This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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2013 saw Winston & Strawn open its 17th global office in Silicon Valley, California. The move marks a key step in the firm’s expansion of its IP litigation practice on the West Coast.
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The firm has also continued to grow its corporate and energy practices in its Houston, Texas office with the hire of nine partners throughout the past year. Winston & Strawn has enjoyed a steady pace of growth since its establishment more than 160 years ago and is committed to providing clients with a broad range of expertise across its network of offices throughout North America, Asia and Europe. The firm prides itself on its ability to put together teams from multiple offices drawing on the talents of individual lawyers to better serve its clients.
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PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Dispute resolution is a key area of practice for the firm and one in which it excels. Winston & Strawn has more than 500 litigators in its global team and its lawyers have experience in mediation, settlement negotiation, motion practice, trial and appeal. Firm chairman Dan Webb stands out for his “exceptional litigation skills”. He is recognised in our business crime defence, commercial litigation, investigations and product liability defence chapters. Harvey Kurzweil is also highly recommended for his trial experience. The international arbitration practice is represented by global co-chair Joseph Tirado who receives high praise for his experience as counsel, arbitrator, mediator and expert determiner across a broad range of industry sectors.
The global competition practice is led by Jeffrey Kessler, an “authority” on competition matters. His representative work includes successfully defending Matsushita in a landmark antitrust conspiracy case in which summary judgment standards were established by the US Supreme Court. Paul Victor is “phenomenal” in international cartel enforcement matters and also excels in the area of trade and customs. Stephen Harris Jr also stands out for consistently delivering a “top-quality service”.
The tax practice consists of 40 lawyers, three of whom are recommended in our research. Co-chair of the practice James Lynch counts Sara Lee Corporation, Kellogg Company and SPX Corporation among his clients and is praised for his “meticulous approach”. Edmund Cohen is based in New York and advises financial services and industrial companies on tax aspects of transactions and financings, investment funds and real estate investment. Deborah Goldstein is a “go-to” for international tax planning, transactional and controversy matters.
Winston & Strawn has a “very active” intellectual property practice and is particularly recommended for its experience in patent litigation. George Lombardi in Chicago is chairman of the firm’s IP practice. He recently won a $1 billion jury verdict on behalf of Monsanto in Monsanto Co v EI duPont de Nemours & Co. In London, Gareth Morgan and Richard Price are noted for their patent practice and particular expertise in the life sciences industry.
Within the firm’s corporate practice, Robert Wall is highly recommended for his corporate governance and M&A practice. He is “commercially minded” and “highly strategic”. Winston & Strawn was recently involved Davis + Henderson’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Harland Financial Solutions from MacAndrews & Forbes.
The banking practice is represented by Julius Loeser and Gregory Murray from the Chicago office. Loeser is an “expert” on banking regulation and counsels financial services institutions on bank acquisitions, privacy, financial modernisation, capital, trust, affiliate transactions and lending limits. Murray specialises in commercial lending transactions and his representative clients include JPMorgan Chase Bank, Well Fargo Bank and Bank of America.
Winston & Strawn recently launched a college sports practice group which will extend the capabilities of its “highly regarded” sports law practice. Guillaume Denis-Faure is a “notable practitioner” in the field with experience in transactional and litigation matters. He is head of the media law department in Paris.
A key aim of the firm is to serve its local communities and the public interest. The committee is chaired by litigation partner Amanda Groves who is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. During 2013, the firm represented David Boyce who was imprisoned for more than two decades after being wrongly convicted of murder. He was subsequently released in April 2013 and in September the commonwealth dropped all charges against him.
Winston & Strawn demonstrates its commitment to having a broad pool of legal talent by its diversity scholarship programme for law students and its women’s leadership initiative which is dedicated to the strategic retention and advancement of women at the firm.
The year ahead will see Winston & Strawn continue to focus on achieving growth in key markets, industries and practice areas. The firm plans to continue growing its most recent offices: Houston and Silicon Valley while also opening an office in Taipei, Taiwan.
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