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Careers

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.”
Erin Villasenor, Houston litigation associate
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“The best part about working at Winston & Strawn is hands down the people.”
Erin Villasenor, Houston litigation associate
“The staff is very supportive and you can feel that effort is made to foster a unified Winston.”
Mary Krulic, Washington, D.C. litigation associate
“The integration effort was second to none.”
Seth Farber, New York litigation partner, joined 2012
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Support Staff

Overview

Winston & Strawn offers its employees a challenging work environment, emphasizes training and responsibility, and provides competitive compensation and progressive workplace policies. Because the firm believes that teamwork is an essential component in providing high quality legal services, we value the talents and skills of our entire staff. Staff contributions are recognized throughout the year with various staff appreciation programs. We also host various extracurricular activities, including office socials, intramural sports teams, annual holiday and summer events.

At Winston & Strawn, community service is a core value. We believe the firm has a leadership responsibility to actively support the communities in which we live and work. Through our program, Volunteer@Winston, our attorneys and staff volunteer their time, talent and energy by partnering with a variety of organizations to help enhance the lives of others. In giving back to the community, we develop a stronger “Winston Family” that is united and enriched by common experiences. Volunteer@Winston projects are firm sponsored and support registered 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.

STAR Employee Recognition Program

Our STAR Employee Recognition Program was created to recognize staff for their outstanding achievements in the areas of service excellence, team work, acuity and ingenuity, and resource management. Our STAR program encourages creativity and innovation in the workplace, and allows staff to be formally praised in a timely manner.

Employee Assistance Plan

The Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) is a work/life program available as a tool to assist employees and their families in managing work and care giving responsibilities. This confidential service is designed to save time, energy, and worry by offering quick and easy access to child care and elder care experts, educational material, and customized referrals that meet individual needs. The program provides employees with the opportunity to speak to a professional counselor or social worker at no cost.

Also included in the our EAP program are complimentary “lunch & learns” and concierge services to meet your travel, entertainment and household needs.

Backup Child Care

Our backup child care program provides a resource to parents with children (three months to 12 years) when regular day care is unavailable. This benefit is intended for short-term emergency use with access to facilities conveniently located near our various offices.

Professional Development / Training

We understand our success is tied to the growth and development of staff and offer a variety of professional development opportunities to help our employees expand their knowledge and develop their skill set. In addition to extensive orientation and training sessions, we offer a wide-range of development programs on a regular basis to staff and managers alike.

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.”

- Jennie Park, Los Angeles, corporate associate

“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

“Being a mentor has exposed me to more formal and informal ways to meet people at Winston. This helps to have a greater network within the firm.”

- Mary Krulic, Washington, D.C., 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

“My mentors and colleagues have given me lots of advice throughout the years for success as an attorney at Winston.  Some advice that stands out is to understand the importance of communication and responsiveness, both internally at the firm and with our clients. 

- Erin Stone, Chicago, corporate 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.”

- Dan Rubinstein, Chicago, litigation partner

“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

 

 

Benefits

Staff Benefits

We offer comprehensive benefits packages* to meet the individual needs of our employees. Employees who maintain a minimum of 20 hours per week are given the opportunity to participate in our package. Dependent and domestic partner coverage is also available.

  • Medical Coverage
  • Dental Coverage
  • Vision Coverage
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Backup Child Care
  • Long-Term Care Coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Travel Assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • MetLife Home and Auto
  • Disability Insurance
  • Commuter Benefit Program
  • Savings and Retirement Plans
  • Paid Time Off

Winston & Strawn staff members may choose to extend coverage under certain firm benefit plans to the employee’s “domestic partner,” if that person is of the same gender as the employee and otherwise qualifies for coverage. Qualified domestic partners may be covered as a dependent under select firm policies too.

*Winston & Strawn reserves the right to modify, suspend, or terminate benefits in accordance with the respective plan documents. Any discrepancy between this Web site and the plan document is governed by the plan document.

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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 recruiting contacts via email or hard copy are discouraged.

Winston & Strawn offers its employees a challenging work environment, emphasizes training and responsibility, and provides competitive compensation and progressive workplace policies. Because the firm believes that teamwork is an essential component in providing high quality legal services, we value the talents and skills of our entire staff. Staff contributions are recognized throughout the year with various staff appreciation programs. We are an EEO/AA employer and we value diversity in our workplace

EEO Statement

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.

EEO IS LAW

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION NOTICE

Winston & Strawn will provide reasonable accommodation to complete the online application consistent with applicable law. If you require an accommodation, please contact the location for which you are applying and ask to speak with the human resources representative or email humanresourcesch@winston.com.