Winston & Strawn LLP > Miami, United States > Firm Profile

Winston & Strawn LLP
200 South Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33131
FLORDIA
33131
United States

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 1

Winston & Strawn LLP fields a fully integrated e-discovery team handling all matters related to information governance, class-action and privacy for multinational clients. Practice head John Rosenthal works from Washington DC and assists companies with regulatory investigations, antitrust and data security aspects. Charlotte-based Alan Stevens is a sought-after counsel by clients involved in commercial litigations, while Bobby Malhotra brings longstanding experience in high-stakes litigation out of Los Angeles. Recent departures include Sheryl Falk in September 2023 and Matthew Poplawski in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

John Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘John Rosenthal is a star. Very knowledgeable on all facets of eDiscovery, including his knowledge of technology-assisted review.’

‘They have a very strong practice from top to bottom. They have a good e-discovery consulting practice and excellent review and production capabilities and are amongst the strongest advocates you could want in a courtroom.’

‘John Rosenthal is one of the foremost thought leaders in e-discovery and an excellent trial attorney.’

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Among recent cases for Dan Webb at Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago, are tort, wrongful death, and defamation matters, and he is also well versed in white collar crime matters. Webb acts for Fox News on an ongoing basis and was retained by the company in 2023 in the extremely high value defamation case initiated by US Dominion Voting Systems. Webb’s multidisciplinary practice is evident in a recent matter in which he continued to represent Versata Software as first chair in a case encompassing trade secret, breach of contract, and patent claims.Acting as co-chair of government investigations, enforcement, and compliance practice at Winston & Strawn LLP, Abbe Lowell splits his time between Washington DC and New York and is a standout trial lawyer in the US. Lowell, who is skilled in white collar crime matters, has represented clients in trials throughout the country on both the civil and criminal side, notably representing Hunter Biden, in which Lowell defended the client as lead counsel in relation to an ongoing investigation by the Special Counsel and US Attorney of the District of Delaware.Tom Melsheimer at Winston & Strawn LLP in Dallas is a strong litigator and trial lawyer with longstanding experience in jury trials on both the civil and criminal side, including time as a federal prosecutor during which he built experience which utilizes into his current work on government matters. IP litigation is a key area for Melsheimer, who successfully acted for US. Well Services, Inc.  in a jury trial in August 2023 concerning patent infringement.George Lombardi, based in Chicago, has a broad practice, with distinguishing features including mass torts and product liability. Lombardi is co-chair of Winston & Strawn LLP‘s litigation department and has acted in lead trial counsel in many significant trials such as successfully defending Monsanto as lead trial counsel in a roundup product liability trial, a case which attracted a great deal of media attention. A standout recent matter was the first part of an ongoing IP dispute for Corning. Inc.Jeffrey Kessler – Winston & Strawn LLP is described by one client as ‘extremely hands-on, always available and gives tailored, sharp, on point advice’ as well as being ‘very reliable and the absolute go to lawyer for any settlement and trial assistance especially in the sports sector.’ Indeed, Kessler continues to work on high profile cases within the sports industry, recently representing in the Hubbard v. NCAA case, regarding class damages for lost Alston benefits, which is due to stand trial in November 2024, representing a former former NCAA athlete.

Testimonials

‘Jeffrey Kessler is extremely hands-on, always available and gives tailored, sharp, on point advice. He is very reliable and the absolute go to lawyer for any settlement and trial assistance especially in the sports sector.’

Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 1

The renewable energy team at Winston & Strawn LLP is 'well connected' and 'very plugged into the sector‘, continuing to handle standout transactions from across the renewable and alternative energy sphere. A standout recent matter has seen the team representing MUFG investing in a battery energy storage project in California, which is among the first transactions taking advantage of the transferability provision in the Inflation Reduction Act. Rich Shutran (New York), Mike Blankenship (Houston), and Mike Pikiel (New York) jointly coordinate the department, with Shutran being the dedicated energy sector specialist. For renewable energy project finance, Laurae Rossi in Los Angeles is a key contact, as is more junior partner Hao Huang, who works closely with Rossi. Of counsels Danielle Young and Anne Gibbons add further depth in Los Angeles, while in New York, Jonathan Birenbaum is a senior figure with involvement in the renewables sector.

Practice head(s):

Rich Shutran; Mike Pikiel; Mike Blankenship

Testimonials

‘W&S’s renewable team is very plugged into the sector and well-connected. Their knowledge of the industry and deal structuring within it is very good.’

‘Jonathan Birenbaum is exceptional at connecting with people–clients, opposing party’s counsel, etc. He is very good at finding solutions that work for everyone, and also good at telling clients what they may need to hear, even if they don’t like it.’

‘The way they collaborate to find the best possible solutions in challenging transactions, while also keeping at the top of their mind the importance my firm sees is both sides being satisfied with the end result.’

‘Jonathan Birenbaum continues to be at the top of our list as go to partners in any of our transactions. His knowledge across the board is top notch, and his problem solving ability makes every transaction as seamless as possible. He always maintains a consistent and friendly demeanor, that reassures everyone that a solution can always be found.’

Key clients

American Petroleum Institute

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Petros PACE Finance, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented MUFG Bank as lender’s counsel in connection with a $300m debt financing to Arevon Energy for the Vikings 157 MWDC solar plus 150 MW/600 MWh of battery energy storage in Imperial County, California.
  • Acted for American Petroleum Institute (API) in a claim that the Jones Act did not apply to the transportation of scour-protection stones for a wind energy project near Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Represented a group of institutional investors in a $202m private placement of senior secured notes to be issued by Nautilus Solar Energy for a community solar project.

Industry focus > Sport Tier 1

Counting sports franchises, financial service providers, and governmental entities amongst its key clients, the team at Winston & Strawn LLP has extensive experience acting in high-profile litigation and arbitration proceedings in addition to advising on project developments and financing transactions. The practice is highly regarded for assisting companies and institutional investors in securing media rights, obtaining license agreements, and managing sponsorship assets. The practice is headed by David Feher, David Greenspan, and Jeffrey Kessler, with the trio specializing in complex sports labor law proceedings, antitrust litigation, and finance issues surrounding NFL and NBA teams. Alan Hoffman is an expert on conventional financing structures, Jonathan Amoona routinely represents athletes across all sports in arbitration claims, and San Francisco-based Jeanifer Parsigian is a key for regarding gender-discrimination lawsuits. Sofia Arguello focuses on salary and benefit-related matters, whilst Jason Hellwig and Jason Goldstein serve as key contacts for real estate finance and infrastructure projects. Adam Dale is knowledgeable on employment related issues, and all lawyers are New York-based unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

David Feher; David Greenspan; Jeffrey Kessler

Key clients

North American Soccer League

Relevent Sports, LLC

National Basketball Players Association

U.S. Women’s National Team soccer players

William Morris Endeavor

Cangrejeros Baseball Club, LLC

United Talent Agency

National Football League Players Association

Activision Blizzard

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association

Work highlights

  • Advised a number of college athletes in connection with an ongoing House antitrust case against the NCAA.
  • Represented a group of institutional investors in connection with the issuance of senior secured notes secured by media rights, sponsorship assets, and intellectual property rights owned by ASR Media and Sponsorship S.p.A., an affiliate of AS Roma.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 1

Demonstrating an extensive track record in public and private M&A, SPAC business combinations, and corporate finance transactions, Winston & Strawn LLP’s ‘technically proficient’ practice is comprised of lawyers across the US who frequently collaborate with the firmwide network of specialists in Europe, Asia, and Latin America to handle multijurisdictional matters. The team has in-depth expertise in representing global and domestic companies within the retail, manufacturing, and healthcare sectors, with Chicago-based chair of the M&A division Matt Stevens serving as an expert for cross-border acquisitions and investments. In Dallas, Matthew Stockstill co-chairs the private equity division alongside New York-based Brad Vaiana. From Los Angeles, Eva Davis primarily advises private companies and boards of directors, and Rick Martin focuses on joint ventures and financing transactions from Miami. Also based in Chicago, Matthew Bergmann is knowledgeable on capital markets, Oscar David concentrates on corporate governance issues, and Matthew Costigan specializes in divestitures. Meanwhile, New York’s Allen Miller consistently acts on behalf of private equity funds and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Matt Stevens; Eva Davis; Matthew Stockstill; Brad Vaiana

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Bergmann; Oscar David; Steve Gavin; Rick Martin; Matt Costigan; Allen Miller; Alan Roth; Timothy Kincaid; Kyle Gann; Brendan Mace; Peter Clarke; Paul Huddle; John Secaras; Ryan Meyer; Joseph Maher

Testimonials

‘Highly specialized knowledge, very technically proficient, adept at dealing with complex negotiations. Thorough and responsive.’

‘Very good personnel. Hands on approach.’

‘Very reasonable and pragmatic.’

‘Superb ability to problem solve and create out-of-the-box solutions to complex issues. The team is communicative with billing, particularly when managing a deal budget and without having to be asked. Deadlines are adhered to and little to no follow up is ever needed. All around, this team makes doing deals so much more enjoyable by taking the best care and attention to us.’

‘Exceptional counsel with well-rounded knowledge of corporate issues. Top 1%. Well versed in emerging technologies like blockchain and AI. Easy to work with and very efficient.

‘This practice is unique due to its exceptional blend of deep legal expertise, client-centric approach, and innovative strategies. Key strengths include their comprehensive understanding of the insurtech industry, proactive legal risk management, and a highly collaborative approach that integrates seamlessly with client operations.’

‘The combination of Rick Martin’s leadership, the team’s analytical skills, their client-focused approach, proactive communication, innovative problem-solving, commitment to diversity, effective use of technology, and the valuable contributions of their associates, makes working with them a uniquely beneficial experience.’

‘The team has energy experience across conventional and new energies domains, including conventional upstream and midstream oil & gas, renewable natural gas, renewable power, and other areas – team has experience with energy services contracts key to major industries driving energy efficiency initiatives.’

Key clients

Arbor Investments

Amphenol Corporation

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Beam Suntory

Chart Industries

Corning Incorporated

Diversis Capital

Ducommun Incorporated

Eos Partners

Granite Creek Capital

The Jordan Company

Kainos Capital

KeHe Distributors

Motorola Solutions

NTG, LLC

ProFrac Holdings Corp.

The Vistria Group

Wind Point Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Chart Industries, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Howden from affiliates of KPS Capital Partners, LP.
  • Advised Illinois-headquartered Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. on the acquisition of Louisiana-headquartered Cadence Insurance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cadence Bank, for $904m.
  • Advised Amphenol Corporation on the acquisition of Connor Manufacturing Services, a US-based company with manufacturing sites located in the USA, Mexico, China, and Malaysia.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

Described by clients as ‘a strong team with exceptional knowledge’, Winston & Strawn LLP is sought out by corporates and individuals from numerous sectors, with recent engagements in the food and electronic components segments. Co-head Eva Cole focuses on international cartel investigations and class actions, and has a track record of dealing with antitrust authorities from Europe and various countries from across the globe, including Australia, Brazil, Korea and Mexico. Cole leads the group alongside trial lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, who balances a busy workload of criminal and civil investigations, jury trials and civil litigation for domestic and international companies. Both are based in New York, as is Jeffrey Amato, who is another key contact for international cartel litigation and government investigations. In Chicago, Jim Herbison is an experienced litigator, and adept at the full gamut of jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations as part of his multifaceted antitrust practice, which encompasses advice on allegations of price-fixing and bid-rigging. Heather Lamberg left the firm in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kessler; Eva Cole

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have a strong team with exceptional knowledge. ’

‘Eva Cole is outstanding in terms of experience and client advocacy in cartel matters. ’

Key clients

Panasonic Corporation

NTN Corporation

Hitachi Metals

Corning Inc.

Corning International Kabushiki Kaisha

Nippon Seiki

Norman W. Fries, Inc. (Claxton Poultry Farms)

Work highlights

  • Represented Claxton Poultry Farms in In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation and related criminal indictments against Claxton and two of its executives, securing complete acquittals at trial for both individuals, followed by DOJ’s voluntary dismissal, with prejudice, of all antitrust charges against Claxton.
  • Represented an engineering company executive in connection with a federal investigation of alleged violations of criminal antitrust laws involving purported no-poach agreements.  
  • Represented a technology company in connection with a cartel investigation being conducted by the UK’s OfCom.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 2

Highly regarded for its strength in tech and sports-related antitrust litigations, Winston & Strawn LLP's expertise spans class actions, multidistrict litigations, and the full range of civil litigation across the tech, food, fashion, and real estate industries. Jeffrey Kessler and Eva Cole co-head the global antitrust practice from the firm’s New York office. Kessler has a broad practice spanning antitrust, sports law, and antitrust-related intellectual property issues; he has significant experience representing international companies in civil and multidistrict litigations, and also takes point on antitrust cases in the sports sector. Cole has stand-out expertise in the electronics, sports, retail, and private equity industries, focusing on cartel investigations and follow-on class actions in these spaces. James Herbison, described by clients as ‘one of the brightest antitrust minds in the country’, leads the Illinois offering from Chicago and has a strong track record handling the full range of antitrust litigation, including price-fixing, merger enforcement, and patent issues. Herbison works alongside Michael Mayer, who focuses his practice on class actions and tech antitrust litigations, counting consumer electronics companies and manufacturers among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kessler; Eva Cole

Other key lawyers:

James Herbison; Jeffrey Amato; Michael Meyer

Testimonials

‘We’ve been very pleased with the team at Winston that has supported us in several important antitrust/competition litigation and regulatory matters. Very client responsive, providing practical business-focused advice.’

‘Jim Herbison and Mike Mayer have all provided fantastic support. They have become trusted counselors to our business who can always be counted on for their support when needed. ’

‘Winston’s antitrust bench is deep and experienced; rather than simply offer theoretical, ivory tower antitrust insights, their advice is practically offered. In addition, because of Winston’s outstanding trial practice, their antitrust team is an integrated one with tremendous antitrust experience combined with outstanding trial and appellate expertise.’

‘Jim Herbison is one of the brightest antitrust minds in the country; in addition his commercial litigation experience puts him near the top of all antitrust litigators. Jeff Kessler in the NY office is also a tremendous resource in certain specialized antitrust topics.’

Key clients

Activision Blizzard

Actor’s Equity Association

Avanci, LLC and Avanci Platform Int’l Ltd.

