santander.

Intellectual Property - Illinois

What the team is known for Maintains a formidable reputation for acting for major multinational clients in high-stakes litigation. Praised for its prowess in patent litigation.

"They are easy to work with, intelligent and results-oriented."

"They have taken the time to really understand our business."

Work highlights Successfully represented Monsanto in a patent infringement case against DuPont regarding the biotech gene Roundup Ready.  

Represented Teva Pharmaceuticals in a case in which Bristol-Myers Squibb's chemical compound patent was held to be invalid.

Notable practitioners 

George Lombardi is chair of the firm's intellectual property practice, and is particularly valued by clients for his "extraordinary courtroom skills." He led the team that successfully represented Monsanto in a patent infringement case against DuPont.

James Hurst is chairman of the firm's litigation department and a former head of the intellectual property department. He is roundly praised by clients as a "superb negotiator" and "superb trial lawyer."

Significant clients Cox Communications, Dell, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Cisco Systems, Fage Dairy.

Labor & Employment - Illinois

What the team is known for Well regarded for its expertise in the executive compensation and benefits arena, with a focus on benefit and retirement plans. Well versed in ERISA and wage and hour class actions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Efficiency and effectiveness were very impressive. Achieved a maximum result with almost a minimum of costs billed to client."

"They always provide clear communication and we have been very pleased. We also work with their litigation team to get the best of both worlds; they have great intelligence and insight."

Work highlights Advised CBOE Holdings in the negotiation and drafting of a transition agreement in connection with the arrival of its new CEO.

Represented Motorola Solutions in the design, drafting and operation of a deferred compensation plan for various company executives.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Melbinger is held in high regard by his Chicago contemporaries, with one observer noting that "he is fantastic, he does executive compensation and does it very well." Melbinger is the global head of the firm's executive compensation and employee benefits practice and advises corporations, fiduciaries and boards of directors.

Key partner Rex Sessions is involved in contentious and noncontentious matters, including ERISA litigation and employment relations law. He invites praise from commentators, one of whom describes him as "unusually responsive and reactive; he goes the extra mile."

Joseph Torres is highlighted by a client for his "understanding of the urgencies of the issues." Part of Torres's practice involves advising clients on contentious matters and he has represented clients before the state and federal courts.

Columbus Gangemi has deep expertise across the gamut of labor law issues, with a particular specialization in matters relating to the NLRA.

Significant clients LVMH, Nuveen Investments, Grant Thornton, The Financial Services Roundtable, Lear Corporation.

Litigation - Illinois

What the team is known for Highlighted for its capabilities in high-value general commercial litigation, representing clients in the banking, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals industries. Notable expertise in the white-collar sphere, with extensive experience advising individuals at leading corporations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have provided us with great service and excellent results. They are extremely client focused." 

"A combination of knowledge and experience beyond that of any other firm. Hard work, perfect judgment and strategy, backed with deep resources." 

Work highlights Advised Jesse Jackson Jr and his wife in a lawsuit brought by the government relating to the alleged misuse of $750,000 of campaign funds.

Successfully defended Chicago Parking Meters against Chicago taxpayers in matters concerning a public-private partnership to upgrade and operate the city's parking meters.

Notable practitioners  

Dan Webb is highlighted by one client as "a superb leader at the firm - he sets the tone for their entire team." Webb's practice encompasses white-collar and commercial litigation and he has recently represented Monsanto and E&Y in billion-dollar litigations. 

Kimball Anderson specializes in product liability, antitrust and class action-related work and is highlighted by one observer as "a really fine practitioner." 

Bruce Braun handles a range of work, including internal investigations and professional liability matters. One impressed source notes: "His work ethic is unsurpassed, he is an excellent cross-examiner and he is extremely intellectually nimble." 

Robert Sperling's clients include Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. He is well versed in securities and antitrust actions and is highlighted by a client as a "superb trial lawyer and negotiator." 

Caryn Jacobs is noted as "very detailed oriented, while at the same time maintaining a grasp of the big picture and overall strategy." Jacobs heads the firm's professional liability practice and specializes in securities and fraud litigation.

Significant clients BP, Abbott Laboratories, Verizon Wireless, Northern Trust, JPMorgan Chase.

