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Steven Grimes

Partner in Hong Kong and Chicago

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Steve Grimes is a partner and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in the firm’s Hong Kong office. He leads Winston’s Asia Litigation practice, is a former U.S. federal prosecutor, an experienced trial lawyer, and a former Chief Compliance Officer and senior litigation counsel for a global publicly-traded Fortune 500 company. Steve’s practice focuses on compliance and data security counseling, sensitive internal investigations, government interactions, and complex disputes. Steve’s in-house experiences greatly aid his ability to provide tailored and pragmatic service to his clients.

Steve focuses a significant portion of his practice on conducting sensitive internal investigations, often across borders, and interfacing with government agencies on behalf of his clients. He works with companies across many industries to investigate highly sensitive and urgent issues related to trade secret theft, technology and data security breaches, anti-money laundering, conflicts of interest, trade sanctions, financial fraud/disclosures, and potential violations of anti-bribery and other laws. In one highly publicized matter, Steve assisted a financial firm with the investigation and ultimate federal prosecution and conviction for theft of trade secrets and obstruction of justice by two of the firm’s employees. Steve co-leads the firm’s Global Privacy and Data Security Task Force.

Steve leads Winston’s Asia Litigation practice, and also maintains a litigation practice in the U.S. He is a true trial lawyer, having taken 11 cases to trial, succeeding in each. As a trial lawyer, his litigation practice covers many substantive areas, including complex commercial disputes, qui tam defense, antitrust/competition, data security, financial/audit claims, technology and trade secret litigation, health care fraud, environmental claims, and consumer class actions. Steve’s experience is in both federal and state courts in the U.S., as well as various courts and forums around the world. Representative matters include a number of commercial disputes in the automotive industry, an international manufacturer in a high profile class action case in federal court, a bet-the-company cross-border trade secret litigation for an international manufacturing company, and McDonald’s Corporation in class action cases brought by consumers about McDonald’s food, including the infamous “obesity case.” He also represented McDonald’s in a series of class action cases about the trans fatty acid (TFA) levels in McDonald’s french fries, and was part of the team that successfully brought Lanham Act claims against a trade organization for disparaging makers of high fructose corn syrup. He was also a key member of the team that defended Microsoft in a high-stakes trade secret lawsuit alleging theft of volume management software.

On the proactive/consulting side of his practice, Steve provides pragmatic and tailored advice to companies and Boards seeking to build, improve, and defend compliance programs around the world. Having worked with dozens of companies, both private and public, and having built a compliance program from the ground up while in-house at a global tier-one automotive supply company, Steve is able to identify and help clients work through common road blocks and resource constraints within their organizations.

Steve previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, assigned to the Public Corruption Section in Chicago. As a federal prosecutor, the jury ultimately sided with Steve in each case that he tried. He prosecuted corporate executives, public officials, and law enforcement officers for fraud, bribery, extortion, and perjury, including the prosecutions of a member of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s cabinet; a County Commissioner; a former Chicago alderman; the president of a large pharmaceutical company; the CEO, president, and vice president of a large privately held auction house; and several City building inspectors.

Working hand in hand with law enforcement, Steve also investigated and prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases involving complex corporate fraud, hacking and cybercrime, theft of confidential information, tax fraud, health care fraud, racketeering, terrorism, sex trafficking, drug and gun trafficking, murder, and gang violence. Steve, for example, successfully prosecuted a rogue employee who had stolen confidential business information from his employer and attempted to sell that information to competitors. Steve’s work often garnered local and national headlines. For example, Steve led the prosecution team that brought highly publicized fraud charges against William Mastro, an influential sports memorabilia figure, in connection with Mr. Mastro’s efforts to rig online auctions and his alteration of the “most expensive baseball card in the world.” Steve was also part of the team that prosecuted a man for cyberstalking an ESPN sportscaster. Steve also led the prosecution team that won the first-ever life sentence for a Chicago-area sex trafficker for enslaving a number of young women, and was also instrumental in bringing a RICO case against a Chicago-area gang, the Hobos, who were ultimately found guilty of committing nine murders. Steve has been featured in various media forums, including a featured role on CNBC’s “American Greed.”

Honors & Awards

Steve was awarded the Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Award by the Chicago Crime Commission in 2014. He was the recipient of the Homeland Security Director’s award in 2012, which is a national award given for superior investigative performance. Steve also received the Chicago Crime Commissions Star of Distinction Award in 2011.

Steve has been named a "Dispute Resolution Star" in Competition/antitrust, Commercial and transactions, and White-collar crime by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2019.

In 2018, Steve was recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) and that same year he was named to Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “Forty Under 40” list. Steve has also recently been recognized as a 2019 Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers which identifies the top 2% of lawyers who are under 40 years old.  

Winston & Strawn was named the Chicago Litigation Department of the Year for white-collar defense by The National Law Journal in 2014 and for general litigation in 2015. 

Activities

Steve co-taught “Computer Crime and the Legal System,” focusing on the legal issues surrounding cyber, technology, data security, and trade secret law, at the University of Illinois Law School (with David Glockner), and he has served as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola University Chicago Law School. Steve regularly publishes articles and speaks to lawyers and corporations about compliance, investigations, data security, and trade secret matters.

Steve is on the Board for the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services and the Board for HFS Scholars Chicago.

Credentials

Steve served as a law clerk to Hon. Amy St. Eve in the Northern District of Illinois.

