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Winston & Strawn LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 808
  • Gross Revenues: $818,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,015,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,805,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Winston & Strawn is a Chicago-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Winston & Strawn has 808 attorneys and is the 42nd largest firm in the United States.  With $785,500,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 38th on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Winston & Strawn ranked as the 46th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in AZ, CA, DC, IL, NC, NJ, NY and TX.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 39 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 39 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 38 -5 Lawyer head count
The A-List 45 -4 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 25 -7 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 103 -22 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 121 -242 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 45 30 Summer programs

In the News

Curtis Expands to Switzerland With New Geneva Office

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : April 28, 2016

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle will become one of the small number of international firms with offices in Switzerland when it opens in Geneva next month.

Kane: Criminal Charges Result of Retaliation

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : April 27, 2016

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has argued that the criminal charges against her should be quashed because criminal prosecutions for grand jury leaks are rare, and only occurred in her case because of two former state prosecutors' efforts to retaliate against her.

Top U.K. Firms Still Must Bridge a Big Gulf with The Am Law 100

Georgina Stanley : Legal Week : April 27, 2016

Despite one of their most challenging years since the early 1990s, the leading U.S. law firms continue to dwarf their U.K. counterparts in revenues and profits.

For Attorney General Kane and Cosby, Delay May Play Into Appeal Strategy

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : April 27, 2016

The criminal cases involving Bill Cosby and Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane have a few things in common—both are high-profile, taking place in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, and are being prosecuted by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

Pharma Patent Battles Seeing Steep Increase

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : April 26, 2016

The number of patent litigation filings related to new drug applications before the FDA, known as ANDA filings, increased dramatically in 2014-15.

Am Law 100 Firms Pull Back in Chicago

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Even of the city's most prominent native firms are reducing their lawyer numbers there.

Report: Who Won (and Lost) the Most Big-Ticket Trials in 2015

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : April 25, 2016

Big Law litigators love to boast that their firms are ready and willing to take cases to trial. So it's interesting to look at the top 100 verdicts of 2015 to see what firms are actually making good on their threats. The answer is probably not who you'd think.

Brady 'Deflategate' Decision Shows the Problem With Arbitration

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : April 25, 2016

If Tom Brady and his legal dream team can't overturn an arbitration decision, you know the rest of us don't have a prayer. Not even a Hail Mary.

Circuit Reinstates Brady's 'Deflategate' Suspension

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : April 25, 2016

The four-game suspension of New England Patriots' Tom Brady for an alleged scheme to tamper with the air pressure in footballs has been restored by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Making Lawyers Look Good Online

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Targeting a new generation of clients, website designs aim to make attorneys seem more likable.

Valley Firms Surge in The Am Law 100

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 22, 2016

The list is out! And California firms outpaced their peers in a year of glacial growth.

Litigators Recall Representing Prince, a Client Like No Other

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 22, 2016

Prince, the legendary singer, songwriter, producer and man of myriad other talents, died Thursday at 57. The eclectic pop icon kept a bevy of high-profile lawyers busy during the past three decades.

Garland, Mum on Nomination, Urges Lawyers to Close Justice Gap

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : April 21, 2016

In a rare public speech since his nomination to the U.S. Supreme was announced, Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit delivered remarks at the court's annual pro bono recognition breakfast. He urged lawyers to do more to close the access-to-justice gap.

Phila. Judge: Kane's Attorney Filed False Affidavit

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : April 20, 2016

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane withdrew a request to file a particular motion under seal Wednesday after one of her attorneys was admonished in a court order Tuesday for allegedly lying in an affidavit.

The Door Spins at Jenner & Block, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2016

A shift change at Jenner & Block; Duane Morris takes on 13 lawyers from two firms; DLA Piper partners form their own boutique; a Proskauer Rose litigator becomes CEO of a litigation financier; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Dykema Defectors Form New Firm, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 18, 2016

A four-lawyer team leaves Dykema Gossett to start their own shop; Norton Rose Fulbright nabs a dealmaker who nearly died in an African plane crash; a Seyfarth Shaw practice leader joins a high-profile boutique; and other notable additions from The Am Law 200.

