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Winston & Strawn LLP
200 PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10017
NEW YORK
United States

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 1

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s experienced team of lawyers and technical staff represents clients in e-discovery, information governance and privacy matters. The department is highly active in litigation, and act as counsel at the state, federal, and international levels for a considerable number of market-leading clients. Team leader John Rosenthal, based in Washington DC, is well-regarded for his expertise in e-discovery, privacy, and data security. Rosenthal covers antitrust, commercial litigation, trade regulation and IP counselling matters. Houston-based Sheryl Falk focuses on data security, internal investigations, computer forensics, and trade secret litigation, and co-chairs the firm’s global privacy and data security practice. Also key are of counsel e-discovery attorney Matthew Poplawski, who is based in Chicago, and senior e-discovery attorney Jason Moore, in DC. Poplawski specializes in reducing recovery costs and risks through the design and implementation of e-discovery blueprints, while Moore advises clients on preservation obligations, analytic document review technologies, and discovery sanctions. Bobby Malhotra joined the Los Angeles office in November 2022 from Munger, Tolles & Olson, where he was co-leader of the information governance and e-discovery practice.

Practice head(s):

John J. Rosenthal

Testimonials

‘One of the top tier firms for e-discovery.’

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Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Dan WebbWinston & Strawn LLP. One of the most distinguished and sought-after trial lawyers in the US, Chicago-based Dan Webb’s practice focuses on major commercial, civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases. Achieving an abundance of success in 2022, Webb obtained a complete plaintiff verdict and $100m in damages for Versata Software in its trade secrets litigation against Ford Motor Co. in November. Webb also served as Special Prosecutor in State of Illinois v Jussie Smollett, a high-profile successful prosecution of the actor in Chicago regarding felony charges. Abbe LowellWinston & Strawn LLP. Co-chair of the firm’s white collar, regulatory defense and investigations practice, Abbe Lowell regularly represents high-profile corporate and individual clients in matters of national and international significance. Lowell has recent victories in abundance, one of which involved successfully defending Matthew Grimes against criminal charges of being an unregistered agent of a foreign government, securing a complete acquittal from the Jury. Lowell is based out of Washington DC. Tom MelsheimerWinston & Strawn LLP. A thriving practice which balances both public service as a federal prosecutor and private practice, Tom Melsheimer’s practice focuses on a broad array of areas including white-collar defense and government investigations, antitrust, environmental, securities, and IP litigation. 2022 proved to be another impressive year for Melsheimer, who in April achieved a complete acquittal for Davita CEO Kent Thiry, involved in a criminal non-solicitation case which alleged a labor-related “no poach” illegal agreement. Melsheimer’s practice is based in Dallas.George LombardiWinston & Strawn LLP. In Chicago, George Lombardi is highly active in significant and often precedential cases across a broad range of areas which includes IP, bet-the-company, antitrust, and consumer protection; with an equally broad sector focus that spans from life sciences and pharmaceuticals to consumer products and tobacco. In a recent standout matter before Oregon state court, Lombardi achieved a unanimous jury verdict for Monsanto Company in a Roundup product liability trial, the most widely used herbicide in the world. Jeffrey KesslerWinston & Strawn LLP. In New York, Jeffrey Kessler has litigated and tried on numerous landmark antitrust and sports cases, recording several high-profile wins in recent years against sporting bodies including the NCAA. 2022 continued in a similar vein as Kessler co-led a team which defended WME Sports, a subsidiary of Endeavor, against tortious-interference claims filed by competitor Excel Sports Management.

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Testimonials

‘Tom Melsheimer is the very best.’

 

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‘Jeffrey Kessler is always very well prepared for trial and leads clients seamlessly through the process.’

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Energy > Renewable/alternative power Tier 1

With experience in handling a range of market-significant transactions from across the sector, Winston & Strawn LLP‘s multidisciplinary energy & infrastructure industry group offers ‘specialists in nearly every related discipline needed for a large deal in this space, and a deep bench of associates’ to its domestic and international clients. The group is co-lead by transactional lawyer Mike Pikiel and Rich Shutran, both based in New York, and Mike Blankenship in Houston. Shutran is well-versed in finance and development work, while Blankenship is noted for his expertise in M&A. Based in New York, and representing a range of strategic and financial participants in complex transactions, Jonathan Birenbaum‘s ‘knowledge of the subject matter is at the top of the field’. On the West Coast, Laurae Rossi stands out for her work in project finance and debt transactions. Financing experts Hao Huang, who was promoted to partner in 2022, and Anne Gibbons, are also noted. All three lawyers are based in Los Angeles. Relevant team changes in 2022 include the arrival of Thomas Millar in Washington DC from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, who is well-versed in regulatory matters, and Houston-based financing expert Ryan Hunsaker from Vinson & Elkins LLP. San Francisco’s Tom Solomon and Alex Niebruegge from the Houston office are among the lawyers that left the practice in 2022.      

Practice head(s):

Mike Pikiel; Rich Shutran; Mike Blankenship

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Winston & Strawn’s Renewable/Alternative Energy team is well rounded, with specialists in nearly every related discipline needed for a large deal in this space, and a deep bench of associates. The practice is adept at understanding and anticipating its clients’ needs while keeping bills reasonable.’

‘Jonathan Birenbaum is an exceptional team leader with the best people skills in the business. He fiercely advocates for his clients without alienating the other parties and oftentimes charming them. He is sincere in his regard for other people, and it shows. The other members of the W&S deal team (in particular, Stephanie Sebor in Environmental and associate Amanda Sewell) follow this example and are similarly skilled at tactfully advocating for their clients. If corporate transactions were medical issues, you would be fortunate to have the W&S team as your doctor for their skills and bedside manners.’

‘The team works seamlessly together, and I am always impressed with the resources that can be brought in depending on the specific matter or issue.’

‘Jonathan Birenbaum is amazing. His knowledge of the subject matter is at the top of the field, and his positive demeanor throughout a deal really separates him from others.’

Key clients

AxInfra US LP (Axium Infrastructure)

Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP

Capital Power

Hecate Energy LLC

HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

Keybank N.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented HSBC Bank USA, N.A. in connection with a $1.75 billion debt facility comprising the construction, term loan, and letter of credit financing for four wind projects, with approximately 1,050 MW of capacity, and the construction of a 150-mile 345 kV transmission line, both located in New Mexico.
  • Representing clients in the securitization of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) bonds originated in residential PACE programs administered nationwide.

Industry focus > Sport Tier 1

Among the clients advised by the team at Winston & Strawn LLP, which is praised for its ‘legal expertise, experience, professionalism, strategic thinking and diversity‘, are major players’ associations, sports franchises and leagues, professional athletes, financial services firms with sport-industry clients, and intellectual property licensees/licensors. Alongside established strength in litigation, the firm also advises clients on transactional issues through every phase of development and financing matters. The trio leading the team out of the firm’s New York office are prominent sports litigators Jeffrey Kessler, David Feher, and David Greenspan, with Kessler described as ‘an exceptional attorney with whom you feel like you are in the best possible hands‘. Jason Goldstein, also based in New York, is a key team member when it comes to transactions and is experienced in handling multi-use sports stadium and arena transactions. Associate Adam Dale, also in New York, is a key name to note for litigious matters.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kessler; David Feher; David Greenspan

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Amoona; Jeanifer Parsigian; Angela Smedley; Adam Dale; Jason Goldstein; Mark Rizik

Testimonials

‘The Winston team is set apart by their genuine passion and commitment to the underlying root causes of the cases they’re fighting for. For example, gender equality. In addition, the team’s legal expertise, experience, professionalism, strategic thinking and diversity is head and shoulders above anything I’ve ever experienced.’

‘The individuals on the team are very thorough in their approach. They have brilliant legal minds and can conceptualize thoughtful strategies. They work hard and are always responsive and available. Angela Smedley is a standout performer with all of these qualities.’

‘The firm provides very high-quality advice, are incredibly responsive and able to provide very concise, commercially oriented advice. They have a very broad understanding and knowledge of the sports field.’

‘I’ve worked with Winston & Strawn on very complex sport mandates. I believe that they have the best knowledge of the US sports legal market, are extremely skilled at settlements and are able to understand very quickly the commercial as well as the legal aspects of any matter. They are very fast to respond and super reliable. You feel like you are in the best possible hands.’

‘Jeffrey Kessler is an exceptional attorney with whom you feel like you are in the best possible hands. His knowledge of the sport industry is unparalleled in the US market in my opinion. I was particularly impressed by his responsiveness and ability to quickly get to the core of any matter and provide extremely clear and concise advice.’

‘Mark Rizik also provides very clear and to the point advice. He reacts very promptly and is very reliable.’

Key clients

Cangrejeros Baseball Club, LLC

Class of swimmers

Classes of current and former NCAA athletes

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Klutch Sports

Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA)

MVP Sports Group

National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)

National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)

North American Soccer League (NASL)

Relevent Sports, LLC

Super Slam Ltd. (Madrid Open)

U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) soccer players

United Talent Agency

William Morris Endeavor (WME)

WinStar Farm LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented USWNT players employed by the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) in a landmark class action filed in California federal court in March 2019, which accused the USSF of wage discrimination based on gender.
  • Representing a class of professional swimmers in a case against the sport’s international organizer Federation Internationale De Natation (“FINA”).
  • Defending WME (aka Endeavor) in litigation and arbitration brought by competitor Excel Sports Management.

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

Winston & Strawn LLP is home to seasoned corporate law attorneys, who often collaborate with the antitrust, employment, IP and tax practices on complex M&A mandates. The team, whose sector breadth covers tech, energy, healthcare, logistics and manufacturing, is a go-to choice for sellers engaged in upper middle-market transactions. Matthew Costigan is sought out by public and private companies, private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies for his wealth of experience in the full spectrum of M&A matters; he oversees the practice that is primarily based in Chicago. Oscar David acts for clients from the worlds of manufacturing, private equity, pharma and technology in high-value and middle-market M&A. Matthew Bergmann is a skillful capital markets, M&A and private equity practitioner, while Steven Gavin often counsels on corporate governance issues. As a result of Florida’s tremendous growth in M&A activity and private equity firms, the firm has recently expanded in the jurisdiction. Former co-head Uri Doron and Katie Blaszak are no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Matt Costigan

Other key lawyers:

Oscar David; Allen Miller; Matthew Bergmann; Steve Gavin

Key clients

AAR Corp.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.

American Access Casualty Company

Beam Suntory, Inc.

Chart Industries, Inc.

Citadel Defense Company

Corning Incorporated

Ducommun Incorporated

Dune Acquisition Corp.

Echo Global Logistics, Inc.

FAST Acquisition Corp.

Fathom Digital Manufacturing Corp.

Founder SPAC

Galen Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Holicity Inc.

Kainos Capital, LP

KAR Auction Services, Inc.

Kleinfelder, Inc.

Koppers Holdings, Inc.

LAACO, Ltd.

Miffin Associates Corp.

Molina Healthcare, Inc.

