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Dan K. Webb

Dan Webb, a partner in the litigation department, serves as firm chairman and is a member of the Executive Committee. His trial practice concentrates in the areas of major commercial, civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases.

Mr. Webb has tried more than 100 jury cases, including numerous successful complex commercial and white-collar criminal trials, representing, on several occasions, large corporations in jury trials lasting two months or longer. Mr. Webb joined Winston & Strawn in 1985 as a partner, after serving as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

Mr. Webb has spent his entire professional life as a courtroom trial attorney and litigator. He received international attention for his successful prosecution of retired Admiral John Poindexter in the Iran-Contra affair. As the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, he spearheaded the “Operation Greylord” investigations into judicial corruption in Cook County, Ill.

He received national attention for his work as lead trial counsel for General Electric, successfully defending it against criminal price-fixing allegations related to industrial diamonds, as well as for his representations of Microsoft Corp. in its antitrust litigation, Philip Morris in its tobacco-related litigation, and Verizon in obtaining a $58 million verdict in a patent litigation matter.

Moreover, a team of Winston attorneys, led by Dan Webb, conducted an internal investigation at the New York Stock Exchange related to the compensation of its former Chairman and CEO, Richard A. Grasso. Following Winston’s investigation, summarized in what is now known as the “Webb Report,” the New York’s Attorney General’s Office sued Grasso for the return of more than $120 million in compensation.

Other recent success for clients in securities matters include obtaining favorable settlements for Ernst & Young in a securities class action brought by stockholders of HealthSouth Corporation and for Cisco Systems in a securities class action brought by the Plumbers & Pipefitters National Pension Fund, and obtaining summary judgment for Scientific-Atlantic in a securities fraud class action.

On the antitrust front, Mr. Webb successfully represented Wyeth (Pfizer) against an antitrust class action relating to its patented potassium chloride product K-Dur®, and is now defending C.R. Bard against claims of anti-competitive conduct relating to sales contracts with group purchasing organizations for catheters, and Monsanto against the antitrust claims brought by competitor DuPont relating to Monsanto’s patented Roundup Ready® weed killer.

As for other class action experience, one of Mr. Webb’s most significant cases was for Philip Morris. He serves as lead counsel in Engle, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al. the first — and to date, only — class action brought by cigarette smokers for punitive damages to be tried to verdict. He also served as chief trial counsel for another high-profile class action civil trial that resulted from the failure of Lincoln Savings, the S&L institution owned and operated by Charles Keating, Jr.

Mr. Webb’s corporate clients have also included Abbott Laboratories; Alcoa; Altria Group, Inc.; American Airlines; Caremark International; Deloitte & Touche LLP; General Electric; Monsanto; and Research in Motion. A list of Mr. Webb’s significant trials is available on Winston.com.

Ratings and Rankings

  • Illinois Super Lawyers – Highly ranked as an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2005-2012, including a No. 2 ranking in 2012 and a No. 3 ranking in 2011.
  • Chicago Magazine – Ranked as No. 65 in the 2012 “100 Most Powerful Chicagoans” list, which called him the “go-to litigator for white-collar defendants nationwide.”
  • Chambers & Partners USA – 2014, received award for Legal Excellence for Business Trial Lawyers, ranked in Antitrust and Product Liability & Mass Torts, listed as a star individual in Litigation: General Commercial, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, and Litigation: Trial Lawyers; 2013 and 2012, ranked in Litigation: Trial Lawyers, Products Liability & Mass Torts, Antitrust, listed as a star individual in Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations and Litigation: General Commercial; 2011, ranked in Litigation: Trial Lawyers, Products Liability & Mass Torts, Antitrust, listed as a star individual in Litigation: General Commercial and Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations; 2010, ranked in General Commercial Litigation, Antitrust, White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations, and Products Liability; 2009, ranked as a top attorney in Antitrust, General Commercial Litigation, Products Liability, and White-Collar Crime; 2007 and 2008, ranked as a top attorney in Litigation and Products Liability; 2006, ranked No. 2 nationally in Product Liability, listed with exceptional recommendations in Illinois in Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations; 2005, listed with exceptional recommendations in Illinois in Commercial Litigation; 2004, listed with exceptional recommendations in Commercial Litigation, and ranked third in Antitrust Litigation in Illinois; 2003, listed with exceptional recommendations in Illinois in Commercial Litigation.
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers  Ranked as one of the world’s leading business crime defense lawyers in the 2013 edition.
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers – Best of the Best 2008 – Ranked as the top litigation expert in the United States and one of the top 25 litigation experts in the world.
  • Benchmark Litigation – Included as a National and Illinois Litigation Star in the 2015, 2014, and 2013 editions for his antitrust, general commercial litigation, product liability, and white-collar crime practices.
  • Corporate Crime Reporter – Ranked as the No. 1 white-collar criminal defense attorney.
  • Leading Lawyers Network – Ranked as the No. 1 business litigator in the Chicago area, the No. 1 business lawyer in Illinois, and the No. 1 lawyer in all areas of law. 
  • Expert Guides to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers – Identified as an expert; received more nominations than any other expert in the world.
  • Legal 500 – Listed as one of 10 leading trial lawyers in the United States for Litigation.
  • The Business Insider – Named as one of the “Country’s Top Litigators” in 2010 and “One of 11 Trial Lawyers You Definitely Do Not Want to See Across the Aisle.”
  • The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin – Selected in 2010 as one of the “Top 10 Lawyers for the Past 10 Years.”
  • Chambers & Partners Global – Listed as first tier for litigation in the United States.
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Ranked for 2015 and previous years for bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, mass tort litigation/class actions-defendants, and medical malpractice law-defendant practices. Ranked for both business litigation and criminal law; named Lawyer of the Year for 2014 Criminal Defense: White Collar Chicago, 2012 Chicago Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, and 2010 Criminal Defense: White Collar Chicago.
  • Crain’s Chicago Business – Leading Lawyers (2000-present).
  • National Law Journal – Selected for the “Most Influential Lawyers” Special Report in the category of Law Firm Leadership, as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” and as a “Winning Attorney;” also ranked No. 25 among the top 100 verdicts of 2007 for Verizon Services Inc. v. Vonage Holdings Corp., in which Mr. Webb represented the plaintiff.
  • Lawdragon – Named each year from 2008 through 2012 in the “Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America,” an annual guide to the nation’s top lawyers.
  • Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000 – Recognized in the Illinois category as “one of the best lawyers in the country” who "proved his mettle in a number of substantial patent shootouts.”

Mr. Webb is also listed in The Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading White-Collar Crime Lawyers; Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition; and The Guide to the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers.

Community Service and Pro Bono Representation

In addition to his work for corporate clients, Mr. Webb is dedicated to community service and pro bono representation. In 2008, he chaired the Chicago Bar Association’s second annual Campaign for Justice, which raised a record amount of money from more than 40 law firms to help decrease the number of regional aid attorneys leaving Chicago organizations for more lucrative opportunities.

