Our attorneys and staff are the foundation of Winston & Strawn. Without these unique personalities and experiences, we would be indistinguishable from any other large firm. Despite the numerous recognitions and awards from the civic community and legal profession for accomplishments within and outside the office, we continue to adapt to the competitive and challenging global business environment. We aim to exceed expectations and adhere to the principles established over 150 years ago by our name partners, Frederick Winston and Silas Strawn, of being humble, grounded and practical.
“The best part about working at Winston & Strawn is hands down the people.”
“The best part about working at Winston & Strawn is hands down the people.”
“The integration effort was second to none.”
“The opportunities for judicial clerks [at Winston] – in both trial work and appellate work – are just unbeatable.”
Lateral Partner Integration Program
To help new lateral partners make a smooth transition, Winston & Strawn has a Lateral Partner Integration program that is personalized to each attorney’s interests and practice. An entire team is available to help laterals acclimate to the firm, develop connections, and maximize business opportunities. The team – which includes contacts in firm management, senior administrative directors, firmwide and local practice group leaders – meets all new laterals when they first join the firm. In addition, each new partner is assigned a dedicated partner liaison who serves as a go-to resource to answer questions, provide information, and facilitate introductions.
Our goal is to make sure lateral partners connect with other partners, understand how our resources can be used to optimize their practice, and maximize their talent with existing and new clients.
Lateral Associate Integration Program
We also want lateral associates to hit the ground running and quickly feel like a part of the firm. Our Lateral Associate Integration program includes face-to-face meetings and introductions with key practice area and firm contacts. Through these activities, lateral associates have opportunities to meet colleagues, expand their professional networks, and learn about the firm’s programs in order to leverage their talents and skills.
Many law clerks come to Winston & Strawn because of our nationally recognized litigation practice. Others join us after clerking in bankruptcy and tax court and have been able to put their real world experience to immediate use. We provide seniority credit to those who have clerkship experience and also award clerkship bonuses that are competitive with those of other large law firms.
At Winston & Strawn, we stake our reputation on our people and the quality of their skills and judgment. Our professional development curriculum teaches specific core competencies expected during the junior-, mid-, and senior-levels of an associate’s career.
Each year we offer dozens of training programs on substantive topics, communication skills, and emerging issues. Attorneys have the opportunity to take part in traditional classes and workshops, as well as 24/7 learning formats that are available both online and through mobile applications.
All associates are assigned a mentor. Mentoring is an important way to pass on institutional knowledge, core values, and stories from our firm’s rich history. Our formal program won the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 2012 Innovators Award and was a finalist in Chambers “Women in Law” Awards in the Best Mentoring Program in a Law Firm category.
Pro bono service is one of our core values. We were one of the first large law firms to adopt a formal pro bono policy, and we have full-time staff managing this program. Associates receive credit for the first 50 hours of approved pro bono work each year. Approved additional pro bono hours are typically credited toward discretionary performance bonuses.
Life @ Winston
What differentiates life at Winston & Strawn is the quality of our people, the vibrant communities in which we operate, and the resources and opportunities we provide for professional growth.
“I wanted to be more entrepreneurial in my practice, and Winston has always encouraged me to be innovative.”
- David Enzminger, Silicon Valley/Los Angeles, intellectual property partner
“I appreciate that the firm has a secondment program. Through this program, I had an opportunity to work on-site as an in-house attorney at one of the firm’s clients, a mid-sized public company. I gained invaluable insight and had a chance to work with some exceptionally talented attorneys and business executives.”
“Winston has a reputation of having very sharp people who are also collegial and friendly. The staff is exceedingly helpful and they know how to make things happen at the firm.”
- John Albers, Chicago, corporate associate
“My first year has been rewarding and challenging. I have had a lot practical litigation experience, including working on a jury trial team where I prepared witnesses for trial. I have also taken depositions and work directly with the partners.”
- Jason Campbell, Los Angeles, labor & employment associate
“When I led my team to Winston, it was all about integration and doing everything possible to make sure that our practices and clients would prosper. We all became part of the Winston family on day one.”
- Jeffrey Kessler, New York, antitrust/competition partner
“Partners will routinely seek, encourage, and value ideas and input from junior associates, irrespective of seniority.”
- Luciona Johnson, Charlotte, litigation associate
“Before I even had my computer I had two voicemails from attorneys welcoming me to firm and offering me work.”