Morningstar, Inc.

Motorola Solutions Inc.

NexPoint Advisors

Quantam FinTech Acquisition Corp.

R1 RCM Inc.

Reyes Holdings, L.L.C.

Sandvik Mining and Construction B.V.

Silva International, Inc.

Skillz, Inc.

SPX Flow, Inc.

SweetWater Brewing Company, Inc.

Thomas Publishing, LLC

TreeHouse Foods, Inc.

USG Corporation

Velocity Acquisition Corp.

Wind Point Partners LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented SPX FLOW in its acquisition by an affiliate of Lone Star Funds.
  • Acted for Allscripts Healthcare Solutions in the sale of its Hospital and Large Physician Practices business segment to Toronto-based Constellation Software, through its wholly owned subsidiary, N. Harris Computer Corporation.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP is particularly well-known for its cartel litigation capabilities, and the team routinely defends executives and corporates in cartel trials and enforcement proceedings. The team has successfully secured favorable outcomes for its clients in a range of high-profile cartel matters, including the broiler chicken, auto parts, and cathode ray tube investigations. The practice is jointly headed by Eva Cole and Jeffrey Kessler, based in the firm’s New York office. Cole is an experienced cartel litigator whose practice principally focuses on international cartel investigations, acting for clients in a wide range of jurisdictions, while Kessler takes the lead on complex antitrust litigations before the Supreme Court. Also in New York is Jeffrey Amato, who advises on multijurisdictional investigations. Chicago-based litigator Jim Herbison has a highly active practice, most notably leading on cases in the broiler chicken sector, while Washington’s Heather Lamberg handles internal investigations as well as counselling on cartel-related compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kessler; Eva Cole

Key clients

Panasonic Corporation

NTN Corporation

Hitachi Metals

Cangrejeros Baseball Club LLC

Corning Inc.; Corning International Kabushiki Kaisha

JTEKT Corporation; JTEKT North America Corporation; Koyo France SA; Koyo Deutschland GmbH

Nippon Seiki

Norman W. Fries, Inc. (d/b/a Claxton Poultry Farms)

Rabobank Cooperative

WestRock CP, LLC; WestRock RKT Co.; and WestRock Co.

Camber Pharmaceuticals

Equifax, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Claxton Poultry Farms in In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, and defended related criminal indictments against Claxton and two executives, securing complete acquittals for both.
  • RepresentedPanasonic Corp. and related entities in the In re CRT Antitrust Litigation, successfully resolving the indirect purchaser class claims via a favorable settlement, which was upheld by the Ninth Circuit and denied Supreme Court review in 2022.

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 2

The team at Winston & Strawn LLP is ‘incredibly effective in their litigation abilities’, providing ‘excellent legal advice and representation’ particularly across the sports and financial sectors. The firm is also well-versed in antitrust matters relating to the tech and food and beverage industries. The team is headed up by New York based attorneys Jeffrey Kessler, who frequently acts as lead counsel in high profile sports and intellectual property antitrust litigation and Eva Cole, whose practice focuses on international cartel investigations and class actions, representing clients in the electronics, sports, retail, and private equity industries. In the firm’s Chicago office is ‘skilled lawyer’ James Herbison who offers significant experience in antitrust litigation involving price fixing and monopolization claims. Heather Lamberg in Washington DC is noted by clients, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in matters concerning predatory pricing, bundling, tying, unfair competition, leveraging as well as monopolization and price fixing claims. New York-based David Greenspan is another name to note. Staci Yablon and Robert Sperling left the firm in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kessler; Eva Cole

Other key lawyers:

James Herbison; Heather Lamberg; Johanna Hudgens; Aldo Badini; Susannah Torpey; David Feher; David Greenspan

Testimonials

‘I have collaborated with Winston & Strawn in class actions for a big auto parts cartel case. The firm provided short and practical explanations and the correct calculations of damages. This was very useful for a client that was unfamiliar with the class action system and allowed for the smooth handling of litigations.’

‘I worked with Heather Lamberg in this firm. She is very smart and understands each aspect of relevant cases. She listened to her clients carefully to provide practical explanations and appropriate legal advice swiftly to our Japanese client.’

‘The Winston & Strawn antitrust team is incredibly effective in their litigation abilities. I am consistently impressed with their ability to provide excellent legal advice and representation, which in part stems from their ability to understand the company’s underlying business very well.’

‘Jeffrey Kessler, Aldo Badini, and Susannah Torpey form a tremendously effective antitrust litigation and counsel team. We are extremely pleased to be going on 4 years working with them.’

‘Winston & Strawn had particularly impressive team collaboration – we appreciated working closely with not only the partners, but also the associate team. By interacting with team members across levels, we developed full confidence that the entire team fully understood the nuances of the business and matter. The team was diverse in several aspects (e.g., race, gender, ethnicity) which was important to our leadership team. We had a great experience with the Winston & Strawn team – everyone was knowledgeable and easy to work with.’

‘We have experience with several law firms and Winston & Strawn has some of the most engaged and dedicated individuals we have worked with to date. The senior partners and associates were all very accessible and focused on comprehensively understanding our business. We appreciated that every interaction was efficient, productive, and professional. We enjoyed working with the entire team and specifically collaborated closely with Heather Lamberg, Jeffrey Kessler, and Johanna Hudgens from Winston & Strawn.’

‘James Herbison from the Winston Chicago office leads the team that services all of our legal business (from IP, to antitrust, to employee benefits etc.). Of all the firms that I have worked with, the group at Winston is at the top in terms of client service and responsiveness all while bringing great substantive expertise to the table.’

‘James Herbison is my key antitrust contact; his litigation background and counseling skills are among the best in North America. Rarely do you find a skilled lawyer who is able to provide top notch counseling skills with an actually strong trial background.’

Key clients

Avanci, LLC and Avanci Platform Int’l Ltd.

Camber Pharmaceuticals

Cangrejeros Baseball Club, LLC

Chicago Parking Meters, LLC

Class of professional swimmers (Shields)

Current and former NCAA athletes and an alleged (not certified) class of athletes Claxton Poultry

Delta Dental Insurance Company and affiliates

Discover Financial Services

Englewood Healthcare Foundation

Equifax, Inc.

Harmoni Spice Co. Ltd.

JTEKT Corporation

KAR Auction Services Inc. (Adesa, Inc.)

KSA Lighting & Controls, Inc.

Metaswitch Networks

Motorola Solutions

National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)

National Pork Producers Council

North American Soccer League (NASL)

NorthShore University HealthSystem

NTN Corporation

Nuveen, LLC

Panasonic Corporation and related entities

Rabobank

Relevent Sports Group

Former CEO of DaVita

TreeHouse Foods

WestRock Corporation

Zillow Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Avanci in securing Fifth Circuit affirmation of a motion to dismiss  in a closely followed antitrust action brought by plaintiff Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., alleging that the licensing practices of SEP licensor Avanci and co-defendant SEP owners violated sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act, among other causes of action.
  • Represented Chicago Parking Meters LLC in successfully dismissing an antitrust action claiming that its 75-year-long, US$1.15b concession agreement to operate Chicago’s on-street parking meters constituted exclusive dealing and a monopoly in violation of the Sherman Act.
  • Secured partial dismissal for KSA Lighting & Controls of plaintiff, Force Partners’ claims which included an alleged exclusive-sales agreement conspiracy to drive competitors out of the Chicago-area lighting products market.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Winston & Strawn LLP continues to be a first point of contact for high-profile corporations and their senior executives, who often turn to the firm in matters of cross-border investigations and regulatory defense. New York’s Suzanne Jaffe Bloom acts as global co-chair of the group together with Abbe Lowell, who is active in both the New York and Washington DC office. Jack Knight in Charlotte as well as Chicago-based Steven Grimes are further key contacts and have both previously served as Assistant US Attorneys. Dan Webb, also in Chicago, is noted for his in-depth trial experience which spans civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases. Hailed as ‘a legal rock star’, Jeffrey Steinfeld is based in Los Angeles and sought out by clients for his know-how in criminal insider trading and securities fraud. Another noteworthy Los Angeles-based practitioner is Angela Machala, who advises corporate and individual clients on investigations and regulatory enforcement actions, and represents them in state and federal litigation. In San Francisco, Pamela Davis is rated for her know-how relating to FCPA and anti-corruption matters.  

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Jaffe Bloom; Abbe Lowell; Angela Machala; Jack Knight; Steven Grimes

Testimonials

‘The WS team has consistently provided me with the highest possible quality representation throughout the entirety of the period that they have represented me.’

‘Simply stated, Jeffrey Steinfeld’s ability to listen carefully and work closely with his clients to provide keen problem-solving advice in high pressure situations reflects a maturity one would typically expect from attorneys much older than him.’

‘I cannot recommend Jeffrey Steinfeld and his team highly enough to anyone seeking criminal or civil counsel.’

‘Jeffrey Steinfeld is a legal rock star, and anyone seeking serious counsel who is extremely capable in a wide variety of contexts would do well to retain his services.’

‘The firm has a good team of lawyers.’

Key clients

Fox News Network LLC

Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco

CMA CGM S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Fox News Network LLC in a litigation brought by Dominion Voting Systems, which is suing Fox News Network, LLC for defamation and US$1.6bn in damages after it aired allegedly false claims about voter fraud following the 2020 election.
  • Representing CMA CGM S.A., and its American subsidiary CMA CGM Americas in defense of plaintiffs’ litigation in Florida under Title III of the Helms Burton Act.
  • Defending Bruce Greene (one of three defendants) in a prosecution brought by the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, alleging misappropriation of government funds, grand theft, conspiracy, money laundering, and criminal conflicts of interest.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP handles a broad range of commercial suits for clients from agriculture, financial services and the media and entertainment industry. The complex commercial litigation practice is co-chaired by Amanda Groves in Los Angeles and Thomas Walsh  in Dallas. In Chicago, Stephen D’Amore and George Lombardi co-chair the litigation department. D’amore focuses his practice on breach-of-contract matters and RICO violations while Lombardi is a patent specialist who recently represented Monsanto in cancer suits relating to a herbicide produced by the multinational.  In Chicago, Dan Webb  is a renowned trial lawyer who was recently retained by Fox as lead trial counsel in a defamation suit brought by Dominion Voting Systems. Houston-based Paula Hinton is an esteemed litigator who recently won a 5th circuit victory for Occidental Petroleum in a suit related to a profit-sharing clause in the Ecuadorian constitution. Also in Houston, Denise Scofield is a business disputes litigator who is currently representing Schlumberger Technology in a broad array of oil and gas disputes. Chicago-based product liability specialist Kimball Anderson is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Groves; Tom Walsh; Stephen D’Amore; George Lombardi

Other key lawyers:

Paula Hinton; Denise Scofield; Kimball Anderson; Kelly Librera

Key clients

ABB Oy

Abbott Laboratories

Advocare

Albertsons Companies

Archer Daniels Midland

Boeing

Chicago Parking Meters

Comcast Corp.

