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Winston & Strawn LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 822
  • Gross Revenues: $741,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $900,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,410,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -5

Winston & Strawn is a Chicago-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Winston & Strawn has 822 attorneys and is the 38th largest firm in the United States.  With $741,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 39th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Winston & Strawn ranked as the 47th 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 -5 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 39 -5 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 38 -5 Lawyer head count
The A-List 43 -2 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

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : April 22, 2015

Announcements from Reed Smith, White & Case, Debevoise & Plimpton, Nixon Peabody, Winston & Strawn, Sidley Austin and the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office.

The Windy City's Top Litigation Teams

: The National Law Journal : April 20, 2015

In this issue, The National Law Journal highlights litigation departments at law firms in Chicago. We asked top litigation practices to tell us about their operations — biggest wins, head counts, toughest opponents and even their losses.

Kirkland & Ellis

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : April 20, 2015

As Kirkland & Ellis revved up its defense against patent infringement claims facing client Porsche Cars North America Inc. and other car companies, its attorneys spotted a potential fatal flaw early on: statements made by the inventor about what the technology in dispute did — and did not — do.

Winston & Strawn

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : April 20, 2015

Winston & Strawn secured a wide range of high-impact wins during 2014, demonstrating the ability to take down foes at trial — and before a fight goes that far.

New Hires Beget New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 19, 2015

Goodwin Procter launches a London private equity practice; Dentons arrives in Budapest; Fox Rothschild opens in Chicago; Polsinelli puts down stakes in Nashville; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Same-Sex Marriage Foes Send High Court 64 Amicus Briefs

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : April 15, 2015

From the personal to the legal to the religious, opponents of same-sex marriage offer the U.S. Supreme Court a potpourri of arguments in support of their belief that the court should uphold state bans.

Wine Lovers Relocate, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 14, 2015

Duane Morris and McKool Smith saw a pair of oenophiles pull up stakes for new endeavors; Kirkland & Ellis adds one litigator and loses two more; Paul Hastings bolsters its banking group in London; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Michigan Firm Stays Out of Gay Marriage Case

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : April 13, 2015

The private-practice lawyer who will defend Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court is working independently from his firm, Warner Norcross & Judd, which declined to get involved in the litigation.

Patchwork of State Laws Adds to Data-Breach Headaches

David Ruiz : The Recorder : April 10, 2015

Businesses want a consistent and clear standard, says Morgan Lewis' Reece Hirsch, but the federal government probably won't be able to deliver one any time soon.

After Making New Law, Glaxo Fight May Head to New Court

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 08, 2015

At a hearing Wednesday, Judge Claudia Wilken seemed likely to transfer the dispute over HIV drug pricing, which has already been tried once, to either Illlinois or North Carolina.

Newsmakers: Week of April 6

: Texas Lawyer : April 06, 2015

New shareholders in Winstead are Jason Bernhardt, Matt Foytlin and Sean Milligan, Houston; Sargon Daniel, Kara Grimes, Lloyd Lim and Jeff Tinker, Dallas; Adam Plumbley, Fort Worth; and Karl Seelbach, Austin.

On the Move

: The Recorder : April 06, 2015

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

Firms Make It Hard for Partners to Say Goodbye

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : April 03, 2015

Leaving a law firm can be painful and protracted—and that's often by design, says Shartsis Friese partner Joel Zeldin.


Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : April 01, 2015

Making a big return to its namesake, MetLife Inc. is consolidating several of its New York City offices to the MetLife Building at 200 Park Ave. Also, OnDeck Capital Inc. is more than doubling the size of its headquarters at 1400 Broadway.

Sutherland's Revenue, Profit Dip After Big Case Winds Up

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : March 30, 2015

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan's revenue and profit dipped in 2014 because some major litigation wound up—most notably for longtime client Transocean over liability in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill—despite a busy year for the tax, insurance, energy, corporate, real estate and intellectual property practices, said its managing partner, Mark Wasserman.