- Timothy Kincaid, Chicago, corporate associate
“During my tenure as the diversity committee chair I am proud of the work we did to revamp many of our policies.”
- Amanda Groves, Charlotte/San Francisco litigation partner
“As I was told as a young associate, I tell new attorneys to work for as many attorneys as possible when beginning their careers in order to experience a variety of perspectives on the profession, expand the professional network, and maximize the number of potential opportunities.”
Joanna Rubin Travalini, Chicago, litigation associate
“Our pro bono counsel encouraged me to take on board memberships at the National Immigrant Justice Center. It’s been a great role for me. I’ve done a number of asylum cases that are very gratifying because I see how I can make a difference in someone’s life.
- Ivan Poullaos, Chicago, litigation partner
“I spent nearly six years working as an engineer at various start-up companies before going to law school. The experience of being in a service industry, interacting with clients, and dealing with their demands gave me very practical skills that I could readily transfer when I switched careers.”
- Wade Challacombe, Chicago, corporate associate
“The staff at Winston San Francisco is unmatched. The secretarial staff constantly steps up to help when others are too busy, and the paralegal I work with is indispensable to my cases.”
- Deepi Punia, San Francisco, litigation associate
“Some of the best advice given by mentors has been to be client-centric. Think about how the client will interpret an email, my billing entries, a memorandum, etc. They also advised to provide recommendations and solutions for any problems that arise, whether it be for clients, partners or my peers. It helps in building credibility and relationships.”
- Phoebe Coddington, Charlotte, litigation associate
“In the end, people make up a firm, and the people at Winston are the type of people you want to work with and for.”
- Sofia Arguello, New York, litigation associate
“There is an open door policy. Attorneys and staff are always willing to help and talk.”
- Jude Andre, Houston, litigation associate
“From the start, Winston has been an exciting place to work because our lawyers are always trying cases. It’s great to know there is such tremendous trial talent to call upon.”
- Caryn Jacobs, Chicago, litigation partner
“What sets Winston apart from other firms is the strength of its brand and the quality of its lawyers across the board. Once I was here, Winston spared no expense in making sure I was thoroughly integrated into the firm.”
“I have a hard time imagining any other firm that can offer better opportunities to learn from and work alongside attorneys who are routinely recognized as the best lawyers in the courtroom.”
- Jovial Wong, Washington D.C., litigation partner
We offer a compensation package that is competitive with those of other law firms of comparable size and stature.
Benefits and other perks for full-time associates include:
- Life, medical, vision, disability, and dental insurance
- Same-gender domestic partner benefits
- Paid medical leave
- 18 weeks of maternity leave
- 10 weeks of paid paternity leave
- 18 weeks of paid adoption leave
- 401(k) plan
- Dependent care flexible spending account
- Health care flexible spending account
- Backup childcare benefits
- Elder care referral assistance
- Reimbursement for bar review classes and bar exam fee for first-year associates
- Reimbursement for training seminars
- Reimbursement for after-hours meals
- Reimbursement for late-night travel
- Business casual attire
- Vacation time
We offer relocation reimbursement of up to $2,500 for entry-level associates, and $5,000 for laterals, to move personal possessions from their current residence to the city in which one of our offices is located.
Winston & Strawn associates who join the firm from judicial clerkships receive a clerkship bonus. Currently, the bonus paid to U.S. Court of Appeals and District Court clerks is $50,000. U.S. Supreme Court clerks receive a clerkship bonus that is competitive with the bonuses paid by other large national firms.
Search Available Positions
Thank you for your interest in Winston & Strawn LLP. Our lateral hiring varies based on the needs of our offices and practice groups.
To apply for a current attorney opportunity, applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and law school transcript. We require that all applications be submitted via our online self-apply system rather than by email or hard copy. Duplicate applications to the individual Attorney Recruiting Contacts via email or hard copy are discouraged.
If an office is not listed below, there are currently no lateral opportunities for the office. Please check back soon.
Note to Legal Search Firm Agencies & Third Party Job Posting Boards: Our posting of the positions on this Web site does not authorize placement agencies or other third parties to directly solicit candidates on the firm's behalf. We ask that search firms only submit resumes for positions posted on the attorney opportunities section of our Web site. All submissions must be made via the online application form. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the firm's hiring policy, or wish to discuss a potential working relationship with the firm, please contact a member of our Attorney Recruitment Department.