FM Global

Fox Corporation

LifeVantage

Monsanto

Monsanto Company (now Bayer)

Panasonic Corporation

Schlumberger Technology Company and subsidiaries

The J.M. Smucker Co.

Work highlights

  • Representing Fox News Network, LLC as lead trial counsel in a high-profile US$1.6bn defamation litigation brought by Dominion Voting Systems.
  • Representing Abbott Laboratories in product liability lawsuits alleging that cow-milk-based formula products cause a naturally occurring gastrointestinal disorder in premature infants.
  • Representing Schlumberger Technology Company and affiliates in a mass tort groundwater contamination lawsuit at a Superfund site in Midland, Texas.

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

Drawing upon its traditional overarching trial skills, at first instance and appellate level, as well as a growing capability throughout the life cycle of product liability/mass tort mandates, Winston & Strawn LLP is a popular choice for consumer brands seeking robust representation in often high-stakes matters throughout the litigation continuum. Praised for its ‘strategic, practical and technically knowledgeable’ advice, the firm is adept at trying cases throughout the country, including in many plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions, including Florida, a geographical location where the firm, following the opening of its Miami office in May 2022, is now better-positioned to act. The ‘extremely experienced and strategic’ class action expert David Coulson, who joined the firm in May 2022 from Greenberg Traurig LLP, spearheads the litigation efforts from the nascent Miami office and is one of several notable new hires, while New York-based Terrence Dee  is a major fillip for the practice in light of his aptitude and experience of co-ordinating large product liability MDLs and class actions. Chicago-based partners Dan Webb and George Lombardi provide real gravitas to the practice, as a result of their extensive trial experience across a myriad product liability/mass tort matters, the latter who continues to act as trial counsel to Monsanto in its Roundup product liability litigation. San Francisco-based Sandra Edwards chairs the product liability and mass tort practice.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Edwards

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘It is an incredible team of class action/ product liability lawyers who are strategic, practical and technically knowledgeable.’ 

The Winston & Strawn team is a litigation powerhouse, with deep experience, expertise, and knowledge in the substantive areas of law; procedural norms, rules, and practices; judicial protocols and local rules and preferences; and all of the nuts and bolts for handling complex commercial litigation matters, including consumer class actions.’

They are pros and no strangers to the courtroom. They instill confidence in the client, and they are very responsive and respectful.’

‘They are super responsive, cost-effective, perform outstandingly in depositions and in court, communicate clearly and succinctly, and do not have egos to get in the way of advising on what is best for us.’

‘David Coulson is extremely experienced and strategic. He has been the quarterback for our multiple class action suits for almost five years and I attribute our success in defending against the suits to his seasoned advice and strategic excellence. He is highly attuned to anticipating what the plaintiffs counsel may do, and planning how we can react.’

Key clients

Monsanto Company

The J.M. Smucker Company

Abbott Laboratories

Diamond Foods

Albertsons Companies

The Kraft Heinz Company

Champion Petfoods

Motorola Mobility

Glasshape

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 (Johnson), defending against allegations that the herbicide causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • Representing Albertsons Companies, Inc in connection with the defense of a 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: toxic tort Tier 2

Drawing upon a deep bench of litigators, including many prolific first-chair trial lawyers, Winston & Strawn LLP is a popular choice for clients seeking a robust, yet highly strategic defense, against high-stakes toxic tort-related matters. The scope of the work is broad, encompassing mandates in the pharmaceutical space, including as it relates to the opioid MDL and the infant formula litigation; environment and energy, including cases involving the release of hazardous substances and groundwater contamination; and the transportation sector. Spearheaded by Chicago-based George Lombardi and practice chair Sandra Edwards in San Francisco, the firm’s role as trial counsel to Bayer in relation to the legacy Monsanto product Roundup continues to be one of its highest-profile mandates and continues to elicit successes in various jury trials throughout the country. Denise Scofield in Houston has an excellent track record handling environmental and toxic tort disputes involving allegations of groundwater, soil and air contamination; she has particular expertise representing clients in the energy sector where she is able to bring added insight to bear as a result of former in-house role at a global oil and gas company.  

Practice head(s):

Sandra Edwards

Other key lawyers:

George Lombardi; Dan Webb; Denise Scofield; Bryce Cooper; Sarah Krajewski

Key clients

Monsanto Company (now Bayer AG)

Schlumberger Technology Corporation

Abbott Laboratories

Motorola Mobility LLC

Glasshape Manufacturing

Albertsons

Decra Roofing Systems, Inc.

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 Schlumberger Technology Company and affiliates in a mass tort groundwater contamination lawsuit at a Superfund site in Midland, Texas.
  • Representing Schlumberger Technology Corporation in a long-running dispute regarding the failure of multiple subsurface safety valves used in deepwater oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

Finance > Project finance

Winston & Strawn LLP ‘s ‘diligent’  energy & infrastructure group is co-chaired by Latin American transactions specialist Rich Shutran and experienced transactional lawyer Michael Pikiel. The team is especially active on the lender side of major traditional and renewable energy transactions. Pikiel is also co-chair of the firm’s project finance practice group, a role he shares with Alan Hoffman, a resourceful lawyer who is highly experienced in sports facilities financings. Fellow sports specialist Jason Goldsteinn recently provided key support to Hoffman in the firm’s representation of Oak View Group in the renovation of the Climate Pledge Arena. In Los Angeles, Laurae Rossi is a renewables debt transactions expert who is renowned for her ability to handle a prodigious amount of cases. Adding depth to the team’s debt financings expertise is Hao Huang, who is also based in Los Angeles. Further recommended is Miami-based Richard Puttré who chairs the Latin America projects team. All lawyers mentioned are stationed in New York unless otherwise specified.

Practice head(s):

Mike Pikiel; Rich Shutran; Alan Hoffman; Richard Puttré

Other key lawyers:

Laurae Rossi; Jason Goldstein; Jason Hellwig; Patrick Selinger; Dan Shapiro; Hao Huang; Anne Gibbons

Testimonials

‘Winston & Strawn has proven over decades of service to our various executives to be trusted, intelligent, diligent (external) part of our business.’

‘Rich Shutran has helped our companies grow from their formation, through capitalize raise and monetization. He is trusted and respected by our team to–in effect–provide advise as if he were actually one of our executives.’

‘One of the few firms to have such vast experience over P3s in the US.’

‘Mike Pikiel knows the market better than most.’

 

Key clients

Hecate Energy LLC

KeyBank, N.A.

Kiewit Development Company

Sacyr Infrastructure USA LLC

WattBridge Energy (ProEnergy)

Axium Infrastructure

ATB Financial

Barclays Capital, Inc.

DNT Asset Trust (a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase & Co.)

Empire State Thruway Partners LLC

Harrison Street Real Estate, LLC

John Laing Investments Ltd.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association

Kiewit Development Company

Kiewit Meridiam Partners LLC

Mass Ave Housing Partners LLC

Meridiam Infrastructure

National Bank of Canada

Oak View Group

Star America Infrastructure Fund

Work highlights

  • Represented WattBridge Energy with respect to the project financing for a new 288 MW gas-fired electric generation facility in Brazoria County, Texas.
  • Represented the developer in connection with a $1bn+ financing for the renovation of the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.
  • Represented the lenders supporting East Interchange Builders LLC in connection with a project to design, build, and finance the I-285/I-20 East Interchange MMIP.

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s structured finance practice has strength in a number of niche market fields, resulting in the team being a key point of contact for many clients looking for focused, experienced expertise. The group demonstrate expertise in Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) bonds and residential and commercial projects, and also provide counsel to market lending platforms regarding formation, regulatory compliance and portfolio securitization. Furthermore, the practice is extremely knowledgeable of transportation finance issues and assets, including aircraft engines, railroad rolling stock and land-based fleets. Francisco Flores and Chris Gavin, who joined the firm from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in March 2023, co-head the practice from Los Angeles and New York respectively, with the former focusing on automobile leases, commercial and residential mortgages and solar energy receivables, and the latter on CLOs and esoteric asset finance and securitization. Chicago’s Nolan Bolduc is active in matters regarding secured and unsecured credit facilities and works alongside Michael Mullins who regularly counsels alternative asset managers, captive finance companies and hedge funds. Eunice Chay is active on a range of matters from the Los Angeles office, including the firm’s leading PACE financing work.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Flores; Chris Gavin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Expertise in niche, esoteric asset classes. Access and availability of partners.’

Key clients

Affirm, Inc.

Aviation Capital Group

BeachPoint Capital Management

Deutsche Alternative Asset Management

Experity Ventures LLC

ING Capital LLC

Investcorp Credit Management US LLC

KeyBank N.A.

Kuvare Insurance Services LP

Madison Capital Funding

Monroe Capital

Operadora Falcon dba Xepelin

Petros PACE Finance, LLC.

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 2

The team at Winston & Strawn LLP utilizes the bench strength of its global presence to represent entertainment and digital media companies including household name Hasbro, and major corporates in telecoms, financial services, publishing, and beverages involved in high-value infringement litigation. The practice is led by Michael Elkin in New York, who brings expertise to disputes involving the streaming of motion picture, television, and music properties, David Enzminger in Los Angeles, who specializes in technology litigation, and Jennifer Golinveaux in San Francisco, who, along with Elkin, defends internet service providers against secondary liability claims for infringement brought by their subscribers. Erin Ranahan in LA advises music and film clients on a wide range of copyright infringement matters and the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA. Of counsel Robert Vlasis in Washington DC joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in June 2022. Of counsel Ryuk Park in Silicon Valley joined in September 2022 from an in-house position. Partner Paul Salvaty in Los Angeles joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP in March 2022. Recent partner departures include Michael Nutter in August 2022 and Merritt Westcott in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Michael Elkin; Jennifer Golinveaux; David Enzminger

Other key lawyers:

Erin Ranahan; Ryuk Park; Robert Vlasis; Paul Salvaty; Cesie Alvarez; Tom Kearney

Testimonials

‘They are very focused on IP litigation, and have deep resources of contacts on which their clients can rely.’

‘The team including Michael Elkin, Jennifer Golinveaux, Cesie Alvarez and Tom Kearney, have an encyclopedic depth of knowledge of copyright litigation that is simply unsurpassed. The recall of information and case law is simply front of mind for them. And they are each a genuine pleasure with whom to work.’

Key clients

Charter Communications

Bright House Networks LLC

Cloudflare, Inc.

Cox Communications

Bill Graham Archives (dba Wolfgang’s Vault)

Hasbro/Entertainment One

Krafton, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Bright House Networks LLC in a copyright infringement suit filed by the U.S. record companies and music publishers.
  • Represented Bill Graham Archives, owner of an important collection of rock memorabilia and recordings, in a copyright dispute, when the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of class certification.
  • Representing Krafton, Inc., the publisher of the video game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, in its copyright infringement lawsuit against Garena, Apple, Google, and YouTube and in a related arbitration in Singapore.