Kirkland Taps New Tax Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 29, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis loses two and hires one from Skadden; Wilmer expands in Denver; Winston & Strawn hires two more from Pillsbury and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Georgia-Pacific, Int'l Paper Can't Crush Box-Buyers' Class Action

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 26, 2015

Five years into litigation over an alleged price-fixing scheme by the biggest players in the paper and packaging industry, plaintiffs lawyers gained ground on Thursday when a Chicago federal judge allowed the case to move forward as a class action.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Kirkland's Performance Accelerates in 2014

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : March 25, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis picked up momentum in 2014, with revenue increasing 6.6 percent, to $2.15 billion, and profits per partner lifting 7 percent, to $3.51 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. Revenue per lawyer increased 5.4 percent, to $1.365 million, while net income rose 8 percent, to $1.182 billion.

Winston Adds 3 Partners, Counsel From Pillsbury

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : March 24, 2015

Winston & Strawn said Monday it has hired three more corporate partners, a counsel and some associates from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. The hires include leveraged finance partner Mats Carlston, who will serve as Winston's co-chair of its global finance practice.

Am Law 100 Pair Keep Poaching, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 24, 2015

King & Spalding and Winston & Strawn continue their recent hiring sprees; Latham & Watkins lands one partner and lose two others; a longtime Reed Smith partner departs; Stroock snags a Goldman Sachs alum from Kirkland & Ellis; Wilmer brings back another former federal regulator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Five More Attorneys Defect to Winston & Strawn from Pillsbury

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 23, 2015

Winston & Strawn has confirmed its hire of Mats Carlston as co-chairman of its global finance practice, in addition to five more hires from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Carlston spoke with The Am Law Daily about his move, which follows a group of 11 corporate, finance and private equity partners jumping to Winston & Strawn from Pillsbury earlier this month.

Polsinelli Sets Up Shop in Raleigh, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 17, 2015

After raiding Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough for five health care partners, fast-growing Polinselli will open an office in Raleigh; Gibson Dunn and Winston & Strawn add new practice leaders; the NSA's top lawyer returns to Mayer Brown; three former federal prosecutors flock to Robins Kaplan and Wilmer; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.


: New York Law Journal : March 16, 2015

Ostrow Award

: New York Law Journal : March 16, 2015

The New York Council of Defense Lawyers presented The Norman S. Ostrow Award to Winston & Strawn partner Gerald Shargel.

Herbal Supplements Class Actions Piling Up

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : March 16, 2015

The plaintiffs bar has filed more than 50 class actions in the past month that accuse retailers like Target Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of widespread fraud through the sale of herbal supplements.

Misconduct Marred Trial in Financier Murder, Lawyer Says

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : March 16, 2015

Counsel for Daniel Pelosi argued before the Second Department Friday that the lead prosecutor in his high-profile trial for the murder of a Wall Street financier prejudiced the jury during cross-examination by painting a picture of Pelosi as a womanizer and a sadist who was prone to fits of rage.

On the Move

: The Recorder : March 16, 2015

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Partner Profits Soar at Winston & Strawn

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : March 16, 2015

After seeing gross revenue and profits per partner sink in 2013, Winston & Strawn enjoyed a rebound year in 2014, as the firm posted big gains in several key financial metrics. While the firm's equity partnership decreased for a seventh straight year, Winston & Strawn recently added a dozen partners to its ranks following a raid on Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Musical Chairs at McKenna Long, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 15, 2015

McKenna Long & Aldridge, poised to vote Monday on a union with Dentons, saw two new partners depart because of conflicts; Morgan Lewis lures eight partners in Dallas ahead of another merger in Singapore; Winston & Strawn poaches 10 more partners from Pillsbury; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Abbott Says GSK Sabotaged Its Own $1.7B Suit Over HIV Drug

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 14, 2015

Now that GlaxoSmithKline has abandoned an antitrust claim at the heart of its licensing battle with Abbott Labs over the drug Norvir, Abbott's lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis are looking to put the rest of the case to bed before a scheduled trial.