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Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with nearly 1,000 attorneys in 16 offices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Founded in 1853, it is the oldest law firm in the city of Chicago and one of the largest law firms in the world. Known as a "litigation powerhouse", the firm is recognized for its intellectual property litigation and financial-services disputes practices in Silicon Valley and New York, respectively. Winston & Strawn is regarded as an important intellectual property law firm in Texas and is regularly recognized for its sports law practice. In 2016, Winston & Strawn became the first Chicago law firm to match the record starting salary of $180,000 for first-year associates. Winston & Strawn maintains a parental leave policies considered "cutting edge for large law firms". The firm recorded a record revenue in 2017.
Through a series of mergers, office openings, and lateral hires, Winston & Strawn has established a global footprint.
September 2000: Winston & Strawn acquires Breed, Abbott & Morgan, a law firm with a history dating back more than a century with offices in Greenwich, Connecticut and White Plains, New York.
May 2012: 60 attorneys join from Dewey & LeBoeuf, bolstering the firm's already strong litigation practice.
February 2017: Firm opens an office in Dallas with 23 partners from eight different law firms in Texas, the move described in the press as a "seismic shift" in the North Texas legal landscape.
July-September 2017: Adds 12 partners to its employee benefits and executive compensation team, all from McDermott Will & Emery LLP
August 2017: Award-winning multidisciplinary Latin America team joins in New York
2017 - Achieved a favorable settlement for client Beef Products, Inc., BPI Technology, Inc., and Freezing Machines, Inc. (BPI) in a lawsuit against ABC News that has been described as "one of the most high-stakes defamation court battles in U.S. history."
In an antitrust lawsuit led by Jeffrey Kessler, representing a group of current and former college athletes seeking to strike down unlawful compensation restraints imposed by the NCAA on Division I men's basketball and football programs
Represented Luxottica Group S.p.A. in acquisitions, including its $1.6 billion hostile takeover of U.S. Shoe Corporation, owner of LensCrafters, in 1995 and its 2007 $2 billion acquisition of Oakley
Abbe Lowell - His practice focuses on litigation, complex investigations and regulatory enforcement.
Pro bono and community service
Winston & Strawn was one of the first large law firms in the country to adopt a written pro bono policy (in 1991), to become a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, to establish a well-funded charitable foundation, and to hire a full-time director of public-interest law.
The firm's pro bono policy was revised in 2004 to incorporate Winston's 150th-anniversary Pro Bono Pledge to devote at least 35 hours per lawyer to pro bono work each year. Winston has provided representation in matters involving community economic development, criminal defense, First Amendment/free speech, contested guardianship, landlord/tenant, not-for-profit corporate organization, political asylum, postconviction relief in death penalty cases, and public assistance.
The firm has helped the Innocence Project, an advocacy organization that seeks to exonerate persons convicted of criminal offences based on DNA evidence. The firm's collaboration with the project has been successful, involving hundreds of attorneys, paralegals, IT staff, summer associates, and others at the firm; more than 200 persons who were wrongfully convicted have now been exonerated.
In 2008, the firm led the Chicago Bar Foundation's "Campaign for Justice", which was a citywide effort to raise more than $1 million to support the city's 250 public-interest lawyers and the 40 legal-aid organizations they work for.
Created in 2011, the Winston & Strawn LLP Fellowship Program places incoming associates in positions at local public-interest law organizations of their choice during the period following graduation and prior to their official start date at the firm. The fellowship program was created to provide participating associates an opportunity to gain hands-on legal experience, and also provide much-needed service to public interest law organizations.
Winston & Strawn provides financial support to civic and charitable organizations through the Winston & Strawn Foundation, established in 1990.
^. The American Lawyer (03-12-2018). Retrieved on 03-13-2018.