Kimball R. Anderson

Kimball Anderson is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with 36 years of experience at Winston & Strawn LLP. He concentrates in the areas of patent and trademark infringement, class actions, antitrust, professional liability, and product liability litigation.

Mr. Anderson is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship in the American College is extended only by invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of trial advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. He has tried many complex commercial cases to verdict in state and federal courts around the country and has argued cases before the federal courts of appeals, including two arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Anderson’s representative matters include:

  • Lead counsel for major computer manufacturer in LCD antitrust litigation in the United States District Court for Northern District of California. 
  • Lead counsel for major auto manufacturer in auto parts antitrust investigation. 
  • Lead trial counsel for  major network firewall manufacturer in RAND royalty rate (IEEE 802.11 standard) trial in United States District Court for Northern District of Illinois.
  • Lead trial counsel for  major computer manufacturer in computer hard drive patent infringement jury trial in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
  • Argued on behalf of trade association  in a landmark federal administrative law case before United States Supreme Court. Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services v. Illinois Council on Long Term Care, Inc., 120 Sup. Ct. 1084.   
  • Argued on behalf of  petitioner  in landmark federal habeas corpus case before United States Supreme Court. Harris v. Reed, 489 U.S. 255.
  • Lead trial counsel for international computer chip manufacturer in patent infringement jury trial in United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
  • Argued on behalf of auto parts manufacturer in patent infringement appeal in United States Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit. Chamberlain Group v. Lear Corporation, 516 F. 3d 1331.
  • Lead trial counsel for drug/device manufacturer in HIV antibody blood screening product liability trial before New Jersey jury and on appeal.

A listing of Mr. Anderson’s significant trials, arbitration and preliminary injunction hearings is available here.  

Mr. Anderson is recognized as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in Chambers USA. Chambers USA has reported in various editions that Mr. Anderson “shows excellent judgment and is highly respected by the judiciary,” and that he is “just a great litigator and wonderful in court.” Most recently, Chambers USA 2013, reported he is "very, very good in the courtroom." Mr. Anderson has been voted by his peers in 2007 through 2013 as a “Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyer.” Also, Mr. Anderson is a Laureate of the Illinois Academy of Lawyers, is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®, is listed as a “Top 100 Business Lawyer in Illinois” by the Leading Lawyers Network, and is ranked in The Best Lawyers in America in 2012-2015. 

Mr. Anderson also is involved in alternative dispute resolution as an advocate, an arbitrator, and a mediator. Mr. Anderson also is a “Distinguished Neutral” for the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, the country’s leading nonprofit alternative dispute-resolution organization. He is recommended in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration. Mr. Anderson also serves as an expert witness in professional responsibility matters.

Mr. Anderson served for many years as Winston & Strawn’s General Counsel and as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Mr. Anderson is a 1977 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law where he graduated first in his class, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, and served as editor of the Law Review. He also is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Anderson was honored as the “Person of the Year” by Chicago Lawyer magazine in 1996 and received the ABA’s Pro Bono Publico Award in 2003. He was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers® 2015, and Best Lawyers in America for his commercial litigation and intellectual property practices.

Additional significant honors and awards Mr. Anderson has achieved include: Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (General Commercial Litigation); Business Professional People for the Public Interest Law “40 Who’ve Made a Difference” (2009); Chicago Legal Clinic’s Cardinal Bernardin Award (2008); Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award (2008); AIDS Legal Council of Chicago 2006 Advocate of the Year; United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Award (2003 and 2004); Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Member, University of Illinois College of Law Board of Visitors (1996-1998) (2009); Member, Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1996-1998, 2009-present); University of Illinois College of Law “Distinguished Graduate,” 1996-1997; Who’s Who in America, 1992-present; Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner, CPA Exam, 1974.


Mr. Anderson’s professional memberships include the American Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association (Board of Managers, 1990-1992; Vice Chair, Civil Rights Committee, 1989-1990; Chair, Large Law Firm Committee, 1997-1998, Vice Chair, 1996-1997; Vice Chair, Committee to End Recidivism, 1996-1998); and Federal Circuit Bar Association.

Additional professional and community activities in which Mr. Anderson has been involved include: Cabrini Green Legal Aid Capital Campaign Chair (2013); Abraham Lincoln Circle of Justice (Chair, 2009-present); Co-Chair, Lend-A-Hand Awards Dinner (2010); Investing in Justice Campaign (Steering Committee, 2007-present); Cabrini Green Legal Aid (Advisory Board, 2009-present); Public Interest Law Initiative (President 2006-2008), (Vice President, 2004-2005 ), (Treasurer, 2002-present), (Board Member, 1989-2010), (Chair, Awards Luncheon, 2000); Chicago Bar Foundation, (President, 2005-2007), (First Vice President, 2003-2004), (Second Vice President, 2001-2002), (Board of Directors, 2000-2001), (Chair, Awards Luncheon, 2000 and 2001); DePaul University College of Law Center for Justice in Capital Cases (Chair, 2004-2007), (President, 2003-2007), (Board of Directors, 2002-present), Advisory Board, Northwestern University Center On Wrongful Convictions (2004-present); Chicago Lakefront Soccer Club Board of Directors, 2000-2006; ALAS Regional Loss Prevention Coordinator, 1998-present; ABA Ethics 2000 Advisory Council, 1998-2000; College Bound Foundation (Board Member, 2001), (Chair, Awards Luncheon, 2000); Giveback Foundation (Board Member, 2000-2001); CBA Insurance Administrators, Inc. (President, 1993-2000); Federal Defender Program (Panel Attorney, 1982-2000); Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Board Member, 1990-1997); CBA Television Productions, Inc. (President, 1989-1991); AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (Chairman of the Board, 1988-1990).