Mr. Webb defended Alex Hernandez, one of two men wrongfully convicted and later exonerated in the closely watched Jeanine Nicarico murder case in DuPage County, Ill. Mr. Webb represented Hernandez pro bono amid ongoing public outrage at the horrific abduction and homicide of an 11-year-old suburban child in February 1983 and during a period leading up to his third trial in 1995 (the first two convictions, including a death penalty and an 80-year prison sentence, had been overturned). Instead of trying Hernandez a third time with Mr. Webb at the defense table, the prosecutor dismissed the case.

In recent years, Mr. Webb has pledged significant gifts to his alma maters of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Western Illinois University, where he established the Dan and Laura Webb Endowed Professorship in Political Science and the Dan and Laura Webb Pre-Law Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Webb's government experience includes: Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief of Special Prosecutions Division, U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. Department of Justice, 1970-1976; U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois, 1981-1985.

Mr. Webb received a J.D. in 1970 from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he graduated first in his class.

Honors & Awards

For all of his achievements during his career as a trial lawyer, Mr. Webb has received many bar and community service honors and awards. Notably, Mr. Webb was a 2010 recipient of the Inns of Court Professionalism Award. The award, given annually on a federal circuit basis, recognizes a lawyer or judge “whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.” Also in 2010, Mr. Webb was among five lawyers honored by the Anti-Defamation League at the Fifth Annual First Amendment Freedom Award Dinner in Chicago for his contributions during his service in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago. In addition, the Diversity Scholarship Foundation honored Mr. Webb as the recipient of its 2010 Unity Award, which recognizes leaders in the community who have made significant contributions within the legal profession, including embracing diversity and the ideals that diversity represents.

Mr. Webb was recently selected by Global Investigations Review’s independent research as one of the world’s leading investigations lawyers and is named in the International Who’s Who of Investigations Lawyers & Forensic Experts 2014. He was also recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® 2014 for his commercial litigation, medical malpractice, mass tort litigation/class actions, and white-collar criminal defense practices. Also in 2014, Winston & Strawn was named the Chicago Litigation Department of the Year for white-collar defense by The National Law Journal.

Mr. Webb was named as a BTI Client All-Star in 2014 for his litigation practice. The annual report from BTI Consulting Group identifies attorneys that deliver the best client service, solely through unprompted client feedback.

Mr. Webb also received The American Jewish Committee’s 2004 Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award, which is granted to those who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to “combating all forms of discrimination and bigotry, promoting human rights, and advocating public policy rooted in American democratic values.” In 1985, the Anti-Defamation League awarded Mr. Webb its Distinguished Public Service Award.

In 2006, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) honored Mr. Webb with a “Lifetime Achievement Award,” and in 2008, Chicago Lawyer named him as “Person of the Year.”

In 2009, Loyola University’s Chicago School of Law and the Law Alumni board of governors presented Mr. Webb with The Medal of Excellence. Most recently, in 2010, Loyola named its nationally recognized Center for Advocacy as the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy to honor his distinguished career and to recognize his significant contributions to the school. In 2007, Western Illinois University granted Mr. Webb an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his career achievements.

Other honors Mr. Webb has received include the Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry in 1982 and the City of Hope Medical Center Spirit of Life Award in 1983. In addition, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago recognized him with its Distinguished Service Award in 2006.

Activities

Mr. Webb is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Webb also has been a member of numerous public boards and bar associations.

Publications

Books

Mr. Webb is the co-author of Corporate Internal Investigations (Law Journal Seminars Press, 1993-present), considered by many general counsel to be the leading treatise on how corporate internal investigations should be conducted. He also co-authored “Up The Ladder: Litigator Responsibilities Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act,” 30 Litigation 22, Summer 2004 (with Scott P. Glauberman).

Speeches and Articles
 
Mr. Webb spoke at the 2009 and 2010 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Conference on “White-Collar Crime” and “Bet-the-Company Litigation Trends;” moderated a panel discussion for a Practising Law Institute Program titled “Managing Complex Federal Litigation: A Practical Guide to New Developments, Procedures, and Strategies 2009;” spoke at a PLI program in 2008 titled “Your Witness: Conducting a Killer Cross Examination;” and presented “How to Keep Your CEO—And Yourself—Out of Prison” at Corporate Counsel’s 20th Annual General Counsel Conference in New York City in June 2008.

Mr. Webb is a member of The National Law Journal’s editorial board and has co-authored a series of articles in The National Law Journal, including “Keep It Simple at First When Closing,” September 2009; “In a Closing, Argue, Don’t Summarize,” May 2009; “Expert Witness Prep,” February 2009; “Fact Witness Preparation,” December 2008; “Trial Teams,” May 2008; “Demonstrative Evidence,” March 2008; “Prior Statements,” December 2007; “Jury Voir Dire,” July 2007; and “The Opening Statement,” April 2007 (all with David Reich).

Additional Publications

Mr. Webb has also been the subject of numerous articles published during his career as a trial attorney, including:

“War Story: It’s Easier to Cross-Examine A Priest Than A Legendary Football Coach,” The Business Insider, January 22, 2010

“‘Everyone’s Talking About this’: Cisco Pioneers Route to Alternative Billing,” Corporate Counsel magazine, November 2009

“Chicago Lawyer’s 2008 Person of the Year: Dan Webb of Winston & Strawn,” The Chicago Lawyer, December 2008

“Profiles in Power – The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” National Law Journal, June 19, 2006

“Closing Arguments As Real-Life Theater,” Chicago Tribune, March 9, 2006

“The Man Who Talked His Way Into Law School,” Illinois SuperLawyers, January 2006

“Witness’ Calm No Match for Ryan Lawyers’ Tenacity,” Chicago Sun-Times, December 13, 2005

“Ryan’s Trial a Battle of Heavyweights,” Chicago Tribune, September 26, 2005

“Racketeering and Fraud Trial Begins for Illinois Ex-Governor,” The New York Times, September 20, 2005

“Big Tobacco, In Court Again, But Stock Is Still Up,” The New York Times, August 14, 2005

“Ex-Governor Pins Hopes on ‘Aw, Shucks’ Guy from Bushnell,” Associated Press, March 20, 2005

“Pritzkers Settle Family Lawsuit; Cost: a Fortune,” The Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2005

“Crain’s List: 2004’s Big Litigation,” Crain’s Chicago Business, November 15, 2004

“Being Dan Webb,” The American Lawyer, September 2004

“Need a Superlawyer? Take a Number,” The New York Times, June 13, 2004

“Lead Tobacco Lawyers Some of Nation’s Best,” Winston-Salem Journal, September 21, 2004

“Tycoon’s Estate Meant Overtime for Executors – Jack Kent Cooke’s Will Sparked Fights, Big Fees; Redskins Handoff Fumbled,” The Wall Street Journal (Europe Edition), July 13, 2004

