Mr Steven Grimes > Winston & Strawn LLP > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Winston & Strawn LLP
Hong Kong

Work Department

Litigation, White Collar, Regulatory Defense & Investigations, Trade Secrets




Steve Grimes is a partner and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in the firm’s Hong Kong office. He leads Winston’s Asia Litigation practice, is a former U.S. federal prosecutor, an experienced trial lawyer, and a former Chief Compliance Officer and senior litigation counsel for a global publicly-traded Fortune 500 company. Steve’s practice focuses on compliance and data security counseling, sensitive internal investigations, government interactions, and complex disputes. Steve’s in-house experiences greatly aid his ability to provide tailored and pragmatic service to his clients.

Steve leads Winston’s Asia Litigation practice, and also maintains a litigation practice in the U.S. He is a true trial lawyer, having taken 11 cases to trial, succeeding in each. As a trial lawyer, his litigation practice covers many substantive areas, including complex commercial disputes, qui tam defense, antitrust/competition, data security, financial/audit claims, technology and trade secret litigation, health care fraud, environmental claims, and consumer class actions. Steve’s experience is in both federal and state courts in the U.S., as well as various courts and forums around the world.




Admitted to Illinois


Steve received a B.S. in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management, magna cum laude, from Miami University in 2001. He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 2005, where he was elected to Order of the Coif.S teve served as a law clerk to Hon. Amy St. Eve in the Northern District of Illinois.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

The ‘knowledgeable, experienced, and detail-oriented’ practice at Winston & Strawn LLP works collaboratively across multiple offices on cases concerning trade secrets,  breach of contracts, non-competes, and other restrictive covenants. In Texas, Houston-based co-head John Keville and Sheryl Falk are noted for their respective expertise in mechanical engineering and computer forensics, while Dallas-based Tom Melsheimer is a seasoned trial lawyer with considerable experience in intellectual property, business torts, and False Claims Act litigation. Practice co-head David Enzminger , who regularly represents clients in the telecommunications, computer hardware and software, and manufacturing sectors, works primarily out of the firm’s Los Angeles office. Chicago-based internal investigation specialist Steven Grimes is also recommended.

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s global privacy and data security practice offers counseling in privacy, data protection, data security by design, litigation, trade secret audits, and investigation matters. The team is led by former federal prosecutors Sheryl Falk and Steven Grimes, who sit in Houston and Chicago, respectively, and former federal privacy regulator Alessandra Swanson, also in Chicago. Other key contacts in Chicago include Sean Wieber, who recently stood out for acting in a class action filed under the CCPA’s new private right of action, and associate Eric Shinabarger, who focuses on privacy counseling, data breach response, and regulatory compliance.