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

The intellectual property practice at Winston & Strawn LLP acts across patent litigation, regularly representing companies in the tech and pharma sectors, offering patent knowledge covering semiconductor design, consumer electronics, wired and wireless networking, industrial machinery, and telecom standards, among others, supported by a number of key team members with technical degrees. The expertise of the team further lies in handling litigation before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. In line with the increase in ITC and district court proceedings, the practice continues to expand, with the arrival of Barry Shelton and Bradley Coburn from Shelton Coburn in Dallas, Brian Ferguson and Robert Vlasis formerly of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in Washington DC, and Ryuk Park from video-game company Krafton Inc in California. David Enzminger and Nimalka Wickramasakera co-head the practice, operating out of the firm’s Los Angeles office. Chicago-based George Lombardi is vastly experienced in patent trials as a first-chair attorney.

Practice head(s):

David Enzminger; Nimalka Wickramasakera

Key clients

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Contour IP Holdings

Cisco

Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.

MSN Laboratories

Alphatec Holdings

Sunoco / Energy Transfer Partners

Ericsson Inc.

AlixaRx

Magnolia Pictures LLC

Accresa Health

SAP America, Inc.

Teva North America

Olympus Corporation

Abbott Laboratories

Cox Communications

Airbnb

Microsoft Corporation

VMware

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

Associated British Foods

Sandoz

Medtronic

Lupin Limited

Indoco Remedies Limited

Polycom

Work highlights

  • Represented Hikma Pharmaceuticals in a case which onfirms that so-called skinny labeling under the Hatch–Waxman Amendments remains a viable regulatory and litigation strategy for generic-pharmaceutical companies.

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

Winston & Strawn LLP advises various clients on the full spectrum of employee benefits services, encompassing M&A, health and welfare benefit plans and qualified retirement plans, amongst others. Chicago-based joint practice head Joe Adams has a wealth of expertise that includes the drafting and operation of 401k plans and incentive compensation arrangements. Alongside him, Scott Landau, who is active in the firm’s New York office, has a particular focus on acquisitions, divestitures, and restructurings for both private and public clients. Also in New York, David Rogers is a vastly experienced figure within the team and remains highly active.

Practice head(s):

Joe Adams; Scott Landau

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Providing day-to-day fiduciary advice for the Association in its oversight of pension and 401(k) plans with approximately $13bn in assets.
  • Represented Danfoss in its acquisition of Eaton’s Hydraulics business for a cash purchase price of $3.3bn USD. Eaton’s Hydraulics business provides products for customers in markets such as agriculture and construction, and in industrial market segments.
  • Advised ERIC and a consortium of large companies regarding student loan debt and retirement plans, including organizing meetings with the Department of Treasury and IRS officials and in meeting with the Senate Finance Committee regarding pending legislation.

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

Winston & Strawn LLP handles litigious advertising matters across a broad spectrum of sectors, though it is particularly well-regarded for its expertise in the food and beverage industry, with the team regularly acting in consumer class action cases relating to mislabeling, false advertising, and failure to properly disclose ingredients. Ronald Rothstein chairs the practice from Chicago, and has significant experience advising on false advertising, trademark, and domain name cases in federal courts across the US. In Los Angeles, Amanda Groves co-chairs the firm’s complex commercial litigation group and is noted for her expertise in labeling and advertising disputes, with particular expertise in the food and beverage space, while Gayle Jenkins chairs the class actions practice; Shawn Obi was recently promoted to partner and has experience handling consumer protection class actions in the financial services sector. Dan Blouin has particular experience defending false advertising class actions, while associate Sean Suber is also noted for his experience in advertising and commercial litigation, both of whom are based in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Ron Rothstein; Amanda Groves; Gayle Jenkins

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

7-Eleven

Abbott

Albertsons Companies

Associated British Foods

Central Garden & Pet

Heineken USA

Hertz

The J.M. Smucker Company

The Kraft Heinz Company

Lancaster Colony Corporation

T. Marzetti Company

Monsanto

Sun-Maid Growers of California

Tropicale Foods

Work highlights

  • Represented The Kraft Heinz Company in three false advertising class actions alleging that Kraft misled consumers about its Bagel Bites Pizza Snacks by failing to include a disclosure on the label that the product is made with supposed imitation mozzarella cheese.
  • Representing Albertsons Companies, Inc., Safeway Inc., and Lucerne Foods, Inc. d/b/a O Organics, in connection with the defense of a private attorney general action alleging that two of its baby food products contain excessive levels of heavy metals, and that the product packaging is misleading.
  • Representing a national convenience store operator in a putative class action in which the plaintiff asserts various claims commonly referred to as ‘greenwashing’.

Transport > Shipping: litigation and regulation Tier 2

Recognized as one of the best maritime law firms in the sector‘, Winston & Strawn LLP‘s full-service Washington DC-based practice is widely respected for its ability to handle maritime issues involving US government policy, legislation, regulations, enforcement work, transactions, and litigation. Its specialisms cover acting for port authorities and marine terminal operators in a range of disputes before the Federal Maritime Commission. Clients notably benefit from the group’s ability to leverage its colleagues’ expertise in both the US and Europe for cross-border matters, and the department also routinely works alongside members from the firm’s appellate, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, global trade, and labor and employment practices. The recent track record of maritime and admiralty practice chair Charlie Papavizas includes high-stakes maritime regulatory and litigation work; Papavizas is also experienced in representing maritime clients before federal agencies, such as the US Coast Guard, the US Maritime Administration, and the US Congress. Bryant Gardner's expertise includes maritime government contract negotiations and disputes, Shipping Act and Federal Maritime Commission litigation, and Jones Act compliance work.

Practice head(s):

Charlie Papavizas

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is very professional and proficient in all aspects of maritime law, and has earned the respect of the industry while being recognized as one of the best maritime law firms in the sector.

Comprehensive solutions to complex situations. Great breadth and depth of skills.

Personable, thorough, accurate, knowledgeable, and demonstrates strong professional and personal values.

Charlie Papavizas is an excellent maritime lawyer who is also a structuring expert and well known in the industry.

Key clients

Caladan Oceanic

Government of US Virgin Islands

Prysmian Cables and Systems USA

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services

Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile

American Cruise Lines

Heung-A-Shipping Co

Liberty Maritime Corporation

Neptune Lines Shipping and Managing Enterprises

Work highlights

  • Representing Prysmian Cables and Systems USA in their compliance with US cabotage requirements.
  • Providing litigation defense services to global shipping company ZIM.
  • Representing Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile in charterparty and supply contract disputes.

Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP handles an array of disputes with an international component, with a focus on white collar and regulatory investigations and  numerous DOJ matters. Co-chair of the white collar, regulatory defense and investigations practice, Abbe Lowell, who is based in Washington DC, has represented several key clients including the Kingdom of Morocco, in relation to both criminal and regulatory investigations. The firm is co-chaired by Jeffrey Kessler and Dan Webb, based in New York and Chicago respectively. Webb is chief trial counsel defending Boeing against numerous product liability cases and Kessler is predominantly active in antitrust and cartel matters, as well as cross-border sports law issues. San Francisco’s Pamela Davis has led numerous FCPA and global investigations for multinational clients in white collar and regulatory defense cases. Marcelo Blackburn, based in New York, is a key contact in Latin American transnational disputes and Christopher Man, in Washington DC, is experienced in international white-collar defense along with Mariana Pendás.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kessler; Dan Webb; Abbe Lowell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm provides very high quality advice, are incredibly responsive and are able to provide very concise, commercially oriented advice.’

‘I’ve worked with Winston & Strawn on very complex sport mandates. They have the best knowledge on the US sports legal market, are extremely skilled at settlements and able to understand very quickly the commercial as well as the legal aspects of any matter. They are very fast to respond and super reliable. You feel like you are in the best possible hands.’

‘The firm has good team of lawyers that speak Spanish fluently and support my company in international litigation cases.’

Key clients

Boeing

CMA CGM S.A.

Corning, Inc.

CPB Contractors Pty Limited

Hitachi Metals

JTEKT

Kingdom of Morocco

Nippon Seiki

NTN Corporation

Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Occidental Exploration and Production Company

Panasonic Corp.

Former U.N. Ambassador to Venezuela, former Minister of Energy for Venezuela, and former head of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA)

Carlos Marcelino Bellosta Pallares

Zaklady Farmaceutyczne Polpharma S.A. (Polpharma)

Work highlights

  • Represented Occidental in a case where former Ecuadorian Occidental Petroleum employees claimed entitlement to 15% of a $979m arbitration award obtained against Ecuador under an Ecuadorian Constitution provision requiring profit sharing with a company’s employees each tax year.
  • Secured a dismissal with prejudice on behalf of American Airlines against allegations that it violated the Helms-Burton Act (HBA) by trafficking in the Jose Marti International Airport, Cuba’s main airport, which plaintiff’s father owned before the Castro revolution, including on the grounds that plaintiff was not a U.S. citizen at the time he acquired the airport, as required by the HBA.
  • Represented former Venequip executive Carlos Marcelino Bellosta Pallares in DOJ’s investigation into an alleged kickback and bribery scheme involving Venequip and Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA).

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s securities litigation practice has a significant cadre of lawyers who handle deal-related cases, including major trials in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Practice head James Smith in New York is ‘a titan in this space and has practised at the top of this field for decades‘. Clients also note that chair of firm’s Los Angeles litigation practice John Schreiber ‘ has great presence and judgement, plus wonderful writing, presentation and client-management skills‘. The firm is heavily involved in SPAC-related cases and Matthew DiRisio in New York, who is ‘a strong performer and can write with the best of them‘, is active in Delaware cases in this space. Chicago-based William O’Neill is ‘best-in-class in terms of business partnership, communication and service‘.

Practice head(s):

James Smith

Other key lawyers:

William O’Neill; John Schreiber: Matthew DiRisio; Gretchen Scavo; Tyler Richards

Testimonials

‘Winston is growing its practice in this space and is well-positioned to capture more market share by marketing great quality at cost-competitive prices’

‘Jim Smith is a titan in this space and has practiced at the top of this field for decades. John Schreiber has great presence and judgment, plus wonderful writing, presentation and client-management skills. Expect great things from him over the next few years. Matthew DiRisio is a strong performer and can write with the best of them.’

‘Bill O’Neill and his team understand M&A in great detail and are able to apply that understanding to masterful litigation skills and strategies.’

‘We could not have hoped for a more skilled group than Bill O’Neill and his team, including Gretchen Scavo, Kelly Ellis and Tyler Richards. Their client-service is top notch. Their briefs were well-written and well-written: persuasive, detailed and delivered in time to allow for meaningful client review. Most importantly, Bill and his team are trusted advisors that give advice rather than just blindly agreeing to client suggestions.’

‘Deep personal commitment to the project; highly engaged with the deal team so there was no lost momentum from the deal. Understood the mission and the market.’

‘Bill O’Neil is best-in-class in terms of business partnership, communication and service. Highly recommended.’

Key clients

Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P.

CareerBuilder, LLC

Cox Communications, Inc.

Directors of Emisphere Technologies, Inc.