“Familiar Firepower Is Reunited in Grasso Case,” The Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2004

“Interview with Dan Webb,” Litigation, Volume 20, Number 2, Winter 2004

“In Ryan’s Corner: Top U.S. Defender,” Chicago Sun-Times, December 21, 2003

“Webb Set to Defend ‘Ryan the Man’ – Ex-U.S. Attorney a Top Litigator,” Chicago Tribune, December 19, 2003

“Peers Vote Webb Top Defense Lawyer in White-Collar Cases,” Chicago Sun-Times, May 28, 2003

“Who Do You Call When the SEC IS Knocking at Your Door? The White Collar Winner,” Corporate Legal Times, January 2003

“Webb Steps Up to Celebrity Bar – Welch Case Gives Lawyer Shot at New Kind of Stardom,” Crain’s Chicago Business, November 4, 2002

“Judge Permits a Litigator to Join Welch Divorce Team,” The New York Times, October 31, 2002

“Jack Welch to Add Top Trial Lawyer Webb to Divorce Team,” USA Today, October 30, 2002

“For Rivals, Change of Venue – Microsoft Case Puts Familiar Opponents in Unfamiliar Territory,” The Washington Post, April 15, 2002

“30 Tough Lawyers,” Chicago Magazine, March 2002

“Legal Heavyweights Add Punch to the Microsoft Case,” Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2002

“Who’s Who Among Practice Group Leaders Survey,” Chicago Lawyer, September 2001

“Can Dan Webb Pull Big Tobacco Out of the Fire?” Business Week, October 13, 1997

“Presumed Guilty,” Vanity Fair, October 1996

“GE Crushes the Trustbusters,” The American Lawyer, January/February 1995

Dan K. Webb

Dan Webb’s trial practice concentrates in the areas of major commercial, civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases. Mr. Webb has tried more than 100 jury cases, including numerous successful complex commercial and white-collar criminal trials, representing, on several occasions, large corporations in jury trials lasting two months or longer. He successfully represented Wyeth (Pfizer) against an antitrust class action relating to its patented potassium chloride product K-Dur®, and is now defending C.R. Bard against claims of anti-competitive conduct relating to sales contracts with group purchasing organizations for catheters, and Monsanto against the antitrust claims brought by competitor DuPont relating to Monsanto’s patented Roundup Ready® weed killer.

Dan K. Webb

Dan Webb, first chairman and renowned trial lawyer, is one of the nation’s most highly regarded litigators, with a reputation as a formidable opponent in the courtroom. When companies are facing an inevitable barrage of legal and enforcement proceedings on multiple fronts, in matters making daily front-page news, companies seek his sage counsel. As confirmed by The American Lawyer, Mr. Webb is “one of the country’s most sought-after lawyers.” His experience is critical in navigating highly visible, bet-the-company situations. Mr. Webb’s trial practice concentrates in the areas of major commercial, civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases. He has tried more than 100 jury cases, including numerous successful complex commercial and white-collar criminal trials, representing, on several occasions, large corporations in jury trials lasting two months or longer. Mr. Webb’s stellar reputation as one of the country’s leading trial lawyers has attracted blue chip corporate clients such as Philip Morris, Microsoft, General Electric, Cisco Systems, and Verizon to Winston & Strawn. He was also lead trial counsel for the New York Stock Exchange in an internal investigation related to the compensation of its former Chairman and CEO Richard A. Grasso and currently serves as lead counsel in Engle, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al. the first – and to date, only – class action brought by cigarette smokers for punitive damages to be tried to verdict. A former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Mr. Webb also has been retained to handle the defense of such high-profile business and political figures as former BP CEO Tony Hayward, former Illinois Governor George H. Ryan, and Illinois businessman William Cellini. He also spearheaded the “Operation Greylord” investigations into judicial corruption in Cook County and received international attention for his successful prosecution of retired Admiral John Poindexter in the Iran-Contra affair.

 

Mr. Webb has received countless accolades and rankings over the years recognizing his position as one of the country’s elite trial lawyers, including being ranked by Chambers Global for Litigation: Trial Lawyers: USA as a Star Individual. He has been selected for fellowships in such prestigious associations as the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. As The American Lawyer stated in its 2004 “Being Dan Webb” article, Mr. Webb is “Corporate America’s Defender of Choice.”

Dan K. Webb

Dan Webb, first chairman and renowned trial lawyer, is one of the nation’s most highly regarded litigators, with a reputation as a formidable opponent in the courtroom. When companies are facing an inevitable barrage of legal and enforcement proceedings on multiple fronts, in matters making daily front-page news, companies seek his sage counsel. As confirmed by The American Lawyer, Mr. Webb is “one of the country’s most sought-after lawyers.” His experience is critical in navigating highly visible, bet-the-company situations. Mr. Webb’s trial practice concentrates in the areas of major commercial, civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases. He has tried more than 100 jury cases, including numerous successful complex commercial and white-collar criminal trials, representing, on several occasions, large corporations in jury trials lasting two months or longer. Mr. Webb has received national attention for his work as lead trial counsel for General Electric, successfully defending it against criminal price-fixing allegations related to industrial diamonds, as well as for his representation of the New York Stock Exchange in an internal investigation related to the compensation of its former Chairman and CEO Richard A. Grasso. He currently serves as lead counsel in Engle, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al. the first – and to date, only – class action brought by cigarette smokers for punitive damages to be tried to verdict. A former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Mr. Webb also has been retained to handle the defense of such high-profile business and political figures as former BP CEO Tony Hayward, former Illinois Governor George H. Ryan, and Illinois businessman William Cellini. He also spearheaded the “Operation Greylord” investigations into judicial corruption in Cook County and received international attention for his successful prosecution of retired Admiral John Poindexter in the Iran-Contra affair.

 

Mr. Webb has received countless accolades and rankings over the years recognizing his position as one of the country’s elite trial lawyers, including being ranked by Chambers Global for Litigation: Trial Lawyers: USA as a Star Individual. He has been selected for fellowships in such prestigious associations as the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. As The American Lawyer stated in its 2004 “Being Dan Webb” article, Mr. Webb is “Corporate America’s Defender of Choice.”