Steve received a B.S. in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management, magna cum laude, from Miami University in 2001. He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 2005, where he was elected to Order of the Coif.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Co-author on "‘To Mark Or Not To Mark: Mitigation Trade Secret Theft Risk," Law360, August 21, 2019
  • Co-author on "‘Reasonable Measures’ For Protecting Trade Secrets: A Primer," Law360, February 27, 2019
  • Co-author on "When To Call The Feds For Trade Secret Theft Investigations," Law360, February 5, 2019
  • Co-presenter on "Trade Secrets Theft: Legal Teams Weigh In on Prevention & Investigation," Winston & Strawn and FTI Consulting Webinar, January 24, 2019
  • Co-author on “Trade Secrets, Cross-Border Disputes, and the ITC”, Hong Kong Lawyer, November 2018
  • Speaker on “China-US Trade and Cross-Border Investment,” hosted with the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association, the Toys Manufacturers’ Association, the Toy Manufacturers Association, the Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council, and Monte Jade Science and Technology Association, Hong Kong, November 15, 2018
  • Speaker on “Minimizing Risk from Distributors, Vendors, Brokers, and Intermediaries”, the 12th Annual China Anti-Corruption Compliance Summit, Shanghai, October 2018
  • Co-author on "Trade Secrets—A Holistic Approach," Bloomberg Law, July 2018
  • Co-author on "The Path to Restitution After Lagos," Law360, July 2018
  • Speaker on "Trade Secrets Protection and Enforcement," Sandpiper Partners’ 2nd Annual Trade Secrets Protection, Enforcement, and Litigation Conference, Chicago, June 21, 2018
  • Speaker on “Trade Secret Protection – Practical Advice on Protecting and Defending Your Organization’s Trade Secrets," Winston & Strawn eLunch, June 12, 2018
  • Speaker on "Hardening Defenses: Knowing What You Must Defend, When and How to Defend It," Law Firm and General Counsel Cyber Security Summit, Chicago, June 7, 2018
  • Interviewed for "Moving Your Compliance Program to the Next Level," Thomson Reuters Forum Magazine, Spring 2018
  • Co-author on "Plaintiffs Increasingly Pursuing Class Action Securities Fraud Claims Following Data Breaches," Winston & Strawn Briefing, January 30, 2018
  • Co-author on "Biometric Privacy Litigation: The Next Class Action Battleground," Bloomberg BNA's Class Action Litigation Report, January 2018
  • Speaker and Host of CRBEN Quarterly Meeting, "Trade Secrets Theft and Protection," January 2018
  • Interviewed for "Q&A With Steven Grimes and Robb Adkins of Winston & Strawn LLP," Corporate Compliance Insights, December 2017
  • Speaker on “Practical Advice from a Former Chief Compliance Officer: How to Build, Grow, and Measure a Corporate Compliance Program,” The Real Deal Webinar, November 2017
  • Speaker on “Cybersecurity and Data Breach Responses for Financial Institutions: Recent Developments and Best Practices,” CBA Financial Institutions Committee, November 2014
  • Speaker on “Keynote: Turning Lemons into Lemonade: How the FBI Can Be Your Best Ally” at the SC Congress Chicago 2014, November 2014
  • “Medical Directors At Risk Under Anti-Kickback Statute,” Law360, August 2014
  • Co-author on “Health Care ‘Kickbacks’ Cover More Than You Might Think,” Law360, August 2014
  • Co-author on “SEC Is Focusing On Cybersecurity — And So Should You,” Law360, March 2014
  • “High Court May Tighten Reins On Data Breach Class Actions,” Law360, February 2014

Steven Grimes

Partner in Hong Kong and Chicago

  • Email
  • Download vCard
  • +852 2292 2138 (Hong Kong)
  • +1 312-558-8317 (Chicago)
  • Email
  • Download vCard
  • +852 2292 2138 (Hong Kong)
  • +1 312-558-8317 (Chicago)

Steve Grimes is a partner and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in the firm’s Hong Kong office. He leads Winston’s Asia Litigation practice, is a former U.S. federal prosecutor, an experienced trial lawyer, and a former Chief Compliance Officer and senior litigation counsel for a global publicly-traded Fortune 500 company. Steve’s practice focuses on compliance and data security counseling, sensitive internal investigations, government interactions, and complex disputes. Steve’s in-house experiences greatly aid his ability to provide tailored and pragmatic service to his clients.

Steve focuses a significant portion of his practice on conducting sensitive internal investigations, often across borders, and interfacing with government agencies on behalf of his clients. He works with companies across many industries to investigate highly sensitive and urgent issues related to trade secret theft, technology and data security breaches, anti-money laundering, conflicts of interest, trade sanctions, financial fraud/disclosures, and potential violations of anti-bribery and other laws. In one highly publicized matter, Steve assisted a financial firm with the investigation and ultimate federal prosecution and conviction for theft of trade secrets and obstruction of justice by two of the firm’s employees. Steve co-leads the firm’s Global Privacy and Data Security Task Force.