Job Title: Litigation Practice Attorney
Date Posted: March 23, 2015
The primary responsibility of this position is to handle consumer litigation for a large bank client in defending against mortgage-related claims for wrongful foreclosure, title challenge, predatory lending, violation of unfair trade practices, violation of financial consumer acts (RESPA, TILA, FCRA, ECOA, etc.), fraud, and servicing errors. The position is not a partnership track position. Search firm submissions will not be accepted.
- JD from an ABA-accredited law school, with current admission in North Carolina;
- Excellent academic credentials;
- Financial services and/or mortgage litigation experience preferred;
- Previous federal and state court experience preferred;
- Ability to manage a large case-load efficiently;
- Excellent legal research and writing skills;
- Ability to work in a collaborative team environment;
- Ability to provide excellent client service;
- Strong organizational and analytical skills
Job Title: Labor & Employment Associate
Date Posted: March 11, 2015
Description: The Firm is looking to add a mid-level Labor & Employment associate (Class of 2012 - 2010) with strong litigation skills preferably in handling labor and employment matters. Traditional labor law experience is also preferred. In addition to excellent academic credentials, the candidate should possess strong analytical, writing and verbal skills. Candidates must be admitted to the Illinois bar. At this time, we are not accepting search firm submissions for this position.
Job Title: Trusts & Estates Associate
Date Posted: December 2, 2014
We are looking for a mid-level associate with 3-5 years of solid trusts & estates experience. The ideal candidate would have experience working with ultra high net-worth individuals in the design and drafting of their estate plans, including wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, premarital agreements, and other estate planning documents. The candidate also should be experienced with family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, shareholder agreements, installment sales, and other related transactions. This associate will consult with and advise fiduciaries in probate and trust administration, work with clients in connection with contested trust and tax matters, review estate and gift tax returns (including complex reporting and valuation issues), and assist clients in the establishment of private foundations and other charitable vehicles. All candidates must be admitted to the Illinois Bar.
Job Title: Corporate Associate – Derivatives Practice
Date Posted: July 22, 2014
The firm is looking to add one associate with 4-5 years experience in negotiating and documenting over-the-counter derivatives transactions, repurchase agreements, and other traded financial products, and in advising on the regulatory aspects of such products under Dodd Frank. Candidates should have experience in a range of products, including not only interest rate and currency products, but also more structured products such as total return swaps on loan portfolios and credit default swaps. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in advising large financial institutions in these transactions. Candidates must be admitted to and in good standing with the Illinois bar or willing to take the Illinois bar at the first opportunity.
Job Title: Corporate Associate – M&A/Private Equity Practice
Date Posted: May 21, 2014
We are looking for an associate with 3-4 years of solid experience with M&A and private equity deal experience. It is desirable that this candidate has experience working with both private equity groups, private companies, and public companies on buy and sell side transactions. All candidates must be admitted to the Illinois Bar.
Job Title: Corporate Associate
Date Posted: March 19, 2015
Description: The Houston office is looking for a third- to fifth-year (2010-2012) corporate associate candidate with experience in mergers and acquisitions (including in the private equity context) and general corporate matters. Ideally, the candidate should have experience in (i) due diligence investigations and preparation of related memoranda, (ii) preparation of acquisition/disposition agreements and related closing documents, and (iii) closing transactions. Experience with capital formation, partnerships, and finance would also be helpful. In addition to excellent academic credentials and large law firm experience, all candidates should possess strong analytical, writing, and verbal skills. All candidates must be admitted to the Texas Bar.
Job Title: Associate, Corporate
Date Posted: January 16, 2015
Winston & Strawn LLP’s New York office is looking for an associate with three to five years of finance experience. Candidates should have experience in secured and unsecured syndicated lending transactions, private placements of debt securities and similar transactions involving major banks, financial institutions and placement agents. Familiarity with structured finance and/or project finance transactions would also be useful (but not required).
In addition to excellent academic credentials and large law firm experience, all candidates should possess strong analytical, writing, and verbal skills. All candidates must be admitted to the New York Bar.
Job Title: Litigation Associate
Date Posted: March 16, 2015
Winston & Strawn is seeking to hire one to two mid-level associates to join the San Francisco litigation department.
