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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

Lateral Hiring Stays Strong, but Firms Curb Pay Pledges

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Lateral hiring remains at a near record, but more firms seek to manage risk by pulling back on compensation guarantees.

The Lateral Report: 2014's All-Star Hires

: The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Twenty of the most notable and intriguing lateral moves of the year.

Who Will Argue Same-Sex Marriage Cases in High Court?

Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2015

History-making arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage are still more than three months away, but the strategizing among lawyers has already begun.

McDermott Taps New COO, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2015

Two firms shuffling their COOs saw partners depart in January; DLA Piper and Kirkland & Ellis make some high-profile labor and employment hires; Quinn Emanuel grows in Houston; Wilmer raids MoFo for a new cybersecurity chair; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Microsoft Corp.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2015

The innovative approach that Microsoft Corp.'s legal department takes when working with outside counsel and its success in promoting diversity, juggling massive deals, handling litigation and assisting in product development place it in the top spot among Seattle's in-house legal departments.

How Bingham Failed: The Inside Story

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 14, 2015

Three years ago, Bingham McCutchen was literally a case study in successful management. 
Now it's dead. A look at last days of a high flyer and the stumbles that sealed its fate.

Financial Litigation Hiring Heats Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2015

Paul Hastings, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Debevoise & Plimpton and Boies, Schiller & Flexner make high-profile litigation hires; an Akin project finance head goes in-house; Kelley Drye & Warren adds a Bingham McCutchen refugee but loses its private equity chair; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Willkie Fees in Hospital Bankruptcy Draw Renewed Scrutiny

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2015

As the Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn pieces itself back together after exiting bankruptcy last summer, questions persist over the $15.3 million in fees and expenses paid out to law firms—including Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Alston & Bird and Nixon Peabody—and other advisers that worked on the 18-month proceeding.

Will Paralegal's Error Remove Squire From a Big Suit?

Julie Triedman and Amanda Bronstad : The American Lawyer : January 05, 2015

Some alleged client conflicts went undetected during the Squire Sanders-Patton Boggs merger.

A Guide to the Legal Battles Over Tobacco Packaging

Michael D. Goldhaber : Focus Europe : January 01, 2015

Big Tobacco is fighting plain-packaging regulations in court, in the World Trade Organization, and in international arbitrations.

Ex-Law Firm Leaders Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 30, 2014

A pair of ex-firm leaders head elsewhere; embattled Japanese air bag maker Takata hires a high-profile Simpson Thacher litigator to become in-house legal chief of its North American unit; a Skadden tax lawyer heads to the federal bench; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Litigators of the Week: A Look (Way) Back

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : December 29, 2014

In five years of Litigator of the Week features, a handful of partners and their law firms managed to stand out from their competitors.

Law Firm Leaders See Jumps, Bumps in 2015

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : December 24, 2014

Data privacy and dealmaking will be hot, the lateral market hopping; midlevel associates could see pay climb—and firms might put the squeeze on office space.


: The National Law Journal : December 22, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : December 22, 2014

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

What's the Going Rate for a Major Rainmaker?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : December 15, 2014

Kirkland & Ellis just guaranteed $36 million to its latest partner hire.

Newsmakers: Week of Dec. 15

: Texas Lawyer : December 15, 2014

Jonathan Judkowitz has joined Winston & Strawn as a partner in the firm's corporate transactions group in Houston.

Gibson Dunn, Kirkland Trade Blows; Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 14, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher grabbed a senior debt finance partner from Kirkland & Ellis in London, as the latter snatches Winston & Strawn's litigation chair in Chicago; Jones Day beefs up in Miami; Sidley Austin snags six from Loeb & Loeb; a half-dozen lawyers leave firms for in-house jobs and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Morning Wrap: Jones Day and the Detroit Manager, and the Legal Rights of a Santa Bar Crawl

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 11, 2014

Bill Cosby faces another lawsuit, the U.S. Congress plans to increase federal spending for courts, and Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis bask in the aura of the lateral move market: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit

Kirkland Poaches Winston & Strawn's Litigation Chair

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : December 10, 2014

In yet another high-profile lateral hire, Kirkland & Ellis has lured away trial lawyer James Hurst from Winston & Strawn, his professional home for 25 years.

Big Law Still Makes Too Few Women Partners

Aric Press : The American Lawyer : December 10, 2014

Fewer than a third of new partners at Am Law 200 firms are women. It's time for fresh approaches.

Federal Circuit Snuffs Out Biosimilar Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : December 09, 2014

Judge Richard Taranto said generic drugmaker Sandoz lacked standing to sue the developer of Enbrel.

Bermuda Insurer Could Crimp Dewey Defense Costs

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : December 09, 2014

The ex-leaders of Dewey & LeBoeuf facing criminal trial have momentarily turned their attention away from prosecutors in New York and are attacking an insurance carrier who threatened to pull the plug on their legal fees.

Deal of the Week: $750M Cash Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : December 08, 2014

Winston & Strawn represents Weatherford International in sale of businesses to Lubrizol Corp., which turned to Vinson & Elkins.


: The National Law Journal : December 08, 2014

Laterals, new arrivals, and a new practice group in this week's column.

Winston & Strawn, V&E in $750 Million Cash Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : December 04, 2014

Winston & Strawn represents Weatherford International in sale of businesses to Lubrizol Corp., which turned to Vinson & Elkins.

Three Am Law Firms Make Houston Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 02, 2014

Ogletree Deakins, Quinn Emanuel and Winston & Strawn join the Houston hiring frenzy; Bingham McCutchen's exodus continues; three Howrey alums find a new home at Novak Druce; Jenner & Block brings on a former Deepwater Horizon task force head; Skadden adds one in London and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Solyndra's Antitrust Foes Can't Get Docs It Gave to Feds

Ross Todd : The Recorder : November 25, 2014

The defunct solar panel maker doesn't have to turn over millions of records produced in government probes to three Chinese companies it's suing for antitrust violations, a federal magistrate judge ruled.

Patton Video Game Sparks War Over General's Likeness

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : November 21, 2014

Suit against an East Bay game maker is one of several shaking up the case law around transformative use in video games.

Greenberg Traurig Adds Qatar's World Cup Lawyer, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 21, 2014

Romi Nayef, an ex-Dentons partner and a lead lawyer for Qatar in its controversial World Cup bid, joins Greenberg Traurig as of counsel in his hometown of Houston; Carlton Fields Jorden Burt hires more Bingham McCutchen refugees; a Hogan Lovells partner returns to Yale; Mintz Levin hires again from Edwards Wildman Palmer; Wiley Rein prepares to absorb a 50-person lobbying group and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.