General Information

Year founded: 1853
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Overview

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Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 900 attorneys among 16 offices in Brussels; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas; Hong Kong; Houston; London; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Paris; San Francisco; Sao Paulo; Shanghai; Silicon Valley; and Washington, DC.

Winston was founded in Chicago in 1853 by Frederick H. Winston, who was joined by the firm’s other name partner, Silas H. Strawn, in 1894. Winston has built its reputation on the quality and character of its lawyers, past and present, many of whom are recognized leaders in the American legal community. The firm’s history of more than 160 years is a chronicle of individuals and events that have helped shape it and create the strong foundation on which it continues to build. In the past two decades, a series of mergers, office openings and lateral hires has resulted in a global law firm with 18 offices across the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The legal profession continues to consolidate globally, and Winston will continue to expand its global presence so it can serve its clients wherever it is needed.

The firm serves the needs of enterprises of all types and sizes, in both the private and public sectors. The exceptional depth and geographic reach of its resources enable Winston to manage virtually every type of business-related legal issue.

The firm understands that clients look for value beyond just legal expertise. With this in mind, Winston works hard to understand the level of involvement its clients require of it. The firm’s lawyers take time to learn about clients’ organizations and their business objectives. Significant emphasis is placed on technology and teamwork in an effort to respond quickly and effectively to clients’ needs.

Winston remains committed to the traditions of client service, professional development and community involvement instilled by its leaders of the past, while embracing the innovations driving the legal profession in the 21st century.

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Rankings

Winston & Strawn LLP is nationally ranked in 36 practice areas and metro ranked in 50 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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"Law Firm of the Year" Awards

2024 "Law Firm of the Year" in Sports Law

National Rankings

Tier 1
Tier 1 for Antitrust Law
Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation

Metro Rankings

Charlotte
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Litigation - Banking and Finance
Tier 1 for Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Tier 2 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 2 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Select Clients

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Dell Inc.
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Google Inc.
  • JP Morgan
  • Monsanto Co.
  • Motorola Mobility LLC
  • Motorola Solutions, Inc.
  • National Football League Players Association
  • Nissan
  • Omnicare, Inc.
  • Panasonic Corporation
  • Philip Morris USA, Inc.
  • Tate & Lyle
  • The Charles Schwab Corporation
  • Verizon Wireless and Verizon Communications
  • Wells Fargo Bank

Highlighted Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
Environmental Law
Winston & Strawn is my "go to" firm for environmental issues.
Energy Law
The attorneys at Winston & Strawn have excellent knowledge of energy law.
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
We have worked with Winston & Strawn to develop an absolutely consistent strategy that has worked very well and saved us substantial amounts of time, energy, and money.
Commercial Litigation
The attorneys that I deal with at Winston & Strawn are simply the best at cutting to the chase.
Energy Law
Winston & Strawn is best in Administrative Law litigation for our industry sector and best for legal and regulatory issues associated with facility decommissioning.
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Winston & Strawn always works toward a solution instead of grandstanding.
Employment Law - Management
Patience and understanding underlie Winston & Strawn's success.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
I have used Winston & Strawn for many years to deal with a variety of issues. I have always found the firm's attorneys to be highly responsive, and their advice-both technical and practical-spot on.
Litigation - Antitrust
Winston & Strawn are highly experienced lawyers for criminal investigation and complex litigation. There is an authority in each field.
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Winston & Strawn is hands down the best generic side ANDA/Hatch-Waxman patent litigation group. We go to Winston for our most important cases, and they deliver time and again.
Environmental Law
The attorneys in Winston & Strawn’s environmental department are experts in their field, with a wide range of experience. They are responsive, effective, and very business practical.
Employment Law - Management
The employment team at Winston & Strawn is extremely competent and dedicated to getting the best results for their clients. This team successfully defended our company in a lengthy and complex trial.
Antitrust Law
Working on an antitrust case involving a hospital merger is extremely complex for a layman. Our lead attorney, David Dahlquist, with Winston & Strawn has been great. He keeps use updated every step of the way.
Energy Law
Our firm uses Winston & Strawn as our number one resource in legal matters. The partners and associates are highly knowledgeable and responsive to our questions and also commercially reasonable to work with for our clients. Winston takes complicated issues and explains them in a way so that the business side can understand how the deal is impacted. I would highly recommend Winston as a resource for any legal needs.
Energy Law
Winston & Strawn consistently gives great advice and does so in a very efficient and timely manner. I work with Lisa Cottle in their San Francisco office frequently and she is great to work with; she’s very knowledgeable, professional, and helpful.
Litigation - Patent
We've had a lot of success with Winston & Strawn working on litigation matters, and at reasonable costs. Winston strikes a great balance between expertise and cost.
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Winston & Strawn are experienced from both sides of bankruptcy. They have a clear understanding of the mechanics that leads to creative strategy.
Pete Pannes – National Mortgage Insurance Corp.
Commercial Litigation
Winston & Strawn gets up to speed quickly with complex issues; and are razor sharp when developing a strategy.
Pete Pannes – National Mortgage Insurance Corp.
Litigation - Patent
John Keville and his team at Winston & Strawn are exceptional. They were thorough, prepared, and highly strategic in case planning and execution. It is fairly rare to have top notch litigation skills blended with superb technical analytics.
Robert P. K. Mooney – True Science Holdings
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Michael Falk of Winston & Strawn is a real star in the Employee Benefits area. He is especially knowledgeable in navigating the traps through Code Section 409A issues.
Gary Holihan – Law Offices of Gary M. Holihan, P.C.
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Bob Julian of Winston & Strawn is one of the best in the business.
William Brandt, Jr. – Development Specialists, Inc.