Media & Entertainment - Illinois

What the team is known for Strong team focusing on advertising and marketing transactions on behalf of prominent clients in the retail and food and beverages sectors. Handles various deals, including endorsements, domain names, promotions and advertising.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are always accommodating for almost unthinkable client deadlines, and they provide the best advice in the industry."

"The team we work with at Winston & Strawn is very proactive about keeping us up to date on any new industry developments."

Work highlights Assisted W.W. Grainger in relation to third-party rights clearance and claim substantiation relating to its advertising, as well as related regulatory compliance issues.

Represented BlackBerry in relation to a deal with recording artist Alicia Keys which would result in her assuming the role of global creative director for the company.  

Notable practitioners  

Brian Heidelberger is highly regarded in the field, with clients saying he is "extremely knowledgeable in the areas of advertising, marketing, sweepstakes and privacy law, and can always answer any question without the need for additional research."

Brian Fergemann is acclaimed as "one of the top promotional lawyers in the Chicago area." Clients praise his ability to "steer us away from anything high risk and any potential issues."

"Very good lawyer" Liisa Thomas is held in high regard for her media sector expertise. "She really understands our business and the ramifications of social media and traditional media - I feel very confident in her," said one client. 

Mary Hutchings Reed is particularly noted for her sponsorships expertise, and for handling trademark, copyright and entertainment issues. Sources say she "has a very strong reputation and people like working with her."

Significant clients Frito-Lay, American Airlines, Taco Bell, Sears, Clear Channel.

Real Estate - Illinois

What the team is known for Considerable expertise in a wide array of matters including financings and transactions. Clients include financial institutions and institutional investors such as pensions and insurance companies. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They identify the right things. The key aspects. They have a very practical and educated approach."

Work highlights Advised Alere Property in relation to the $135 million purchase and financing of a portfolio of industrial properties.

Advised ML Realty Partners in connection with the $100 million refinancing of a portfolio of properties in Texas and Illinois.

Notable practitioners  

One client commends Christopher Murtaugh for "running circles around his competition," also noting that he is "deal-maker and extremely ethical." Murtaugh is noted for his broad transactional real estate practice.

Mark Henning is noted for his practical to commercial real estate matters. Henning represents clients such as banks and private equity firms in complex transactions.

Significant clients Ashley Capital, Quadrangle Development, US Equities Realty, Stockbridge Capital, 737 North Michigan Avenue Investors.

Tax - Illinois

What the team is known for Offers expertise in tax planning, controversy and renewable energy tax credit matters. Also advises on the tax aspects of project finance transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Outstanding performance. Extremely timely."

"The level of success we achieved with this firm was unparalleled in our company's history. I owe them a great debt of gratitude."

Work highlights Advised Sycamore Partners on its $600 million acquisition of Hot Topic.

Advised Invenergy on the $500 million financing of a wind farm portfolio.

Notable practitioners  

The "extremely bright" James Lynch is "good at framing issues and keeping matters on track. His ability to present and debate technical matters is very good." 

Louis Weber cochairs the department alongside Lynch, and specializes in tax controversy and transactional work.

Significant clients Yum! Brands, Motorola, Thrifty Oil, Baird Capital Partners.

Advertising - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department Key offices include Chicago and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Established litigation practice allied to an equally strong transactions-focused group. Provides high-quality counsel to clients on everything from government investigations and disputes involving false advertising and privacy to the negotiation of advertising and marketing agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Winston & Strawn has top-of-the-field specialists who get to the core issues quickly and efficiently."

Work highlights Acted in a false advertising case on behalf of the Corn Refiners Association. The sugar industry filed a complaint alleging misleading and false claims made by the association in a marketing campaign.

Handled the deal between client BlackBerry and Alicia Keys for her to become the company's global creative director.

Notable practitioners  

Liisa Thomas is described as an "outstanding" lawyer. She is recognized for her "deep expertise in privacy and data issues" and its intersection with advertising law. She has handled a number of cutting-edge matters in this area.

Brian Heidelberger is an experienced advertising lawyer who "understands the rhythm of this practice." Clients have "always been impressed with the depth of his knowledge" and consider him a "practical solutions-oriented lawyer."

Significant clients Motorola Mobility, Orbitz, PepsiCo, McDonald's, Michaels Stores.