Mr. Anderson is a frequent author and speaker on professional liability, trial and appellate litigation, and a range of other topics, including: “The Optimal Jury Trial,” sponsored by the ABA, October, 2012; “Illinois MCLE Ethics Marathon,” May 2010 and 2011; “Defending The High Profile Case,” CBA Trial SuperStars Program, October 2009; “Who Should Speak On Civility?” Allerton Conference, Illinois State Bar Association, April 2008; “Tackling A Big Problem,” CBA Record, January 2008; “Thirty Years As A Pro Bono Lawyer,” Chicago Lawyer, January 2008; “Recent Developments in the Law of Sanctions,” Practising Law Institute, 2006; “Chicago Corporate Counsel Take Up Fight For Equal Access to Justice,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Magazine; “Role of a Large Law Firm General Counsel,” Cook County Bar Association, November 2005; “The Role of the General Counsel in Large Law Firms,” Executive Directors Roundtable, March 2005; “Anderson Recognized with ABA's Top Pro Bono Award,” Illinois Jurist, Spring 2004; “Someone You Should Know,” ABC (Channel 7) Feature; “Legal Strategies For Policing Wholesaler Chargeback Practices,” Generic Pharmaceutical Association, November 2002; “Twisted Alliances: Conflict of Interest Issues Affecting Law Firms,” a symposium moderated by Professor Arthur Miller, October 2002; “Lawyer’s Third-Party Liability,” Annual General Meeting of the Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, June 2002; “Role of the General Counsel at a Large Law Firm,” Chicago Bar Association, February 2002; “Helping Property Taxpayers With Reductions: Not Necessarily UPL?”, Letter to Editor published in Illinois Bar Journal, April 2001; “Keeping the Keepers: A Strategy for Associate Retention in Times of Attrition,” Reviewed by K. Anderson, Chicago Bar Record, October 1998; “Lawyers and the Internet,” University of Illinois College of Law, January 1998; “Conflicts of Interest -- Traps for the Unwary,” Chicago Bar Association Seminar, June 23, 1997; “Preventing Legal Malpractice -- Learn From the Experts,” Chicago Bar Association Seminar, June 5, 1996; “Capital Pro Bono Demand is Up,” National Law Journal, August 19, 1996; “Turf Wars -- Can Non-Lawyers Represent Taxpayers in Real Property Tax Disputes?”, Chicago Bar Record, June/July 1996; “Litigation Technology,” Price Waterhouse Legal Tech. Conference (N.Y.), January 23, 1996; “Desktop Tools For The Litigator,” Price Waterhouse Legal Tech. Conference (Chicago), November 13, 1995; “The Legal Legacy of John Wayne Gacy: The Seventh Circuit’s Irrebuttable Presumption That Juries Understand and Follow Jury Instructions,” 78 Marquette Law Review 792 (1995); “Litigation In Turmoil,” Illinois Legal Times Roundtable, June 20, 1995; “Unauthorized Practice of Law,” International Association of Assessing Officers, May 23, 1995; “The New Litigator,” Lotus Notes Seminar, February 25, 1995; “Changing Role of Expert Witnesses,” Illinois CPA Society Litigation Conference, October 24, 1994; “Steps To Minimize Your Exposure To A Legal Malpractice Claim,” Chicago Bar Association Seminar, May 16, 1994; “Unauthorized Practice of Law,” Chicago Tax Club, November 4, 1993; “Malpractice Exposure In The 90’s,” Chicago Bar Association Seminar, May 5, 1993; “Federal Habeas Corpus In The 90’s,” John Marshall Law School Seminar, January 30, 1993; “Unauthorized Practice of Law,” International Association of Assessing Officers, November, 1992; “Effective Motion Practice in Illinois,” Lorman Education Services, October, 1992; “Dealing With Jury Prejudice Against Big Corporations,” Chicago Bar Record, March, 1992; “Unauthorized Practice of Law,” CPA Society Executives Association, January 17, 1992; “Approaches to In-House Litigation Support,” Price Waterhouse Legal Technical ‘90 Conference, Oct. 1, 1990; “Rendezvous With Death Row,” ABA Barri