Steve leads Winston’s Asia Litigation practice, and also maintains a litigation practice in the U.S. He is a true trial lawyer, having taken 11 cases to trial, succeeding in each. As a trial lawyer, his litigation practice covers many substantive areas, including complex commercial disputes, qui tam defense, antitrust/competition, data security, financial/audit claims, technology and trade secret litigation, health care fraud, environmental claims, and consumer class actions. Steve’s experience is in both federal and state courts in the U.S., as well as various courts and forums around the world. Representative matters include a number of commercial disputes in the automotive industry, an international manufacturer in a high profile class action case in federal court, a bet-the-company cross-border trade secret litigation for an international manufacturing company, and McDonald’s Corporation in class action cases brought by consumers about McDonald’s food, including the infamous “obesity case.” He also represented McDonald’s in a series of class action cases about the trans fatty acid (TFA) levels in McDonald’s french fries, and was part of the team that successfully brought Lanham Act claims against a trade organization for disparaging makers of high fructose corn syrup. He was also a key member of the team that defended Microsoft in a high-stakes trade secret lawsuit alleging theft of volume management software.

On the proactive/consulting side of his practice, Steve provides pragmatic and tailored advice to companies and Boards seeking to build, improve, and defend compliance programs around the world. Having worked with dozens of companies, both private and public, and having built a compliance program from the ground up while in-house at a global tier-one automotive supply company, Steve is able to identify and help clients work through common road blocks and resource constraints within their organizations.

Steve previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, assigned to the Public Corruption Section in Chicago. As a federal prosecutor, the jury ultimately sided with Steve in each case that he tried. He prosecuted corporate executives, public officials, and law enforcement officers for fraud, bribery, extortion, and perjury, including the prosecutions of a member of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s cabinet; a County Commissioner; a former Chicago alderman; the president of a large pharmaceutical company; the CEO, president, and vice president of a large privately held auction house; and several City building inspectors.

Working hand in hand with law enforcement, Steve also investigated and prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases involving complex corporate fraud, hacking and cybercrime, theft of confidential information, tax fraud, health care fraud, racketeering, terrorism, sex trafficking, drug and gun trafficking, murder, and gang violence. Steve, for example, successfully prosecuted a rogue employee who had stolen confidential business information from his employer and attempted to sell that information to competitors. Steve’s work often garnered local and national headlines. For example, Steve led the prosecution team that brought highly publicized fraud charges against William Mastro, an influential sports memorabilia figure, in connection with Mr. Mastro’s efforts to rig online auctions and his alteration of the “most expensive baseball card in the world.” Steve was also part of the team that prosecuted a man for cyberstalking an ESPN sportscaster. Steve also led the prosecution team that won the first-ever life sentence for a Chicago-area sex trafficker for enslaving a number of young women, and was also instrumental in bringing a RICO case against a Chicago-area gang, the Hobos, who were ultimately found guilty of committing nine murders. Steve has been featured in various media forums, including a featured role on CNBC’s “American Greed.”

Honors and Awards

Forty Under 40
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Stars of
Distinction
Chicago Crime Commission
Mitch Mars
Prosecutor
Award
Chicago Crime Commission
Director’s
Award
Homeland Security 
Legal
500
The Legal 500 United States
Emerging Lawyer
Leading Lawyers

Steve was awarded the Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Award by the Chicago Crime Commission in 2014. He was the recipient of the Homeland Security Director’s award in 2012, which is a national award given for superior investigative performance. Steve also received the Chicago Crime Commissions Star of Distinction Award in 2011.

Steve has been named a "Dispute Resolution Star" in Competition/antitrust, Commercial and transactions, and White-collar crime by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2019.

In 2018, Steve was recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) and that same year he was named to Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “Forty Under 40” list. Steve has also recently been recognized as a 2019 Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers which identifies the top 2% of lawyers who are under 40 years old.  

Winston & Strawn was named the Chicago Litigation Department of the Year for white-collar defense by The National Law Journal in 2014 and for general litigation in 2015. 

Activities

Steve co-taught “Computer Crime and the Legal System,” focusing on the legal issues surrounding cyber, technology, data security, and trade secret law, at the University of Illinois Law School (with David Glockner), and he has served as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola University Chicago Law School. Steve regularly publishes articles and speaks to lawyers and corporations about compliance, investigations, data security, and trade secret matters.

Steve is on the Board for the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services and the Board for HFS Scholars Chicago.

Steve served as a law clerk to Hon. Amy St. Eve in the Northern District of Illinois.

Steve received a B.S. in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management, magna cum laude, from Miami University in 2001. He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 2005, where he was elected to Order of the Coif.

Education

Cornell University
JD, 2005
Miami University of Ohio
BS, 2001

Clerkships

N.D.
Ill.
USDC - Northern District of Illinois for the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve

Admissions

IL
Illinois
  • Co-author on "‘To Mark Or Not To Mark: Mitigation Trade Secret Theft Risk," Law360, August 21, 2019
  • Co-author on "‘Reasonable Measures’ For Protecting Trade Secrets: A Primer," Law360, February 27, 2019
  • Co-author on "When To Call The Feds For Trade Secret Theft Investigations," Law360, February 5, 2019
  • Co-presenter on "Trade Secrets Theft: Legal Teams Weigh In on Prevention & Investigation," Winston & Strawn and FTI Consulting Webinar, January 24, 2019
  • Co-author on “Trade Secrets, Cross-Border Disputes, and the ITC”, Hong Kong Lawyer, November 2018
  • Speaker on “China-US Trade and Cross-Border Investment,” hosted with the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association, the Toys Manufacturers’ Association, the Toy Manufacturers Association, the Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council, and Monte Jade Science and Technology Association, Hong Kong, November 15, 2018
  • Speaker on “Minimizing Risk from Distributors, Vendors, Brokers, and Intermediaries”, the 12th Annual China Anti-Corruption Compliance Summit, Shanghai, October 2018
  • Co-author on "Trade Secrets—A Holistic Approach," Bloomberg Law, July 2018
  • Co-author on "The Path to Restitution After Lagos," Law360, July 2018
  • Speaker on "Trade Secrets Protection and Enforcement," Sandpiper Partners’ 2nd Annual Trade Secrets Protection, Enforcement, and Litigation Conference, Chicago, June 21, 2018
  • Speaker on “Trade Secret Protection – Practical Advice on Protecting and Defending Your Organization’s Trade Secrets," Winston & Strawn eLunch, June 12, 2018
  • Speaker on "Hardening Defenses: Knowing What You Must Defend, When and How to Defend It," Law Firm and General Counsel Cyber Security Summit, Chicago, June 7, 2018
  • Interviewed for "Moving Your Compliance Program to the Next Level," Thomson Reuters Forum Magazine, Spring 2018
  • Co-author on "Plaintiffs Increasingly Pursuing Class Action Securities Fraud Claims Following Data Breaches," Winston & Strawn Briefing, January 30, 2018
  • Co-author on "Biometric Privacy Litigation: The Next Class Action Battleground," Bloomberg BNA's Class Action Litigation Report, January 2018
  • Speaker and Host of CRBEN Quarterly Meeting, "Trade Secrets Theft and Protection," January 2018
  • Interviewed for "Q&A With Steven Grimes and Robb Adkins of Winston & Strawn LLP," Corporate Compliance Insights, December 2017
  • Speaker on “Practical Advice from a Former Chief Compliance Officer: How to Build, Grow, and Measure a Corporate Compliance Program,” The Real Deal Webinar, November 2017
  • Speaker on “Cybersecurity and Data Breach Responses for Financial Institutions: Recent Developments and Best Practices,” CBA Financial Institutions Committee, November 2014
  • Speaker on “Keynote: Turning Lemons into Lemonade: How the FBI Can Be Your Best Ally” at the SC Congress Chicago 2014, November 2014
  • “Medical Directors At Risk Under Anti-Kickback Statute,” Law360, August 2014
  • Co-author on “Health Care ‘Kickbacks’ Cover More Than You Might Think,” Law360, August 2014
  • Co-author on “SEC Is Focusing On Cybersecurity — And So Should You,” Law360, March 2014
  • “High Court May Tighten Reins On Data Breach Class Actions,” Law360, February 2014

Thought Leadership

Blogs & Podcasts

Videos

Steven Grimes

Partner in Chicago

Steve Grimes is a former federal prosecutor with extensive trial experience, whose practice focuses on internal investigations, cyber and privacy matters, and class action litigation. Prior to rejoining Winston and Strawn, Steve was an Assistant United Sates Attorney in Chicago where he worked hand and hand with the FBI, Secret Service, and Homeland Security to investigate, among other things, corporate fraud and cyber intrusion matters. He served as a primary point person for the U.S. Attorney’s Office cyber response team when NATO came to Chicago, working with the Secret Service, FBI, and other agencies to respond to and combat efforts by a collective group of hackers to disrupt NATO. Mr. Grimes has taken the investigative skills he honed as an investigator and applied them to the corporate setting. In addition, as a private attorney, he has extensive experience in technology litigation, with a focus in class actions. He has represented numerous corporate clients in class actions in both state and federal court, including his current representation of an international manufacturer in a massive class action, and his representation of McDonald’s in the infamous “obesity class action,” the first and still the only case alleging that a restaurant is responsible for weight gained by a class of people. Given his unique background and qualifications, Steve can work with companies to quickly investigate breaches to identify the actors, assess the damage, and formulate a strategic response. Once the breach has been assessed and the appropriate regulatory bodies have been notified, his class action experience is vital to litigating against a data breach class action.

Honors & Awards

Steve was awarded the Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Award by the Chicago Crime Commission in 2014. He was the recipient of the Homeland Security Director’s award in 2012, which is a national award given for superior investigative performance. Steve also received the Chicago Crime Commissions Star of Distinction Award in 2011.

Steve has been named a "Dispute Resolution Star" in Competition/antitrust, Commercial and transactions, and White-collar crime by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2019.

In 2018, Steve was recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) and that same year he was named to Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “Forty Under 40” list. Steve has also recently been recognized as a 2019 Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers which identifies the top 2% of lawyers who are under 40 years old.  

Winston & Strawn was named the Chicago Litigation Department of the Year for white-collar defense by The National Law Journal in 2014 and for general litigation in 2015. 

Activities

Steve co-taught “Computer Crime and the Legal System,” focusing on the legal issues surrounding cyber, technology, data security, and trade secret law, at the University of Illinois Law School (with David Glockner), and he has served as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola University Chicago Law School. Steve regularly publishes articles and speaks to lawyers and corporations about compliance, investigations, data security, and trade secret matters.

Steve is on the Board for the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services and the Board for HFS Scholars Chicago.

Credentials

Steve served as a law clerk to Hon. Amy St. Eve in the Northern District of Illinois.

