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Winston & Strawn’s Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (EBEC) Departments have long been considered among the nation’s premier practices, as evidenced by the regular recognitions we receive on both regional and national levels.
With more than 75 years of experience and nearly 60 attorneys firmwide, our Labor & Employment Practice is one of the largest and most experienced practices among the country’s multi-disciplined law firms. The group represents employers of all types and sizes—ranging from the Fortune 100 to privately held startups, including businesses both foreign and domestic. We also serve as national, regional, or preferred counsel to many major employers. Our attorneys are known for effective and successful representation, covering a broad range of hard-hitting labor and employment law issues, including major class and collective actions, with an emphasis on wage and hour and ERISA litigation. We also have one of the most experienced and long standing traditional labor practices, which includes handling the full range of high-profile and complex labor disputes. In addition, we regularly handle single plaintiff employment litigation, as well as matters involving trade secrets, unfair competition, and noncompete issues; important counseling and compliance advice; and other day-to-day employment issues.
Our EBEC attorneys focus on a wide range of matters relating to employee benefits and executive compensation plans and arrangements. We advise corporations, institutions, boards of directors, private equity firms, and executives on all legal, design, drafting, negotiation, and compliance aspects of executive compensation matters. We also advise corporations, firms, organizations, fiduciaries, executives, administrators, governmental entities, and financial institutions on innovative and traditional employee retirement and health and welfare benefits programs. In addition, we advise clients on executive compensation disclosure matters, including in connection with initial public offerings, proxy filings, and other periodic reporting obligations and Section 16 filings. Our level of experience and more than 50 years of involvement in the EBEC field have given our attorneys a deep understanding of the evolution of benefits law and the market for executive compensation.