Dan K. Webb

Dan Webb, first chairman and renowned trial lawyer, is one of the nation’s most highly regarded litigators, with a reputation as a formidable opponent in the courtroom. When companies are facing an inevitable barrage of legal and enforcement proceedings on multiple fronts, in matters making daily front-page news, companies seek his sage counsel. As confirmed by The American Lawyer, Mr. Webb is “one of the country’s most sought-after lawyers.” His experience is critical in navigating highly visible, bet-the-company situations. Mr. Webb’s trial practice concentrates in the areas of major commercial, civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases. He has tried more than 100 jury cases, including numerous successful complex commercial and white-collar criminal trials, representing, on several occasions, large corporations in jury trials lasting two months or longer. Mr. Webb’s stellar reputation as one of the country’s leading trial lawyers has attracted blue chip corporate clients such as Philip Morris, Microsoft, General Electric, Cisco Systems, and Verizon to Winston & Strawn. He was also lead trial counsel for the New York Stock Exchange in an internal investigation related to the compensation of its former Chairman and CEO Richard A. Grasso and currently serves as lead counsel in Engle, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al. the first – and to date, only – class action brought by cigarette smokers for punitive damages to be tried to verdict. A former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Mr. Webb also has been retained to handle the defense of such high-profile business and political figures as former BP CEO Tony Hayward, former Illinois Governor George H. Ryan, and Illinois businessman William Cellini. He also spearheaded the “Operation Greylord” investigations into judicial corruption in Cook County and received international attention for his successful prosecution of retired Admiral John Poindexter in the Iran-Contra affair.

 

Mr. Webb has received countless accolades and rankings over the years recognizing his position as one of the country’s elite trial lawyers, including being ranked by Chambers Global for Litigation: Trial Lawyers: USA as a Star Individual. He has been selected for fellowships in such prestigious associations as the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. As The American Lawyer stated in its 2004 “Being Dan Webb” article, Mr. Webb is “Corporate America’s Defender of Choice.”

Dan K. Webb

Dan Webb, a partner in the litigation department, serves as firm chairman and is a member of the Executive Committee. His trial practice concentrates in the areas of major commercial, civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases.

Mr. Webb has tried more than 100 jury cases, including numerous successful complex commercial and white-collar criminal trials, representing, on several occasions, large corporations in jury trials lasting two months or longer. Mr. Webb joined Winston & Strawn in 1985 as a partner, after serving as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

Mr. Webb has spent his entire professional life as a courtroom trial attorney and litigator. He received international attention for his successful prosecution of retired Admiral John Poindexter in the Iran-Contra affair. As the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, he spearheaded the “Operation Greylord” investigations into judicial corruption in Cook County, Illinois.

He has received national attention for his work as lead trial counsel for General Electric, successfully defending it against criminal price-fixing allegations related to industrial diamonds, as well as for his representations of Microsoft Corp. in its antitrust litigation, Philip Morris in its tobacco-related litigation, and Verizon in obtaining a $58 million verdict in a patent litigation matter. In addition, Mr. Webb represented the New York Stock Exchange in connection with an internal investigation over compensation to the former chairman Richard Grasso and in subsequent litigation.

Mr. Webb served as lead counsel in the six-month jury trial of former Illinois Gov. George H. Ryan on public corruption charges, including racketeering, mail fraud, and income tax fraud. The charges were related to actions Ryan took while serving as Illinois Secretary of State and later as Governor. While the publicity was heaviest in Chicago, the indictment also garnered nationwide attention, including articles in The New York Times. Mr. Webb also represented businessman William Cellini in a federal fraud, conspiracy, and attempted extortion trial related to former Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Securities Litigation Highlights

Mr. Webb has been quite successful in obtaining favorable results for major clients in a wide range of securities litigation matters, including actions against companies as well as their auditors. Some highlights include:

  • Schipper, et al. v. Cisco Systems, Inc., et al. and Ziolkowski, et al. v. Cisco Systems Inc., et al.
    Represents Cisco Systems, Inc. in two securities actions filed in early 2011 in the Northern District of California. Both actions allege that Cisco and several of its executives made false statements to the market, thus inflating the stock price.
  • Navistar International Corporation v. Deloitte & Touche LLP
    Serves as lead trial counsel for Deloitte & Touche LLP in this matter, originally filed in Illinois state court and removed to federal district court in the Northern District of Illinois. Truck maker Navistar International’s lawsuit, filed on April 27, 2011, alleges a series of state law claims against Deloitte—which had formerly audited Navistar’s financial statements—that implicate important issues of federal law and policy. Navistar claims Deloitte’s allegedly negligent and fraudulent actions during its audits forced Navistar to incur the costs associated with restating its financial statements and allegedly correcting its accounting records and internal controls. Claimed damages exceed $500 million.
  • In re Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. Securities Litigation
    Successfully represented Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (now part of Cisco Systems, Inc.) in connection with a consolidated securities fraud class action. The plaintiffs asserted various allegations against Scientific-Atlanta, including that the company engaged in undisclosed “channel-stuffing” and that the company allegedly made various misrepresentations and omissions regarding the demand for its products. Through Daubert motions, a Webb-led team has excluded the testimony of the plaintiffs’ proposed corporate governance expert and limited the testimony of the plaintiffs’ accounting expert. A federal court in Atlanta, Georgia subsequently granted summary judgment, dismissed all claims, and awarded defense costs.
  • HealthSouth Securities Class Action
    Represented Ernst & Young LLP in a securities class action brought by stockholders and bondholders of HealthSouth Corporate against Ernst & Young under Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act of Section of the Securities Act. E&Y was the independent auditor for HealthSouth, whose former officers pled guilty to artificially inflating HealthSouth’s income statement and balance sheet by several billion dollars. The plaintiffs claimed E&Y’s audit opinion letters to HealthSouth’s board of directors, which were included in HealthSouth’s Form 10Ks, were materially false or misleading. E&Y and the stockholders settled the securities action, and the bondholders’ securities action also recently settled. Winston continues to represent E&Y in the claims brought by HealthSouth.
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters National Pension Fund, et al. v. Cisco Systems, Inc.
    Served as trial counsel for Cisco and 12 of its current or past executives and directors in defense of a nationwide securities fraud class action filed in the Northern District of California. The plaintiff-class was composed of all those who purchased Cisco securities between November 10, 1999 and February 6, 2001. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants inflated the price of Cisco stock during the class period by, among other things, issuing overly optimistic earnings forecasts and engaging in improper accounting practices. The lawsuit asserted securities fraud claims in violation of Section 10(b), Rule 10b-5, and Section 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and insider trading claims in violation of Section 20A of the Exchange Act. The plaintiffs sought damages of approximately $6.5 billion. This case was set to go to trial in October 2006. Over the course of representing the Cisco defendants, Winston attorneys completed fact discovery, including dozens of depositions, took the lead on expert discovery, and argued summary judgment motions. In December 2006, the case settle for an amount less than 1.5 percent of the damages sought by the plaintiffs.
  • In re Caremark International Inc. Securities Litigation
    Represented Caremark International Inc. in three consolidated securities fraud class actions which were filed in federal court in Illinois. The plaintiffs alleged that Caremark failed to disclose what it knew about the scope of a government investigation into Caremark’s payments to physicians. The cases settled in 1997.

Mr. Webb’s corporate clients have also included Abbott Laboratories; Alcoa; Altria Group, Inc.; American Airlines; Monsanto; Pfizer; Research in Motion; and Wyeth.