Steve received a B.S. in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management, magna cum laude, from Miami University in 2001. He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 2005, where he was elected to Order of the Coif.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Co-author on "‘To Mark Or Not To Mark: Mitigation Trade Secret Theft Risk," Law360, August 21, 2019
  • Co-author on "‘Reasonable Measures’ For Protecting Trade Secrets: A Primer," Law360, February 27, 2019
  • Co-author on "When To Call The Feds For Trade Secret Theft Investigations," Law360, February 5, 2019
  • Co-presenter on "Trade Secrets Theft: Legal Teams Weigh In on Prevention & Investigation," Winston & Strawn and FTI Consulting Webinar, January 24, 2019
  • Co-author on “Trade Secrets, Cross-Border Disputes, and the ITC”, Hong Kong Lawyer, November 2018
  • Speaker on “China-US Trade and Cross-Border Investment,” hosted with the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association, the Toys Manufacturers’ Association, the Toy Manufacturers Association, the Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council, and Monte Jade Science and Technology Association, Hong Kong, November 15, 2018
  • Speaker on “Minimizing Risk from Distributors, Vendors, Brokers, and Intermediaries”, the 12th Annual China Anti-Corruption Compliance Summit, Shanghai, October 2018
  • Co-author on "Trade Secrets—A Holistic Approach," Bloomberg Law, July 2018
  • Co-author on "The Path to Restitution After Lagos," Law360, July 2018
  • Speaker on "Trade Secrets Protection and Enforcement," Sandpiper Partners’ 2nd Annual Trade Secrets Protection, Enforcement, and Litigation Conference, Chicago, June 21, 2018
  • Speaker on “Trade Secret Protection – Practical Advice on Protecting and Defending Your Organization’s Trade Secrets," Winston & Strawn eLunch, June 12, 2018
  • Speaker on "Hardening Defenses: Knowing What You Must Defend, When and How to Defend It," Law Firm and General Counsel Cyber Security Summit, Chicago, June 7, 2018
  • Interviewed for "Moving Your Compliance Program to the Next Level," Thomson Reuters Forum Magazine, Spring 2018
  • Co-author on "Plaintiffs Increasingly Pursuing Class Action Securities Fraud Claims Following Data Breaches," Winston & Strawn Briefing, January 30, 2018
  • Co-author on "Biometric Privacy Litigation: The Next Class Action Battleground," Bloomberg BNA's Class Action Litigation Report, January 2018
  • Speaker and Host of CRBEN Quarterly Meeting, "Trade Secrets Theft and Protection," January 2018
  • Interviewed for "Q&A With Steven Grimes and Robb Adkins of Winston & Strawn LLP," Corporate Compliance Insights, December 2017
  • Speaker on “Practical Advice from a Former Chief Compliance Officer: How to Build, Grow, and Measure a Corporate Compliance Program,” The Real Deal Webinar, November 2017
  • Speaker on “Cybersecurity and Data Breach Responses for Financial Institutions: Recent Developments and Best Practices,” CBA Financial Institutions Committee, November 2014
  • Speaker on “Keynote: Turning Lemons into Lemonade: How the FBI Can Be Your Best Ally” at the SC Congress Chicago 2014, November 2014
  • “Medical Directors At Risk Under Anti-Kickback Statute,” Law360, August 2014
  • Co-author on “Health Care ‘Kickbacks’ Cover More Than You Might Think,” Law360, August 2014
  • Co-author on “SEC Is Focusing On Cybersecurity — And So Should You,” Law360, March 2014
  • “High Court May Tighten Reins On Data Breach Class Actions,” Law360, February 2014

Steven Grimes

Partner in Chicago

Steve Grimes is a former federal prosecutor with extensive trial experience, whose practice focuses on internal investigations, cyber and privacy matters, and class action litigation. Prior to rejoining Winston and Strawn, Steve was an Assistant United Sates Attorney in Chicago where he worked hand and hand with the FBI, Secret Service, and Homeland Security to investigate, among other things, corporate fraud and cyber intrusion matters. He served as a primary point person for the U.S. Attorney’s Office cyber response team when NATO came to Chicago, working with the Secret Service, FBI, and other agencies to respond to and combat efforts by a collective group of hackers to disrupt NATO. Mr. Grimes has taken the investigative skills he honed as an investigator and applied them to the corporate setting. In addition, as a private attorney, he has extensive experience in technology litigation, with a focus in class actions. He has represented numerous corporate clients in class actions in both state and federal court, including his current representation of an international manufacturer in a massive class action, and his representation of McDonald’s in the infamous “obesity class action,” the first and still the only case alleging that a restaurant is responsible for weight gained by a class of people. Given his unique background and qualifications, Steve can work with companies to quickly investigate breaches to identify the actors, assess the damage, and formulate a strategic response. Once the breach has been assessed and the appropriate regulatory bodies have been notified, his class action experience is vital to litigating against a data breach class action.

Honors and Awards

Forty Under 40
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Stars of
Distinction
Chicago Crime Commission
Mitch Mars
Prosecutor
Award
Chicago Crime Commission
Director’s
Award
Homeland Security 
Legal
500
The Legal 500 United States
Emerging Lawyer
Leading Lawyers

Steve was awarded the Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Award by the Chicago Crime Commission in 2014. He was the recipient of the Homeland Security Director’s award in 2012, which is a national award given for superior investigative performance. Steve also received the Chicago Crime Commissions Star of Distinction Award in 2011.

Steve has been named a "Dispute Resolution Star" in Competition/antitrust, Commercial and transactions, and White-collar crime by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2019.

In 2018, Steve was recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) and that same year he was named to Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “Forty Under 40” list. Steve has also recently been recognized as a 2019 Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers which identifies the top 2% of lawyers who are under 40 years old.  