Antitrust - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, San Francisco and New York.

What the team is known for Predominantly focuses on antitrust litigation, including class actions and multidistrict litigation. Its wide-ranging expertise includes deep knowledge in areas such as criminal cartel matters and sports-related antitrust.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Client service is top-notch. They're really in it for the long haul. They want to make sure you're satisfied on every matter you work on with them."

"They communicate very well, very fast and are always available."

Work highlights Represented a number of parties including Panasonic and NEC in antitrust litigation relating to an alleged conspiracy to fix prices of lithium ion batteries.

Acted for Goldman Sachs on litigation alleging anticompetitive conduct in the credit default swaps market.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Kessler is "a force to be reckoned with" in antitrust, note sources highly impressed with his "terrific practice." He heads the firm's practice group in the area. In addition to antitrust, he is a preeminent sports practitioner.

Paul Victor is one of the most experienced cartel practitioners in the US, with over 50 years in the area. Sources describe him as "one of the deans of the antitrust Bar." He recently represented NTN Corporation in putative class actions relating to industrial bearings.

Significant clients Monsanto, Discover Financial Services, Nippon Seiki and New Sabina Industries, Cisco Systems, Verizon Communications.

Appellate Law - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices in Chicago and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Represents noteworthy clients in a range of appellate matters, both as amicus curiae and in party briefs. Growing reputation for handling appeals in both state and federal courts. Often acts for clients at the trial level on important motions and points of law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're fantastic, very responsive, give honest assessments of the risks, are incredibly talented and thoughtful lawyers, and I've found that there's rarely if ever a question I ask that they haven't already thought through."

"They ensure that queries from our team are well understood, study the query appropriately and in necessary detail, give a very satisfactory explanation that gives confidence and also come up with new ideas in the process."

Work highlights Represented the government of the US Virgin Islands in a dispute with the IRS before the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit over a tax incentive aimed at encouraging small business startups in the Islands.

Represented the Republic of Ecuador in a long-running environmental dispute with Chevron, including issues of US discovery for the purposes of arbitration conducted in another jurisdiction.

Notable practitioners  

Linda Coberly recently represented Monitor Clipper Partners before the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in a misappropriation of trade secrets case against Hallmark Cards. Clients say: "She's fantastic. She's incredibly thoughtful and incredibly smart. I've never stumped her on a question - she has the answers already thought through to questions I ask. She is also very responsive and a very good communicator."

Significant clients Grant Thornton, Goldman Sachs, Hyundai, Omnicare, Luxottica.

Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices are San Francisco, DC and New York.

What the team is known for Respected nuclear team assisting clients with issues such as NRC licensing, regulatory compliance, and NRC enforcement actions and investigations. Also home to an electricity regulatory group consisting of lawyers with experience representing clients in regulatory matters and litigation at state and federal levels. Its work includes representation at FERC, project development, and representing clients investigated by bodies such as FERC and CFTC.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are knowledgeable, experienced, sensitive to the clients' needs, and are cost-sensitive." 

"They have a very, very deep understanding of how the NRC operates."

"They are very effective communicators."  

Work highlights Counseled Chicago Bridge & Iron on the nuclear regulatory aspects of its $250 million acquisition of the Shaw Group.

Acted for the New York Transmission Owners in a dispute with ITC, related to an attempt by ITC to allocate costs for new phase angle regulators to customers in the NYISO and PJM regions.

Advised Honeywell International in relation to nuclear regulatory matters connected to its Metropolis Works Uranium Conversion Facility.

Notable practitioners  

The excellent David Repka advises on a wide range of issues including nuclear licensing, regulatory compliance, and regulatory enforcement and investigations. He represented UniStar Nuclear Energy in relation to its application for a combined operating license for its proposed Calvert Cliffs 3 nuclear power facility. Sources say: "He gives very measured practical advice and he has a very strong intuitive understanding of the regulatory framework."  

Raymond Wuslich is an energy regulatory attorney who practices in the electricity and natural gas sectors. Peers appreciate his creativity as an opponent and recognize him for his representation of IPPs. "He is able to take complex issues and present them in a very straightforward and understandable fashion," notes one impressed source.