Ratings and Rankings

  • Illinois Super Lawyers – Highly ranked as an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2005-2012, including a No. 2 ranking in 2012 and a No. 3 ranking in 2011.
  • Chicago Magazine – Ranked as No. 65 in the 2012 “100 Most Powerful Chicagoans” list, which called him the "go-to litigator for white-collar defendants nationwide."
  • Chambers & Partners USA – 2014, received award for Legal Excellence for Business Trial Lawyers, ranked in Antitrust and Product Liability & Mass Torts, listed as a star individual in Litigation: General Commercial, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, and Litigation: Trial Lawyers; 2013 and 2012, ranked in Litigation: Trial Lawyers, Products Liability & Mass Torts, Antitrust, listed as a star individual in Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations and Litigation: General Commercial; 2011, ranked in Litigation: Trial Lawyers, Products Liability & Mass Torts, Antitrust, listed as a star individual in Litigation: General Commercial and Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations; 2010, ranked in General Commercial Litigation, Antitrust, White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations, and Products Liability; 2009, ranked as a top attorney in Antitrust, General Commercial Litigation, Products Liability, and White-Collar Crime; 2007 and 2008, ranked as a top attorney in Litigation and Products Liability; 2006, ranked No. 2 nationally in Product Liability, listed with exceptional recommendations in Illinois in Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations; 2005, listed with exceptional recommendations in Illinois in Commercial Litigation; 2004, listed with exceptional recommendations in Commercial Litigation, and ranked third in Antitrust Litigation in Illinois; 2003, listed with exceptional recommendations in Illinois in Commercial Litigation.
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers  Ranked as one of the world's leading business crime defense lawyers in the 2013 edition.
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers – Best of the Best 2008 – Ranked as the top litigation expert in the United States and one of the top 25 litigation experts in the world.
  • Benchmark Litigation – Included as a National and Illinois Litigation Star in the 2013 edition for his general commercial litigation, product liability, and white-collar crime practices.
  • Corporate Crime Reporter – Ranked as the No. 1 white-collar criminal defense attorney.
  • Leading Lawyers Network – Ranked as the No. 1 business litigator in the Chicago area, the No. 1 business lawyer in Illinois, and the No. 1 lawyer in all areas of law. 
  • Expert Guides to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers– Identified as an expert; received more nominations than any other expert in the world.
  • Legal 500 – Listed as one of 10 leading trial lawyers in the United States for Litigation.
  • The Business Insider – Named as one of the “Country’s Top Litigators” in 2010 and “One of 11 Trial Lawyers You Definitely Do Not Want to See Across the Aisle.”
  • The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin – Selected in 2010 as one of the “Top 10 Lawyers for the Past 10 Years.”
  • Chambers & Partners Global – Listed as first tier for litigation in the United States.
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Ranked for 2015 and previous years for bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, mass tort litigation/class actions-defendants, and medical malpractice law-defendant practices. Ranked for both business litigation and criminal law; named Lawyer of the Year for 2014 Criminal Defense: White Collar Chicago, 2012 Chicago Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, and 2010 Criminal Defense: White Collar Chicago.
  • Crain’s Chicago Business – Leading Lawyers (2000-present).
  • National Law Journal – Selected for the “Most Influential Lawyers” Special Report in the category of Law Firm Leadership, as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” and as a “Winning Attorney;” also ranked No. 25 among the top 100 verdicts of 2007 for Verizon Services Inc. v. Vonage Holdings Corp., in which Mr. Webb represented the plaintiff.
  • Lawdragon – Named each year from 2008 through 2012 in the “Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America,” an annual guide to the nation’s top lawyers.
  • Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000 – Recognized in the Illinois category as “one of the best lawyers in the country” who "proved his mettle in a number of substantial patent shootouts.”

Mr. Webb is also listed in The Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading White-Collar Crime Lawyers; Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition; and The Guide to the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers.

Community Service and Pro Bono Representation

In addition to his work for corporate clients, Mr. Webb is dedicated to community service and pro bono representation. In 2008, he chaired the Chicago Bar Association’s second annual Campaign for Justice, which raised a record amount of money from more than 40 law firms to help decrease the number of regional aid attorneys leaving Chicago organizations for more lucrative opportunities.

Mr. Webb defended Alex Hernandez, one of two men wrongfully convicted and later exonerated in the closely watched Jeanine Nicarico murder case in DuPage County, Ill. Mr. Webb represented Hernandez pro bono amid ongoing public outrage at the horrific abduction and homicide of an 11-year-old suburban child in February 1983 and during a period leading up to his third trial in 1995 (the first two convictions, including a death penalty and an 80-year prison sentence, had been overturned). Instead of trying Hernandez a third time with Mr. Webb at the defense table, the prosecutor dismissed the case.

In recent years, Mr. Webb has pledged significant gifts to his alma maters of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Western Illinois University, where he established the Dan and Laura Webb Endowed Professorship in Political Science and the Dan and Laura Webb Pre-Law Scholarship Fund.

Honors & Awards

For all of his achievements during his career as a trial lawyer, Mr. Webb has received many bar and community service honors and awards. Notably, Mr. Webb was a 2010 recipient of the Inns of Court Professionalism Award. The award, given annually on a federal circuit basis, recognizes a lawyer or judge “whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.” Also in 2010, Mr. Webb was among five lawyers honored by the Anti-Defamation League at the Fifth Annual First Amendment Freedom Award Dinner in Chicago for his contributions during his service in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago. In addition, the Diversity Scholarship Foundation honored Mr. Webb as the recipient of its 2010 Unity Award, which recognizes leaders in the community who have made significant contributions within the legal profession, including embracing diversity and the ideals that diversity represents.

Mr. Webb also received The American Jewish Committee’s 2004 Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award, which is granted to those who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to “combating all forms of discrimination and bigotry, promoting human rights, and advocating public policy rooted in American democratic values.” In 1985, the Anti-Defamation League awarded Mr. Webb its Distinguished Public Service Award.

In 2006, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) honored Mr. Webb with a “Lifetime Achievement Award,” and in 2008, Chicago Lawyer named him as “Person of the Year.”

In 2009, Loyola University’s Chicago School of Law and the Law Alumni board of governors presented Mr. Webb with The Medal of Excellence. Most recently, in 2010, Loyola named its nationally recognized Center for Advocacy as the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy to honor his distinguished career and to recognize his significant contributions to the school. In 2007, Western Illinois University granted Mr. Webb an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his career achievements.

Other honors Mr. Webb has received include the Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry in 1982 and the City of Hope Medical Center Spirit of Life Award in 1983. In addition, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago recognized him with its Distinguished Service Award in 2006.

Activities

Mr. Webb is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Webb also has been a member of numerous public boards and bar associations.

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief of Special Prosecutions Division, U.S. Attorney's Office , U.S. Department of Justice , 1970-1976 ; U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois , 1981-1985.

