Winston & Strawn
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Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 900 attorneys among 16 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Founded in 1853, it is the oldest law firm in the city of Chicago.
In the past two decades, a series of mergers, office openings, and lateral hires has resulted in a global law firm spanning 16 offices across the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Throughout its history, Winston & Strawn has handled many significant, high-profile matters for its clients, including its organizing the Union Stockyard and Transit Company in 1894; challenging the War Powers Act in 1944 on behalf of department store Montgomery Ward; and representing the Atlanta Braves baseball franchise in 1966 litigation involving its relocation from Milwaukee to Atlanta. More recently:
- Defending General Electric in its much-publicized industrial diamond price-fixing case
- Representing Luxottica Group S.p.A. in myriad acquisitions, including its $1.6 billion hostile takeover of U.S. Shoe Corporation, owner of LensCrafters, in 1995 and its recent $2 billion acquisition of Oakley
- Assisting Barr Laboratories to invalidate a key patent on Prozac in a case Fortune magazine calls "the mother of all patent challenges"
- Achieving a decisive victory for Microsoft Corporation in the remedy phase of its battle against federal and state antitrust claims
- Representing the New York Stock Exchange in the Grasso compensation investigation and subsequent litigation
- Assisting Lear Corporation in connection with the recent bid for the company by Carl Icahn.
In 2017 the firm opened an office in Dallas with 23 partners from eight different law firms in Texas.
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 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, post-conviction relief in death penalty cases, and public assistance.
Among other things, the firm has devoted hundreds of hours helping the Innocence Project, a nationally recognized advocacy organization that seeks to exonerate persons convicted of criminal offenses based on DNA evidence. The firm's collaboration with the Project has been immensely successful, involving hundreds of attorneys, paralegals, IT staff, summer associates, and others at the firm, so that more than 200 persons who were wrongfully convicted have now been exonerated.
In 2008, the firm led the Chicago Bar Foundation's ground-breaking "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.
Winston & Strawn provides financial support to civic and charitable organizations through the Winston & Strawn Foundation.
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