Steven J. Gavin

Steve Gavin is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office who advises clients in a wide variety of corporate finance and merger and acquisition transactions, and regularly counsels boards of directors and special committees of both public and private companies on corporate governance and oversight issues.

Mr. Gavin’s clients include Groupon, Inc., Jim Beam Brands Co., Morningstar, Inc., Nuveen Investments, Inc., Luxottica, Inc., Vera Bradley, Inc., Echo Global Logistics, Inc., InnerWorkings, Inc., CIVC Partners, and Water Street Healthcare Partners.

Mr. Gavin received a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale College in 1982 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1985.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Gavin was honored in the 2007 and 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, where he was also named "Lawyer of the Year," for mergers & acquisitions and securities/capital markets law. In 2014, he was ranked by Chambers and Partners USA in Corporate/M&A: Private Equity Illinois. In 2009 amd 2010, Mr. Gavin was listed in The Legal 500 as a top attorney in Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts. In 2011, he was named in “Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America,” a guide to the nation’s top lawyers.


Mr. Gavin served as the chair of Winston & Strawn’s corporate and financial practice group from 2006 to 2012 and is a member of the Executive Committee.