Baxter International

Chanel

Chicago Parking Meters, LLC

Claxton Poultry Farms

Delta Dental Insurance Company and affiliates

Discover Financial Services

Equifax, Inc.

JTEKT Corporation

KAR Auction Services Inc. (ADESA, Inc.)

KSA Lighting & Controls, Inc.

Metaswitch Networks

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

National Pork Producers Council

NorthShore University HealthSystem

NTN Corporation

Nuveen, LLC

Panasonic Corporation and related entities

Prada

Rabobank Cooperative

Tory Burch

Work highlights

  • Delivered an antitrust class action victory for Claxton Poultry when the court granted Claxton’s motion for summary judgment after years of discovery.
  • Secured dismissal—affirmed by the 7th Circuit, after which the Supreme Court denied cert—of a proposed antitrust class action filed against Chicago Parking Meters LLC, claiming that its 75-year-long, US$1.15B concession agreement to operate Chicago’s on-street parking meters violated the Sherman Act.
  • Won dismissal of antitrust litigation alleging Sherman Act violations against the lead creative producer for Paradise Square against Actors’ Equity Ass’n—a union representing actors in Broadway theaters—on grounds that the statutory labor exemption shielded the union’s conduct.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

With capabilities in domestic and cross-border matters, Winston & Strawn LLP is recommended for both companies and individuals who are being investigated for FCPA offences, fraud, sanction violations, and bribery. Located in Los Angeles, Angela Machala routinely handles securities enforcement matters. Abbe Lowell splits his time between Washington DC and New York. Lowell has a wealth of experience navigating congressional and administrative proceedings. Dan Webb is a highly distinguished trial lawyer based in Chicago. Practicing in San Francisco, Pamela Davis is particularly skilled at advising multinational corporations; she has significant experience with multijurisdictional investigations in Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. Suzanne Jaffe Bloom is located in New York and has an in-depth knowledge of cases relating to false claims.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Jaffe Bloom; Abbe David Lowell; Angela Machala

Other key lawyers:

Pamela Davis; Dan Webb; Cari Stinebower; David Scheper

Testimonials

‘They are a strong firm. They recruit well and retain their intellectual superstars.’

‘David Scheper and Angela Machala are two outstanding lawyers. They are bright, intelligent, and have amazing bedside manner.’

‘The team stood out for its strategic thinking. They are always thinking several steps ahead. They’re also very responsive.’

‘Suzanne Jaffe Bloom is exceptional at analyzing situations and providing the best options available. She connects well with witnesses.’

 

Key clients

Fox News Network LLC

Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco

CMA CGM S.A.

Robert Hunter Biden

Individual representation

Senator Robert Menendez

Work highlights

  • Represented a defendant who was accused of acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government, in which he was acquitted.
  • Representing a Dallas real estate and affordable housing developer who was charged with bribery and conspiracy, among other offences.
  • Representing the Kingdom of Morocco, its Embassy in Washington, its Consulate in New York, and its Permanent Mission to the United Nations in relation to an ongoing criminal investigation conducted out of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP fields a deep bench of trial lawyers who are adept across all types of litigation, with a demonstrably strong track record acting as lead trial counsel, as well as MDL coordinating counsel, and on class actions and appeals. Praised for its ability to ‘collaborate seamlessly’, the practice group draws from the firm-wide strengths in M&A, finance, tax and real estate matters to undertake a broad range of disputes that arise out of these areas. Based out of Dallas and Chicago respectively, Thomas Walsh and Samantha Lerner co-chair the complex commercial litigation practice. Also in Chicago, Steve D’Amore is a key name for breach of contract, fraud, false advertising and RICO violations, whilst George Lombardi is an important name to note for patent litigation. Pre-eminent Chicago trial lawyer Dan Webb remains in high demand for major commercial, civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases. Managing partner of the Dallas office Tom Melsheimer runs a broad practice which encompasses securities and IP litigation and trade secret matters, among other areas. In Houston, experienced litigator Denise Scofield comes highly recommended for being ‘very attentive and creative in her legal strategies’.

Practice head(s):

Tom Walsh; Samantha Lerner; Steve D’Amore; George Lombardi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Partners will collaborate seamlessly across offices and practices to tackle a problem.’

‘Denise Scofield is very attentive and creative in her legal strategies.’

 

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Albertsons Companies

Archer Daniels Midland

Arthur J. Gallagher

ASSA ABLOY AB

Boral Industries

Champion Petfoods

Comcast Corp.

FM Global

Fox Corporation

Hertz

Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

LifeVantage

Monsanto Company (now Bayer)

National Football League Players Association

Panasonic Corporation

Schlumberger Limited

T-Mobile USA

TreeHouse Foods, Inc.

The J.M. Smucker Co.

Unilever

WME IMG, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Fox News Network, LLC as lead trial counsel in a $1.6bn litigation brought by Dominion Voting Systems alleging that Fox aired false claims about voter fraud following the 2020 election.
  • Represented Abbott Laboratories in state and federal product liability lawsuits consolidated as an MDL in the N.D. Ill., alleging that cow-milk-based preterm infant formula products cause a naturally occurring gastrointestinal disorder in premature infants.
  • Represented U.S. Well Services Holdings, LLC in connection with claims it infringed certain patents involving the use of hydraulic fracturing software and methods concerning the operation of fracturing sites.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 2

Drawing upon the expertise of lawyers across the US with significant product liability expertise and also leveraging the firm’s overarching litigation pedigree, Winston & Strawn LLP is well-positioned to defend leading manufacturers and brands against high-profile consumer class action and product liability claims in the tobacco, oil and gas, and food and beverage sectors. Vastly experienced Chicago-based duo George Lombardi and Dan Webb are recognized for their versatility, with Lombardi having a particularly strong track record across product liability matters. In Miami, David Coulson has a formidable reputation for defending clients against consumer class actions, including claims in the food and beverages space. In Chicago, the ‘excellent’ Christopher Essig is noted for his ‘collegiate approach’ and is increasingly involved in cases brought against major consumer product companies. San Francisco-based Sandra Edwards chairs the product liability practice, which also includes Washington DC-based John Rosenthal, who is ‘one of the foremost thought leaders in e-discovery’, and Stephanie Clouston, who joined the firm’s Dallas office in June 2023 from Alston & Bird LLP; she is noted for her broad litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Edwards

Other key lawyers:

George Lombardi; Dan Webb; David Coulson; Christopher Essig; John Rosenthal; Terrence Dee; Stephanie Clouston; Matt Saxon; Bryce Cooper; Jeff Wilkerson; Sean Suber; Patrick Hogan

Testimonials

They have amongst the strongest advocates you could want in a court room. They excel at big cases and MDLs.’ 

Christopher Essig is an excellent litigator and is very collegiate in his approach.’

John Rosenthal is one of the foremost thought leaders in e-discovery and an excellent trial attorney.’

Key clients

Monsanto Company

The J.M. Smucker Company

T-Marzetti

Abbott Laboratories

Albertsons Companies

Champion Petfoods

Motorola Mobility

Glasshape LTD

ASSA ABLOY

Unilever

Work highlights

  • Representing Abbott in state and federal proceedings involving numerous product liability lawsuits, alleging that cow milk-based preterm infant formula products cause a naturally occurring gastrointestinal disorder in premature infants.
  • Representing Monsanto Company as trial counsel for the Roundup product liability matters, including the first US jury trial, defending against allegations that the herbicide causes Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
  • Representing Albertsons Companies, Inc., Safeway Inc., and Lucerne Foods, Inc. d/b/a O Organics, in connection with the defense of litigation filed in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia alleging that their baby foods had excessive levels of heavy metals.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 2

Leveraging ‘a strong overarching litigation brand’ – which includes a number of well-regarded trial lawyers based in the Midwest and on both coasts – as well as a deep knowledge of the underlying science/medicine, Winston & Strawn LLPexcels at handling large cases and MDLs’ involving product liability and consumer fraud allegations against pharmaceutical/medical devices companies. As well as regularly acting as lead trial counsel on high-profile matters, the team is also adept at leading the overarching litigation strategy, often acting as national counsel helping to work up the case, dealing with expert witnesses and providing expertise at a motions stage. Christopher Essig is noted for his ‘very collegiate’ approach, ensuring that he is a popular choice on large-scale MDLs often involving multiple defendants. Alongside ‘outstanding’ trial lawyer Scott Ahmad, Essig is lead national counsel for Hikma Pharmaceuticals in all of its opioid-related litigation. San Francisco-based team head Sandra Edwards  is also a very accomplished trial lawyer whose oeuvre of work has included a number of high-profile MDL successes for pharmaceutical companies over the years.  

Practice head(s):

Sandra Edwards

Other key lawyers:

George Lombardi; Christopher Essig; Scott Ahmad; Bryce Cooper; Sharon Desh; Rand Brothers; Reid Smith; Francie Berger; Sarah Harmon

Testimonials

The firm has a strong overarching litigation brand and excels at handling large cases and MDLs.’

Christopher Essig is very collegiate and great to work with.’

The outstanding Scott Ahmad provides accurate and commercial guidance.’

 

Key clients

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical

Abbott Laboratories

Monsanto Company

Albertsons Companies

Noramco, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Abbott in state and federal proceedings involving numerous product liability lawsuits, alleging that cow-milk-based preterm-infant formula products cause a naturally occurring gastrointestinal disorder in premature infants.
  • Representing Hikma in the national opiate litigation, which includes a sprawling multidistrict proceeding consolidated in Ohio federal court and various state-court actions, including Texas, Utah, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
  • Achieved victory for client Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. when the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia dismissed the entire case, including a plaintiff’s failure-to-warn, design-defect, manufacturing-defect, and consumer-protection claims with prejudice at the pleadings stage.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

With in-depth procedural and substantive law expertise, as well as drawing upon vast scientific knowledge, Winston & Strawn LLP is regularly active in high-profile toxic tort class actions/MDLs in federal and state courts throughout the country. Many of these are in the role of lead trial counsel, where the firm is able to call upon the skill of a vast reservoir of highly acclaimed first-chair trial lawyers among its ranks, including many who are adept at handling complex toxic tort cases. For example, both San Francisco-based team head Sandra Edwards and the vastly experienced George Lombardi in Chicago, continue to handle many of the key trials for Monsanto as defendant in the long-running Roundup litigation. Lombardi is also involved in relation to PFAS litigation, particularly where trials are set. At a more junior level, Chicago-based Bryce Cooper is also key to the firm’s success in many of the highest-profile toxic tort MDLs and has a core involvement in the aforementioned Monsanto matter, as well as for Abbott Laboratories in relation to the infant milk mass tort litigation. The arrival in February 2023 of both Eric Knapp and Troy Yoshino from Squire Patton Boggs enhances the firm’s growing status in the Bay Area, with both regularly involved in toxic tort/environmental class action litigation in the immediate geographical area and beyond.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Edwards

Other key lawyers:

George Lombardi; Dan Webb; Denise Scofield; Chris Essig; Bryce Cooper; Michael Murphy; Sarah Krajewski; John Drosick; Troy Yoshino; Eric Knapp

Key clients

Monsanto Company (now Bayer AG)

Motorola Mobility LLC

Unilever

Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership

Work highlights

  • Representing Monsanto Company as trial counsel for the Roundup® product liability matters, including the first US jury trial defending against allegations that the herbicide causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • Representing Motorola Mobility in long-running cases challenging the safety of cellular phones.
  • Representing Deer Park Refining LP, an affiliate of existing client PMI Services North America, Inc., in connection with the defense of a personal injury lawsuit brought by an individual named in relation to an alleged environmental release of chemicals from a refining facility.

Finance > Project finance

Winston & Strawn LLP has ‘a large team of lawyers for each specific area of expertise’ that are able to ‘collaborate to find the best possible solutions in challenging transactions’. Whilst the firm has a prominent position as a premium advisor to lenders active on a litany of energy and infrastructure projects, wider work includes advising institutional investors on major sports stadium redevelopments and guiding developers through the design, financing and operating of central utility plants. Energy mandates have centered on renewables and battery storage instructions that have involved a wide array of financing structures, while infrastructure mandates span multiple sectors, most significantly sport, transport and telecoms, often with an impressive cross-border aspect. Mike Pikiel and Alan Hoffman spearhead the practice on both fronts, with the former highly regarded for his P3 knowledge and the latter as a go-to in the market for sports-related finance and development work. A key figure for developers, operators and institutional investors, Rich Shutran sits as the third energy practice head, while Miami’s Richard Puttré joins the leadership team on the infrastructure side and is notably focused on the energy-related logistics and transport matters, covering projects in both North and Latin America. The Los Angeles-based renewables specialist Laurae Rossi is another key figure of note and leads a number of the firm’s most consequential debt financings, whereas Jason Goldstein and Jason Hellwig add further sports capabilities to the group. Senior associate Dan Shapiro has built a formidable book of work through his supporting role on an impressive breadth of practice matters. All practitioners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Mike Pikiel; Rich Shutran; Alan Hoffman; Mike Pikiel; Rich Puttré

Testimonials

‘Winston and Strawn had a large team involved for our project with lawyers for each specific area of expertise. They were very understanding of the cultural differences and was accommodating to time zone differences.

‘The way they collaborate to find the best possible solutions in challenging transactions, while also keeping at the top of their mind the importance my firm sees is both sides being satisfied with the end result is fantastic.’

‘Mike Pikiel is a partner of choice at W&S. He’s consistently highly professional, very knowledgeable across the industry (including providing marketing materials that support origination efforts) and highly competent.’

‘Very good coverage in US and Latin American. Best when representing sponsors and lenders. Very knowledgeable of the market. They work well together across all practice areas. ’

‘Rich Puttre is very adept at any project with a Latin American element. Has great staying power and has experienced many market cycles.

Mike Pikiel has strong US P3 and Project Finance experience. Very knowledgeable and focuses on what is important.’

‘The level of service is what sets W&S apart from their competitors. They are constantly the most responsive and ready to jump at any task law firm we work with.’

‘Jason Goldstein is the main partner who perpetuates the above level of service. Jason will make himself available at the drop of a hat and will always jump in to any issue.’

Key clients

Abertis Infraestructuras S.A.

Acciona Concessiones S.L.

ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc.

ASTM North America, Inc.