Winston & Strawn was named the Chicago Litigation Department of the Year for white-collar defense by The National Law Journal in 2014 and for general litigation in 2015. 

Activities

Steve co-taught “Computer Crime and the Legal System,” focusing on the legal issues surrounding cyber, technology, data security, and trade secret law, at the University of Illinois Law School (with David Glockner), and he has served as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola University Chicago Law School. Steve regularly publishes articles and speaks to lawyers and corporations about compliance, investigations, data security, and trade secret matters.

Steve is on the Board for the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services and the Board for HFS Scholars Chicago.

Steve served as a law clerk to Hon. Amy St. Eve in the Northern District of Illinois.

Steve received a B.S. in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management, magna cum laude, from Miami University in 2001. He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 2005, where he was elected to Order of the Coif.

Education

Cornell University
JD, 2005
Miami University of Ohio
BS, 2001

Clerkships

N.D.
Ill.
USDC - Northern District of Illinois for the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve

Admissions

IL
Illinois
  • Co-author on "‘To Mark Or Not To Mark: Mitigation Trade Secret Theft Risk," Law360, August 21, 2019
  • Co-author on "‘Reasonable Measures’ For Protecting Trade Secrets: A Primer," Law360, February 27, 2019
  • Co-author on "When To Call The Feds For Trade Secret Theft Investigations," Law360, February 5, 2019
  • Co-presenter on "Trade Secrets Theft: Legal Teams Weigh In on Prevention & Investigation," Winston & Strawn and FTI Consulting Webinar, January 24, 2019
  • Co-author on “Trade Secrets, Cross-Border Disputes, and the ITC”, Hong Kong Lawyer, November 2018
  • Speaker on “China-US Trade and Cross-Border Investment,” hosted with the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association, the Toys Manufacturers’ Association, the Toy Manufacturers Association, the Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council, and Monte Jade Science and Technology Association, Hong Kong, November 15, 2018
  • Speaker on “Minimizing Risk from Distributors, Vendors, Brokers, and Intermediaries”, the 12th Annual China Anti-Corruption Compliance Summit, Shanghai, October 2018
  • Co-author on "Trade Secrets—A Holistic Approach," Bloomberg Law, July 2018
  • Co-author on "The Path to Restitution After Lagos," Law360, July 2018
  • Speaker on "Trade Secrets Protection and Enforcement," Sandpiper Partners’ 2nd Annual Trade Secrets Protection, Enforcement, and Litigation Conference, Chicago, June 21, 2018
  • Speaker on “Trade Secret Protection – Practical Advice on Protecting and Defending Your Organization’s Trade Secrets," Winston & Strawn eLunch, June 12, 2018
  • Speaker on "Hardening Defenses: Knowing What You Must Defend, When and How to Defend It," Law Firm and General Counsel Cyber Security Summit, Chicago, June 7, 2018
  • Interviewed for "Moving Your Compliance Program to the Next Level," Thomson Reuters Forum Magazine, Spring 2018
  • Co-author on "Plaintiffs Increasingly Pursuing Class Action Securities Fraud Claims Following Data Breaches," Winston & Strawn Briefing, January 30, 2018
  • Co-author on "Biometric Privacy Litigation: The Next Class Action Battleground," Bloomberg BNA's Class Action Litigation Report, January 2018
  • Speaker and Host of CRBEN Quarterly Meeting, "Trade Secrets Theft and Protection," January 2018
  • Interviewed for "Q&A With Steven Grimes and Robb Adkins of Winston & Strawn LLP," Corporate Compliance Insights, December 2017
  • Speaker on “Practical Advice from a Former Chief Compliance Officer: How to Build, Grow, and Measure a Corporate Compliance Program,” The Real Deal Webinar, November 2017
  • Speaker on “Cybersecurity and Data Breach Responses for Financial Institutions: Recent Developments and Best Practices,” CBA Financial Institutions Committee, November 2014
  • Speaker on “Keynote: Turning Lemons into Lemonade: How the FBI Can Be Your Best Ally” at the SC Congress Chicago 2014, November 2014
  • “Medical Directors At Risk Under Anti-Kickback Statute,” Law360, August 2014
  • Co-author on “Health Care ‘Kickbacks’ Cover More Than You Might Think,” Law360, August 2014
  • Co-author on “SEC Is Focusing On Cybersecurity — And So Should You,” Law360, March 2014
  • “High Court May Tighten Reins On Data Breach Class Actions,” Law360, February 2014

Steven Grimes

Partner in Chicago

Steve Grimes is a former federal prosecutor with extensive trial experience, whose practice focuses on complex litigation, cyber and privacy matters, internal investigations, FCPA, and white-collar criminal defense. Prior to rejoining Winston and Strawn in 2013, Mr. Grimes was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, assigned to the Public Corruption Section. As a federal prosecutor, he was trial counsel in 11 jury trials, in which the jury ultimately sided with him in every case. Mr. Grimes successfully litigated numerous contested hearings in federal district court, and he also briefed and argued four cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. At Winston and Strawn, Mr. Grimes also focuses on complex commercial litigation, antitrust, technology litigation, and class actions. Representations include an international manufacturer in a high profile class action case pending in federal court, and McDonald’s Corporation in class action cases such as the infamous “obesity case.”

Honors & Awards

Steve was awarded the Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Award by the Chicago Crime Commission in 2014. He was the recipient of the Homeland Security Director’s award in 2012, which is a national award given for superior investigative performance. Steve also received the Chicago Crime Commissions Star of Distinction Award in 2011.