Publications

Books

Mr. Webb is the co-author of Corporate Internal Investigations (Law Journal Seminars Press, 1993-present), considered by many general counsel to be the leading treatise on how corporate internal investigations should be conducted. He also co-authored “Up The Ladder: Litigator Responsibilities Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act,” 30 Litigation 22, Summer 2004 (with Scott P. Glauberman).

Speeches and Articles
 
Mr. Webb spoke at the 2009 and 2010 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Conference on “White-Collar Crime” and “Bet-the-Company Litigation Trends;” moderated a panel discussion for a Practising Law Institute Program titled “Managing Complex Federal Litigation: A Practical Guide to New Developments, Procedures, and Strategies 2009;” spoke at a PLI program in 2008 titled “Your Witness: Conducting a Killer Cross Examination;” and presented “How to Keep Your CEO—And Yourself—Out of Prison” at Corporate Counsel’s 20th Annual General Counsel Conference in New York City in June 2008.

Mr. Webb is a member of The National Law Journal’s editorial board and has co-authored a series of articles in The National Law Journal, including “Keep It Simple at First When Closing,” September 2009; “In a Closing, Argue, Don’t Summarize,” May 2009; “Expert Witness Prep,” February 2009; “Fact Witness Preparation,” December 2008; “Trial Teams,” May 2008; “Demonstrative Evidence,” March 2008; “Prior Statements,” December 2007; “Jury Voir Dire,” July 2007; and “The Opening Statement,” April 2007 (all with David Reich).

Additional Publications

Mr. Webb has also been the subject of numerous articles published during his career as a trial attorney, including:

“War Story: It’s Easier to Cross-Examine A Priest Than A Legendary Football Coach,” The Business Insider, January 22, 2010

“‘Everyone’s Talking About this’: Cisco Pioneers Route to Alternative Billing,” Corporate Counsel magazine, November 2009

“Chicago Lawyer’s 2008 Person of the Year: Dan Webb of Winston & Strawn,” The Chicago Lawyer, December 2008

“Profiles in Power – The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” National Law Journal, June 19, 2006

“Closing Arguments As Real-Life Theater,” Chicago Tribune, March 9, 2006

“The Man Who Talked His Way Into Law School,” Illinois SuperLawyers, January 2006

“Witness’ Calm No Match for Ryan Lawyers’ Tenacity,” Chicago Sun-Times, December 13, 2005

“Ryan’s Trial a Battle of Heavyweights,” Chicago Tribune, September 26, 2005

“Racketeering and Fraud Trial Begins for Illinois Ex-Governor,” The New York Times, September 20, 2005

“Big Tobacco, In Court Again, But Stock Is Still Up,” The New York Times, August 14, 2005

“Ex-Governor Pins Hopes on ‘Aw, Shucks’ Guy from Bushnell,” Associated Press, March 20, 2005

“Pritzkers Settle Family Lawsuit; Cost: a Fortune,” The Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2005

“Crain’s List: 2004’s Big Litigation,” Crain’s Chicago Business, November 15, 2004

“Being Dan Webb,” The American Lawyer, September 2004

“Need a Superlawyer? Take a Number,” The New York Times, June 13, 2004

“Lead Tobacco Lawyers Some of Nation’s Best,” Winston-Salem Journal, September 21, 2004

“Tycoon’s Estate Meant Overtime for Executors – Jack Kent Cooke’s Will Sparked Fights, Big Fees; Redskins Handoff Fumbled,” The Wall Street Journal (Europe Edition), July 13, 2004

“Familiar Firepower Is Reunited in Grasso Case,” The Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2004

“Interview with Dan Webb,” Litigation, Volume 20, Number 2, Winter 2004

“In Ryan’s Corner: Top U.S. Defender,” Chicago Sun-Times, December 21, 2003

“Webb Set to Defend ‘Ryan the Man’ – Ex-U.S. Attorney a Top Litigator,” Chicago Tribune, December 19, 2003

“Peers Vote Webb Top Defense Lawyer in White-Collar Cases,” Chicago Sun-Times, May 28, 2003

“Who Do You Call When the SEC IS Knocking at Your Door? The White Collar Winner,” Corporate Legal Times, January 2003

“Webb Steps Up to Celebrity Bar – Welch Case Gives Lawyer Shot at New Kind of Stardom,” Crain’s Chicago Business, November 4, 2002

“Judge Permits a Litigator to Join Welch Divorce Team,” The New York Times, October 31, 2002

“Jack Welch to Add Top Trial Lawyer Webb to Divorce Team,” USA Today, October 30, 2002

“For Rivals, Change of Venue – Microsoft Case Puts Familiar Opponents in Unfamiliar Territory,” The Washington Post, April 15, 2002

“30 Tough Lawyers,” Chicago Magazine, March 2002

“Legal Heavyweights Add Punch to the Microsoft Case,” Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2002

“Who’s Who Among Practice Group Leaders Survey,” Chicago Lawyer, September 2001

“Can Dan Webb Pull Big Tobacco Out of the Fire?” Business Week, October 13, 1997

“Presumed Guilty,” Vanity Fair, October 1996

“GE Crushes the Trustbusters,” The American Lawyer, January/February 1995

Dan K. Webb

Dan Webb, a partner in the litigation department, serves as firm chairman and is a member of the Executive Committee. His trial practice concentrates in the areas of major commercial, civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases.

Mr. Webb has tried more than 100 jury cases, including numerous successful complex commercial and white-collar criminal trials, representing, on several occasions, large corporations in jury trials lasting two months or longer. Mr. Webb joined Winston & Strawn in 1985 as a partner, after serving as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
Mr. Webb has spent his entire professional life as a courtroom trial attorney and litigator. He received international attention for his successful prosecution of retired Admiral John Poindexter in the Iran-Contra affair. As the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, he spearheaded the “Operation Greylord” investigations into judicial corruption in Cook County, Illinois. He has received national attention for his work as lead trial counsel for General Electric, successfully defending it against criminal price-fixing allegations, as well as for his representations of Microsoft Corp. in its antitrust litigation, Philip Morris in tobacco-related litigation, and Verizon in obtaining a $58 million verdict in a patent litigation matter.

Mr. Webb also served as lead counsel in the six-month jury trial of former Illinois Gov. George H. Ryan on public corruption charges, including racketeering, mail fraud, and income tax fraud. The charges were related to actions Ryan took while serving as Illinois Secretary of State and later as Governor. While the publicity was heaviest in Chicago, the indictment also garnered nationwide attention, including articles in The New York Times. Mr. Webb also represented businessman William Cellini in a federal fraud, conspiracy, and attempted extortion trial related to former Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Moreover, a team of Winston attorneys, led by Dan Webb, conducted an internal investigation at the New York Stock Exchange related to the compensation of its former Chairman and CEO, Richard A. Grasso. Following Winston’s investigation, summarized in what is now known as the “Webb Report,” the New York Attorney General’s Office sued Grasso for the return of more than $120 million in compensation.