AxInfra US LP (Axium Infrastructure)

Barclays Capital, Inc.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, New York Branch

DNT Asset Trust, a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Empire State Thruway Partners LLC

Fengate Capital Management, Ltd.

ING Capital, LLC

John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.)

John Laing Investments Ltd.

Kiewit Development Company

Kiewit Meridiam Partners LLC

Meridiam Infrastructure

NTE Mobility Partners Segments 3 LLC

SH 130 Concession Company, LLC

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing the lenders and underwriters supporting one of the short-listed bidders for a project to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the SR-400 Express Lanes Project being procured by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).
  • Represented the lenders supporting Abertis Infraestructuras, S.A. (Abertis) in connection with a multi-billion, 40-year concession to finance, operate, maintain, and improve critical toll road infrastructure in Puerto Rico, including PR-20, PR-53, PR-66, and PR-52.
  • Represented JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association in connection with the construction financing of CPKC Stadium, the future home venue for the Kansas City Current (KC Current), a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) team.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP assists clients in traditional and novel securitizations. In addition to its strength in CLOs and MBS transactions, the firm is experienced in the PACE, solar, wind, aircraft, equipment leasing and transportation asset classes. Francisco Flores, practicing in Los Angeles, advises issuers and underwriters in securitizations across numerous asset classes, including residential and commercial mortgages, automobile loans, home equity loans, lottery receivables and student loans. Flores leads the team alongside Chris Gavin, who sits in New York and advises on RMBS matters as well as collateralized commercial paper programs and other ABS matters. Also in New York, Pete Morgan is experienced in both public and private securitizations as well as warehouse financings. Chicago-based Michael Mullins supports clients, from asset managers and finance companies to asset managers, in CLO matters.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Flores; Chris Gavin

Other key lawyers:

Pete Morgan; Michael Mullins; Chris Capitanelli

Testimonials

‘Winston & Strawn is one of our favorite firms because of their expertise and the securitization team’s deep bench and background in working on many complex transactions on behalf of issuers, lenders and investors.’

‘Peter Morgan is a very capable and commercial attorney, who is able to find solutions and mitigants to very complex issues. His experience and knowledge with respect to various structures and asset classes allow him to offer sound advice and communicate effectively with all parties.’

‘Chris Capitanelli is very detail oriented and an excellent attorney to prepare and review transaction documents. He is very capable at handling many aspects of structuring, negotiating and closing on his own.’

Key clients

Ellington Financial Inc.

Experity Ventures LLC

Monroe Capital

Operadora Falcon dba Xepelin

Petros PACE Finance, LLC.

Rocket Mortgage, LLC

TempleView Capital Funding, LP

Woodward Capital Management LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Financial Inc. in connection with the underlying mortgage servicing right investments pertaining to Ellington Financial’s announced acquisition of Arlington Asset Investment Corp., a real estate investment trust that invests primarily in mortgage-related and other assets.
  • Represented Rocket Mortgage, LLC and Woodward Capital Management LLC in connection with a co-sponsored securitization transaction backed by closed-end second-lien mortgage loans.
  • Represented Temple View Capital Funding, LP in connection with a residential transition loan securitization.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP is praised for fielding a team that is ‘standout in patent litigation‘. The group is knowledgeable in a wide variety of high-tech industries and has particular expertise in the biotech, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. The firm’s intellectual property and patent litigation practices are co-chaired by Los Angeles-based attorneys David Enzminger, who focuses on the intellectual property aspects of tech litigation, and Nimalka Wickramasekera, who is an expert in patent and licensing disputes in the medical device and high-tech space. Washington DC-based trial lawyer Chuck Klein is experienced in patent, antitrust and commercial disputes, and George Lombardi in Chicago is an experienced patent attorney with experience in a wide variety of tech-related matters. The group also includes Tom Melsheimer in Dallas, who covers a broad range of contentious matters, New York-based Krishnan Padmanabhan who has extensive experience handling patent infringement cases in the telecoms space, and Jovial Wong in Washington DC, who focuses on patent litigation and counseling in the life sciences industry.

Practice head(s):

David Enzminger; Nimalka Wickramasekera

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Exceptional knowledge, legal prowess, and diligence make them a standout in patent litigation. Communication and client inclusion is superb. Legal work is exceptional, and trial ability is outstanding.’

‘They use technology smartly and are extremely efficient in all aspects of their systems.’

‘A well-oiled machine where the team works together seamlessly, smartly, and efficiently. I am repeatedly stunned at how they outclass and out-lawyer other major firms.’

‘George Lombardi, Dustin Edwards and Danielle Williams make a great team. They are strong litigators who put on a strong defense in large-scale patent litigation. ’

Key clients

Advanced Micro Devices

Cisco Systems

U.S. Well Services Holdings

Flypsi

Corning Incorporated

MSN Laboratories Private Limited

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc.

Lupin Limited

Abbott Laboratories

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.

Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted for U.S. Well Services in a Western District of Texas jury trial patent case against its competitor, Halliburton, related to electric fracturing fleets.
  • Represented Corning in a Minnesota federal court trial that found in favor of the client on every claim and defense across in a decade-long patent, trade secret, and breach of contract dispute over cell-culturing technology.
  • Acted for Sun Pharmaceutical Industries in a trial before The District of Delaware, which found that Sun proved by clear and convincing evidence that all six of the challenged patents-in-suit covering Allergan’s Viberzi® product were invalid.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 2

The Winston & Strawn LLP employee benefits and executive compensation team plan has an impressive track record of work on range of complex matters, touching on private exchange medical benefits, employee benefits in captive insurance, and fiduciary governance best practices. The team has a strong presence in Chicago, where Joe Adams co-heads the practice. While Adams represents clients in many industries, he is a regular choice for clients in the healthcare industry. Scott Landau co-heads the practice from New York. Susan Nash is experienced in a wide range of works, among which includes the design and amendment of defined contribution plans and health and welfare plans. Anne Becker advises on a wide range of matters, including pension plans and 401(k) plans. Amy Gordon is well versed in designing service provider agreements, providing fiduciary training, and plan investments. In Washington DC, David Rogers has recently advised clients concerning their qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and fringe benefit plans. All individuals mentioned are based in Chicago, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Joe Adams; Scott Landau

Testimonials

‘The Winston & Strawn team is insightful, pragmatic, and responsive.’

‘Joe Adams is thoughtful and creative. He has a great personality that makes him a pleasure with which to work. ’

 

Key clients

ADP Inc.

Amentum Services, Inc.

Applied Materials, Inc.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Carnival Corporation

Darden Restaurant

Embraer Aircraft

Federal Signal Corporation

Fresh Direct

IKEA Purchasing

Meredith Corporation

Northern Trust

Nuveen/TIAA

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Restaurant Brands International

Royal Caribbean Group

RWJ Barnabas Health

Work highlights

  • Providing day-to-day fiduciary advice for Blue Cross Blue Shield in its oversight of pension and 401(k) plans with approximately $13 billion in assets.
  • Serves as outside ERISA counsel to Carnival Corporation and its subsidiary, Holland America, Princess, and Seabourne.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: middle-market (Up to $500m) Tier 2

Leading middle-market private equity funds such as The Jordan Company, Wind Point, and Vistria retain longstanding relationships with the team at Winston & Strawn LLP, which has a penchant for handling leveraged buyouts and growth investments in sectors such as software, food, healthcare, and defense. Integrated antitrust, real estate, tax, and IP expertise further allows the team to guide funds through the entire transactional lifecycle and handle a diverse range of portfolio company-related matters, including cross-border mergers, add-on acquisitions, and take-private deals. The team is active across the country and is jointly led by New York-based public and private M&A and corporate governance expert Brad Vaiana, Dallas lawyer Matthew Stockstill, who focuses on cross-border PE acquisitions and exits alongside fund formation matters, and transactional and debt finance specialist Eva Davis, who practices from Los Angeles. Further key contacts include private equity and capital markets expert Matthew Bergmann in Chicago and de-SPAC specialist Dom DeChiara in New York.

Practice head(s):

Brad Vaiana; Matthew Stockstill; Eva Davis

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Bergmann; Dom DeChiara; David Lange; Timothy Kincaid; Brendan Mace; Eric Kaufman; Lilli Scalettar; Bryan Ikegami

Testimonials

‘Superb ability to problem solve and create out-of-the-box solutions to complex issues. The team is communicative, deadlines are adhered to, and little to no follow up is ever needed. All around, this team makes doing deals so much more enjoyable by taking the best care and attention to us.’

‘This team is one of the best M&A deal teams that I’ve ever worked with and goes above and beyond in terms of client service – always meeting deadlines; creating and executing upon novel solutions to novel and complex issues; advising and counseling us instead of just doing what they are told; they truly feel like an extension of our internal team.’

‘The team has a breadth of experience and works to factor in our unique hot button issues when integrating their best practices.’

‘Eva Davis, Brendan Mace, and Bryan Ikegami excel in client management and business judgment.’

Key clients

ACON Investments

Arbor Investments

Argand Partners

Bregal Investments

Century Park Capital Partners

Charger Investment Partners

CORE Industrial Partners

Court Square Capital Partners

Diversis Capital

Eos Partners

Frontenac Company

GenNx360 Capital Partners

Industrial Opportunity Partners

The Jordan Company

Kainos Capital

Norwest Equity Partners

The Pritzker Group

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Shore Capital Partners

Star Mountain Capital

Stellex Capital

The Vistria Group

VMG Partners

Tyree & D’Angelo Partners

Water Street Healthcare Partners

Wind Point Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised The Jordan Company on its acquisition of Soteria Flexibles Holdings and its subsidiaries.
  • Represented Eos Partners in its acquisition of Gulf Pacific and Southwest Spice.
  • Advised Canada-based Beringer Capital on its acquisition of VeraData Holdings.

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP specializes in representing the food and beverage sector in high-stakes and highly visible matters ranging from consumer class actions to Lanham Act false advertising matters. Co-headed by Chicago-based Ronald Rothstein and Los Angeles-based Gayle Jenkins, the group offers comprehensive advertising and commercial litigation services including class action counsel, representation before the FDA, and appealing advertising challenges before the NAD and the NARB. Rothstein concentrates on consumer class actions, false advertising litigation matters, and advertising challenges, while Jenkins handles the full range of commercial litigation matters ranging from RICO to unfair business practices. Amanda Groves, based in Los Angeles, focuses on commercial litigation particularly relating to labelling and advertising cases. In Los Angeles, Shawn Obi specializes in matters involving financial services as well as consumer products and food and beverage companies. The team also benefits from the expertise of Miami-based Jared Kessler and Chicago-based Sean Suber who have experience representing clients from the food and beverage sector in consumer class actions.

Practice head(s):

Ron Rothstein; Gayle Jenkins

Testimonials

‘I believe this team at Winston is second to none. They are aggressive and tenacious. They also always deliver the results they say they will deliver. They are well respected on both sides of the field as well as from the bench.’

‘They get to know their client and their culture.’

‘Ron Rothstein is second to none. He is well respected in the field and also delivers the results he promises. He is always available and provides realistic and practical advice.’

‘Jared Kessler is exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced.’

Key clients

Weber-Stephens Products LLC

Central Garden & Pet Company

Champion Petfoods Holdings, Inc.

The J.M. Smucker Company

Lancaster Colony Corporation

Albertsons Companies

The Laundress, LLC

Unilever PLC

The Hertz Corporation

S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

Abbott Laboratories

Work highlights

  • Represented J.M. Smucker in a putative class action alleging false advertising relating to protein-content claims stated on the labels of Uncrustables Sandwiches.
  • Representing Unilever in litigation arising from a national recall of nearly 8 million of its products, including personal injury and product liability claims and cases related to the recall.
  • Assisted Weber-Stephen Products in defeating consumer claims and in navigating an FTC investigation into whether its warrant contains alleged “tying” provision that conditioned the validity of the warranty on the consumer’s use of genuine Weber parts for repair in violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

Transport > Shipping: litigation and regulation Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP has a strong market reputation for its advice on complex maritime issues involving US government policy and law, as well as shipping-related  transactions, litigation, regulations, and enforcement issues. The full-service practice also routinely leverages the firm’s other litigation and regulatory practices, including attorneys from the appellate, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, global trade, and labor and employment practices. The team additionally represents port authorities and marine terminal operators in disputes before the Federal Maritime Commission, including challenges to proposed rules, and the litigation of alleged unlawful preference and refusal to deal disputes. Chairing the firm’s maritime and admiralty practice, Charlie Papavizas, who represents shipowners, operators, managers, shipyards, energy companies, marine construction companies, and financial institutions, focuses on the administrative and legislative aspects of the maritime industry. Bryant Gardner‘s practice ranges from maritime government contract disputes, US flag programs and The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), to Shipping Act and Federal Maritime Commission-related disputes and Jones Act compliance issues. All advisers listed are based in the Washington DC office unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Charlie Papavizas

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Charlie Papavizas is the leading expert on Jones Act issues. He is able to respond quickly to specific questions.’

‘This area of the law has some very detailed hyper-specialty areas where Charlie Papavizas of Winston & Strawn is the hands-down expert. He not only knows the details of the law, but also has outstanding strategic insights.’

Key clients

American Cruise Lines, Inc.

American Petroleum Institute

CMA CGM Group

Government of U.S. Virgin Islands

Liberty Maritime Corporation

Neptune Lines Shipping and Managing Enterprises, S.A.

Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Van Oord Offshore Wind BV

Work highlights

  • Representing American Cruise Lines in the regulatory parameters applicable to the chartering of a US flag cruise vessel to a foreign company, including ongoing litigation.
  • Representing the Government of the US Virgin Islands in connection with work to dredge a harbor.
  • Representing Prysmian Cables and Systems USA in connection with its installation of submarine electrical cables for US offshore wind energy projects.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP’s litigation practice is highly active on complex matters spanning multiple jurisdictions, with international cartel matters and cross-border sports cases both key parts of the department. High-profile fraud cases are also a mainstay of the team. The team acts for a roster of impressive clients, including Banco San Juan Internacional, Kingdom of Morocco, Panasonic Corp, and GoITV. The practice is commended for being ‘always practical, on point, conscious of commercial implications and easy to understand’. In New York, Jeffrey Kessler is highly active on complex antitrust, sports, and IP law cases, and frequently provides commentary and analysis on novel points of antitrust law. In the same office, Marcelo Blackburn is active on complex commercial litigation and class actions, along with international arbitration and regulatory investigations. Also at leadership level are Chicago-based Dan Webb and Abbe Lowell, who are highly active in the government investigations, enforcement, and compliance practice of the firm.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kessler; Dan Webb; Abbe Lowell

Testimonials

‘The team is very efficient and extremely knowledgeable on sport disputes. Their advice is always practical, on point, conscious of commercial implications and easy to understand.’

