Greg McConnell oversees Winston & Strawn’s pro bono activities in all offices as the firm’s pro bono counsel. In this role, he supervises the development of pro bono opportunities and clients and manages case placement, policy development, special projects, and the pro bono work of summer associates. He is a nationally recognized expert on the delivery of pro bono services and has participated in federal and state initiatives to increase pro bono services, including the 2011 ABA Pro Bono Summit.
Under his direction, Winston & Strawn has annually amassed in excess of 60,000 hours of pro bono work and has been recognized with more than 70 awards for its service. More than 60% of its attorneys devote at least 20 hours annually.
Prior to joining Winston & Strawn, Mr. McConnell was director and staff counsel of the American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono in Chicago. In that position, he directed the center’s nationwide efforts of developing and supporting the pro bono initiatives of bar associations, law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, legal services offices, and the judiciary.
Prior to exclusively dedicating his career to pro bono work, Mr. McConnell served in private practice at large law firms in Chicago and New Orleans.
Mr. McConnell received a B.A. in Finance in 1987 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a J.D., with honors, in 1990 from the George Washington University School of Law.
Mr. McConnell is a founding member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, a group of pro bono professionals from large law firms whose mission is to expand access to justice and develop the skills of law firm pro bono practice leaders. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors.
Mr. McConnell serves on boards of the Uptown People’s Law Center, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Community Economic Development Law Project’s advisory board, and previously served on the National Immigrant Justice Center’s leadership council. He also serves on the board of directors for Seguin Services for Developmentally Disabled Inc.
He is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where he teaches the Pro Bono Practice and Policy seminar class.
Mr. McConnell frequently speaks and writes about pro bono issues. He has organized and led numerous panel discussions at the American Bar Association Equal Justice Conference and at various other state and local pro bono conferences. His articles have appeared in the Legal Technology News, the American Bar Association’s Dialogue magazine, and in other bar association newsletters.
He is frequently interviewed by various publications, including the American Lawyer, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and probono.net.
- George Washington University, JD, 1990
- University of Illinois, BA, 1987