Steve has been named a "Dispute Resolution Star" in Competition/antitrust, Commercial and transactions, and White-collar crime by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2019.

In 2018, Steve was recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) and that same year he was named to Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “Forty Under 40” list. Steve has also recently been recognized as a 2019 Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers which identifies the top 2% of lawyers who are under 40 years old.  

Winston & Strawn was named the Chicago Litigation Department of the Year for white-collar defense by The National Law Journal in 2014 and for general litigation in 2015. 

Activities

Steve co-taught “Computer Crime and the Legal System,” focusing on the legal issues surrounding cyber, technology, data security, and trade secret law, at the University of Illinois Law School (with David Glockner), and he has served as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola University Chicago Law School. Steve regularly publishes articles and speaks to lawyers and corporations about compliance, investigations, data security, and trade secret matters.

Steve is on the Board for the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services and the Board for HFS Scholars Chicago.

Credentials

Steve served as a law clerk to Hon. Amy St. Eve in the Northern District of Illinois.

Steve received a B.S. in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management, magna cum laude, from Miami University in 2001. He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 2005, where he was elected to Order of the Coif.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Co-author on "‘To Mark Or Not To Mark: Mitigation Trade Secret Theft Risk," Law360, August 21, 2019
  • Co-author on "‘Reasonable Measures’ For Protecting Trade Secrets: A Primer," Law360, February 27, 2019
  • Co-author on "When To Call The Feds For Trade Secret Theft Investigations," Law360, February 5, 2019
  • Co-presenter on "Trade Secrets Theft: Legal Teams Weigh In on Prevention & Investigation," Winston & Strawn and FTI Consulting Webinar, January 24, 2019
  • Co-author on “Trade Secrets, Cross-Border Disputes, and the ITC”, Hong Kong Lawyer, November 2018
  • Speaker on “China-US Trade and Cross-Border Investment,” hosted with the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association, the Toys Manufacturers’ Association, the Toy Manufacturers Association, the Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council, and Monte Jade Science and Technology Association, Hong Kong, November 15, 2018
  • Speaker on “Minimizing Risk from Distributors, Vendors, Brokers, and Intermediaries”, the 12th Annual China Anti-Corruption Compliance Summit, Shanghai, October 2018
  • Co-author on "Trade Secrets—A Holistic Approach," Bloomberg Law, July 2018
  • Co-author on "The Path to Restitution After Lagos," Law360, July 2018
  • Speaker on "Trade Secrets Protection and Enforcement," Sandpiper Partners’ 2nd Annual Trade Secrets Protection, Enforcement, and Litigation Conference, Chicago, June 21, 2018
  • Speaker on “Trade Secret Protection – Practical Advice on Protecting and Defending Your Organization’s Trade Secrets," Winston & Strawn eLunch, June 12, 2018
  • Speaker on "Hardening Defenses: Knowing What You Must Defend, When and How to Defend It," Law Firm and General Counsel Cyber Security Summit, Chicago, June 7, 2018
  • Interviewed for "Moving Your Compliance Program to the Next Level," Thomson Reuters Forum Magazine, Spring 2018
  • Co-author on "Plaintiffs Increasingly Pursuing Class Action Securities Fraud Claims Following Data Breaches," Winston & Strawn Briefing, January 30, 2018
  • Co-author on "Biometric Privacy Litigation: The Next Class Action Battleground," Bloomberg BNA's Class Action Litigation Report, January 2018
  • Speaker and Host of CRBEN Quarterly Meeting, "Trade Secrets Theft and Protection," January 2018
  • Interviewed for "Q&A With Steven Grimes and Robb Adkins of Winston & Strawn LLP," Corporate Compliance Insights, December 2017
  • Speaker on “Practical Advice from a Former Chief Compliance Officer: How to Build, Grow, and Measure a Corporate Compliance Program,” The Real Deal Webinar, November 2017
  • Speaker on “Cybersecurity and Data Breach Responses for Financial Institutions: Recent Developments and Best Practices,” CBA Financial Institutions Committee, November 2014
  • Speaker on “Keynote: Turning Lemons into Lemonade: How the FBI Can Be Your Best Ally” at the SC Congress Chicago 2014, November 2014
  • “Medical Directors At Risk Under Anti-Kickback Statute,” Law360, August 2014
  • Co-author on “Health Care ‘Kickbacks’ Cover More Than You Might Think,” Law360, August 2014
  • Co-author on “SEC Is Focusing On Cybersecurity — And So Should You,” Law360, March 2014
  • “High Court May Tighten Reins On Data Breach Class Actions,” Law360, February 2014

Steven Grimes

Partner in Chicago

Steve Grimes is a former federal prosecutor with extensive trial experience, whose practice focuses on complex litigation, cyber and privacy matters, internal investigations, FCPA, and white-collar criminal defense. Prior to rejoining Winston and Strawn in 2013, Mr. Grimes was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, assigned to the Public Corruption Section. As a federal prosecutor, he was trial counsel in 11 jury trials, in which the jury ultimately sided with him in every case. Mr. Grimes successfully litigated numerous contested hearings in federal district court, and he also briefed and argued four cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. At Winston and Strawn, Mr. Grimes also focuses on complex commercial litigation, antitrust, technology litigation, and class actions. Representations include an international manufacturer in a high profile class action case pending in federal court, and McDonald’s Corporation in class action cases such as the infamous “obesity case.”