This is Why Kirkland's Hurst Gets the Big Bucks

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : April 10, 2016

When James Hurst moved from Winston & Strawn to Kirkland & Ellis in late 2014, he was dubbed “Biglaw's $9 Million Man” for his reportedly enormous new salary.The star life sciences litigator appears to be earning his keep. On Thursday, he and Kirkland partner Andrew Kassof co-led a trial team that delivered a blockbuster win on behalf of Abbott Laboratories.

The Humble Law Firm Website Is Going Way, Way Upscale

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : April 08, 2016

Vanity Fair-like portraits. Profiles that convey spark and personality. Throughout The Am Law 200, firms are remaking their sites—to the tune of $200,000 to more than $1 million.

FTC and Chicago Hospitals Armed for Merger Battle Monday

Roy Strom : The National Law Journal : April 05, 2016

A group of Federal Trade Commission attorneys will be in Chicago federal court on Monday to begin a closely watched trial seeking to block the merger of two hospital systems that would create a $6.5 billion health care giant.

Play Ball! Baseball Season Brings More Big Fees for Big-League Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 05, 2016

Sidley Austin, McCarter & English and Winston & Strawn are among a dozen legal advisers providing outside counsel and arbitration services to the Major League Baseball Players Association, according to a recent Labor Department filing.

McGuireWoods' Hiring Spree Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 04, 2016

McGuireWoods adds 13 partners in 13 days; Paul Weiss poaches a high-powered Cravath M&A partner; Kenyon & Kenyon loses two patent prosecution pros to Norton Rose Fulbright; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: The Recorder : April 01, 2016

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Women's Soccer Suit Keeps Jeffrey Kessler in the Spotlight

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : March 31, 2016

In his latest headline-grabbing sports industry assignment, the Winston & Strawn antitrust pro is trying his hand at employment litigation for a group of top U.S. women's soccer players.

Kane Hires Castor as Solicitor General

Lizzy McLellan and Ben Seal : The Legal Intelligencer : March 29, 2016

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has hired Bruce L. Castor Jr. as solicitor general, ­making him second-in-command at the Office of Attorney General.

A First Look at the New Generation of Smartphones

Alan Cohen : The American Lawyer : March 28, 2016

Cool features are on the way, but law firm CIOs still worry about security.

INADMISSIBLE: Judge's Retirement Ends Ethics Inquiry

: The National Law Journal : March 28, 2016

A misconduct complaint against former Chief Judge Richard Roberts of the federal district court in Washington has been dismissed. Plus more in this week's column.

Defense: Feds Bugged Alameda, Contra Costa Courthouses

Ross Todd : The Recorder : March 24, 2016

Martha Boersch and other defense lawyers argue that use of the secret listening devices was unconstitutional.

Big Firms Flock to Windy City's Multiple Police Probes

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : March 24, 2016

Chicago has paid $760,000 to Wilmer, Taft Stettinius and an ex-Fried Frank partner to advise it on a U.S. Department of Justice probe into its troubled police department. McGuireWoods has also been retained by Chicago's police oversight agency to conduct an internal audit.

NJ Suits Alleging Abilify-Gambling Link Consolidated Pretrial

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : March 23, 2016

A New Jersey judge has consolidated pretrial discovery and motions in lawsuits filed by nine plaintiffs against two pharmaceutical companies alleging popular antipsychotic drug Abilify led them to engage in compulsive gambling.

Montco DA Alleges Kane Camp Leaked Evidence

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : March 22, 2016

Arguments between the Montgomery County district attorney and ­defense counsel for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane became heated Tuesday in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, as both sides addressed a defense motion seeking an evidentiary hearing on an alleged leak of evidence in the criminal case against Kane.