Tyson Smith is an experienced regulatory lawyer, whom sources praise for his responsiveness and technical expertise. He acted for Pacific Gas & Electric in its application for a 20-year extension of its license for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

Denmon Sigler recently joined the firm from Baker Botts and is noted for his experience in advising on transactions in the oil and gas upstream and downstream arenas. She receives much praise for her practical, business-oriented approach to matters.

Significant clients Sempra, Entergy Northwest, Atlantic Grid Operating Company, Ormat Nevada, CalWind Resources. 

Financial Services Regulation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Acts for banks, broker-dealers, hedge and private equity funds, and governmental entities, among others, on a wide variety of regulatory and transactional matters. Strong regulatory compliance practice, which includes representation of both domestic and non-US clients before federal and state agencies, as well as before arbitration panels and international tribunals. Also well equipped to provide related advice concerning corporate governance, tax issues and dispute resolution.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The work required highly qualified and sophisticated representation, which is what the team delivered."

"They're responsive, have a deep bench and produce high-quality output."

Work highlights Acted for the Financial Services Roundtable, the DC-based trade association of the top 100 financial services companies, on matters including SEC rules, executive compensation changes and new international capital standards.

Notable practitioners  

The "very talented" Julius Loeser is of counsel at the firm. He is noted for his wealth of experience in a wide range of banking regulation matters and is much sought after for his strengths in issues pertaining to OCC and FDIC regulations, financial modernization and lending limits.

Department head Christine Edwards comes recommended for her corporate governance work, in addition to her securities and banking regulatory expertise. Commentators single out her practical advice, organizational skills and efficient approach to matters, and also praise her "delivery of razor-sharp analysis and keen business insight."

Significant clients Continental Investors, Comerica Bank, Bank of Hawaii, JPMorgan Chase, TCF National Bank.

Intellectual Property - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, Houston and New York.

What the team is known for A distinguished and much-praised patent litigation practice, more specifically highlighted for its copyright, trademark, Hatch-Waxman and ITC work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are knowledgeable, strategic and always professional. The firm's attorneys keep the objectives of the client in sharp focus."

"They are easy to work with, intelligent and results-oriented."

What's new? The firm's ITC practice was significantly bolstered by the arrival of five partners from Finnegan Henderson in August 2013.

Work highlights Won a long-term patent infringement case for Actavis subsidiary Andrx against AstraZeneca regarding heartburn treatment Prilosec.

Won $1 billion damages for Monsanto from DuPont, having demonstrated the latter's infringement of the client's patented soybean product.

Notable practitioners  

George Lombardi in Chicago heads the firm's IP practice.

Significant clients Dell, Schlumberger International, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Verizon, Hospira.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Products Liability - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Acclaimed for its expertise in the pharmaceutical and tobacco sectors, where it regularly acts for household names. Also well versed in consumer fraud matters.

Work highlights Represented LG Electronics in class action litigation regarding alleged defects in washing machines made by the client.

Acts for clients including Cargill and Tate & Lyle Americas in litigation where it was argued that ingredients used caused diabetes.

Notable practitioners  

Seasoned trial attorney Dan Webb gains significant praise for his practice in the product liability area, with previous clients including Philip Morris and Pfizer. Peers in the product liability field describe him as "an exceptional lawyer."

Thomas Frederick is praised for his extensive litigation experience and case management skills. He has notable expertise in tobacco disputes, with notable clients including Philip Morris and Altria.

Significant clients Philip Morris, Abbott Laboratories, GE Appliances & Lighting, Excelligence Learning, Danaher.

Projects - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Active renewable energy practice with a good reputation for its representation of developers and tax equity investors. Experience of distributed solar, utility solar, wind and biomass energy projects.

Work highlights Advised Sunrun on a $75 million tax equity financing by JPM Capital for a series of distributed solar developments.

Represented E.ON Climate & Renewables North America in a number of tax equity financings for wind projects.

Notable practitioners  

Jerry Bloom is an experienced power attorney who regularly represents tax equity investors and developers in renewable energy project finance deals. He acted for CleanPath Ventures on its acquisition, development and subsequent sale of a solar project. Sources say: "He is a very broad-based, long-time practitioner with a strong perspective of the market."

Significant clients Soitec Solar, SoCore Energy, Invenergy, Santander, Atlantic Grid Operating Company.  