‘Jeffrey Kessler is extremely hands-on, always available and gives tailored, sharp, on point advice. He is very reliable and the absolute go to lawyer for any settlement and trial assistance especially in the sports sector. David Feher and Mark Rizik were also very sharp, providing also on-point advice.’

‘The high sensitivity of the issues, the expertise of your team have prevented my institution from the impact of compliance problems.’

‘The entire team is highly prepared to address the issues that are put for consideration, and is guided by ethics and integrity. However, if it is about highlighting talents, both Marcelo Claukbum Partner and Rodolfo Herrera Mora Associate have the talent to transmit the risks, strategies that we have as clients.’

‘The firm provides services through knowledgeable FCPA ex prosecutors attorneys who speak Spanish.’

 

Key clients

Banco San Juan Internacional (BSJI)

Class of professional swimmers (Shields)

Empire Navigation

GoITV, Inc.

Kingdom of Morocco

Panasonic Corp. and SANYO

Relevent Sports

Work highlights

  • Representing Banco San Juan Internacional, Inc. in connection with its recognition and enforcement of two UK judgments (now totaling US$102M) in the U.S. against PDVSA and PDVSA Petroleo, regarding payments due under two credit agreements.
  • Representing Panasonic and SANYO in the In re Capacitors global cartel matter and follow-on litigation.
  • Representing Relevent Sports in an antitrust action alleging that FIFA and the U.S. Soccer Foundation have violated Sherman Act Section 1, by enacting and enforcing a market-allocation agreement prohibiting official season soccer games from being played outside of the competing teams’ home country.

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP has a skilled securities litigation practice in which partners frequently handle high-stakes M&A-related cases. The standout lawyer is practice head James Smith in New York who has ‘great judgment and unmatched experience over many decades‘. Also highly active are fellow practice head William O’Neill in Chicago, who is ‘an exceptional commercial litigator‘. Chair of firm’s Los Angeles litigation practice John Schreiber also plays a pivotal role in high-value cases, a recent example being the defense of Oaktree Capital Management in a cross-border dispute concerning an alleged breach of an asset purchase agreement. Matthew DiRisio in New York, who is representing REIT Jernigan Capital, Inc. in a matter concerning its $900m merger with NexPoint Advisers, is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

James Smith; John Schreiber: William O’Neill

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Winston & Strawn has a great bench of very talented litigators who don’t get the credit they deserve.’

‘Jim Smith remains the most articulate litigator I’ve ever encountered and he has great judgment and unmatched experience over many decades. John Schreiber is a laser sharp guy with an amazing sense of humor who can charm grumpy judges.’

‘The standout qualities of the individuals I work with are attentiveness, responsiveness, subject matter expertise, knowledge of market trends and best practices, and the results which they produce.’

‘I have worked with the lawyers at Winston for decades. They are the best of the best. They know the law and are very effective at achieving great results for their clients ’

‘James Smith, Mathew DiRisio, and William O’Neil are all exceptional commercial litigators. They show good judgment and are skilled advocates in the courtroom.’

Key clients

Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P.

Cresco Labs

Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Curacao

Digital Virgo Group

Entrepology, LLC; Tramp Dudez, LLC; Jeffrey Platt; Andrew Wilson

Fathom Digital Manufacturing Corp.

OaktreeCapital Management, L.P.

Jernigan Capital, Inc., n/k/a NexPoint Storage Partners, Inc.

Pendrell Corporation

Polar Capital Holdings LLC; Polar Capital Holdings PLC

Quantum FinTech Acquisition Corp.

Certain managers/board members of The Place for Children with Autism

Former Independent Directors of Segerdahl Corp. DBA SG360

Shore Capital Partners

Stockbridge

Unity Manufacturing

Work highlights

  • Won a complete dismissal on behalf of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P., Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., and various officers and directors, including Cantor’s CEO and Chairman, in a securities class action in the Northern District of California alleging violations of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, related to the $1.6bn de-SPAC merger between CF Finance Acquisition Corp. II and View, Inc.
  • Representing Pendrell Corporation, a Pendrell subsidiary, and certain executives, including Pendrell’s founder and CEO in a series of cases including a federal securities class action, a federal derivative action, and a direct stockholder class action filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery related to a US$2.1bn business combination between a SPAC that was sponsored by the Pendrell subsidiary – and Astra Space, Inc. which merged with and into Holicity.
  • As trial counsel represented the former independent directors of Segerdahl Corp. in an ESOP class action case where the shareholders allege that the board failed to maximize value when it sold the company for nearly $300m.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP has an ‘extremely collaborative‘ securities litigation that operates from key centers across the US. James Smith in New York, John Schreiber in Los Angeles, and William O’Neil in Chicago jointly oversee the national securities litigation practice. Schreiber and up-and-coming partner Kerry Donovan in New York are ‘very adept litigators and outstanding communicators’. They acted for Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation in a federal securities class action stemming from a $2bn stock drop in 2018, which is currently on appeal. Key partner Matthew DiRisio‘s on-going work with Smith to defend Becton, Dickinson and Company in a complex case is a major highlight of the firm’s work. The firm is also involved in key matters in the cryptocurrency space, including the defense of private equity firm Vahill Capital in Securities and Exchange Commission v. Ripple Labs, Inc. et al.

Practice head(s):

James Smith; John Schreiber; William O’Neil

Other key lawyers:

Matthew DiRisio; Daniele Stabile; Thania Charmani; Jeffrey Steinfeld; George Mastoris

Testimonials

‘Very responsive; commercial risk understanding and legal analysis is excellent.’

‘John Schreiber and Kerry Donovan have done an outstanding job communicating with multiple clients and stakeholders on complex and nuanced matters. Very adept litigators!’

‘The partners that I worked with had a significant and invaluable level of expertise around securities laws and the intersection of those laws with digital asset legal issues. The team was extremely collaborative and managed feedback from an extremely wide range of project participants on the client side. They were proactive, excellent communicators and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend.’

‘I worked most closely with Daniele Stabile, Thania Charmani, Jeffrey Steinfeld and George Mastoris on the matter. Each provided extremely expert advice, contributed to the drafting and filing of a significantly important blockchain industry amicus brief, and provided exemplary client support through the entire process. Just a great team to work with.’

Key clients

Albertsons Companies Inc.

Archer Daniels Midland

BAM Trading Services, Inc., aka Binance US

Becton, Dickinson and Company

Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P., and certain executives including its CEO and Chairman

The Chamber of Digital Commerce

ConsenSys Software, Inc.

Cox Communications, Inc.

Digital Virgo Group

Former Independent Directors of Segerdahl Corp. DBA SG360

Harlan Chappelle and Michael Ellis, former officers of Alta Mesa Resources, Inc.

Jernigan Capital, Inc., n/k/a NexPoint Storage Partners Inc.

Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC)

Momentus, Inc.’s Chief Revenue Officer and Former Interim-CEO and Director

Pendrell Corp. and certain executives incl. its founder & Chairman / Holicity, Inc.

Polar Capital Holdings

Quantum FinTech

Reven Holdings, Inc.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.

Valhill Capital, LLC

Work highlights

  • On September 29, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a contested petition for certiorari filed by Winston on behalf of Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC) and its former officers and directors in a federal securities class action stemming from a nearly US$2B 2018 stock drop. The case originated in the Southern District of New York (S.D.N.Y.), which dismissed the action in its entirety in 2021, and was revived by the Second Circuit in late 2022.
  • Secured a major victory for firm client Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC)—China’s largest chipmaker—when the C.D. Cal. (following oral argument by John Schreiber) granted SMIC’s motion to dismiss a high-profile consolidated federal securities class action in its entirety and without leave to amend.
  • Won a complete dismissal on behalf of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P., Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., and various officers and directors, including Cantor’s CEO and Chairman, in a securities class action in the N.D. Cal. alleging violations of Sections 11, 12, and 15 of the Securities Act, and Sections 10(b), 14(a), and 20 of the Exchange Act, related to the $1.6B de-SPAC merger between CF Finance Acquisition Corp. II and View, Inc. The action, which arises out of a post-de-SPAC financial restatement by View and associated audit committee investigation, is at the forefront of federal de-SPAC litigation, as one of the first actions to assert the full panoply of federal securities claims listed above.

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP continues to operate across the entire oil and gas value chain, where it notably advises a deep roster of midstream clients on a number of transactions and financing matters related to crude oil gathering, natural gas gathering and processing, and LNG projects. In the upstream space, the team is also consistently assisting with acquisitions and dispositions, joint development, exploration and participation agreements. The firm’s energy and infrastructure industry group is jointly spearheaded by corporate finance and securities law expert Mike Blankenship in Houston and New York-based Mike Pikiel and Rich Shutran. From Dallas, Rodney Moore and Larry Murphy regularly handle a range of M&A, joint venture, and financing transactions in both the traditional upstream and midstream sectors and in the evolving transitional energy space, areas in which Houston-based Chris Ferazzi is also well-versed. Isaac Griesbaum left the firm to move in-house in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Mike Blankenship; Mike Pikiel; Rich Shutran

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great strength in upstream and midstream oil and gas, including key contract dynamics, identifying and managing liability, negotiations, and structuring transactions.’

‘I have worked with Rodney Moore for several years. He is an outstanding legal professional and has worked with me on several oil & gas transactions over the years with excellent results.’ 

‘Fantastic experience in the traditional energy sector, strong in M&A and public markets.’

‘Extremely efficient and responsive. Mike Blankenship has been excellent.’

Key clients

Chart Industries Inc.

Encap Flatrock Midstream

Nauticus Robotics, Inc.

Nexus Cellular, LLC

NGL Energy Partners LP

PetroAlpha Energy

ROC Energy Acquisition Corp.

Samchully Asset Management Co., Ltd

Targa Resources

Finance > Fintech Tier 3

Highly experienced in the establishment and operation of private investment funds, Winston & Strawn LLP is knowledgeable in SEC and CFTC regulatory digital asset matters. The digital assets and blockchain technology group is jointly led by Carl Fornaris, Kimberly Prior, who advises distributed ledger and blockchain companies on regulatory matters, and Daniel Stabile, who is knowledgeable of securities law pertaining to digital assets and NFTs. Will Turner is proficient in M&A and venture capital investments, while in New York, Thania Charmani often represents corporations and individuals in blockchain and shareholder derivative litigation. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Miami, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Carl Fornaris; Kimberly Prior; Daniel Stabile

Other key lawyers:

Krishan Padmanabhan; Becky Troutman; Will Turner; Thania Charmani; Juan Azel

Testimonials

‘They remain approachable for all types of clients, from established players to new start-ups.’

‘The team involved was extremely proficient on the industry issues at hand, reactive and timely in delivering their work product, and extremely pleasant to work with.’

‘All of their team members have a very deep understanding of the space.’

‘They are extremely commercial and quick to respond, their services are very well-priced. They are also genuinely good and friendly people.’

‘The team has an immense and deep understanding of the FinTech ecosystem from cryptocurrency itself to mining activities.’

‘I have worked with Will Turner on blockchain, FinTech, and crypto matters for several years. He has a tremendous wealth of experience, can dissect the issues to offer valuable input to clients, and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘I worked most closely with Daniel Stabile and Thania Charmani who provided extremely expert advice. They were a great team to work with.’

‘Kim Prior and Daniel Stabile are always very interested in new projects. They are always keeping their ears out for new updates and developments within the digital assets world, which is so widespread it’s impressive how they can cover the map.’

Key clients

BAM Trading Services, Inc

Bitdeer

Bitfinex Group and Bitfinex Derivatives

Chamber of Digital Commerce

LTSE Services, Inc

Long-Term Stock Exchange, Inc

Ramp Swaps

SoftBank Group Corp

Swirlds Labs

Swisscom Ventures

Synonym Software Ltd

Tether Group

Work highlights

  • Represented BAM Trading Services, Inc in a putative class action lawsuit asserting claims the cryptocurrency exchange Binance.US collected and stored plaintiff’s facial geometry without notice or consent.
  • Advised Ramp Swaps on the application of U.S. securities laws to various digital assets and tokens.
  • Represented BAM Trading Services, Inc in a class action lawsuit for over US$1B in damages stemming from securities fraud, unfair business practices, unfair competition, and conspiracy.

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

Utilising the bench strength of its global footprint, the team at Winston & Strawn LLP represents major corporates in telecoms (including Cox Communications), financial services, media, entertainment, construction, engineering, video game publishing, and medical devices involved in high-value infringement litigation. The practice is led by Michael Elkin in New York, who brings expertise to acting for entertainment and digital media companies; Jennifer Golinveaux in San Francisco, who, along with Elkin, defends internet service providers against secondary liability claims for infringement; and David Enzminger in Los Angeles, who specializes in technology litigation. Diana Leiden, also in LA, brings expertise to advising tech and media clients on the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Sean Anderson in NY was promoted to partner in January 2024. Seth Spitzer and Erin Ranahan departed for in-house roles in April and June of 2023.

Practice head(s):

Michael Elkin; Jennifer Golinveaux; David Enzminger

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Winston & Strawn team possesses a deep knowledge base and a team of professionals second to none. They have intimate knowledge of the entertainment industry and copyright practice specifically. Aggressive and strategic as appropriate. I would rely on them for anything.’

‘Diana Leiden stands out for her rare combination of zealous advocacy, practicality and congeniality.’

‘The IP practice group at Winston & Strawn is the best in the business. The firm’s practice group leaders are esteemed experts, with broadly multidisciplinary backgrounds. Consequently, the firm handles matters with a view towards achieving desired outcomes across a broad range of formal and informal channels. WS is a one-stop shop, regardless of the complexity of issues presented.’

‘Jennifer Golinveaux sets the gold standard for punctiliousness and professionalism. Co-chair of the IP practice group, Jennifer manages a large team in a hands-on, but extremely collaborative manner. She is always responsive, always on top of the latest doctrinal currents, and always counseling for best client outcomes.’

