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Labor, Employment, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits

Winston & Strawn’s labor and employment and EBEC departments have long been considered among the nation’s premier practices, as evidenced by the regular recognitions we receive on both regional and national levels.

Our labor and employment department represents employers of all types and sizes—ranging from the Fortune 100 to privately held startups, including businesses both foreign and domestic. Our substantively knowledgeable and responsive team manages several significant national and regional labor and employment engagements. In addition, we regularly handle complex litigation matters involving hard-hitting issues, including major class and collective actions, with an emphasis on wage and hour and ERISA litigation. Among our peer firms, we have one of the most experienced and long standing labor-management relations practices, which covers the full range of high-profile and complex labor disputes. We also regularly handle single plaintiff employment litigation, as well as matters involving trade secrets, unfair competition, and noncompete issues; important counseling and compliance advice; and other day-to-day employment issues.

Our EBEC attorneys generally focus on two separate but related areas: executive compensation and employee benefit plans. We advise corporations, boards of directors, private equity firms, and executives on all legal, design, drafting, negotiation, and compliance aspects of executive compensation matters. We also advise corporations, firms, fiduciaries, executives, administrators, governmental entities, and financial institutions on innovative and traditional employee retirement and health and welfare benefits programs. Our level of experience and more than 50 years of involvement in the EBEC field have given our attorneys a deep understanding of the evolution of benefits law and the market for executive compensation.

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