Sports Law - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York.

What the team is known for Renowned for its work representing league players' associations in labor and employment matters. Also acts in a range of other disputes, including corporate and contractual issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I find them to be excellent lawyers - I have only positive things to say."

"The lawyers I have dealt with are extremely talented and very responsive – the two most important traits I look for in outside counsel."

Work highlights Represented Oakley in its dispute with Nike and Rory McIlroy concerning sponsorship rights.

Acted for NFL lineman Jonathan Fanene on achieving an injury settlement with the New England Patriots.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Kessler has a "preeminent reputation," according to sources, who describe him as the "dominant lawyer on the players' side." His recent work has included acting for the NFLPA in litigation relating to the 2010 uncapped NFL season.

David Feher has extensive experience in a range of sports matters. He was lead lawyer for Oakley in its litigation against golfer Rory McIlroy and Nike for an alleged breach of a sponsorship agreement.

Significant clients National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), Women's Tennis Benefit Association, Professional Hockey Players' Association, Excel Sports.

Tax - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Transportation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Strong track record in the full range of contentious shipping matters, including oil pollution cost recovery litigation, marine terminal disputes and collisions. Experienced in representing clients before the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A terrific firm. The lawyers are first rate, very bright and knowledgeable."

Work highlights Represented Maher Terminals in litigation before the FMC. The client is making claims against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey related to discrimination, in a case that highlights issues of fair treatment of terminals by port authorities.

Notable practitioners

Constantine "Charlie" Papavizas heads the department and is a key contact. 

Significant clients Liberty Maritime, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, SURF Subsea.

Transportation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.  

What the team is known for Strong regulatory practice handling issues relating to domestic legislation and international treaties, with experience acting before regulatory bodies such as the International Maritime Organization and the US Coast Guard. Clients benefit from the wider firm's full-service nature in shipping issues with corporate, bankruptcy and taxation elements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very professional and supportive."  

"They have depth - they are experts in a lot of different fields, and can draw on those."

Work highlights Represented Liberty Global Logistics in relation to compliance issues connected to its development of a new pure car/truck carrier.

Advised Liberty Maritime on matters of compliance related with the US Coast Guard and Maritime Security Program, among other regulations.

Notable practitioners  

Constantine Papavizas is experienced in representing shipping clients before various regulatory agencies. Sources describe him as a "very bright guy and a leader in border protection and the Jones Act," and praise his ability to simplify complex customs matters.

Allen Black is praised for his deep technical expertise and "good, in-depth experience" in shipping regulation. He advises shipowners and lenders on ensuring their activities comply with US shipping and vessel laws.

Larry Kiern represents clients including shipowners, port authorities and pollution underwriters in various regulatory matters. A client notes that he "always takes the initiative to give me good and prompt advice." Kiern is retained to handle matters concerning agencies including the DOJ, DOT and the US Coast Guard.

Bryant Gardner is "very talented," and focuses his practice on regulatory matters connected to ocean shipping. He has expertise in federal regulations relating to the transportation of hazardous materials and cargo imports and exports.

Significant clients BG North America, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, Columbia Ship Management, TORM A/S, Nordic American Tankers. 

Antitrust - New York

What the team is known for Continues to be strong in criminal antitrust matters and sports issues. Particularly noted for its cross-border cartel defense work and its expertise in matters at the intersection of IP and antitrust.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The client service from the team is excellent." 

"They communicate very well, and are very fast and always available."

Work highlights Acted for Panasonic Corporation and Panasonic Corporation of North America in civil litigation arising from an investigation into refrigerant compressors.

Represented Skyline Steel as plaintiff in a case against PilePro alleging various breaches of antitrust laws.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Kessler is recognized as one of the country's leading sports lawyers but is also known as a "brilliant" antitrust lawyer who is "a force to be reckoned with." He acted for Panasonic in the optical disk drive price-fixing case.

Paul Victor practices predominantly in criminal antitrust and draws much praise for his wealth of experience in the area.

Significant clients Uralkali, NBA Players Association, Omnicare, NTN, NFL Players Association.

Intellectual Property - New York

What the team is known for Fine patent litigation practice, with noted strengths in pharmaceuticals, electronics and data analytics. Also houses talent with regard to copyright law as applied to media and entertainment.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I like the way they litigate - very smart and sensible." 