Directors of Momentus, Inc.

Echo Global Logistics, Inc.

Fathom Digital Manufacturing Corp.

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

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

Pendrell Corporation

Quantum FinTech Acquisition Corp.

Shore Capital Partners

SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners

Wind Point Partners

Work highlights

  • In the latest iteration of so-called “deSPAC litigation” in Delaware courts, representing Pendrell Corporation in a stockholder class action in the Delaware Court of Chancery challenging a $2.1bn business combination between Holicity, Inc. – a SPAC that was sponsored by a Pendrell subsidiary – and Astra Space, Inc.
  • Representing Cantor Fitzgerald and various affiliates, officers and directors in a securities class action in the Northern District of California arising out of the $1.6bn deSPAC merger between CF Finance Acquisition Corp. II and View, Inc., precipitated by a post-deSPAC financial restatement by View and an associated audit committee investigation.
  • Successfully represented Cox Communications in an appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court from an adverse post-trial judgment in an action against T-Mobile relating to Cox’s effort to launch a mobile services platform partnership with Verizon.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

With strong core product liability expertise and also able to provide enhanced resources by virtue of its accomplished commercial litigation team, Winston & Strawn LLP has the strength-in-depth to handle large-scale MDLs and class actions for life sciences clients throughout the litigation process. The firm has a successful record both at first instance and at an appellate level, an approach that has elicited excellent results at an early stage through effective dispositive motions and in trials before juries. Although he is best-known for his work on patent-related disputes, esteemed trial lawyer George Lombardi has also had numerous victories in jury trials in product liability matters, as has San Francisco-based team head Sandra Edwards .

Practice head(s):

Sandra Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tauber; Matthew Campbell; George Lombardi; Christopher Essig; Scott Ahmad; Matt Saxon; Bryce Cooper; Sharon Desh; Rand Brothers; Reid Smith; Francie Berger

Key clients

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical

Abbott Laboratories

Monsanto Company

Albertsons Companies

Work highlights

  • Representing Abbott Laboratories in a series of more than 36 product liability lawsuits, filed by over 100 plaintiffs and spanning more than ten jurisdictions, 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–totaling more than 700 separate cases, which includes a sprawling multi-district proceeding consolidated in Ohio federal court and various state court actions, and are active in joint defence groups for In re National Prescriptions Opiate litigation.
  • Representing OAPI and OPC in an MDL in the Northern District of Florida and various state court actions, involving allegations by more than 4,000 plaintiffs that Abilify®, an atypical antipsychotic medication, causes impulse-control disorders.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP is ‘highly skilled in securities litigation, with strong brief writing and client counselling skills’, best known for representing companies in parallel or civil proceedings following governmental investigations, qui tam lawsuits, and other corporate trauma matters in heavily regulated sectors, such as healthcare and financial services. It also has a strong track record in challenging class certification in securities class actions, which is historically a challenging process. James Smith leads the securities litigation practice and ‘instills confidence – he can be put before senior management and board with confidence they will be impressed’. Key partner Matthew DiRisio provides ‘accurate, practical advice delivered in a timely, efficient manner’. Smith is currently representing global medical technology company Becton, Dickinson and Company in a securities fraud class action alleging that the company made material misrepresentations and omissions surrounding the regulatory status of its Alaris infusion pump.

Practice head(s):

James Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great communication and depth of knowledge.’

‘Highly skilled in securities litigation, with strong brief writing and client counselling skills.’

‘Easy to speak with and responsive.’

‘Hardworking, intelligent group of lawyers. Depth of resources is a big differentiator for them.’

‘James Smith instills confidence – he can be put before senior management and board with confidence they will be impressed.’

‘Matthew DiRisio provides accurate, practical advice delivered in a timely, efficient manner.’

‘The team was prompt in responding to our inquiries and assisting in the requested matters. They also had strong knowledge of the issues at hand and even had institutional knowledge of some of the plaintiffs active in the space that we were interfacing with.’

‘Matthew DiRisio was particularly helpful on Section 16 matters – he was clearly very familiar with the matters at issue and provided quick and prompt advice in how to deal with them and assistance in preparing necessary responses based on his research and knowledge.’

Key clients

Becton, Dickinson and Company

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

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 (“CRO”) and Former Interim-CEO and Director

Pendrell Corp. and certain executives incl. its founder & Chairman

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (“SMIC”)

Quantum FinTech

Work highlights

  • Representing Cantor Fitzgerald and various affiliates, officers and directors in a securities class action in the Northern District of California related to the $1.6B de-SPAC merger between CF Finance Acquisition Corp. II and View, Inc. The action arises out of a post-de-SPAC financial restatement by View and associated audit committee investigation.
  • Scored a complete victory for Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC) and several of its current and former officers and directors, securing a pleadings-stage dismissal with prejudice of all claims in a federal securities fraud class action in the Southern District of New York arising from MIC’s 2017 financial results and dividend guidance for 2018, which caused a more than $2B drop in MIC’s market capitalization in a couple of hours.
  • Secured a major victory for Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC)—China’s largest chipmaker—when the Central District of California granted SMIC’s motion to dismiss, with prejudice, a high-profile consolidated federal securities class action stemming from SMIC’s late-2020 “blacklisting” by the Trump Administration in its entirety and without leave to amend.

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

Operating across the entire oil and gas value chain, Winston & Strawn LLP has a strong focus on the midstream markets and advises on financings and commercial agreements concerning gathering, transportation and marketing. Praised for its ‘world-class commercial acumen’, other key areas of expertise include transactions involving interstate pipelines, crude oil gathering and LNG projects, in addition to handling mandates arising out of the oilfield services market. In the Houston office, Mike Blankenship, who focuses on corporate finance and securities law matters, co-chairs the energy and infrastructure industry group alongside New York-based Mike Pikiel and Rich Shutran. The Houston office is also home to Isaac Griesbaum, who specializes in upstream and midstream oil and gas mandates, and Chris Ferazzi, who handles M&A and private equity work for exploration and oilfield services clients. Rodney Moore and Samuel Peca joined the Dallas office from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Mike Blankenship; Mike Pikiel; Rich Shutran

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘World-class commercial acumen.’

Key clients

Arch Energy Partners

EnCap Flatrock Midstream

National Oilwell Varco, Inc.

Nauticus Robotics

Nexus Circular LLC

NGL Energy Partners LP

NOW Inc.

PER Manager, LLC

PetroAlpha Energy LLC

Ranger Energy Services, Inc.

SandRidge Energy, Inc.

Samchully Asset Management Co., Ltd

Schlumberger Ltd.

Targa Resources Partners

WaterBridge Resources LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Targa Resources Corp. (NYSE: TRGP) in the acquisition of Southcross Energy Operating LLC and its subsidiaries in South Texas for $200 million.
  • Represented WaterBridge in a long-term agreement with Texas Pacific Land Corporation (TPL) focused on sustainable oil and gas development and water management solutions on over 64,000 acres in the core of the Delaware Basin.
  • Represented Nauticus Robotics, Inc. in connection with a business combination with CleanTech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: CLAQ), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

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

The team at Winston & Strawn LLP is noted for its ability to ‘think outside the box to develop practical and actionable solutions’ for clients’ trade secrets issues, with a combination of intellectual property, labour, and litigation expertise noted across the team. The team handles high-value work, a noteworthy example being the $100m victory for Versata Software Inc. against Ford Motor Company wherein it was ruled trade secrets had been misappropriated. Los Angeles-based David Enzminger , Houston-based Sheryl Falk , and Steven Grimes , who is based in Chicago, are at the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Enzminger; Sheryl Falk; Steven Grimes

Testimonials

‘The team understands the value, protective expectations and requirements, as well as the investigative steps and methodologies around trade secrets and intellectual property.’

‘Partners are well-versed in legal requirements and think outside the box to develop practical and actionable solutions to issues.’

Key clients

Versata Software, Inc.

EasyShip, Inc.

SSI (US), Inc. d/b/a Spencer Stuart

Work highlights

  • Secured a significant trial victory for Versata Software against the Ford Motor Company in a trade secrets case.
  • Secured a favorable settlement for EasyShip, Inc. in a breach of contract action filed by plaintiff IPS Logistix, LLC regarding EasyShip’s use of a certain warehouse management system software.
  • Representing Spencer Stuart in a lawsuit against Korn Ferry and a senior Korn Ferry executive, alleging that Korn Ferry unlawfully raided one of Spencer Stuart’s offices of its trade secrets, clients, and employees.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP is highly specialized in handling complex M&A, qualified retirement plans and Title I investment advice for domestic and global clients. The firm demonstrates substantial expertise in the private equity space, consistently attracting major players such as Court Square Capital Partners and Veritas Capital. Chicago-based Joe Adams co-chairs the team, advising corporations on the drafting and operation of 401(k) and profit-sharing plans, while the other co-chair, Scott Landau, represents private equity firms and public companies in divestitures and restructurings from the New York office. Jennifer Stadler is also in New York, focusing on the design and implementation of equity and incentive compensation plans, while Chicago-based Amy Gordon supports clients on their self-funded and insured health plans. Maria Kenny handles executive employment agreements and welfare benefit plans from New York. Bill Merten retired from the firm in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Joe Adams; Scott Landau

Other key lawyers:

Amy Gordon; Susan Nash; David Rogers; Jennifer Stadler; Steve Flores; Anne Becker; Maria Kenny; Caitlin Baranowski

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Argand Partners

AECOM

Brookfield Asset Management

Court Square Capital Partners

Danfoss

Eos Partners

GenNx360 Capital Partners

Hudson Hill Capital

The Jordan Company

Lear Corporation

Meredith Corporation

Northern Trust

Restaurant Brands International

Revelstoke Capital Partners

TreeHouse Foods

Thomas Publishing Company

Veritas Capital

Vistria Group, LP

Water Street Healthcare Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Danfoss in its acquisition of Eaton’s Hydraulics business for a cash purchase price of $3.3 billion.
  • Advised a consortium of large companies regarding student loan debt and retirement plans, including organizing meetings with the Department of Treasury and IRS officials and in meeting with the Senate Finance Committee regarding pending legislation.