Key clients

Bill Graham Archives

Krafton

Cox Communications

Work highlights

  • Secured a Second Circuit win for Bill Graham Archives upholding a jury verdict that awarded only minimal damages to a group of music publishers seeking nearly $30m and affirming the denial of a permanent injunction.
  • Representing Krafton in a breach of contract lawsuit against NetEase, Inc. related to a settlement agreement that resolved the parties’ prior copyright and trade dress infringement lawsuit concerning several video games.
  • Representing Cox Communications, as co-counsel, appealing a 2019 jury verdict in a copyright infringement case brought by Sony.

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 3

Chicago-based Steven Grimes, David Enzminger in Los Angeles and Dallas’ Natalie Arbaugh oversee Winston & Strawn LLP‘s trade secrets group. The team’s specialisms span white-collar crime, litigation and labor and employment and its workload includes leading trade secrets and information security audits; advising on alleged misappropriations; and assisting in broader disputes and litigious cases relating to trade secret issues, such as the carrying out of unlawful raids and the enforcement of temporary restraining orders brought against former employees. Tech and financial services are key industries the group focuses on. Team changes include the departures of former co-head of the practice Sheryl Falk who left the Houston office to in August 2023, of Seth Spitzer who left the New York office in April 2023, both to in-house roles, and of Michael Tomasulo who departed the Los Angeles team to join Reed Smith LLP in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Steven Grimes; David Enzminger; Natalie Arbaugh

Key clients

Versata

SSI (US), Inc

Corning

Work highlights

  • Advising Corning on every claim and defense across the board in a decade-long patent, trade secret, and breach of contract dispute over cell-culturing technology.
  • Leading a trade secret and information security audit for multiple business units, to evaluate current practices and advise on best practices to bolster protections around key assets.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP acts on behalf of a broad array of clients in both litigation and administrative procedures, with experience in audits, appeals, and internal investigations. Co-leading the team are James Mastracchio, who has a strong track record in both civil and criminal tax controversy, and Susan Seabrook, who is noted for her strength in complex multijurisdictional matters. New York lawyer Karl Kurzatkowski has key expertise in the insurance industry and provides support for numerous prominent clients in this area, while Zachary Weit has experience advising clients in the nonprofit sector. Unless otherwise mentioned, all recommended lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

James Mastracchio; Susan Seabrook

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Unique strength in the area of representing financial institutions, including insurance companies; controversy team understands the non-tax regulatory issues facing its clients and this helps them resolve tax issues.’

‘Susan Seabrook has deep knowledge of the insurance industry from both inside and outside of the government. Karl Kurzatkowski is a strong contributor to the team.

Key clients

Norwich Commercial Group, Inc.

Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands

Work highlights

  • Advised a multinational insurance company in connection with an IRS-proposed adjustment well in excess of $1b relating to a contentious industry issue.
  • Acted for the Government of the US Virgin Islands in a series of related tax shelter cases against residents of the Virgin Islands before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented a multinational financial services company in a Large Corporate Compliance audit by the IRS.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP’s Chicago-based transactional tax team handles a wide range of matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, securitizations, fund formations, and financing transactions, with a particularly strong reputation for advising middle-market private equity funds and SBICs. Practice head Olga Loy focuses on private equity, venture capital, and SBIC fund formation as well as M&A transactions, buyouts, recapitalizations, restructurings, and executive compensation cases. Dennis Kelly specializes in real estate and municipal finance taxation as well as securitization-related tax issues. Donald Goff has considerable experience structuring M&A and private equity transactions, many of the latter involving pre- or post-closing restructurings. Mark Christy is strong in the structured finance and project finance spaces. Angela Rohman-Russo plays a key role in the group, advising on mergers, divestitures, restructurings, and recapitalizations.

Practice head(s):

Olga Loy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Each team member I have worked with has extensive knowledge in their area and effectively collaborates to bring subject expertise to complex business matters.’

‘Their depth of knowledge, insight into complex legal matters for business, professionalism and respect of the nuances of the business and individuals involved is impressive. They have an ability to effectively and concisely explain and advise on complex matters.’

‘A team with very strong technical expertise, attentiveness and responsiveness. Also a very nimble team.’

‘Angela Russo is one of the best tax persons I’ve worked with – not only does she have the expertise, but her way of distilling tax into plain English is like none other. She is one of the few tax partners who I have worked with that actually applies big picture “materiality” to tax issues when they are discovered in light of the business as a whole, and as a result is able to cut to the chase with practical real life solutions that help get the deal done.’

‘Angela also has a stellar associate who supports her – Justin Trapp.’

‘Angela Russo is knowledgeable and commercial. It’s a delight to find a tax person who understands the business practicalities as well as the law.’

Key clients

Adams Street Partners

Chapman University

CoVenture Management, LLC

Everside Capital Partners

Industrial Opportunity Partners, LLC

Knotel Holdings

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Rocket Mortgage

Shore Capital Partners

Solar Mosaic, Inc.

SunCap Limited

Visio-Beach Point Mortgage Trust.

Water Street Healthcare Partners LLC

Wind Point Partners

Work highlights

  • Representing Chapman University on all of its fund formations and investment activities.
  • Representing MUFG Union Bank, N.A. in connection with the tax aspects of certain loans for six solar/storage projects, including negotiating tax provisions in the financing agreement and negotiating tax provisions in underlying tax-equity-financing documents.
  • Represented Rocket Mortgage, LLC and Woodward Capital Management LLC in connection with a cosponsored securitization transaction backed by closed-end second-lien mortgage loans.

Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation Tier 3

Increasingly active on behalf of automotive manufacturer clients, Winston & Strawn LLP formed a separate automotive industry group during 2023, which includes both litigation and transactional attorneys. In addition to its longstanding representation of Toyota, the group acts for several electric vehicle manufacturers, as well as vehicle rental, trucking and transportation logistics companies. The firm has also traditionally acted for railroads and rail equipment suppliers. The track record of Chicago-based Bill O’Neil includes several major cases for Hertz Corporation; Troy Yoshino (a February 2023 hire from Squire Patton Boggs) in San Francisco routinely defends class actions; and Brett Johnson heads up the firm’s Dallas litigation practice. Over in DC, Andrew Tauber’s railroad sector experience includes litigating cases under the Federal Railroad Safety Act, the ICC Termination Act, the Federal Employer’s Liability Act, the Locomotive Inspection Act, and the Safety Appliances Act.

Practice head(s):

Troy Yoshino

Key clients

Toyota Motor Corporation

Hertz Global Holdings

Honda Motor Co

General Motors Company

Lordstown Motors Corp

Patriot Rail Company LLC

FreightCar America

CSX Transportation

Pasha Automotive Services

Work highlights

  • Represented Versata Software in post-trial motions, further to its successful jury verdict against Ford Motor company for breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Assisted Hertz with the efficient resolution of 95% of claims by plaintiffs, who alleged they were falsely arrested or detained for not returning their overdue rental cars on time.

Transport > Shipping: finance Tier 3

In addition to Winston & Strawn LLP‘s litigation and regulatory credentials, the firm’s maritime attorneys advise on major finance deals. The practice is experienced in assisting both US and non-US entities with vessel-related deals, including Jones Act financings, foreign investments in Jones Act vessels and companies, vessel finance involving the US government’s Title XI guarantee, and Capital Construction Fund programs. The DC-based group also advises on equity and debt issues, including IPOs and other offerings involving senior and subordinated debt and equity hybrids. The firm’s project financing, structured finance and private equity teams additionally handle shipping industry deals. Chairing the firm’s maritime and admiralty practice, Charlie Papavizas represents shipowners, shipyards, energy companies, marine construction companies, financial institutions, and operators and managers. Supporting Papavizas, Bryant Gardner‘s practice includes maritime government contract negotiations and disputes, US flag programs, and Jones Act compliance work.

Practice head(s):

Charlie Papavizas

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Cruise Lines

Arroyo Energy Investment Partners LLC

Caladan Oceanic, LLC

Government of U.S. Virgin Islands

Liberty Maritime Corporation

Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Orion Energy Partners, L.P.

Pasha Group

RBC Capital Markets Corporation

Tidewater Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Citibank, N.A. and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (as maritime counsel), in relation to a secured revolving credit facility provided to Valaris Limited.
  • Represented Pareto Securities in a private placement of notes issued by Edda Wind III, an entity owned by Østensjø Rederi AS.
  • Represented Bay-Houston, as purchaser, on the acquisition of Seabulk Towing Services, Inc. from Seabulk Towing Holdings Inc.

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) Tier 4

During 2023, Winston & Strawn LLP’s appellate and critical motions practice argued a strong concentration of cases before the Second, Seventh and Federal Circuits. Among its diverse docket of work, the team secured a significant volume of antitrust-related appeals. Most notably, Chicago-based department head Linda Coberly successfully represented Chicago Parking Meters (CPM) in the Seventh Circuit in a case brought by two Chicago residents challenging the $1.1bn concession agreement between CPM and the City of Chicago. Andrew Tauber and patent specialist Brian Ferguson are also recommended—both sit in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Linda Coberly

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Pfizer

Bill Graham Archives

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

Cisco Systems

Chicago Parking Meters

Relevent Sports

Schlumberger Technology Company

Monsanto

Cox Communications

Work highlights

  • Secured a victory for Chicago Parking Meters when the Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit filed by two Chicago residents.
  • Won a Second Circuit victory for Relevent Sports Group when a unanimous Second Circuit panel vacated the district court’s decision and revived Relevent’s antitrust suit against FIFA and the US Soccer Foundation.
  • Secured a Federal Circuit victory for Pfizer subsidiary, Hospira.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s financial services litigation practice represents financial institutions in matters such as consumer class actions, enforcement actions, and IP litigation. The team, based in Charlotte, is co-led by Kobi Brinson and Jack Knight – Brinson is noted for his focus on government investigations and enforcement actions, while Knight is recognized for defending white collar cases. Another key member of the group is Elizabeth Ireland, who concentrates on inquiries and investigations prompted by the DOJ, the CFPB, and the FTC, among others. In 2023, the practice has notably made two lateral hires from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, welcoming Dan Chaudoin and Caitlin Mandel.

Practice head(s):

Jack Knight; Kobi Brinson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AIG

FM Global

Green Dot Corporation

JPMorgan Chase

Morgan Stanley

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

During 2023, Winston & Strawn LLP ’s international arbitration practice handled a broad array of commercial and investment disputes, with notable activity in the financial services, TMT and energy and natural resources spheres. The team also continues to strengthen its Latin America disputes offering, where it is currently acting on cases involving Panama and Venezuela, among other jurisdictions. Chicago-based Ricardo Ugarte is a seasoned litigator and arbitration counsel with robust experience under key arbitral rules, including UNCITRAL, ICC and ICSID. Also noted are Miami-based Gustavo Membiela, who has an emphasis on Latin American disputes, and Houston’s Imad Khan, who was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Ugarte

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ricardo Ugarte and Imad Khan provide a very client-focused approach and are always thinking and asking about client needs- they are open to creativity. On the actual work, they are open to working collaboratively with in-house counsel to achieve the best result for the client. ’

‘W&S’s international treaty arbitration team helped identify, build and obtain funding for the case, taking a highly commercial approach while demonstrating deep understanding of the legal framework, including ongoing developments in the law and political dynamics.’

‘Ricardo Ugarte is a very impressive practitioner, highly commercial and experienced and, importantly, willing to invest time in the right case to bring it to the funded stage. He has built a significant level of trust with us as client.’

‘I have worked with Imad Khan for many years. He is very well versed in international arbitration and a great person to work with. He is my first call for any international issues.’

Key clients

Dominion Minerals Corp.

Banco San Juan Internacional

SunTech Power Holdings Co.

Work highlights

  • Representing Avanzalia in a $200m+ dispute concerning efforts to block its ability to connect its solar power plant to a Panamanian substation owned by the defendant.
  • Representing Suntech Power International in a dispute filed under the Energy Charter Treaty to recover damages from the Republic of Italy arising from Italy’s removal of feed-in-tariffs.
  • Representing Banco San Juan Internacional in connection with a UK judgment enforcement action against Petróleos de Venezuela et al.

Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

The Houston-based team at Winston & Strawn LLP continues to handle a wide range of cases, including breach of contract, class actions, and enforcement actions. The firm’s energy and infrastructure industry group is jointly led by Mike Pikiel and Rich Shutran, both based in New York, and Houston’s Mike Blankenship, while Denise Scofield chairs the firm’s litigation department, consistently representing energy clients in complex litigation, internal investigations and other commercial and environmental matters. Further key contacts within the team are oil and gas litigation expert Paula Hinton and Casey Berger, whose focus is on securities, antitrust, consumer fraud and class actions. Counsel Brandon Duke is noted for assisting oil and gas clients with a variety of transactional disputes, contractual indemnities, and industry standard compliance. All practitioners are based in Houston unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Mike Blankenship; Rich Shutran; Mike Pikiel

Key clients

U.S. Well Services

Schlumberger Limited

Cameron International Corporation

Banco San Juan International, Inc. (BSJI)

NGL Energy Partners

Occidental Petroleum

Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc.

Aspen Midstream

American Petroleum Institute

Whitney Oil & Gas, LLC /Trimont Energy (NOW), LLC

Golden Pass LNG Terminal LL

Work highlights

  • Represented U.S. Well Services against competitor Halliburton in the Western District of Texas involving key patents covering electric fracturing.
  • Represented Pioneer Natural Resources in a high-stakes breach of contract case brought by MIECO LLC, alleging failure to supply natural gas during Winter Storm Uri.
  • Represented Golden Pass against Sierra Club’s motion to reconsider the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s (FECM) decision to allow Golden Pass to increase exports of LNG from its facility in Sabine Pass, Texas, to non-free-trade countries.

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 4

Fielding a ‘nimble’ transactional team that is ‘responsive to client needs’, Winston & Strawn LLP‘s team is ‘well integrated with every other major practice area required to conduct transactions in this space’. With expertise across conventional and renewable energy assets, the group regularly advises on M&A, joint bidding and ventures, financings and development work, with energy storage products increasingly becoming a key feature of the firm’s workload. Rich Shutran and Mike Pikiel helm the practice, with the former noted for the scale of his renewables and energy transition offering and the latter for his financing expertise. Jonathan Birenbaum is widely lauded by clients for his dealmaking capabilities, with the New York-based partner frequently engaged with a broad array of transaction structures and assets. Jason Lewis advises energy investors on M&A, project finance and project development matters. Managing partner for the firm’s Houston office Mike Blankenship also co-leads the team and is singled out for his securities and financing proficiency.