Antitrust Litigation Highlights

Mr. Webb has been quite successful in obtaining favorable results for major clients in a wide range of antitrust litigation matters, both civil and criminal. Some highlights include:

  • U.S. v. General Electric
    Represented GE in a criminal case in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio, in which the government alleged that GE had conspired with its biggest competitor to fix the price of industrial diamonds. After five weeks of testimony by the prosecution, the judge dismissed the case because the government failed to produce the evidence that would support a conviction. The victory was highlighted in a cover story in The American Lawyer.
  • U.S. v. Microsoft
    Retained by Microsoft Corporationas co-lead counsel in connection with a series of highly publicized antitrust claims brought by various federal and state government entities. A Webb-led team defended the company in connection with the claims being pursued by the nine non-settling states. Our attorneys gave the opening statement for Microsoft, put CEO Bill gates on the witness stand, and cross-examined some of the states’ witnesses, obtaining a ruling in Microsoft’s favor, thereby upholding the settlement reached by Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation
    Won summary judgment in an antitrust class action brought against our client, Wyeth (Pfizer), which concluded nearly a decade of related federal and state cases in which the plaintiffs had challenged Wyeth’s settlement of a patent lawsuit relating to a patented potassium chloride product called K-Dur®. Specifically, plaintiffs alleged that the settlement between our client and Schering-Plough Corporation had anti-competitive effects and resulted in their paying more for K-Dur® and other potassium chloride supplements than they otherwise would have paid. Approximately 50 separate state and federal lawsuits were filed making substantially the same allegations, with the federal cases consolidated in multi-district litigation (“MDL”) in federal court in New Jersey. After the Winston team obtained favorable settlements for Wyeth on the direct purchaser and government claims, the indirect purchaser plaintiffs in the MDL lost their class certification motion and dismissed their claims. In 2010, Winston & Strawn obtained a partial dismissal of the California claims on a motion to dismiss, and then moved for summary judgment on the remaining claims, which was awarded.
  • Southeast Missouri Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center v. C.R. Bard, Inc.
    Representing C.R. Bard on behalf of itself and nationwide class of hospitals against an antitrust class action filed by St. Francis Medical Center, alleging that Bard entered into contracts with Group Purchasing Organizations (“GPOs”) that excluded competition in violation of federal and state antitrust laws and caused hospitals to pay inflated prices for Bard’s urological catheters. St. Francis alleged that certain provisions in Bard’s urological catheter contracts with GPOs entrench Bard as the market leader and effectively exclude other catheter manufacturers from the market. Bard has denied these allegations, stressing that GPOs were created for the purpose of driving down the prices of medical devices such as urological catheters, and that hospitals have a wide variety of purchasing options in the catheter market.
  • Monsanto v. DuPont (Roundup Ready®)
    Representing Monsanto against DuPont in a complex antitrust, patent, and contract matter. Monsanto is the owner of biotechnology patent that confers tolerance of the weed killer Roundup Ready®. This patent is one of the ground-breaking patents in the field of genetic engineering technologies. DuPont purportedly breached its license agreements and Monsanto’s patent by inappropriately stacking certain of its technology with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready® technology. Monsanto brought a contract and patent action seeking to enforce its rights to prohibit improper “stacking” of the two technologies. DuPont, in turn, filed a multi-count counterclaim under Section 1 and Section 2 of the Sherman Act. Mr. Webb is the leading the defense for the antitrust counterclaim portion of the matter.

Mr. Webb’s corporate clients also have included Abbott Laboratories; Alcoa; Altria Group, Inc.; American Airlines; Caremark International; Ernst & Young; Deloitte & Touche; the NYSE; Philip Morris USA; Research in Motion; and Scientific-Atlanta.

Ratings and Rankings

  • Illinois Super Lawyers – Highly ranked as an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2005-2012, including a No. 2 ranking in 2012 and a No. 3 ranking in 2011.
  • Chicago Magazine – Ranked as No. 65 in the 2012 “100 Most Powerful Chicagoans” list, which called him the “go-to litigator for white-collar defendants nationwide.”
  • Chambers & Partners USA – 2014, received award for Legal Excellence for Business Trial Lawyers, ranked in Antitrust and Product Liability & Mass Torts, listed as a star individual in Litigation: General Commercial, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, and Litigation: Trial Lawyers; 2013 and 2012, ranked in Litigation: Trial Lawyers, Products Liability & Mass Torts, Antitrust, listed as a star individual in Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations and Litigation: General Commercial; 2011, ranked in Litigation: Trial Lawyers, Products Liability & Mass Torts, Antitrust, listed as a star individual in Litigation: General Commercial and Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations; 2010, ranked in General Commercial Litigation, Antitrust, White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations, and Products Liability; 2009, ranked as a top attorney in Antitrust, General Commercial Litigation, Products Liability, and White-Collar Crime; 2007 and 2008, ranked as a top attorney in Litigation and Products Liability; 2006, ranked No. 2 nationally in Product Liability, listed with exceptional recommendations in Illinois in Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations; 2005, listed with exceptional recommendations in Illinois in Commercial Litigation; 2004, listed with exceptional recommendations in Commercial Litigation, and ranked third in Antitrust Litigation in Illinois; 2003, listed with exceptional recommendations in Illinois in Commercial Litigation.
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers  Ranked as one of the world's leading business crime defense lawyers in the 2013 edition.
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers– Best of the Best 2008 – Ranked as the top litigation expert in the United States and one of the top 25 litigation experts in the world.
  • Benchmark Litigation – Included as a National and Illinois Litigation Star in the 2013 edition for his general commercial litigation, product liability, and white-collar crime practices.
  • Corporate Crime Reporter – Ranked as the No. 1 white-collar criminal defense attorney.
  • Leading Lawyers Network – Ranked as the No. 1 business litigator in the Chicago area, the No. 1 business lawyer in Illinois, and the No. 1 lawyer in all areas of law. 
  • Expert Guides to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers – Identified as an expert; received more nominations than any other expert in the world.
  • Legal 500 – Listed as one of 10 leading trial lawyers in the United States for Litigation.
  • The Business Insider – Named as one of the “Country’s Top Litigators” in 2010 and “One of 11 Trial Lawyers You Definitely Do Not Want to See Across the Aisle.”
  • The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin – Selected in 2010 as one of the “Top 10 Lawyers for the Past 10 Years.”
  • Chambers & Partners Global – Listed as first tier for litigation in the United States.
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Ranked for 2015 and previous years for bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, mass tort litigation/class actions-defendants, and medical malpractice law-defendant practices. Ranked for both business litigation and criminal law; named Lawyer of the Year for 2014 Criminal Defense: White Collar Chicago, 2012 Chicago Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, and 2010 Criminal Defense: White Collar Chicago.
  • Crain’s Chicago Business – Leading Lawyers (2000-present).
  • National Law Journal – Selected for the “Most Influential Lawyers” Special Report in the category of Law Firm Leadership, as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” and as a “Winning Attorney;” also ranked No. 25 among the top 100 verdicts of 2007 for Verizon Services Inc. v. Vonage Holdings Corp., in which Mr. Webb represented the plaintiff.
  • Lawdragon – Named each year from 2008 through 2012 in the “Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America,” an annual guide to the nation’s top lawyers.
  • Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000 – Recognized in the Illinois category as “one of the best lawyers in the country” who "proved his mettle in a number of substantial patent shootouts.”