Rankings

"Law Firm of the Year" Awards

2024 "Law Firm of the Year" in Sports Law

National Rankings

Tier 1
Tier 1 for Antitrust Law
Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 1 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Antitrust
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 1 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 1 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 1 for Project Finance Law
Tier 1 for Railroad Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 1 for Sports Law
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 2
Tier 2 for Admiralty and Maritime Law
Tier 2 for Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Tier 2 for Environmental Law
Tier 2 for Health Care Law
Tier 2 for International Arbitration - Governmental
Tier 2 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 2 for Oil and Gas Law
Tier 2 for Patent Law
Tier 2 for Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Tier 3
Tier 3 for Energy Law
Tier 3 for International Arbitration - Commercial
Tier 3 for Labor Law - Management
Tier 3 for Litigation - Banking and Finance
Tier 3 for Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Regional Rankings

Charlotte
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Litigation - Banking and Finance
Tier 1 for Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Tier 2 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 2 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 2 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 2 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 3 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Chicago
Tier 1 for Antitrust Law
Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Arbitration
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 1 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Environmental Law
Tier 1 for International Arbitration - Commercial
Tier 1 for Litigation - Antitrust
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 1 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 1 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 1 for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 1 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 1 for Patent Law
Tier 1 for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 2 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 2 for International Arbitration - Governmental
Tier 2 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 2 for Real Estate Law
Tier 2 for Tax Law
Tier 3 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Dallas/Fort Worth
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Governance Law
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 1 for Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Tier 1 for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 1 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 1 for Litigation - Securities
Tier 1 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 2 for Antitrust Law
Tier 2 for Appellate Practice
Tier 2 for Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Tier 2 for Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Tier 3 for Information Technology Law
Houston
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 1 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 1 for Oil and Gas Law
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 2 for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 3 for Banking and Finance Law
Los Angeles
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 1 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 2 for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Tier 2 for Real Estate Law
Tier 3 for Litigation - Banking and Finance
Miami
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Bankruptcy
Tier 1 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 2 for International Trade and Finance Law
Tier 3 for Litigation - Securities
Tier 3 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 3 for Securities Regulation
New York City
Tier 1 for Antitrust Law
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Energy Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Antitrust
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 1 for Project Finance Law
Tier 1 for Sports Law
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 2 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 2 for Corporate Law
Tier 2 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 2 for Health Care Law
Tier 2 for Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Tier 2 for Railroad Law
Tier 2 for Real Estate Law
Tier 3 for Entertainment Law - Music
Tier 3 for Labor Law - Management
Tier 3 for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
San Francisco
Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 1 for Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Tier 2 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 2 for Litigation - Environmental
Washington, D.C.
Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 1 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 1 for Litigation - Patent
Tier 1 for Railroad Law
Tier 2 for Admiralty and Maritime Law
Tier 2 for Insurance Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Antitrust
Tier 2 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 2 for Tax Law

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Communications Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
  • Entertainment Law - Music
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Patent Law
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Sports Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Winston & Strawn LLP has 119 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Winston & Strawn LLP eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
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Awards