Practice head(s):

Rich Shutran; Mike Pikiel; Mike Blankenship

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The W&S transactional team is nimble and responsive to their clients’ needs. Within the firm, they are well integrated with every other major practice area required to conduct transactions in this space.’

‘Jonathan Birenbaum is a fantastic leader to his team, particularly his associates. He is uniquely gifted at connecting with everyone involved in a deal, and advocating for his client without alienating other parties. Jonathan is also an effective and admirable team leader, delegating work appropriately to his junior colleagues while setting them up for success with adequate preparation and guidance.’

‘The way they collaborate to find the best possible solutions in challenging transactions, while also keeping at the top of their mind the importance my firm sees is both sides being satisfied with the end result.’

‘Jonathan Birenbaum continues to be at the top of our list as go to partners in any of our transactions. His knowledge across the board is top notch, and his problem solving ability makes every transaction as seamless as possible. He always maintains a consistent and friendly demeanor, that reassures everyone that a solution can always be found. ’

 

Key clients

AxInfra US LP

Capital Power Corporation

HICL Infrastructure PLC

Infrared Capital Partners

John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.)

Kiewit Development Company

Work highlights

  • Represented HICL Infrastructure PLC in connection with the acquisition a 45.75% indirect interest in Texas Nevada Transmission.

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 4

The environmental team at Winston & Strawn LLP is particularly strong in civil and criminal enforcement proceedings, dealing with natural resource damage claims as well as matters related to the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act. The practice is co-chaired by Washington DC’s Jonathan Brightbill, who defends clients in civil litigation and class actions, along with Eleni Kouimelis, of the Chicago office, whose regularly brings actions to enforce the air, water, toxic statutes in judicial and administrative proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Brightbill; Eleni Kouimelis

Other key lawyers:

Sam Trimbach

Key clients

American Petroleum Institute

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Golden Pass LNG Terminal

Work highlights

  • Representing American Petroleum Institute in two case interventions involving the application of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act’s to Custom and Border Protection’s enforcement of the Jones Act for the construction of offshore wind-energy farms.
  • Filed an action in federal court asserting violations of the Endangered Species Act and state law against Waccatee Zoo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • Representing Golden Pass as respondent intervenor against the Sierra Club in its petition for review before the D.C. Circuit Court against Golden Pass’s application to the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management to increase its exports of liquified natural gas from its facility in Sabine Pass, Texas.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Winston & Strawn LLP has extensive experience in debt tender and exchange offers. The firm is designated underwriters’ counsel for a number of major corporate issuers in investment grade offerings. It has close connections to a number of major banks, along with large corporates, including those based in Latin America. New York’s David Sakowitz  is chair of the capital markets group, while Chicago partner Cab Morris is a prolific adviser on investment grade, high-yield and convertible debt transactions. Carol Anne Huff has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

David Sakowitz

Other key lawyers:

Cab Morris

Key clients

Barclays Capital

Bank of Nova Scot

BNP Paribas

BofA Securities

Chart Industries

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Exelon Corporation

FAGE International S.A.

Granite Construction

Grupo Energia de Bogota

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Lear Corporation

Morgan Stanley

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc.

Nxu Inc.

Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A.

Work highlights

  • Acted as designated underwriters’ counsel to the Exelon Corporation family of public companies in connection with the registered public offering of $2.5bn of Notes by Exelon Corporation.
  • Represented Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile in connection with its $750m green bond offering.
  • Represented Granite Construction Incorporated in its offering of $374m in aggregate principal amount of its 3.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2028 and in an exchange of its 2.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2024 for cash and shares of its common stock.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Winston & Strawn LLP has continued its prominence in SPAC IPOs and business combinations, advising a huge client base of SPACs and also advising on equity offerings for corporate issuers. New York-based David Sakowitz  leads the capital markets team, which includes Houston-based SPAC specialist Mike Blankenship. Jason Osborn is another key partner in New York. Carol Anne Huff has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

David Sakowitz

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Proactive, on top of everything, professional, on-time delivery.’

‘Mike Blankenship has been a great leader of the team, helping us in several deals. We believe Winston team has been essential to our on-time launch of transactions.’

 

Key clients

AlphaVest Acquisition Corp.

BofA Securities

Braiin Limited

Clear Street LLC

Digital Virgo

dMY Technology Group Inc

Docter Inc.

Ducommun Incorporated

Dune Acquisition Corporation (Nasdaq: DUNE)

EF Hutton

Estrella Biopharma, Inc.

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Healthwell Acquisition Corp. I (Nasdaq: HWEL)

Investcorp India Acquisition Corp.

Jefferies & Company, Inc.

Mobiv Acquisition Corp.

NexPoint Advisors

Nxu Inc. (fka Atlis Motors)

Oppenheimer & Co.

Picard Medical Inc.

Quantum FinTech Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: QFTA)

Revere Securities LLC

Roadzen, Inc.

Rubicon Technologies, Inc.

Stonebridge Acquisition Corp.

U.S. Tiger Securities, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Roadzen in the completion of its business combination with Vahanna Tech Edge Acquisition I Corp.
  • Advised Chart Industries in connection with the acquisition of Howden, which included a registered public offering of over $600m of Chart’s common stock and a registered public offering of $300m of depositary shares.
  • Represented Stonebridge Acquisition Corp on its announced business combination agreement with DigiAsia Bios.

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 4

With a strong background in both debt and fund finance, Winston & Strawn LLP counts credit funds, institutional investors and equity sponsors among its lender clients. The team advises on senior, subordinated, secured and unsecured loans, as well as syndicated credit facilities, including cross-border and multicurrency transactions. The firm also boasts a dedicated CLO practice. David Baroni, based in Chicago, co-heads the leveraged finance practice and specializes in asset-based and cash-flow secured lending transactions. Also in Chicago, Nolan Bolduc advises a diverse clientele of financial institutions, asset managers, private equity sponsors and corporate issuers. Kader Crawford, based in Charlotte, is adept at handling bi-lateral acquisition financings to broadly syndicated credit facilities. Christina Wheaton in Chicago and Shreyansi Agarwal in New York are key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Mats Carlston; Michael Mullins

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Hardiman; David Baroni; Nolan Bolduc; Kader Crawford; Brian Jansen; Jason Bennett; Christina Wheaton; Shreyansi Agarwal

Key clients

Koppers Inc.

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP advises a diverse client base consisting of pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices producers on matters ranging from patent, product liability and broader commercial litigation, to M&As and private equity investments in the sector. Leading the team is Washington DC’s Reed Stephens, a specialist in FCA and Anti-Kickback proceedings, and with further expertise in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement proceedings. Chicago-based George Lombardi offers extensive experience litigating patent disputes. May 2023 saw the practice reinforced by the arrival of a three-partner group from Reed Smith LLP, with government contracts lawyers Lawrence Block, Elizabeth Leavy and Lawrence Sher arriving in the capital.

Practice head(s):

Reed Stephens

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Alphatec Holdings

Bayer

Cresco Labs

Corning Incorporated

Estrella Biopharma, Inc.

Fresenius Kabi USA

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Intuitive Surgical

Lupin Limited

MSN Laboratories

Novartis Pharma AG

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical

Pfizer

Polpharma

Sandoz Inc.

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.

Teva North America

Work highlights

  • Represented Corning in a month-long patent infringement and trade secrets trial related to cell-culturing technology.
  • Representing Hikma Pharmaceuticals in opioid litigation brought by the state of Arkansas by successfully arguing failure to state a claim against our client.
  • Represented a MIT professor against false research misconduct charges, publicly clearing his name in connection with an internal investigation that lasted more than three years.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4

The ‘phenomenal’ Winston & Strawn LLP provides a comprehensive suite of employee benefits and executive compensation services, encompassing public company reporting, advice on qualified retirement plans and Title I investments, and international human resources-related issues. The practice is co-led by Scott Landau, who specializes in representing private equity clients and public companies in both US and international transactions, and Chicago’s Joseph Adams, who focuses on how M&A, divestitures, and spin-offs influence executive compensation, employee benefit plans, and individual executive agreements. Maria Kenny, dealing with issues including severance agreements, equity arrangements, and non-qualified retirement plans, along with Jennifer Stadler, who handles the employee benefits components of securities transactions, are key members of the team. All attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Scott Landau; Joseph Adams

Other key lawyers:

Maria Kenny; Jennifer Stadler; Caitlin Baranowski

Testimonials

‘The Winston team is phenomenal. They provide awesome perspective and are extremely reliable. Many lawyers have a tough time translating complicated topics into “layman’s terms” but this team is amazing at that. They are super efficient and also just great people overall.’

‘I can rely on them 100%. Scott Landau and his entire team are amazing.’

Key clients

Argand Partners

Brookfield Asset Management

Century Park Capital Partners

Court Square Capital Partners

Danfoss

Eos Partners

Gartner, Inc.

GenNx360 Capital Partners

Hudson Hill Capital

The Jordan Company

Lear Corporation

PwC

Revelstoke Capital Partners

TreeHouse Foods

Thomas Publishing Company

Vistria Group, LP

Water Street Healthcare Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented TPG Global in its acquisition of Angelo Gordon, handling all employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of the transaction.
  • Represented KeHE Distributors in its acquisition of DPI Specialty Foods, managing all executive compensation, incentive equity, and employee benefits matters.
  • Represented Chart Industries, Inc., in its acquisition of Howden and the sale of Roots, and provided counsel regarding its equity incentive program to retain the key management team post-closing.

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) Tier 4

The expertise of Winston & Strawn LLP’s labor and employment team covers a wide range of contentious matters including whistleblower, discrimination, wrongful termination, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breach of contract mandates. The group routinely assists employers in the healthcare, professional services, and luxury goods segments. National practice chair Michael Roche is based in Chicago and has broad advisory and contentious labor and employment expertise. Also in Chicago, local managing partner Cardelle Spangler has acted on numerous high-profile discrimination matters. In San Francisco, Joan Fife is a seasoned class action practitioner whose practice encompasses wage and hour classification matters and suitable seating and rest break lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

Michael Roche

Other key lawyers:

Cardelle Spangler; Joan Fife; Jason Campbell; Caitlin Tran

Testimonials

‘Jason Campbell and Caitlin Tran are great to work with. They offer practical advice and understand their clients’ goals.’

‘Very responsive, solution-oriented, easy-going style, extremely knowledgeable. Quick to understand our business and business imperatives when developing advice and course of action.’

‘This practice excels at partnership in contentious situations but also in daily counseling and advice. I appreciate the staffing with traditional partners/associates and also staff attorneys with deep experience at a lower billing rate for daily counseling.’

‘Jason Campbell and Caitlin Tran are both practical advisors that don’t shy away from practical advice and difficult judgment calls. They have deep experience and leverage that knowledge to help offer off-the-cuff and practical advice.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Accenture

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Cook’s Children’s Health Care System

C.R. Bard, Inc.

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)

United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNST), including Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Hope Solo

Work highlights

  • Acted as national employment counsel for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), providing labor and employment services for all of its U.S. affiliates (approximately 40 companies).
  • Acted as national employment counsel to Accenture, one of the largest employers in the world.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s global privacy and data security practice group covers the full spectrum of privacy matters, including knowledge of evolving regulatory changes and specialised healthcare sector expertise. ‘Excellent’ Sean Wieber co-heads the team from Chicago, recommended for privacy litigation matters across the banking, retail, technology and telecommunications industries. Also in Chicago, co-head Alessandra Swanson is noted for expertise regarding internal privacy investigations, regulatory defense, and breach response. Working across Los Angeles and Chicago, 2023 partner Kevin Simpson focuses on class action defense in the sector. Former practice co-head Sheryl Falk  retired in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Alessandra Swanson; Sean Wieber

Other key lawyers:

James Randall; Kevin Simpson

Testimonials

‘Sean Wieber and his team are excellent. They know the law inside and out, and they take the time to understand your business needs. They provide actionable guidance and enable the client to make informed decisions in oftentimes untenable positions. ’

‘Sean Wieber, James Randall, and Kevin Simpson are an excellent team. They work together to produce results. Not only are they experts in the law, but they are also mindful of using resources effectively to achieve the best result for the client. ’

Key clients

Fenix International Limited and its affiliate, Fenix Internet, LLC (d/b/a OnlyFans)

LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Comcast Corp.

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.

Walmart

Pactiv Evergreen Inc.

Sanctus, LLC (d/b/a Shift Digital)

Work highlights

  • Defending OnlyFans and Fenix Internet LLC in connection with a Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) class action in the N.D. Ill.
  • Defending Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., in a TCPA class action case.
  • Obtained favorable results for Sanctus LLC d/b/a Shift Digital, a digital marketing vendor for major automotive companies, in connection with multiple privacy litigation cases stemming from an alleged data security incident.

Real estate Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP’s ‘very versatile’ real estate team regularly supports REITs, funds, private equity firms, and developers on all aspects of transactions, ventures, debt financing, and leasing of properties. In addition to retail and industrials, the team has seen considerable workload in self-storage, built-to-rent properties, together with single and multi-family residentials. Global chair Andrew White advises a mix of private equity funds, REITs, institutional investors, and developers from the firm’s office in Chicago. The practice is also known for its sizeable presence in Texas, with real estate and corporate expert Billie Ellis leading the team in Dallas, and Jeff Smith and Doug Yeager, a ‘go-to’ transaction attorney, leading the Houston practice. In the New York office, William Lang takes the lead on acquisitions, dispositions, and lease transactions for landlords and tenants.

Practice head(s):

Andrew White

Other key lawyers:

Billie Ellis; William (Bill) Lang; Doug Yeager; Jeff Smith

Testimonials

‘Winston has a very versatile real estate team that handles commercial real estate matters of all types, including for the oil and gas industry.’

‘Winston’s attorneys are responsive, give practical advice, and keep fees reasonable.’

‘Extremely proficient and efficient in all matters concerning acquisition and divestment of large properties.’

