Winston & Strawn’s retail and consumer product lawyers help clients navigate the unique challenges and opportunities encountered by the retail sector worldwide. As our retail clients operate and expand their footprints, we handle significant, high-profile matters for these businesses across a wide variety of practice areas.
In the area of disputes, our consumer product attorneys have extensive experience litigating class actions – particularly those involving consumer and product liability claims – and complex commercial matters. We counsel retailers on the application of unfair competition and other consumer protection laws and, when necessary, defend them in litigation.
Attorneys in our Labor & Employment Department defend clients in major wage and hour class actions involving exempt/non-exempt status, employee overtime status, and off-the-clock pay practice claims. We also represent retail clients in traditional labor matters and employment counseling and advice.
Our intellectual property attorneys help clients build powerful brands and protect their IP assets by using innovative and cost-effective patent, copyright, and trademark development, maintenance, policing, and protection strategies. In addition, our attorneys represent consumer products and retail clients in connection with advertising litigation and consumer privacy issues.
Attorneys in our Corporate Department handle M&A transactions of all sizes and degrees of complexity within the sector, representing both public and private companies, as well as financial sponsors. We also counsel our clients in connection with real estate matters and assist with environmental counseling and negotiations.
Representative clients include luxury brand products, apparel and accessory retailers, electronics and technology retailers, healthcare products, and manufacturers and retailers of food and beverage products, among others.