Work highlights Won a high-value dispute on behalf of International Securities Exchange (ISE) against Realtime Data, which had sued the client and a large number of stock exchanges and financial institutions over the use of patents for data compression technology in the transit of market data to brokers.

Acting for leading video game producer Take-Two Interactive Software in a patent dispute concerning software authentication with Uniloc.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Elkin is a trial lawyer and chairs the firm's copyright, entertainment and digital media practice. Sources are impressed at how he "combines great technical skills with the ability to present to a judge, jury or deposition and do it superbly."

Significant clients Abbott Laboratories, Arbitron, International Securities Exchange, Motorola Mobility, Voxx International.

Litigation - New York

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Banking & Finance - North Carolina

What the team is known for Noted capacity for sophisticated work such as syndicated credit facilities, as well as the more traditional leveraged finance work. A variety of entities seek out its deal-making talent, including private equity firms and financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We use Winston & Strawn when we have something complicated requiring top-notch counsel."

Work highlights Acted for Wells Fargo on a secured $60 million revolving credit facility to National Air Cargo Holdings.

Advised Bank of America as lead arranger of a $300 million senior secured credit facility to semiconductor and technology company Diodes.

Notable practitioners

The "very diligent" Molly McGill serves as chair of the department. Sources are keen to describe her as their "number one resource," with one client noting that "her demeanor and ability to understand people, and communicate what we need in a nonconfrontational way, is unparalleled."

René LeBlanc-Allman is recognized for her representation of financial institution clients. She wins plaudits as "very hard-working and very earnest." Clients highlight her "great ability to clearly articulate to the other parties our standpoint, on both business and legal issues, in a very courteous and professional manner."

Significant clients Bank of America Business Credit, US Bank, PNC Bank, Deutsche Bank.

Litigation - North Carolina

What the team is known for Sound choice for banking and regulatory disputes. Recognized talents in white-collar criminal and environmental litigation.  

Work highlights Advised Wells Fargo on a number of class action suits, arising from mortgage contracts associated with acquired entity Wachovia.

Acted for Alabama Power Company in connection with a high-value CAA regulatory matter.

Notable practitioners 

"Sharp lawyer" Jack Knight is described as "extremely knowledgeable and accessible" and a "go-to guy." His highlights include acting for a former Wachovia loan officer on allegations of fraud and misrepresentation.

Thomas Cottingham is the Charlotte managing partner as well as head of the financial services practice. He had a lead role acting for Wells Fargo on a number of class actions connected to mortgage contracts. Sources are quick to praise his unwavering focus on the task at hand, and describe him as "very effective. He gets done what the client needs, and he does it directly, with no side trips."

Jack Cobb has a sound reputation for astute handling of financial services and multiparty litigation. According to delighted clients, Cobb "brings a very high level of business insight which helps to guide you strategically."

Significant clients Bank of America, Springleaf Financial Services, Duke Energy, Diamond Foods, Google.

Intellectual Property - Texas

What the team is known for Formidable patent litigation offering, often seen representing major names in oil and gas production, technology, software, retail and biotechnology in critical IP litigation. Also renowned for its prosecution and transactional capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very timely, responsive and an excellent quality of work."

"They have met my expectations and gone beyond." 

Work highlights Acting for Schlumberger in two separate oilfield patent disputes against international rival Baker Hughes.

Representing Motorola Mobility in a claim brought by Apple regarding the latter's entitlement to use technology subject to a patent licensing agreement between the client and Qualcomm.

Notable practitioners  

John Keville tends to manage patent disputes in the oilfield and telecommunications arenas. He is "very creative at strategy - a go-to for a big, complex case."

Steve Cagle handles cases centering on chemistry and oilfield exploration and production patents. He is also frequently engaged in trade secrets and patent prosecution matters.

Seasoned lead trial counsel Floyd Nation has litigated cases concerning tried medical devices, oilfield equipment, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors and software.

Peter Chassman handles litigation and noncontentious matters in the IP field, although he is probably best known for his work on actions before the federal circuit and the ITC. He is "a very effective lawyer," according to sources, who value his leadership and organizational abilities on cases. 

Significant clients HTC, Monsanto, Walmart, Weatherford International.