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

Integrated into the firm’s wider capital markets practice group, the team at Winston & Strawn LLP is jointly led by capital markets and corporate governance expert Charlie Haag and Bryan Goolsby  who dedicates a vast proportion of his practice to the representation of public and private REITs. Under the pair’s stewardship, the team acts on behalf of real estate operating companies, including private, non-listed and public REITs, alongside business development companies, on a diverse range of mandates including initial and follow-on public offerings of equity and debt securities, stock exchange compliance, corporate governance, tax structuring and UPREIT and DownREIT structures, among other issues. Key partner Kenneth Betts and Chicago-based real estate practice chair Andrew White are other important points of contact within the team. All lawyers mentioned are in Dallas unless otherwise specified.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Goolsby; Charlie Haag

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cypress REIT

Federal Realty

NETSTREIT

NexPoint Advisors

NexPoint Hospitality Trust

Plymouth Industrial REIT

R&R REIT

Spirit Realty Capital

Ventas

VineBrook Homes Trust

NexPoint Residential Trust

NexPoint Real Estate Finance

Work highlights

  • Represented VineBrook Homes Trust, Inc. in connection with its Form 10 to register shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share.
  • Represented NexPoint Real Estate Finance in connection with its Form S-3 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission using a “shelf” registration process allowing NREF to offer to sell up to an aggregate of $500,000,000 of common stock, preferred stock, warrants and debt securities in one or more primary offerings. T
  • Represented NexPoint Diversified Real Estate Trust in connection with the deregistration of NXDT under section 8(f) of the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP represents clients in the full spectrum of tax controversy, with experience acting at all levels, from trials in the tax courts and district courts, to the US Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court. The team is led by civil and criminal tax enforcement expert and Susan Seabrook, who covers global tax controversy. Mastracchio works from Washington DC and New York, whereas Seabrook is based solely in DC. Other key names in DC include associate Karl Kurzatkowski, formerly of insurance company Allied World, and associate Zachary Weit, who was previously a judicial law clerk to a Judge of the US Tax Court.

Practice head(s):

James Mastracchio; Susan Seabrook

Other key lawyers:

Zach Weit; Karl Kurzatkowski

Key clients

Norwich Commercial Group, Inc.

Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands

Work highlights

  • Representing an individual in connection with a tax dispute in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained 100% IRS concession for our client, a global insurance company, in connection with IRS proposed adjustments to cross-border transaction exceeding $600,000,000.
  • Representing our client, Norwich Commercial Group, Inc., in connection with U.S. Tax Court litigation adverse to the Commissioner of the IRS.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

Transport > Aviation and air travel: finance Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s New York-based aviation finance team consistently acts for highly active finance and leasing companies on substantial capital markets, finance and restructuring work. Several of the group’s matters involve team members from both the firm’s US and European offices, and its advice covers aviation-secured loans and leases, from origination stages to bankruptcy, restructuring and enforcement phases. It also assists with complex asset and portfolio transactions and capital markets-structured financings. Clients additionally benefit from the team’s expertise in the regulatory aspects of transactions, as well as high-stakes aviation finance-related disputes. The practice is co-led by leasing, lending, structured finance, private equity and fund formation expert Peter Morgan and London-based transportation finance specialist Mark Moody. The group is further supported by fellow partners David Gillespie, Carrie Hardman and David Neier, along with Washington DC’s Cari Stinebower.

Practice head(s):

Mark Moody; Peter Morgan

Key clients

Aviation Capital Group

BNP Paribas

UK Export Finance

Euler Hermes Aktiengesellschaft

Bpifrance Assurance Export

Pratt & Whitney

Fore Machine

Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s transportation practice has a strong track record in representing railroads and rail equipment suppliers. Its expertise covers assisting rail companies with securing various easements, permits and rights of way. The group also has significant relationships with major automobile manufacturers, including Toyota Motor Corporation and General Motors Company, as well as several electric vehicle manufacturers, and trucking, transportation logistics and vehicle rental companies. In Washington DC, appellate partner Andrew Tauber is a highly rated authority on pre-emption matters, and his railroad sector experience includes litigating cases under the industry’s relevant statutes. Over in Chicago, Bill O’Neil‘s experience includes handling numerous major cases for Hertz Corporation, and of counsel Matthew Poplawski assists with the e-discovery aspects of commercial litigation, multi-district product liability disputes, and regulatory investigations. Brett Johnson leads the firm’s Dallas litigation practice.

Key clients

CSX Transportation

Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad

Patriot Rail Company

FreightCar America

Toyota Motor Corporation

General Motors Company

Lordstown Motors Corp

Atlis Motor Vehicles

Hub Group

Echo Global Logistics

Hertz Global Holdings

Patton Logistics

Pasha Automotive Services

Work highlights

  • Won an important appeal for CSX before the Ohio Supreme Court, challenging an Ohio statute that prohibits trains from blocking grade crossings for more than five minutes.
  • Won a motion for rehearing and summary judgment for defendant Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, which related to the plaintiff’s negligence per se claim under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act.
  • Secured a $100m+ jury verdict for Versata Software against Ford Motor company for breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Transport > Shipping: finance Tier 3

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

Winston & Strawn LLP’s appellate practice is closely allied with its trial group, and its key partners are involved in cases in both spheres. Over the past year, the team secured several wins in state and federal courts of appeal. Most notably, it successfully represented Schlumberger when the Fifth Circuit affirmed a zero-recovery judgment in a $250m breach of contract dispute brought by Hess Corporation; Chicago-based department head Linda Coberly argued the appeal, while Houston-based counsel Brandon Duke took a lead role in the briefing. The group also includes Washington DC-based preemption specialist Andrew Tauber and IP-focused Brian Ferguson, who recently joined in Washington DC from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Practice head(s):

Linda Coberly

Key clients

Schlumberger Technology Company

Occidental Petroleum

Bill Graham Archives

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

Avanci, LLC

Kroll, LLC

Panasonic Holding Corporation

CSX Transportation

Champion Petfoods USA Inc.

Work highlights

  • Secured a win for Schlumberger when the Fifth Circuit affirmed a zero-recovery judgment in a $250m breach of contract dispute brought by Hess Corporation.
  • Secured a reversal of copyright class certification in the Ninth Circuit for Bill Graham Archives, in a copyright dispute brought by two separate classes of performers and composers.
  • Scored a victory in the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of CSX Transportation, which reversed a decision of the state’s intermediate appellate court.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s international arbitration practice is valued by clients for its ‘excellent substantive lawyers, who are also top-level case managers‘. In a significant development, the group boosted its Latin America expertise with the 2022 hire of Gustavo Membiela, who joined the firm’s nascent Miami office from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. The extensive national group also benefits from its ability to lean on international platforms in London and Paris to handle multi-jurisdictional matters in venues across Asia, Europe and Africa. In Chicago, Ricardo Ugarte brings to bear over thirty years of experience in handling commercial and investment arbitrations. In Houston, associate Imad Khanalways brings innovative solutions to the table‘.

Practice head(s):

Michael Stepek

Testimonials

‘The Winston team is full of quality, such that you get excellent substantive lawyers, who are also top-level case managers. Always a winning combination in arbitration.’

‘Ricardo Ugarte in Chicago is an excellent senior manager, with huge experience and great judgment.’

‘Gustavo Membiela is an extraordinary, calm litigator and mediator, which is exactly what you need in these type of situations. The team’s colleagues specializing in marine law were extremely helpful for the specific strategy we took.’

‘Associate Imad Khan is a great attorney, who always brings innovative solutions to the table. His knowledge and experience in international dispute resolution is outstanding.’

‘They are quite competent in the practice of arbitration and in the respective hearings.’

‘Ricardo Ugarte is an excellent lawyer due to his knowledge and practical skills.’

Key clients

Dominion Minerals Corp.

Banco San Juan Internacional

Work highlights

  • Representing Dominion Minerals Corp in claims brought under the US-Panama BIT concerning Dominion’s investment in a copper and gold concession in western Panama.
  • Representing Banco San Juan Internacional in connection with a UK judgment enforcement action against Petróleos de Venezuela.

Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP’s Houston-based oil and gas litigation practice is routinely involved in high-stakes litigation for prominent clients, such as BP and Occidental Petroleum. The fully-integrated team is well-placed to leverage the expertise of the firm's M&A, finance and tax departments, to advise on a wide range of energy mandates. Hugh Tanner chairs the firm’s litigation practice, regularly appearing in mediations, arbitrations and disputes in the energy sector, while Paula Hinton is often involved in bet-the-company commercial litigation in the oil and gas industry. Denise Scofield runs the litigation practice in Houston, handling business disputes and conducting internal investigations, as well as acting as counsel to clients in cases concerning crisis management.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Tanner; Mike Blankenship; Rich Shutran; Mike Pikiel

Other key lawyers:

Paula Hinton; Denise Scofield; Walter Berger; Michael Murphy; Brandon Duke; Katherine Preston

Key clients

Banco San Juan International, Inc. (BSJI)

BP America Inc.

Brigade Energy Services

Cameron International Corporation

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

NGL Energy Partners

Occidental Petroleum

Schlumberger Limited

Schlumberger Technology Corporation

Seminole Electric Cooperative

Smith International

Work highlights

  • Successful in appellate and trial court victories for Schlumberger before the Fifth Circuit and the Southern District of Texas in a long-running breach of contract dispute.
  • Represented Aspen Midstream in multiple commercial litigation matters in 2022 arising from Aspen’s construction projects throughout the state of Texas. These include disputes with contractors and landowners arising from pipeline and gas treatment facility projects in Texas.
  • Won dismissal for Occidental Petroleum on an appeal stemming from arbitration with the government of Ecuador.

Energy > Energy transactions: electric power Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP has a focus on M&A with experience in fields ranging from electric generation, transmission, distribution and fuel supply. Rich Shutran is a partner in New York and is experienced in M&A transactions alongside finance and development work for clients including major developers and owners; he is based alongside Mike Pikiel handles transactions for clients in a range of projects, including project financings and acquisition financings, and Jonathan Birenbaum  who has represented both strategic and financial participants in complex transactions involving structures and assets. Amanda Sewell, based in Washington DC, is a name to watch for her focus on renewable energy and Latin America on M&A, finance, securities law compliance and capital markets.

Practice head(s):

Rich Shutran; Mike Pikiel; Mike Blankenship

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Birenbaum; Jason Lewis; Tom Millar; Amanda Sewell

Key clients

AxInfra US LP

Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP

Capital Power Corporation

Hecate Energy, LLC

Homer City Holdings, LLC

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

Manulife Infrastructure II Holdings A, L.P.

WattBridge Energy (ProEnergy)

Work highlights

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP’s environmental law team is well versed in enforcement, compliance, and litigation and has a strong track record in air, water, and hazardous waste matters. The firm handles civil and criminal enforcement proceedings, Superfund cases and toxic tort claims and the team is led by Washington DC’s Jonathan Brightbill and Chicago’s Eleni Kouimelis. Brightbill is a veteran trial and appellate attorney and held a high position in the environmental department of the DoJ before joining the firm; he is experienced in in government enforcement actions and investigations, and regulatory challenges, while Kouimelis is an EPA alumna with considerable knowledge of environmental policy.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Brightbill; Eleni Kouimelis

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Sebor

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Brighbill’s experience as Acting Asst. Atty General for the Energy and Natural Resources Division provides unsurpassed experience litigating the nuanced claims involving federal environmental regulation.’

‘The team of Winston Strawn lawyers Jonathan Brighbill is able to call upon provide a depth and breadth of experience to handle the most complicated and far-reaching matters for industry.’

‘Jonathan Brighbill brings to strategic decisions an understanding of the nuances of federal environmental regulations and the Administrative Procedure Act, along with outstanding judgment.’

‘While outcomes of litigation are never certain, there is confidence that we are persuasively making the best arguments.’