Mr. Webb is also listed in The Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading White-Collar Crime Lawyers; Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition; and The Guide to the World’s Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers.

Community Service and Pro Bono Representation

In addition to his work for corporate clients, Mr. Webb is dedicated to community service and pro bono representation. In 2008, he chaired the Chicago Bar Association’s second annual Campaign for Justice, which raised a record amount of money from more than 40 law firms to help decrease the number of regional aid attorneys leaving Chicago organizations for more lucrative opportunities.

Mr. Webb defended Alex Hernandez, one of two men wrongfully convicted and later exonerated in the closely watched Jeanine Nicarico murder case in DuPage County, Ill. Mr. Webb represented Hernandez pro bono amid ongoing public outrage at the horrific abduction and homicide of an 11-year-old suburban child in February 1983 and during a period leading up to his third trial in 1995 (the first two convictions, including a death penalty and an 80-year prison sentence, had been overturned). Instead of trying Hernandez a third time with Mr. Webb at the defense table, the prosecutor dismissed the case.

In recent years, Mr. Webb has pledged significant gifts to his alma maters of Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Western Illinois University, where he established the Dan and Laura Webb Endowed Professorship in Political Science and the Dan and Laura Webb Pre-Law Scholarship Fund.

Honors & Awards

Honors and Awards

For all of his achievements during his career as a trial lawyer, Mr. Webb has received many bar and community service honors and awards. Notably, Mr. Webb was a 2010 recipient of the Inns of Court Professionalism Award. The award, given annually on a federal circuit basis, recognizes a lawyer or judge “whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.” Also in 2010, Mr. Webb was among five lawyers honored by the Anti-Defamation League at the Fifth Annual First Amendment Freedom Award Dinner in Chicago for his contributions during his service in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago. In addition, the Diversity Scholarship Foundation honored Mr. Webb as the recipient of its 2010 Unity Award, which recognizes leaders in the community who have made significant contributions within the legal profession, including embracing diversity and the ideals that diversity represents.

Mr. Webb also received The American Jewish Committee’s 2004 Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award, which is granted to those who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to “combating all forms of discrimination and bigotry, promoting human rights, and advocating public policy rooted in American democratic values.” In 1985, the Anti-Defamation League awarded Mr. Webb its Distinguished Public Service Award.

In 2006, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) honored Mr. Webb with a “Lifetime Achievement Award,” and in 2008, Chicago Lawyer named him as “Person of the Year.”

In 2009, Loyola University’s Chicago School of Law and the Law Alumni board of governors presented Mr. Webb with The Medal of Excellence. Most recently, in 2010, Loyola named its nationally recognized Center for Advocacy as the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy to honor his distinguished career and to recognize his significant contributions to the school. In 2007, Western Illinois University granted Mr. Webb an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his career achievements.

Other honors Mr. Webb has received include the Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry in 1982 and the City of Hope Medical Center Spirit of Life Award in 1983. In addition, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago recognized him with its Distinguished Service Award in 2006.

ActivitiesMr. Webb is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Webb also has been a member of numerous public boards and bar associations.

Education

Mr. Webb received a J.D. in 1970 from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he graduated first in his class.

Books

Mr. Webb is the co-author of Corporate Internal Investigations (Law Journal Seminars Press, 1993-present), considered by many general counsel to be the leading treatise on how corporate internal investigations should be conducted. He also co-authored “Up The Ladder: Litigator Responsibilities Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act,” 30 Litigation 22, Summer 2004 (with Scott P. Glauberman).

Speeches and Articles
 
Mr. Webb spoke at the 2009 and 2010 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Conference on “White-Collar Crime” and “Bet-the-Company Litigation Trends;” moderated a panel discussion for a Practising Law Institute Program titled “Managing Complex Federal Litigation: A Practical Guide to New Developments, Procedures, and Strategies 2009;” spoke at a PLI program in 2008 titled “Your Witness: Conducting a Killer Cross Examination;” and presented “How to Keep Your CEO—And Yourself—Out of Prison” at Corporate Counsel’s 20th Annual General Counsel Conference in New York City in June 2008.

Mr. Webb is a member of The National Law Journal’s editorial board and has co-authored a series of articles in The National Law Journal, including “Keep It Simple at First When Closing,” September 2009; “In a Closing, Argue, Don’t Summarize,” May 2009; “Expert Witness Prep,” February 2009; “Fact Witness Preparation,” December 2008; “Trial Teams,” May 2008; “Demonstrative Evidence,” March 2008; “Prior Statements,” December 2007; “Jury Voir Dire,” July 2007; and “The Opening Statement,” April 2007 (all with David Reich).

Additional Publications

Mr. Webb has also been the subject of numerous articles published during his career as a trial attorney, including:

“War Story: It’s Easier to Cross-Examine A Priest Than A Legendary Football Coach,” The Business Insider, January 22, 2010

“‘Everyone’s Talking About this: Cisco Pioneers Route to Alternative Billing,” Corporate Counsel magazine, November 2009

“Chicago Lawyer’s 2008 Person of the Year: Dan Webb of Winston & Strawn,” The Chicago Lawyer, December 2008

“Profiles in Power – The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” National Law Journal, June 19, 2006

“Closing Arguments As Real-Life Theater,” Chicago Tribune, March 9, 2006

“The Man Who Talked His Way Into Law School,” Illinois SuperLawyers, January 2006

“Witness’ Calm No Match for Ryan Lawyers’ Tenacity,” Chicago Sun-Times, December 13, 2005

“Ryan’s Trial a Battle of Heavyweights,” Chicago Tribune, September 26, 2005

“Racketeering and Fraud Trial Begins for Illinois Ex-Governor,” The New York Times, September 20, 2005

“Big Tobacco, In Court Again, But Stock Is Still Up,” The New York Times, August 14, 2005

“Ex-Governor Pins Hopes on ‘Aw, Shucks’ Guy from Bushnell,” Associated Press, March 20, 2005

“Pritzkers Settle Family Lawsuit; Cost: a Fortune,” The Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2005

“Crain’s List: 2004’s Big Litigation,” Crain’s Chicago Business, November 15, 2004

“Being Dan Webb,” The American Lawyer, September 2004

“Need a Superlawyer? Take a Number,” The New York Times, June 13, 2004

“Lead Tobacco Lawyers Some of Nation’s Best,” Winston-Salem Journal, September 21, 2004

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief of Special Prosecutions Division, U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. Department of Justice, 1970-1976; U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois, 1981-1985