Honors and Awards

Forty Under 40
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Stars of
Distinction
Chicago Crime Commission
Mitch Mars
Prosecutor
Award
Chicago Crime Commission
Director’s
Award
Homeland Security 
Legal
500
The Legal 500 United States
Emerging Lawyer
Leading Lawyers

Steve was awarded the Mitch Mars Prosecutorial Award by the Chicago Crime Commission in 2014. He was the recipient of the Homeland Security Director’s award in 2012, which is a national award given for superior investigative performance. Steve also received the Chicago Crime Commissions Star of Distinction Award in 2011.

Steve has been named a "Dispute Resolution Star" in Competition/antitrust, Commercial and transactions, and White-collar crime by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2019.

In 2018, Steve was recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) and that same year he was named to Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “Forty Under 40” list. Steve has also recently been recognized as a 2019 Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers which identifies the top 2% of lawyers who are under 40 years old.  

Winston & Strawn was named the Chicago Litigation Department of the Year for white-collar defense by The National Law Journal in 2014 and for general litigation in 2015. 

Activities

Steve co-taught “Computer Crime and the Legal System,” focusing on the legal issues surrounding cyber, technology, data security, and trade secret law, at the University of Illinois Law School (with David Glockner), and he has served as an adjunct professor of law at Loyola University Chicago Law School. Steve regularly publishes articles and speaks to lawyers and corporations about compliance, investigations, data security, and trade secret matters.

Steve is on the Board for the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services and the Board for HFS Scholars Chicago.

Steve served as a law clerk to Hon. Amy St. Eve in the Northern District of Illinois.

Steve received a B.S. in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management, magna cum laude, from Miami University in 2001. He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 2005, where he was elected to Order of the Coif.

Education

Cornell University
JD, 2005
Miami University of Ohio
BS, 2001

Clerkships

N.D.
Ill.
USDC - Northern District of Illinois for the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve

Admissions

IL
Illinois
  • Co-author on "‘To Mark Or Not To Mark: Mitigation Trade Secret Theft Risk," Law360, August 21, 2019
  • Co-author on "‘Reasonable Measures’ For Protecting Trade Secrets: A Primer," Law360, February 27, 2019
  • Co-author on "When To Call The Feds For Trade Secret Theft Investigations," Law360, February 5, 2019
  • Co-presenter on "Trade Secrets Theft: Legal Teams Weigh In on Prevention & Investigation," Winston & Strawn and FTI Consulting Webinar, January 24, 2019
  • Co-author on “Trade Secrets, Cross-Border Disputes, and the ITC”, Hong Kong Lawyer, November 2018
  • Speaker on “China-US Trade and Cross-Border Investment,” hosted with the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association, the Toys Manufacturers’ Association, the Toy Manufacturers Association, the Hong Kong Young Industrialists Council, and Monte Jade Science and Technology Association, Hong Kong, November 15, 2018
  • Speaker on “Minimizing Risk from Distributors, Vendors, Brokers, and Intermediaries”, the 12th Annual China Anti-Corruption Compliance Summit, Shanghai, October 2018
  • Co-author on "Trade Secrets—A Holistic Approach," Bloomberg Law, July 2018
  • Co-author on "The Path to Restitution After Lagos," Law360, July 2018
  • Speaker on "Trade Secrets Protection and Enforcement," Sandpiper Partners’ 2nd Annual Trade Secrets Protection, Enforcement, and Litigation Conference, Chicago, June 21, 2018
  • Speaker on “Trade Secret Protection – Practical Advice on Protecting and Defending Your Organization’s Trade Secrets," Winston & Strawn eLunch, June 12, 2018
  • Speaker on "Hardening Defenses: Knowing What You Must Defend, When and How to Defend It," Law Firm and General Counsel Cyber Security Summit, Chicago, June 7, 2018
  • Interviewed for "Moving Your Compliance Program to the Next Level," Thomson Reuters Forum Magazine, Spring 2018
  • Co-author on "Plaintiffs Increasingly Pursuing Class Action Securities Fraud Claims Following Data Breaches," Winston & Strawn Briefing, January 30, 2018
  • Co-author on "Biometric Privacy Litigation: The Next Class Action Battleground," Bloomberg BNA's Class Action Litigation Report, January 2018
  • Speaker and Host of CRBEN Quarterly Meeting, "Trade Secrets Theft and Protection," January 2018
  • Interviewed for "Q&A With Steven Grimes and Robb Adkins of Winston & Strawn LLP," Corporate Compliance Insights, December 2017
  • Speaker on “Practical Advice from a Former Chief Compliance Officer: How to Build, Grow, and Measure a Corporate Compliance Program,” The Real Deal Webinar, November 2017
  • Speaker on “Cybersecurity and Data Breach Responses for Financial Institutions: Recent Developments and Best Practices,” CBA Financial Institutions Committee, November 2014
  • Speaker on “Keynote: Turning Lemons into Lemonade: How the FBI Can Be Your Best Ally” at the SC Congress Chicago 2014, November 2014
  • “Medical Directors At Risk Under Anti-Kickback Statute,” Law360, August 2014
  • Co-author on “Health Care ‘Kickbacks’ Cover More Than You Might Think,” Law360, August 2014
  • Co-author on “SEC Is Focusing On Cybersecurity — And So Should You,” Law360, March 2014
  • “High Court May Tighten Reins On Data Breach Class Actions,” Law360, February 2014