Key clients

Schlumberger

Golden Pass LNG Terminal LLC

PETA

Monsanto Company

U.S. Chamber Litigation Center

Abbott Laboratories

Work highlights

  • Scored a second appellate win for Schlumberger Technology Corporation when the Texas Eleventh Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of all claims against Schlumberger in a significant and long-running environmental dispute against the company.
  • 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.
  • Advised PETA on an action in federal court asserting violations of the Endangered Species Act and state law against Waccatee Zoo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Winston & Strawn LLP has maintained its presence in investment grade and high-yield debt, convertible debt and other hybrid securities. It has a particularly strong record as underwriters’ counsel. Real estate, technology, industrials, media, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, financial services, energy, and food and beverages are key sectors of focus for the capital markets team. It has extensive experience in debt tender and exchange offers. Carol Anne Huff co-chairs the capital markets group from Chicago, alongside David Sakowitz in New York. Chicago partner Cab Morris is also an active member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Carol Anne Huff; David Sakowitz

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BNP Paribas

BofA Securities

CIBC Capital Markets

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

FAGE International S.A.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Morgan Stanley

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities

Lear Corporation

Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A.

Groupon, Inc.

NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc.

Exelon Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented the joint active book-runners in the private placement by Fells Point Funding Trust of $1bn in pre-capitalized trust securities.
  • Represented the joint book-running managers in the private placement of $2bn of notes by Exelon Corporation.
  • Represented Motorola Solutions in the registered public offering of $600m of senior notes due 2032.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Winston & Strawn LLP’s practice is founded on a variety of equity offerings, from IPOs to spin-offs, carve-outs and SPAC transactions. In recent years, the firm has landed a series of major SPAC deals, including IPOs and business combinations. In 2022, it advised the placement agents on Allwyn Entertainment’s business combination with Cohn Robbins Holdings Corp and represented the placement agents in ProKidney’s business combination with Social Capital Suvretta Holdings Corp. Chicago partner Carol Anne Huff co-heads the capital markets group alongside David Sakowitz in New York. Both are major figures in SPACs, as is the high-profile Mike Blankenship in Houston and New York partner Jason Osborn.

Practice head(s):

Carol Anne Huff; David Sakowitz

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Rubicon Technologies, Inc.

Fathom Digital Manufacturing Corporation (NYSE: FATH)

Quantum FinTech Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: QFTA)

Terra Carta Partners, LLC

Nauticus Robotics, Inc.

Dune Acquisition Corporation (Nasdaq: DUNE)

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Benson Hill, Inc.

Battery Future Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: BFAC)

BofA Securities

Project Energy Reimagined Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: PEGR)

TKB Critical Technologies 1 (Nasdaq: USCT)

Jefferies & Company, Inc.

U.S. Tiger Securities, Inc.

SAI.TECH Global Corporation

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Investcorp India Acquisition Corp.

Healthwell Acquisition Corp. I (Nasdaq: HWEL)

Work highlights

  • Advised the placement agents on Allwyn Entertainment’s business combination with Cohn Robbins Holdings Corp.
  • Represented the placement agents in ProKidney’s business combination with Social Capital Suvretta Holdings Corp.
  • Represented Broadstone Acquisition Corp in its business combination with Vertical Aerospace.

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP’s offering to its middle-market lender clients encompasses refinancing work, senior term loans and revolving facilities, as well as leveraged and asset-based lending. In addition to a range of corporate borrowers, the firm primarily advises national banks such as Wells Fargo and also maintains a roster of alternative lender clients. Practice co-chairs Patrick Hardiman and Michael Mullins are based in Chicago, while co-chairs William Brewer and Mats Carlston work from New York. Key contacts across the US also include Dallas-based lawyer Brian Jansen as well as Jason Bennett, whose office is located in Charlotte. The firm also welcomed partners Sean Hilson, from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in May 2022 and Sanjay Thapar from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in August 2022. Ronald Jacobson has retired.

Practice head(s):

Mats Carlston; Michael Mullins; William Brewer; Patrick Hardiman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Positive attitude, collaboration, practical advice.’

‘David Baroni is always available and hands on. He actually works on his deals as opposed to passing them off to more junior members.’

Depth of knowledge and efficiency in assisting with distressed debt, equity and special situations settlements.

Long standing relationship means Tim Dable is able to help us quickly and efficiently. His years of expertise in the industry helps him provide thorough solutions on a timely basis.

Key clients

Antares Capital LP

Koppers

LBC Credit Partners

Motorola Solutions

Wells Fargo

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

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s employment group is headed by Michael Roche from Chicago, who has extensive experience in complex employment and benefits litigation as well as employment counseling. The firm’s recent work includes achieving a well-publicized equal-pay settlement for players of the United States Women’s National Team in a wage discrimination action. Other notable names include Jason Campbell in Los Angeles, who is experienced in wage and hour class actions. Monique Ngo-Bonnici departed the firm in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Michael Roche

Other key lawyers:

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

United States Women’s National Soccer Team

Work highlights

  • Achieved a landmark equal-pay settlement on behalf of current and former United States Women’s National Team soccer players, who have accused the United States Soccer Federation of wage discrimination based on gender.  
  • Serving as longstanding national labor and employment law counsel for LVMH, providing labor and employment services for all of its U.S. affiliates (approximately 40 companies).
  • Representing Accenture in virtually all of its employment litigation as well as providing advice and counsel to the company on all aspects of employment law.

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

Winston & Strawn LLP specializes in data security by design litigation involving emerging technologies such as AI and IoT devices. The firm also works on overlapping trade secret and cyber theft matters. Specialist in computer forensic investigations Sheryl Falk, based in Houston, leads high profile cybersecurity breach and ransomware cases as well as trade secret investigations, also working on compliance mandates, data due diligence, and is a go-to advisor for data security considerations concerning new technologies. Sean Wieber, in Chicago, is an experienced litigator, who defends clients in class action cases. The depth of the practice is showcased by Chicago-based Alessandra Swanson’s experience in counselling a range of clients, including healthcare, retail and media companies on compliance programs, breach responses and regulatory defenses.

Practice head(s):

Sheryl Falk; Alessandra Swanson; Sean Wieber

Testimonials

‘The depth of Winston & Strawn’s experience and ability to utilize skilled associates and other resources provides strong capabilities to clients.’

‘The lawyers are well versed in legal requirements and think outside the box to develop practical and actionable solutions’

Key clients

Fenix International Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Fenix Internet LLC in connection with a Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) class action in the N.D. Ill.

Real estate Tier 4

Andrew White chairs Winston & Strawn LLP‘s global practice and is highly experienced counsel for private equity funds, hedge funds, REITs, developers and other institutional investors and operators in a wide variety of real estate transactional matters. In Dallas, key names include department head, Billie Ellis and fellow partners Douglas Yeager and Jeffrey Smith. Industrial, multifamily, manufactured housing, self-storage, and retail assets are key sectors of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Andrew White; Billie Ellis

Other key lawyers:

Doug Yeager; Jeff Smith

Testimonials

‘Amazing all hands team. My preferred team across the country – would rely on them and hire for any transaction – simple to complex they always perform at an exceptional caliber.’

‘Depth of knowledge of our business practices and needs.’

The Partners, specifically Andy White, are incredibly knowledgeable on the business of our practice. They provide tremendous value and strength from top to bottom.

Key clients

Ambient Capital Partners

Berkeley Partners

Bernhard, LLC

Bridge Investment Group

Caldwell Watson Real Estate Group, Inc.

Cobblestone Real Estate LLC

Copper Beech Real Estate Capital

Crosspoint Properties

Freehold Capital Acquisitions, LLC

FTX

GEM Realty

Good Investment Partners

Karis Cold Storage

Kimco Realty Corporation

Long Cove Development, Inc.

Orchard Homes (Noho Solutions, Inc.)

Monument Square Investment Group

NetSTREIT Corp.

NexPoint Advisors

NGL Energy Partners

Nicola-Crosby Real Estate

Pine Tree

Priderock Capital Partners, LLC

Red River Development

Regions Bank

Stream Realty Partners

TPG Global and related entities

Triple-S Steel Holdings, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented NexPoint Advisors, LP, in connection with a refinancing of a portfolio of 29 self-storage sites located in 11 states having a loan amount of $356,500,000.

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 5

Winston & Strawn LLP’s team handles the full range of life sciences mandates, including antitrust disputes, Hatch-Waxman litigations, and government investigations. Reed Stephens, who heads the practice from Washington DC, has a great deal of experience advising clients on FCA, anti-kickback, and Stark related cases, particularly in relation to fraud and abuse. Nimalka Wickramasekera divides her time between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, handling all matters relating to patent and licensing disputes concerning medical devices and technology. David Dahlquist  has since left the practice to join the Department of Justice in August 2022, while Sharon Desh joined the Chicago practice in February 2022, contributing her experience in commercial litigation and antitrust matters.

Practice head(s):

Reed Stephens

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Alphatec Holdings

Bayer (formerly Monsanto)

Galen Healthcare Solutions

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

MSN Laboratories

Otsuka America Pharmaceutical

Polpharma

Sandoz

Work highlights

  • Representing Hikma in national opiate litigation.
  • Representing Bayer (Monsanto) in Roundup® product liability trials.
  • Represented the Placement Agents in a SPAC business combination between ProKidney and Social Capital Suvretta Holdings Corp. III.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 5

The ‘incredibly collaborative, bright, and insightful‘ team at Winston & Strawn LLP notably advises on the antitrust aspects of healthcare M&A, fraud and abuse issues involving criminal investigations, and contentious matters before administrative boards. Reed Stephens and Amandeep Sidhu jointly lead the ‘responsive, efficient‘ team from Washington DC. Sidhu, in particular, exhibits varied expertise in contentious government investigations, whistleblower cases, and international risk compliance. Guy Collier often acts for universities and hospitals in affiliation negotiations between health systems. David Dahlquist has since left the team to join the Department of Justice.

Practice head(s):

Reed Stephens; Amandeep Sidhu

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Winston team is incredibly collaborative, bright, and insightful for all of our business needs. They have helped us streamline in the midst of an incredibly high pace of acquisitive growth.’

‘Responsive, efficient team which delivers the right advice for situations that impact how we run our business. They deliver the full suite of our needs from regulatory advice, transaction execution, and managing difficult situations.’

Key clients

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

Ascension Health

Big Health

Cityblock Health

Eye South Partners

Granite One Health

Lexington Health Network

Northshore University Health Systems

Protocol First

RWJBarnabas Health

Shore Capital Partners

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

UnityPoint Health

Universal Health Services

Work highlights

  • Represented Northshore University Health Systems in a class action litigation brought by employees challenging the service provider’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
  • Represented EyeSouth Partners in its sale to Stamford, CT-based Olympus Partners.
  • Representing Ascension Health in regulatory, compliance, and litigious matters involving its hospitals and nursing care facilities around the US.