‘Doug Yeager has been the go-to attorney for our real estate transactions for many years. His in-depth knowledge of Texas real estate law has been invaluable. With Doug’s assistance we have successfully closed on thousands of acres of Ag land over many years.

Key clients

Ambient Capital Partners

Berkeley Advisors, LLC

Cobblestone Real Estate LLC

Copper Beech Real Estate Capital

Fundamental Income Properties

Good Investment Partners

IRC Pine Tree LLC

Karis Cold Storage

Kimco Realty Corporation

Monument Square Investment Group

NetSTREIT Corp.

NexPoint Advisors

Parkway Properties Inc.

Priderock Capital Partners, LLC

REfocus Real Estate, LLC

Stonelake Capital Partners, LLC

Stream Realty Partners

Technip Energies

TPG Global and related entities

Triple-S Steel Holdings, Inc.

Williamsburg Enterprises

Work highlights

  • Representing IRC Pine Tree LLC in connection with the sale of a portfolio of retail shopping centers nationwide having an aggregate value of more than $500 million.
  • Represented NexPoint Storage Partners, Inc. in the acquisition of 29 self-storage properties developed by SAFStor.
  • Represented Priderock Capital Management, LLC in connection with the acquisition of The Connection at Athens.

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 5

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s antitrust group has a strong track record in complex clearances, as well as on contentious merger-related investigations and litigation brought by the DOJ and FTC. Neely Agin, based in Washington DC, is a key port of call for leading US and international companies seeking advice on merger review and clearance processes. New York's Richie Falek advises Fortune 500 and other public and private clients on antitrust and trade regulation issues, while Conor Reidy, based in Chicago, specializes in complex commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Neely Agin; Richie Falek; Conor Reidy

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Goldstein; Luke McFarland

Testimonials

‘I worked closely with Neely Agin and Luke McFarland on a complex merger that was heavily investigated by DOJ and resulted in a complicated divestiture. Neely was savvy on strategy and overall approach, with a good feel for when and how to push back on DOJ theories or time a particular advocacy piece. Luke was overall great at making the trains run, coordinating with other counsel in various jurisdictions, and helping on the substantive work.’

‘Very responsible. Good coordination of HSR professionals and experienced litigators.’

‘Kevin Goldstein is very responsible and knows very well about Japanese clients.’

Key clients

Arbor Investments

Bell Incorporated

The Boler Company

Capital Power Corporation

Catholic Medical Center

Chart Industries

CORE Industrial Partners

Court Square Capital Partners IV, L.P.

Danfoss

GenX Capital Partners

KeHE Distributors, LLC

Lowe’s Home Centers

NorthShore University HealthSystem

Norwest Equity Partners

Olympus Corporation

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Shore Capital Partners

Stellex Capital Partners II LP

The Jordan Company

Tiger Infrastructure Partners Fund

Trident IX, L.P

Vistria Group

VMG Partners

Water Street Healthcare Partners

Wind Point Partners

Work highlights

  • Served as antitrust counsel for Danfoss in its US$3.3B acquisition of Eaton Corporation’s hydraulics business.
  • Representing NorthShore University HealthSystem in defense of its merger with Highland Park Hospital, which is heading to trial in January 2024.
  • Secured antitrust clearance globally for Chart Industries, Inc.’s US$4.4B acquisition of Howden from Granite Holdings II, B.V.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 5

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s varied offering handles the full spectrum of issues relating to healthcare fraud and money-laundering allegations, investments into providers, and Certificate of Need approvals. Life sciences regulatory expert Reed Stephens leads the practice, and often handles fraud and abuse mandates and risk management issues. Lawrence Block, Elizabeth Leavy and Lawrence Sher joined the practice as a team from Reed Smith LLP in May 2023, contributing their broad expertise in government contracts. Of counsel Brendan Donahue joined from an in-house position in May 2023, bringing his specialism in M&A, while Guy Collier retired in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Reed Stephens

Other key lawyers:

Amandeep Sidhu; Connor Reidy; Lawrence Block; Elizabeth Leavy; Lawrence Sher; Brendan Donahue; Eric Knickrehm; Amy Kearbey

Testimonials

‘The team is really responsive and represents our organization well. They have taken the time to understand who we are as a client so that their representation is consistent with our values and mission.’

‘Amandeep Sidhu has been an excellent partner.’

Key clients

Ascension

Big Health

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Cambia Health, Inc.

Cityblock Health

Delta Dental Insurers

Genesis Healthcare

Highmark Health Inc.

NorthShore University HealthSystem

RWJBarnabas Health

Steward Health Care System

United Network for Organ Sharing

UnityPoint Health

Universal Health Services

Veradigm

Work highlights

  • Assisted Catholic Medical Center with navigating an antitrust review at both the federal and state level in connection with its recently announced combination with HCA.
  • Represented Amerigroup District of Columbia, Inc. in a series of bid protest victories against CareFirst and defeated multiple motions for temporary restraining orders over a period of 15 months.
  • Represented UnityPoint Health with respect to the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of its spin-off of three hospitals and 76 clinics and other sites of care to Carle Health.

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

Winston & Strawn LLP represents both private fund sponsors on the structuring of funds spanning across various asset classes and institutional investors on co-investments and secondaries transactions, with a particular focus on middle market funds and investments. Meg Frey in Chicago and Scott Naidech in New York make up the leadership team, with the former having expertise advising both on the buyer and seller side of secondaries transactions, and the latter represents institutional investors and family offices on private fund investments as well as on regulatory and compliance matters. Bradley Mandel is based in Chicago is well regarded for his experience with secondaries transactions, with further key names to note in this location being Megan Devaney and Alan Roth, the latter of both specializing in SBIC licensing and regulatory compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Meg Frey; Scott Naidech

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We primarily work with Brad Mandel on LP Portfolio acquisitions. Brad is very experienced and hard working. He has sound commercial acumen and pushed deals forward to conclusion. I enjoy working with Brad – he provides sound counsel in a very calm and clear manner.’

Key clients

57 Stars LLC

ACON Investments

Adams Street Partners

AON Corporation

Corrum Capital Management

Grosvenor Capital Management, LP

Invenergy, LLC

Moelis Asset Management, LP

NOVA Infrastructure, LLC

Paceline Equity Partners, LP

RCP Advisors, LLC

Southern Cross Group

StepStone Group LP

U.S. Realty Advisors, LLC

Granite Creek Capital Partners

GMB Mezzanine Capital

Consortium Brand Partners

Everside Capital Partners

Seacoast Capital

Oxer Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised GMB Mezzanine Capital on GMB V, a lower middle market mezzanine fund.
  • Advised Granite Creek on Granite Creek III focused on lower middle market growth and control investments.
  • Represented Volery Capital Management in the closing of its first fund, Volery Capital Partners Fund I, L.P. and Volery Capital Partners Fund I (Cayman), L.P.

Government > Government contracts

Having moved over from Reed Smith LLP‘s government contracts team in May 2023, Lawrence Block, Lawrence Sher, and Elizabeth Leavy jointly lead the DC practice at Winston & Strawn LLP, which offers expert assistance with high-value disputes, bid protests, and claims, as well as comprehensive counsel on regulatory, compliance, and transactional matters.

International trade > CFIUS

Winston & Strawn LLP continues to build up its specialist CFIUS practice under Tyler McGaughey, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security at the Department of the Treasury. During 2022/23, it added a raft of clients in the financial services, critical minerals and life sciences fields.

International trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions

Winston & Strawn LLP ’s economic sanctions offering was recently boosted by the arrival of financial crime law specialist Richard Weber, who was previously GC at the New York State Department of Financial Services. Cari Stinebower, a former Programs Officer for OFAC, chairs the group.

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami Tier 1

Winston & Strawn LLP made a bold entry into the Miami market in May 2022, assembling a large and highly-credible team, many of which are primarily focused on Latin America. They have joined a larger Latin America group, primarily located in New York, and cover a broad range of disciplines from energy and infrastructure projects to corporate and M&A, financial services and fintech, dispute resolution, and bankruptcy and restructuring. The New Miami office is led by highly-rated corporate and M&A partner Enrique Martin, who – along with long-term colleague Nicholas Rodríguez – has built an impressive practice in cross-border M&A, private equity and fund formation; the pair also work extensively in conjunction with New York partners Talbert Navia and Allen Miller. The Miami corporate team has already built a steady pipeline of inbound and outbound M&A and private equity engagements, including in the energy and infrastructure segments. The group also has a burgeoning presence in venture capital investments, notably in blockchain and digital assets. In the projects and energy field, senior figure Richard Puttré has an impressive background in representing Spanish construction companies and other sponsors. In financial services, the firm has built a substantial group covering bank regulatory, financings, fintech, payments and digital assets; various of the practitioners in the group have held senior in-house legal positions, including prominent name Carl Fornaris, while Juan Azel provides further senior-level financial services and regulatory expertise. Kimberly Prior and Daniel Stabile co-head the digital assets and blockchain technology group. In the bankruptcy and restructuring segment, Craig Rasile is immensely experienced; and Gustavo Membiela is a prominent name in Latin America investigations and international arbitration. Foreign legal advisor Isabelle Ferrarini Bueno is an emerging talent; she is dual-qualified in Brazil and New York.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Martin

Key clients

Paysafe

Citibank

Work highlights

  • Advised Total Play Telecommunications, based in Mexico, on its $45m bridge financing from Barclays.
  • Represented Chilean airline Sky in connection with the negotiation of documentation relating to the sale and leaseback of various CFM International aircraft engines with Engine Lease Finance Corporation.
  • Advised Paysafe – as M&A and financial regulatory counsel – on its acquisition of SafetyPay.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP’s impressive expansion of its Latin America practice, which has involved the assembling of a large team in its new Miami office, has brought it to prominence in the projects and energy market. This development has included the hire of experienced figure Richard Puttré - who brings an impressive record in renewables and transport infrastructure projects - as chair of the Latin America projects practice. Latin America department heads Talbert Navia and Allen Miller also provide extensive client relationships in the region, which have led to a series of major engagements.

Work highlights

  • Represented the underwriter supporting San Juan Cruise Port in connection with a project to repair, expand, finance, maintain, and operate certain marine cruise terminals in the San Juan Bay.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Winston & Strawn LLP continues to significantly expand its banking and finance offering, primarily through the launch of a large Latin America-focused Miami office in 2022. This has provided the Latin America practice with considerable depth in project finance, bank regulatory matters, fintech, digital payments and digital assets. In project finance, Richard Puttré has a long history in energy and infrastructure financings, especially for Spanish construction companies and other sponsors. This builds on the firm’s pre-existing expertise in Latin America project financings, including in the renewable energy sector; it has an especially strong record in Chile. The new Miami office also includes partner Craig Rasile, an experienced figure in bankruptcy and restructuring, including Latin America engagements. Carl Fornaris joined from Greenberg Traurig LLP to co-chair the financial services group and the digital assets & blockchain technology team, and has an extensive background in Latin America. Kimberly Prior and Daniel Stabile also co-head the digital assets & blockchain technology group. Other key partners include Talbert Navia and Allen Miller who co-chair the Latin America team from New York; and the highly-rated Rodrigo Carvalho, managing partner of the São Paulo office. Los Angeles-based Francisco Flores is highly rated for structured finance transactions in Latin America. All named individuals are based in Miami unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Talbert Navia; Allen Miller; Francisco Flores

Testimonials

The closeness and close treatment. For a company, the most important thing is that the legal process is as simple as possible, avoiding all negotiations that do not add value to the contract and that only generate fruitless discussions – and therefore fees. Francisco Flores is a great lawyer and understands the business well, which is rare for lawyers.

The banking and finance team of Winston, already very strong in the U.S., substantially increased its presence in Brazil with the opening of the office in São Paulo. A union of highly qualified lawyers in NY law with local knowledge (as well as great familiarity with financial institutions), distinguishes Winston from other firms operating in Brazil. They are mainly strong in syndicated financing, trade finance and operations with related ESG metrics. This is another differential, vast knowledge of “green” financing contracts.

Rodrigo Carvalho, head of Brazil and an excellent lawyer in cross-border financing, uses all the experience acquired during his years as head of legal at Bank of America, to execute transactions more smoothly and effectively. Technical knowledge, combined with cultural knowledge and usually applied policies, has made Rodrigo stand out since Winston opened the law firm in Sao Paulo, placing Winston as one of two leading law firms acting as legal advisers for national and international banks.

The firm is characterised by its solid and up-to-date legal knowledge and extensive knowledge of the sector, which makes its advice valuable beyond legal aspects. They are flexible and committed, good negotiators and a great support during the development of the transactions.

Partners Allen Miller, Talbert Navia and Richard Puttré are very attentive and available, have extensive legal knowledge and bring all their experience to defend the interests of their clients.

I have known the W&S team for several years and they have assisted us in several transactions. The team is an experienced and serious team, aligned with the business and providing interesting solutions to problems all the time. They are always available to know and understand the business so that their advice is much more complete. In-house lawyers should know that this firm has a lot of experience in banking and financing transactions. They are always available and have a high capacity to understand operational issues that make their work more efficient. My experience with them is very favourable and although it is a traditional firm in the sense that it is not a new firm in terms of technology, they are very efficient. One of the main themes is the personalised attention of its members.

I have worked with various partners in the firm and they have all been very professional. One of their best qualities is that they are always prepared for the issues and that makes them much more efficient. They spend time getting to know the companies and their needs and that is a plus. I really like that the attention received is personalised. Allen Miller, Talbert Navia, Claude Serfilippi are some of the partners I have worked with. Their service is of high quality and they are excellent people.

