"When my first daughter was born, I requested a reduced-hours schedule and the firm allowed me to do that. I now have three children and continue to work a reduced-hours schedule as a Winston & Strawn partner. The attorneys, paralegals, and other staff I work with are supportive of my reduced-hours schedule. We take a team approach to make sure we produce an excellent work product for clients."
Partner, Litigation Department
We offer a compensation package that is competitive with those of other law firms of comparable size and stature. Full-time associates also are eligible for a yearly discretionary performance bonus that varies according to experience level, calendar year hours billed, evaluation rating, productivity and firm profitability. The firm highly values pro bono involvement and credits up to 50 hours of pro bono work toward billable hours for bonus reasons. Associates may also receive up to 10 hours of credit toward bonus eligibility for "firm citizenship" activities benefitting the firm.
Benefits and other perks for full-time associates include:
- Life, medical, vision, disability, and dental insurance
- Same-gender domestic partner benefits
- Paid medical leave
- 18 weeks of maternity leave
- 10 weeks of paid paternity leave
- 18 weeks of paid adoption leave
- 401(k) plan
- Dependent care flexible spending account
- Health care flexible spending account
- Backup childcare benefits
- Elder care referral assistance
- Reimbursement for bar review classes and bar exam fee for first-year associates
- Reimbursement for training seminars
- Reimbursement for after-hours meals
- Reimbursement for late-night travel
- Business casual attire
- Vacation time
We offer relocation reimbursement of up to $2,500 for entry-level associates, and $5,000 for laterals, to move personal possessions from their current residence to the city in which one of our offices is located.
Winston & Strawn associates who join the firm from judicial clerkships receive a clerkship bonus. Currently, the bonus paid to U.S. Court of Appeals and District Court clerks is $50,000. U.S. Supreme Court clerks receive a clerkship bonus that is competitive with the bonuses paid by other large national firms.
"I first became involved with the D.C. Stoddert Soccer League over 10 years ago as a parent and volunteer coach, and now I serve as chairman of the board. It is my "second full-time" job, but because it is something that is important to me, I find the time to fit it all in. Winston has reasonable expectations and sets reasonable targets. I can be flexible with my schedule, and can move things around to meet the demands of both my work and the league."
Partner, Energy department
Washington, D.C. office
Our attorneys work hard, but they also have been seen performing in rock bands, running marathons, climbing mountains, and flying planes.
Winston & Strawn allows attorneys electing a reduced-hours schedule to remain on the partnership track. In addition, attorneys may request a reduced-hours schedule to care for children or a sick parent or spouse/domestic partner. The firm provides 18 weeks of paid leave to female associates following the birth of each child. The firm also provides 10 weeks paid paternity leave and 18 weeks paid adoption leave. Both male and female attorneys are eligible for unpaid leave in connection with family, childcare, or personal healthcare issues.
The firm created a Parent2Parent intranet site as an added resource to working parents. The site includes information, tips, and contacts so attorneys can more easily manage their legal careers and home life. The core set of pages includes information about adoption and pregnancy, childcare resources, elder care, school options, books, DVDs, and links to many web sites. The site is interactive so attorneys can share tips, news, and suggestions with other attorneys about parenting and family issues.