Awards are self-reported by firms and are not verified by the Best Law Firms rankings.
  • National Law Journal IP Hot List 2013
  • Chicago Litigation Department of the Year - IP
  • Hatch-Waxman (Generic) Litigation Team of the Year - LMG Life Sciences
  • 4th in Patent Litigation Survey - Corporate Counsel
  • "High Yield Deal of the Year" - IFLR 2013 Europe Awards
  • ALM Arbitration Scorecard - Biggest Defense Wins & One of Top Firms
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association 2016 George B. Vashon Innovator Award
  • Chambers USA 2016 finalist in the “Most Pioneering Firm for Female Lawyers”
  • Recognized as a Leading Law Firm by Equality Illinois for LGBT Inclusion
  • Named to Law360 “Litigation Powerhouses” List
  • Law360 Sports Group of the Year
  • Law360 Food & Beverage Group of the Year
  • David Dahlquist Named American Lawyer “Litigator of the Week”
  • Shargel & Webb Named to Benchmark Litigation’s Top Trial Lawyers
  • Texas Lawyer''s Litigation Department of the Year: IP
  • Winston Deal Wins M&A Advisor International M&A Award
  • Winston Attorneys Recognized as Litigation Stars in Benchmark Litigation
  • National Law Journal's Chicago Litigation Department of the Year by
  • Jeffrey Kessler Named American Lawyer “Litigator of the Week”
  • Three Spots in National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts of 2015
  • Finalist for American Lawyer's 2014 IP Litigation Department of the Year
  • Ranked as 4th Busiest Patent Litigation Firm
  • Winston Receives Perfect Score on 2016 Corporate Equality Index
  • Global Arbitration Review GAR 100
  • "2013 Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies" (ALM)
  • The Recorder Top Employment Law Firms
  • Law360 White Collar Practice Groups of the Year
  • National Law Journal IP Hot List
  • Financial Times US Innovative Lawyers
  • 100 Percent Rating in Human Rights Campaign's 2013 Corporate Equality Index
  • MCCA Diversity Innovator Award
  • Transformative Leadership Award - Firm Wide Policies
  • 2012 Equality Illinois Law Firm Survey
  • Advertising, Marketing & Entertainment Law Practice Named Media and Entertainment Group of the Year
  • 4 Winston attorneys named "Litigator of the Week" by American Lawyer in 2012 – the most of any firm

Main Location

Office Locations

Charlotte, NC
300 South Tryon Street, 16th Floor
Charlotte, NC 28202
United States
704-350-7700 Call our Charlotte, NC location at 704-350-7700 Get Directions Get directions to our Charlotte, NC location
Los Angeles, CA
333 South Grand Avenue, 38th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-1543
United States
213-615-1700 Call our Los Angeles, CA location at 213-615-1700 Get Directions Get directions to our Los Angeles, CA location
Redwood City, CA
Silicon Valley, 255 Shoreline Drive, Suite 520
Redwood City, CA 94065
United States
650-858-6500 Call our Redwood City, CA location at 650-858-6500 Get Directions Get directions to our Redwood City, CA location
San Francisco, CA
101 California Street, 35th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111-5840
United States
415-591-1000 Call our San Francisco, CA location at 415-591-1000 Get Directions Get directions to our San Francisco, CA location
Shanghai, CN
Unit 2802, Jin Mao Building
88 Century Boulevard
Pudong New Area
Shanghai 200121
China: Global Firms
86 21 2208 2600 Call our Shanghai, CN location at 86 21 2208 2600 Get Directions Get directions to our Shanghai, CN location

Management and Personnel

Chair-Elect
Steve D’Amore
Vice-Chair
Michael Elkin
Co-Executive Chair
Jeffrey Kessler
Co-Executive Chair
Dan K. Webb
Managing Partner—International Affairs
Peter Crowther
Managing Partner—External Affairs
Eva Davis
Chief Strategic Officer
Dom DeChiara
Managing Partner—Internal Affairs
Cardelle Spangler

Contacts

Antitrust/Competition
Jeffrey Kessler
Corporate & Transactional
Dominick DeChiara
Environmental
Eleni Kouimelis
Intellectual Property
David Enzminger
Intellectual Property
Michael Brody
Labor & Employment
Michael Roche
Trusts & Estates
William Doyle
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Nancy Gerrie
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Scott Landau
Litigation
Steven D'Amore
Maritime & Admiralty
Charlie Papavizas
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