The ideal candidate will have three to five years of top-tier law firm litigation experience.
In addition to excellent academic credentials and large law firm experience, the candidate should possess strong organization, writing, and analytical skills. Judicial clerkship experience is welcome, but not required. We value collegiality and diversity among our lawyers and seek to make the practice both professionally and personally rewarding. California bar membership is required.
There are currently no lateral opportunities for the Europe offices. Please check back soon.
There are currently no lateral opportunities for the Asia offices. Please check back soon.
How do I apply for a lateral position?
Descriptions about open lateral associate positions are posted on our website (www.winston.com). Note that we only accept associate applications submitted via our online self-apply system rather than by email or hard copy. Duplicate applications to attorneys or recruiting contacts (by email or hard copy) are strongly discouraged.
Do you use search firms?
Yes, we work with a select group of search firms on lateral attorney recruiting.
What is the average time to make partner?
Attorneys are eligible for partnership consideration after their eighth year as an associate.
How do associates participate in management committees?
The firm has a formal Associates Committee, which provides a forum for associates to provide feedback to firm management about policies and practices. It has provided recommendations on communications issues, the evaluation process, mentoring program, and work utilization approach. The committee includes attorneys from domestic and international offices, as well as a senior partner (who is a member of the Executive Committee) who acts as a formal resource and sounding board.
What kind of mentoring program do you have?
Mentoring plays an important role at the firm. All associates are assigned a mentor, who is available to discuss professional development, firm and professional responsibilities, and other legal career matters. The firm has a formal mentoring guide and work-plan to facilitate two-way communication, as well as a budget to encourage regular mentor-mentee meetings.
What kind of training and professional development program do you have?
We invest heavily in professional development and training. Our curriculum teaches specific core competencies expected at different levels of an associate’s career. The firm offers dozens of programs on substantive topics, practice management skills (marketing, communication, project management), and emerging issues affecting our clients’ businesses. The classes are offered in traditional classroom settings and workshops, online, by video, and through mobile applications.
Joseph J. Torres
Chair, Hiring Committee
Attorney Resources & Recruitment Coordinator
Director of Administration
Search Firm Guidelines
The following guidelines have been established to ensure a consistent and efficient working relationship between Winston & Strawn LLP and the legal search firms who contact our Attorney Recruitment Department.
It is Winston & Strawn's policy that all resumes and other contacts regarding attorneys are to be directed to the Recruiting Contact of the office at which the search firm is seeking to place a candidate. There are no exceptions to this procedure and a placement fee will not be paid or a priority recognized for any resume sent to the Firm in any other manner. We will not consider any resume where the attorney is not identified by name.
Search firms may only submit resumes for positions that are posted on the Available Attorney Positions section of our Web site. Applications should be submitted through the on-line application link. We require a current resume and law school transcript in order to consider an application. In addition, the Search Firm section of the form must be completed and a current signed fee agreement must be on file with the Firm. If you have a strong candidate whose experience and interests do not match an available position, please send the recruiting contact in the appropriate office a brief email generically summarizing the candidate's credentials for consideration.
Winston & Strawn works with select search firms on lateral partner recruiting. If you have a candidate who you believe would be a good fit for the Firm, please contact the appropriate Recruiting Contact.
Search Firm Agreements:
All Winston & Strawn search firm agreements were updated in April 2009. If your search firm has an agreement that predates April 2009 it is now null and void. It is Winston's policy to sign a new agreement with a search firm only when a resume has been submitted for an available position and we are interested in pursuing the candidate.
Winston & Strawn is committed to providing employment opportunities to individuals whose experience and abilities best match job requirements. It is the policy of Winston & Strawn, in accordance with the provisions of local, state, and federal legislation dealing with employment and personnel practices, to ensure equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, ancestry, age, sexual preference, physical or mental disability, marital status, disabled veterans, recent separated veterans, armed forces service medal veterans, and active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans. It is the interest and desire of the Firm that equal opportunity be provided in employment and personnel policies and practices, such as recruiting, hiring, promotions, reassignments, transfers, Firm-sponsored training, compensation, benefits, layoffs and recalls, terminations, recreation programs and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment. To further the principle of equal employment opportunity for all, Winston & Strawn has developed affirmative action plans for minorities, women, disabled, and all protected vets.
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