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

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s ‘highly knowledgeable and accessible‘ practice is well-regarded for its advice on fund formation, covering an array of strategies, from venture capital and growth funds, to buyout funds, private credit, aviation and real estate. The team is also adept at advising institutional investors on their investments in private investment funds, secondary transactions, and co-investments. Sponsor separations and breakups, defaulting limited partners, fund restructurings and liquidity solutions are among the other expertise of the diverse practice group. Meg Frey leads the team from Chicago, with Megan Devaney and Brad Mandel further key contacts there. Scott Naidech and Beth Kramer represent the practice area in New York.

Practice head(s):

Meg Frey

Testimonials

‘Very high level of substantive knowledge. Teams sees many transactions and is able to compare and contrast experiences from other deals in a very helpful manner.’

‘Scott Naidech is excellent in every respect, a true leader in the field.’

‘The team at Winston & Strawn are highly knowledgeable and accessible. As a small firm, and in a time where rules continue to change, it has been especially helpful to work with a law firm that is able to help us navigate the ever evolving landscape. We work with Winston across a host of categories, including fund formation and management, managing credit agreements, corporate firm matters, compliance and strategic planning, to name a few…’

‘Scott Naidech is our highest touch day-to-day point of contact. He is extremely responsive and available as we work through a host of items as a new firm. He is incredibly well informed when it comes to structural and regulatory considerations and facile in helping us to navigate these matters, efficiently and on budget.’

Key clients

57 Stars LLC

ACON Investments

Adams Street Partners

AON Corporation

Commonfund

Corrum Capital Management LLC

Grosvenor Capital Management, LP

HarbourVest Partners

Invenergy, LLC

Lafayette Square

Larrain Vial Activos S.A. Administradora

Moelis Asset Management LP

NOVA Infrastructure, LLC

Origami Capital Partners

Paceline Equity Partners, LP

RCP Advisors, LLC

Southern Cross Group

StepStone Group LP

U.S. Realty Advisors, LLC

Volery Capital Management, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised private equity firm ACON Investments on the closing of ACON Strategic Partners II, a single-asset continuation fund of approximately $700m.
  • Represented NOVA Infrastructure in the formation of NOVA Infrastructure Fund I, LP, and its parallel funds.
  • Represented Invenergy and Energize in the formation of Energize Ventures Fund II LP.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: large deals ($500m+) Tier 5

The private equity practice at Winston & Strawn LLP has a strong reputation among clients in the mid-market, offering guidance through every stage of the investment life-cycle including deal sourcing, acquisition financing, tax structuring, and portfolio management. Brad Vaiana co-chairs the practice from New York, regularly counseling clients through complex take-privates, PIPEs, and leveraged buyouts. In Dallas, co-chair Matthew Stockstill and David Lange have a broad practice, their experience spanning a wide range of industries from healthcare and technology to real estate and manufacturing. Los Angeles-based Eva Davis is a key member of the team, who has developed a solid reputation among PE funds and their portfolio companies for cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on M&A. Matthew Bergmann maintains strong relationships with Shore Capital and Water Street Healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Brad Vaiana; Matt Stockstill

Other key lawyers:

David Lange; Eva Davis; Matthew Bergmann

Key clients

A&M Capital Advisors

Arbor Investments

Argand Partners

Beach Point Capital Management

Century Park Capital Partners

Charger Investment Partners

CORE Industrial Partners

CSL Capital Management

Diversis Capital

Eos Partners

Frontenac Company

GenNx360 Capital Partners

Highlander Capital Partners

Hudson Hill Capital

Industrial Opportunity Partners

The Jordan Company

Kainos Capital

Norwest Equity Partners

Paceline Equity Partners

Pacific Avenue Capital Partners

Revelstoke Capital Partners

Reverence Capital Partners

Riordan, Lewis & Haden, Inc.

Shamrock Capital Advisors

Shore Capital Partners

Transition Capital Partners

The Vistria Group

VMG Partners

Water Street Healthcare Partners

Windjammer Capital Investors

Work highlights

  • Advised New York-based The Jordan Company, a middle-market private equity firm with original capital commitments in excess of $18B, in its acquisition of Texas-based Five Star Holding and its subsidiaries.
  • Advised Chicago-based Arbor Investments in its acquisition of Oregon Freeze Dry.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

International Trade > CFIUS

Demonstrating impressive growth, Winston & Strawn LLP’s CFIUS group recently added multiple new clients to its roster. The practice continues to make inroads into the market following the 2021 arrival of CFIUS-focused partner Tyler McGaughey, who is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security at the Department of the Treasury.

International Trade > Customs, export controls and economic sanctions

The trade team at Winston & Strawn LLP continues on its upwards trajectory under the leadership of Cari Stinebower, who formerly served as a Programs Officer for OFAC. Similar to its market peers, the team has handled an increasing volume of Russia-related sanctions matters over the past year.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance Tier 3

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 > Capital markets Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP has boldly expanded its Latin America team, most notably with the launch of a large Miami office in May 2022. While the Miami team is not primarily focused on  capital markets business, it does heighten the firm’s Latin America credibility and ability to win new clients and engagements. A New York group combined with the São Paulo office, spearhead the capital markets work, which has a fine record in future flow securitisations, SEC-registered deals and public M&A. The firm is also recognised for advising on inaugural bond offerings for Latin American issuers and has landed a number of SPAC IPO engagements. Rodrigo Carvalho has developed a substantial reputation in São Paulo, leading advice to clients on a number of IPOs and equity offerings, including SPAC transactions. Allen Miller and Talbert Navia co-head the Latin America team, which includes capital markets specialists Claude Serfilippi and Sey-Hyo Lee. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Allen Miller; Talbert Navia

Testimonials

Winston & Strawn is one of the top firms in Capital Markets. We are totally satisfied with their services in such area.

Rodrigo Carvalho and team render exceptional services in any are of law, especially Capital Markets. Rodrigo Carvalho has great knowledge in such area and has experienced several kinds of transactions related to foreigners emissions for brazilian companies.

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.

Winston and Strawn managed to quickly become a leading presence in the Brazilian capital markets arena, delivering savvy and business oriented advise in different transactions.

Rodrigo Carvalho leads the capital markets efforts. He is a reference among underwriters, with the capacity to handle both legand and business matters. Besides being a very capable lawyer, Rodrigo adds experience of having been a an executive director of Bank of America.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

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 > Compliance and investigations Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP is a major force in corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defence, acting for both corporates and individuals. Coupled with this, the firm has a rapidly growing presence in Latin America matters, where it is increasingly active in cross-border investigations and enforcement cases. Along with anti-corruption matters, the firm is also building its standing in sanctions cases, including those under OFAC. The launch of a Miami office in May 2022 has significantly reinforced the firm’s reputation in Latin America and bolstered its contacts in the region. Abbe Lowell is a market leader in white-collar defence and has extensive experience in Latin America. San Francisco partner Pamela Davis heads the FCPA and anti-corruption team, and is another key figure for Latin America matters, as is Cari Stinebower, who previously lived and worked in Colombia.

Practice head(s):

Abbe Lowell; Suzanne Jaffe Bloom; Pamela Davis

Key clients

Compagnie Maritime d’Affrètement and Compagnie Générale Maritime (CMA CGM)

Carlos Marcelino Bellosta Pallares

Work highlights

  • Represented CMA CGM and its American subsidiary CMA CGM Americas, in defence of the plaintiffs’ litigation in Florida under Title III of the Helms Burton Act.
  • Represented Carlos Bellosta, a former executive at Venequip, in the DOJ’s investigation into a kickback and bribery scheme involving Venequip and Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration Tier 5

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.

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami

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

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.

Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 975 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, mergers and acquisitions and securities, labor and employment, intellectual property, international arbitration, real estate, tax, energy, environmental, employee benefits and executive compensation, financial services, healthcare, maritime and admiralty, antitrust/competition, restructuring, sports, global privacy & data security, securities litigation, private equity, appellate and critical motions, REITs, restructuring, eDiscovery & information governance,  and trusts and estates.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust/competition Jeffrey Kessler
Antitrust/competition Eva Cole
Appellate and critical motions Linda Coberly
Asset-Based Lending Jason Bennett
Asset-Based Lending Jordan Klein
Capital Markets David Sakowitz
CLOS and Fund Finance Pat Hardiman
CLOS and Fund Finance Michael Mulllins
Complex Commercial Litigation Samantha Lerner
Complex Commercial Litigation Tom Walsh
Consumer and Class Actions Gayle Jenkins
Corporate and finance Dominick DeChiara
Debt Finance William Brewer
Debt Finance Pat Hardiman
Digital Assets and Blockchain Technology Carl Fornaris
Digital Assets and Blockchain Technology Kimberly Prior
Digital Assets and Blockchain Technology Daniel Stabile
eDiscovery & Information Governance John Rosenthal
Employee benefits and executive compensation Scott Landau
Employee benefits and executive compensation Joe Adams
Energy & Infrastructure Mike Blankenship
Energy & Infrastructure Mike Pikiel
Energy & Infrastructure Rich Shutran
Environmental Eleni Kouimelis
Environmental Litigation & Enforcement Jonathan Brightbill
FCPA & Anti-Corruption Pam Davis
Finance Mats Carlston
Finance Michael Mullins
Financial Services Carl Fornaris
Financial Services Basil Godellas
Financial Services & Banking Kobi Kennedy Brinson
Financial Services & Banking Jordan Klein
Financial Services Litigation Jack Knight
Funds Margaret Frey
Global Privacy & Data Security Sheryl Falk
Global Privacy & Data Security Alessandra Swanson
Global Privacy & Data Security Sean Wieber
Government Investigations, Enforcement, and Compliance Suzanne Jaffe Bloom
Government Investigations, Enforcement, and Compliance Abbe Lowell
Health Care & Life Sciences Reed Stephens
Intellectual property David Enzminger
Intellectual property Jennifer Golinveaux
Intellectual property Nimalka Wickramasekera
International arbitration Michael Stepek
ITC Tom Jarvis
Labor and employment Michael Roche
Leveraged Finance David Baroni
Leveraged Finance Sanjay Thapar
Litigation George Lombardi
Litigation Steve D'Amore
Maritime and admiralty Charlie Papavizas
Mergers & Acquisitions and securities Matt Costigan
Private Equity Brad Vaiana
Private Equity Matt Stockstill
Oil & Gas Litigation Hugh Tanner
Product Liability & Mass Torts Sandra Edwards
Project Finance Alan Hoffman
Project Finance Mike Pikiel
Projects - Latin America Richard Puttre
Real Estate Andy White
Restructuring Tim Walsh
Securities litigation James Smith III
Sponsor Finance Kyle Foley
Sports David Greenspan
Sports David Feher
Structured Finance Francisco Flores
Structured Finance Jeffrey Stern
Tax Olga Loy
Tax Controversy James Mastracchio
Tax Controversy Susan Seabrook
Technology Antitrust Susannah Torpey
Technology Antitrust Aldo Badini
Technology, New Media and Telecom Krishnan Padmanabhan
Technology, New Media and Telecom Becky Troutman
Transactions Eva Davis
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