Best Law Firm

Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 900 attorneys among 18 offices in Beijing; Brussels; Charlotte, NC; Chicago; Geneva; Hong Kong; Houston; London; Los Angeles; Moscow; New York; Newark, NJ; Paris; San Francisco; Shanghai; Silicon Valley; Taipei; and Washington, DC.

Winston & Strawn was founded in Chicago in 1853 by Frederick H. Winston, who was joined by the firm’s other name partner, Silas H. Strawn, in 1894. Winston & Strawn has built its reputation on the quality and character of its lawyers, past and present, many of whom are recognized leaders in the American legal community. The firm’s history of more than 160 years is a chronicle of individuals and events that have helped shape the firm and create the strong foundation on which it continues to build. Today, Winston & Strawn is one of the largest law firms in the United States. In the past two decades, a series of mergers, office openings and lateral hires has resulted in a global law firm with 18 offices across the United States, Europe and Asia. The legal profession continues to consolidate globally, and Winston & Strawn will continue to expand its global presence so it can serve its clients wherever it is needed.

The firm serves the needs of enterprises of all types and sizes, in both the private and public sectors. The exceptional depth and geographic reach of its resources enable Winston & Strawn to manage virtually every type of business-related legal issue.

The firm understands that clients look for value beyond just legal expertise. With this in mind, Winston & Strawn works hard to understand the level of involvement its clients require of it. The firm’s lawyers take time to learn about clients’ organizations and their business objectives. Significant emphasis is placed on technology and teamwork in an effort to respond quickly and effectively to clients’ needs.

Winston & Strawn remains committed to the traditions of client service, professional development and community involvement instilled by its leaders of the past, while embracing the innovations driving the legal profession in the 21st century.

Main Location

35 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601-9703
Phone: 312-558-5600
Fax: 312-558-5700
18 offices in 9 countries


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Practicing in: Admiralty and Maritime Law
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Practicing in: Admiralty and Maritime Law
Practicing in: Admiralty and Maritime Law

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Top Listed State Awards
Top-Listed in Illinois in Advertising Law with 2 lawyers.
Top Listed Metro Awards
Top-Listed in Chicago, Illinois in Advertising Law with 2 lawyers.

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Client Comments

"Brian Heidelberger is a top-rate advertising lawyer; he is very knowledgeable and practical. Brian is always on the "short list" of advertising attorneys when we have a conflict and have to refer the business to another firm. We know that he will handle the matter well and that the client will be in good hands."
- Terri Seligman
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
"Bruce Toth is extraordinary in every realm. He is highly professional and accomplished."
- Thomas O’Neill
TreeHouse Foods LLC
"Bruce Toth is a terrific lawyer who gets deals over the goal line every time with maximized value and minimized collateral relationship damage."
- Anonymous
"Bruce is a lawyer's lawyer with terrific judgment balanced with deep expertise."
- Anonymous

Winston & Strawn LLP

Main Location

35 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601-9703
Phone: 312-558-5600
Fax: 312-558-5700
18 offices in 9 countries


Dan K. WebbFirm Chairman
Thomas P. FitzgeraldFirmwide Managing Partner
James R. ThompsonSenior Chairman


Jeffrey KesslerAntitrust/Competition
(212) 294-4698
Dominick DeChiaraCorporate & Transactional
(212) 294-2609
Michael MelbingerEmployee Benefits & Executive Compensation
(312) 558-7588
Jerry BloomEnergy
(213) 615-1756
Eleni KouimelisEnvironmental
(312) 558-5133
George LombardiIntellectual Property
(312) 558-5969
Michael BrodyIntellectual Property
(312) 558-6385
Rex SessionsLabor & Employment
(312) 558-5286
James HurstLitigation
(312) 558-5230
Steven D'AmoreLitigation
(312) 558-5934
Charlie PapavizasMaritime & Admiralty
(202) 282-5732
Jeffrey KesslerSports
(212) 294-4698
James LynchTax
(312) 558-5935
Louis WeberTax
(312) 558-5627


Partners: 343
Of Counsel: 32
Associates: 414
Other Lawyers: 6
Paralegals: 85
Non-Legal Employees: 729
International Partners: 32
International Associates: 63
International Paralegals: 8
International Non-Legal Employees: 111

Practice Areas

Admiralty and Maritime Law
Advertising Law
Antitrust Law
Appellate Practice
Arbitration and Mediation
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Communications Law
Copyright Law
Corporate Law
Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law - Individuals
Employment Law - Management
Energy Law
Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Entertainment Law - Music
Environmental Law
Finance Law
Health Care Law
Insurance Law
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Antitrust
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Litigation - Patent
Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Patent Law
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Public Law
Real Estate Law
Regulatory Practice
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Sports Law
Tax Law
Trademark Law
Trusts and Estates