Key clients

Total Play Telecommunications

Work highlights

  • Represented Total Play Telecommunications with regard to its $45m bridge financing from Barclays.
  • Represented Chilean airline Sky in connection with the negotiation of documentation relating to the sale and leaseback of various CFM International aircraft engines with Engine Lease Finance Corporation.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Winston & Strawn LLP has rapidly developed its Latin America practice, initially in New York, susbsequently in Sao Paulo, and most recently in Miami, where it has assembled a large and multi-skilled team. The legacy group had built a reputation for public M&A involving Latin America businesses that are publicly traded in the US, Latin America-focused private equity work (notably fund formation and transactions), and advising Latin American businesses on their expansion initiatives in North America, including significant acquisitions. Having built a very credible Sao Paulo office, primarily through the hire of the highly rated Rodrigo Carvalho in 2021, the practice is now reaping the rewards with a steady pipeline of Brazil-related deals, particularly venture capital and emerging company transactions, along with crypto and blockchain deals. The launch of its Miami office in May 2022 turned heads, not least because it saw the arrival of senior corporate partner Enrique Martin and Colombia born Nicholas Rodríguez from Jones Day, along with a number of other prominent partners and associates, covering multiple disciplines. Co-head of the Latin America and Caribbean group Talbert Navia is a hugely experienced and very much at the forefront of Latin America-focused private equity fund formation and transactions. Fellow practice co-head Allen Miller is another seasoned practitioner with an excellent record in public M&A, particularly involving Chilean entities. Completing the senior NY-based partner group for Latin America, Kevin Smith is also an experienced specialist with a focus on M&A and private equity matters. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Talbert Navia; Allen Miller

Testimonials

Rodrigo Carvalho is a very experienced lawyer with an outstanding business and transaction experience that makes him a good leader to his team. Also, they have plenty experience in cross-border deals because of his track record.

Winston & Strawn are able to render services in any area of law in different jurisdictions. The teams are totally integrated and render services with the same quality no matter the area or the person in charge for such demand.

Rodrigo Carvalho and team have a comprehensive knowledge regarding all the sectors related to a big industrial company. They are available 24/7, business oriented and capable to solve any corporate demand in a smooth way.

The Winston and Strawn team is very competent and extremely dedicated. The people allocated are to each deal based on expertise, as opposed to office location/affinity with partner as is the case in many US law firms present in Brazil.

Further to the expertise, which is second to none, the lawyers (including partners and associates) are amiable and cordial, easy to deal with and very responsive.

Besides capital markets, Winston & Strawn has been quite active in M&A in Brazil and Latam, especially in the infrastructure sector (energy in particular). The team is business oriented and has a hands-on approach towards different matters.

Rodrigo Carvalho leads in Brazil. He is a hands-on partner, a dual qualified lawyer (NY and Brazil), and has significant experience working in local and international firms, and also as an in-house counsel.

Isabelle Ferrarini Bueno is currently working with the W&S team in Miami. One of the brightest, she has deep experience in corporate matters, especially involving transactions in the energy sector.

Key clients

Miffin Associates Corp

Fazenda Futuro Produtos Alimenticios

Paysafe Holdings UK

LarrainVial

Paymentz

Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM)

Work highlights

  • Represented Fazenda Futuro, the Brazilian producer of plant-based meats, in connection with corporate and tax planning to launch its business in the US.
  • Acted as M&A and financial regulatory counsel to digital payments platform, Paysafe, on its acquisition of SafetyPay.
  • Advised Terold on its acquisition of a majority stake in California-based WX Brands, a global wine company.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

Winston & Strawn LLP significantly augmented its Latin America credentials with the launch of a sizeable Miami office in 2022, which included the hire of Latin America disputes specialist Gustavo Membiela from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP; he has a background in Latin America-related arbitrations and investigations. Membiela has joined an established team of professionals such as Chicago partner Ricardo Ugarte, who can draw on over 30 years’ experience and has a fine record in both commercial and investor-state arbitration. The wider team has an established presence in mining, oil and gas, energy, financial services, technology, agriculture and hospitality cases, among other sectors. New York partner Marcelo Blackburn is also noted for energy, and oil and gas cases involving Latin American states.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Ugarte; Michael Stepek; Allen Miller; Talbert Navia

Key clients

Dominion Minerals

Banco San Juan Internacional

Avanzalia Panama and Avanzalia Solar

Work highlights

  • Represented Dominion Minerals in its claims brought pursuant to the Treaty between the United States and the Republic of Panama concerning Dominion’s investment in a copper and gold concession in Western Panama.
  • Represented Banco San Juan Internacional in connection with a UK judgment enforcement action against Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) to recognise two judgments awarded in the UK against PDVSA and PDVSA Petróleo.

Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 950 attorneys among 15 offices in Brussels; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; London; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Paris; San Francisco; São Paulo; Shanghai; Silicon Valley; and Washington, DC.

Winston was founded in Chicago in 1853 by Frederick H Winston, who was joined by the firm’s other named partner, Silas H Strawn, in 1894. Winston 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 is one of the largest law firms in the United States through a series of mergers, office openings and lateral hires in the past two decades.

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 to manage virtually every type of business-related legal issue.

Winston understands that clients look for value beyond just legal experience. With this in mind, the firm 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 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 areas of practice: The firm’s main areas of practice include litigation; corporate and finance; antitrust/competition; appellate and critical motions; eDiscovery and information governance; employee benefits and executive compensation; energy; environmental; financial services; global privacy and data security; government investigations, enforcement, and compliance; healthcare; intellectual property; international arbitration; labor and employment; maritime and admiralty; mergers and acquisitions and securities; private equity; real estate; REITs; restructuring; securities litigation; sports; tax; and trusts and estates.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Steve D'Amore sdamore@winston.com +1 312-558-5934
Co-Executive Chairman Jeffrey Kessler jkessler@winston.com +1 212-294-4698
Co-Executive Chairman Dan Webb dwebb@winston.com +1 312-558-5856
Managing Partner – Internal Affairs Cardelle Spangler cspangler@winston.com +1 312-558-7541
Managing Partner – External Affairs Eva Davis evadavis@winston.com +1 213-615-1719
Managing Partner – International Affairs Peter Crowther pcrowther@winston.com +44 20 7011 8750
Chief Strategic Officer Dominick DeChiara ddechiara@winston.com +1 212-294-2609
Co-Chair, Litigation Department Linda Coberly lcoberly@winston.com +1 312-558-8768
Co-Chair, Litigation Department Tom Melsheimer tmelsheimer@winston.com +1 214-453-6401
Co-Chair, Transactions Department Timothy Kincaid tkincaid@winston.com +1 312-558-5243
Co-Chair, Transactions Department Brad Vaiana bvaiana@winston.com +1 212-294-2610
Antitrust/competition Jeffrey Kessler jkessler@winston.com +1 212-294-4698
Antitrust/competition Eva Cole ewcole@winston.com +1 212-294-4609
Appellate and critical motions Linda Coberly lcoberly@winston.com +1 312-558-8768
Asset-Based Lending Jason Bennett jbennett@winston.com +1 704-350-7769
Asset-Based Lending Jordan Klein jmklein@winston.com +1 214-453-6426
Capital Markets David Sakowitz dsakowitz@winston.com +1 212-294-2639
CLOS and Fund Finance Michael Mulllins mmullins@winston.com +1 312-558-7568
Complex Commercial Litigation Samantha Lerner slerner@winston.com +1 312-558-6463
Complex Commercial Litigation Tom Walsh twalsh@winston.com +1 214-453-6460
Consumer and Class Actions Gayle Jenkins gjenkins@winston.com +1 213-615-1863
Corporate and finance Dominick DeChiara ddechiara@winston.com +1 212-294-2609
Debt Finance William Brewer wbrewer@winston.com +1 212-294-6793
Digital Assets and Blockchain Technology Carl Fornaris cfornaris@winston.com +1 305-910-0626
Digital Assets and Blockchain Technology Kimberly Prior kprior@winston.com +1 305-910-0788
Digital Assets and Blockchain Technology Daniel Stabile dstabile@winston.com +1 305-910-0787
eDiscovery & Information Governance John Rosenthal jrosenthal@winston.com +1 202-282-5785
Employee benefits and executive compensation Scott Landau slandau@winston.com +1 212-294-6828
Employee benefits and executive compensation Joe Adams jsadams@winston.com +1 312-558-3723
Energy & Infrastructure Mike Blankenship mblankenship@winston.com +1 713-651-2678
Energy & Infrastructure Mike Pikiel mpikiel@winston.com +1 212-294-6654
Energy & Infrastructure Rich Shutran rshutran@winston.com +1 212-294-5354
Environmental Eleni Kouimelis ekouimel@winston.com +1 312-558-5133
Environmental Litigation & Enforcement Jonathan Brightbill jbrightbill@winston.com +1 202-282-5855
Finance Mats Carlston mcarlston@winston.com +1 212-294-6696
Finance Michael Mullins mmullins@winston.com +1 312-558-7568
Financial Services Carl Fornaris cfornaris@winston.com +1 305-910-0626
Financial Services Basil Godellas bgodellas@winston.com +1 312-558-7237
Financial Services & Banking Kobi Kennedy Brinson kbrinson@winston.com +1 704-350-7747
Financial Services & Banking Jordan Klein jmklein@winston.com +1 214-453-6426
Financial Services Litigation Jack Knight jknight@winston.com +1 704-350-7708
Funds Margaret Frey mfrey@winston.com +1 312-558-7945
Global Privacy & Data Security Alessandra Swanson aswanson@winston.com +1 312-558-7435
Global Privacy & Data Security Sean Wieber swieber@winston.com +1 312-558-5769
Government Investigations, Enforcement, and Compliance Suzanne Jaffe Bloom sbloom@winston.com +1 212-294-4604
Government Investigations, Enforcement, and Compliance Abbe Lowell adlowell@winston.com +1 202-282-5875
Health Care & Life Sciences Reed Stephens rstephens@winston.com +1 202-282-5795
Intellectual property David Enzminger denzminger@winston.com +1 213-615-1780
Intellectual property Jennifer Golinveaux jgolinveaux@winston.com +1 415-591-1506
Intellectual property Nimalka Wickramasekera nwickramasekera@winston.com +1 213-615-1819
International arbitration Michael Stepek mstepek@winston.com +44 20 7011 8754
Labor and employment Michael Roche mroche@winston.com +1 312-558-7508
Leveraged Finance David Baroni dbaroni@winston.com +1 312-558-5851
Leveraged Finance Sanjay Thapar sthapar@winston.com +1 212-294-6764
Maritime and admiralty Charlie Papavizas cpapaviz@winston.com +1 202-282-5732
Mergers & Acquisitions and securities Matt Costigan mcostiga@winston.com +1 312-558-6375
Private Equity Brad Vaiana bvaiana@winston.com +1 212-294-2610
Private Equity Matt Stockstill mstockstill@winston.com +1 214-453-6449
Product Liability & Mass Torts Sandra Edwards sedwards@winston.com +1 415-591-1412
Project Finance Alan Hoffman ahoffman@winston.com +1 212-294-2643
Project Finance Mike Pikiel mpikiel@winston.com +1 212-294-6654
Projects - Latin America Richard Puttre rputtre@winston.com +1 305-910-0600
Real Estate Andy White awhite@winston.com +1 312-558-6393
Restructuring Tim Walsh twwalsh@winston.com +1 212-294-4791
Securities litigation James Smith III jpsmith@winston.com +1 212-294-4633
Sponsor Finance Kyle Foley kfoley@winston.com +1 212-294-4696
Sports David Greenspan dgreenspan@winston.com +1 212-294-4616
Sports David Feher dfeher@winston.com +1 212-294-4613
Structured Finance Francisco Flores fflores@winston.com +1 213-615-1346
Structured Finance Jeffrey Stern jstern@winston.com +1 212-294-6710
Tax Olga Loy oloy@winston.com +1 312-558-6338
Tax Controversy James Mastracchio jmastracchio@winston.com +1 202-282-5849
Tax Controversy Susan Seabrook sseabrook@winston.com +1 202-282-5220
Technology Antitrust Susannah Torpey storpey@winston.com +1 212-294-4690
Technology Antitrust Aldo Badini abadini@winston.com +1 212-294-4601
Technology, New Media and Telecom Krishnan Padmanabhan kpadmanabhan@winston.com +1 212-294-3564
Technology, New Media and Telecom Becky Troutman btroutman@winston.com +1 415-591-1401

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The firm: For more than 160 years, Winston & Strawn LLP has served as a trusted adviser and advocate to companies in a broad array of industries. The firm has built a law practice with tremendous breadth and a global presence across the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Winston & Strawn’s 15 offices are located in major business centres around the world, including Brussels, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami,  New York, Paris, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC.

Winston helps international and Chinese clients navigate the changing business and regulatory landscape in pursuing opportunities in China and assists private and public China-based clients conducting outbound business activities. Navigating through the country’s legal landscape requires a trusted advisor with proven experience, cross-border expertise, and industry-specific insight. Located in Lujiazui, the center of this major financial hub of China, the Shanghai office consists of foreign-qualified attorneys who have studied and practiced Chinese law and excel at bridging the gap between Western and Chinese legal concepts as well as cultural and commercial differences. They stay abreast of the fast-changing legal and regulatory environment across the region, and are adept at translating the local laws and regulations to actionable advice for international companies.

Chinese law capabilities: Winston’s China practice combines the firm’s global capabilities with our strategic alliance with Yuanda China Law Offices, one of China’s leading local law firms. Known as YuandaWinston, the team combines first-hand knowledge of China’s legal, political and regulatory environment and offers a strong bench of nearly 50 attorneys, many with prior experience in roles throughout China’s judiciary, prosecutor’s offices, government agencies, and in-house legal department of large corporations. The team’s knowledge of China’s complex legal environment helps clients navigate regulatory complexities, cross-border transactions and investigations, minimize risk and successfully engage with government agencies.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Stephen D'Amore sdamore@winston.com +1 312-558-5934
Co-Executive Chairman Jeffrey Kessler jkessler@winston.com +1 212-294-4698
Co-Executive Chairman Dan Webb dwebb@winston.com +1 312-558-5856
Managing Partner – Internal Affairs Cardelle Spangler cspangler@winston.com +1 312-558-7541
Managing Partner – External Affairs Eva Davis evadavis@winston.com +1 213-615-1719
Managing Partner – International Affairs Peter Crowther pcrowther@winston.com +44 20 7011 8750
Chief Strategic Officer Dominick DeChiara ddechiara@winston.com +1 212-294-2609
Co-Chair, Litigation Department Linda Coberly lcoberly@winston.com +1 312-558-8768
Co-Chair, Litigation Department Tom Melsheimer tmelsheimer@winston.com +1 214-453-6401
Co-Chair, Transactions Department Timothy Kincaid tkincaid@winston.com +1 312-558-5243
Co-Chair, Transactions Department Brad Vaiana bvaiana@winston.com +1 212-294-2610

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