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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

Fried Frank and Paul Hastings Poach IP Heads, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 03, 2015

Patterson Belknap and Shearman & Sterling lose a pair of IP practice leaders; Cadwalader rebuilds in Houston; more Bingham McCutchen refugees find new homes; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Winston & Strawn Scores for ISE in E-Trading Patent Row

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 03, 2015

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office dealt a blow this week to the Chicago Board Options Exchange, invalidating three patents that the CBOE had asserted in an infringement lawsuit against International Securities Exchange.

Firms Garner Huge Fees in Sports

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Public records shed light on fees firms have received from their sports clients.

Surge in Sports Megadeals a Boon to Proskauer, Others

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Sports law may be a niche, but with today's deals worth billions of dollars, it's March Madness out there.

Ropes & Gray Ramps Up in Data Security, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A data privacy expert joins Ropes & Gray on the West Coast; a former Bingham McCutchen practice leader lands at Mayer Brown; Epstein Becker & Green's 15-lawyer raid lands it an office in Princeton; Cleary Gottlieb hires a former Sullivan & Cromwell tax partner and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

From 3L to In-house

David Hechler : Corporate Counsel : February 23, 2015

Hewlett-Packard's general counsel says he's really pleased with his department's program to hire and train young lawyers. So why is he hoping he loses one?

Grand Jury Indicts Officer for Death of Man in Hallway

Andrew Keshner and Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : February 13, 2015

Two months after a Staten Island grand jury refused to indict an officer for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a Brooklyn grand jury charged an officer with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and other offenses for the single shot fired in a pitch-dark hallway that killed Akai Gurley.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 12, 2015

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Winston, Orrick, K&L Gates Get Call on Solar Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 12, 2015

Winston helps First Solar ink deal with Apple; K&L, Orrick aid Duke Energy's buy of REC Solar.

Sprint Evens Score (and Then Some) in Comcast IP Fight

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : February 09, 2015

Handing a victory to Sprint's lawyers at Shook Hardy & Bacon, a Delaware jury put Comcast on the hook for about $28 million just months after Comcast won $7.5 million from Sprint in a related patent case.

Does Cheap Oil Mean More Bankruptcy Work?

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : February 09, 2015

Texas Lawyer asked Lydia Protopapas, a longtime bankruptcy attorney and partner with Winston & Strawn, to discuss whether today's volatile oil and gas prices will translate into more bankruptcy cases being filed in Texas in the future.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: For Sidley, It's Another Year of Growth

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : February 09, 2015

Sidley Austin's financials were up on all counts last year, with gross revenue climbing 9.5 percent, to $1.753 billion, and revenue per lawyer increasing 5.3 percent, to $995,000. Profit per partner improved 6.1 percent, to $1.99 million, while net income rose 11.2 percent, to $608 million.

Jury Convicts Ex-Senator in Mayoral Bribery Scheme

: The Associated Press : February 06, 2015

Former Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith was convicted Thursday of scheming to bribe his way onto the ballot in the 2013 New York City mayoral election.

Most Claims Tossed in Prudential's Mortgage Suit Against BofA

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : February 06, 2015

A federal judge in Newark has dismissed most counts in Prudential Insurance Company's suit claiming Bank of America sold it more than $2 billion in fraudulent residential mortgage-backed securities.

Locke Lord Lures Boies Litigator, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2015

Boies Schiller & Flexner partner Kathleen Smalley is headed to newly merged Locke Lord; Davis Polk poaches Greenberg Traurig's real estate chair in New York; three DLA Piper finance lawyers depart; Littler Mendelson heads to Maine; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Lead Energy Finance Attorney Heads to Willkie's Houston Office

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2015

After a six-month stint at Bracewell & Giuliani, Michael Niebruegge has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher's office in Houston, which opened in November. Niebruegge had been one of a couple of Houston-based defectors from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, which recently posted a 15 percent decline in profits per partner for 2014.

As Oil Prices Go Down, Will Lawyers' Workload Go Up?

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : February 03, 2015

Texas Lawyer asked Lydia Protopapas, a longtime bankruptcy attorney and partner with Winston & Strawn, to discuss whether today's volatile oil and gas prices will translate into more bankruptcy cases being filed in Texas in the future.

The Lateral Report: 2014's All-Star Hires

: The American Lawyer : February 03, 2015

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

On the Move

: The Recorder : February 02, 2015

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

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.

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.