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Winston & Strawn LLP

Our Survey Says


Winston & Strawn is a firm with a long history, providing service to industry leaders for over 160 years. Associates enjoy the firm’s social culture, where attorneys and staff hang out together at weekly firm events and on their own. Winston & Strawn attorneys work on substantive projects, and associates are given early opportunities to gain experience and learn from senior associates and partners. Strong grades will get you an interview, but to get hired, candidates need to be a fit for the collegial personality of Winston & Strawn. Billable hour requirements are in line with the industry at 2,000 hours per year, but associates feel they have work-life balance due to the firm’s flexibility on when and where they work. Partners take their time to mentor junior associates, and associates feel they are equal players and can freely express their opinions on matters they are working on. The firm pays market compensation and bonuses, and allows non-billable tasks like pro bono, interviewing, and article writing to count towards their hour requirements. Wellness benefits and perks are appreciated, including generous family leave, mental health support, and an attorney coach who assists associates with developing and achieving professional goals. Commitment to pro bono work is a tenet of the firm, and Winston & Strawn attorneys are expected to perform at least 35 pro bono hours each year. The firm’s efforts on the DE&I front are commendable, with growing numbers of diverse attorneys at all levels of Winston & Strawn.

Winston & Strawn LLP

35 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 558-5600

Firm Stats

Firm Chairman: Thomas P. Fitzgerald
Hiring Committee Chair: William O’Neil
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
9th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $4,134/week

Employment Contact

Victor Barnett
Director of Attorney Recruiting & Development
(212) 294-6754

No. of U.S. Offices: 10

No. of International Offices: 6

Major Office Locations

Charlotte, NC
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC |
Hong Kong
São Paulo

Major Departments

Appellate & Critical Motions
Capital Markets
Complex Commercial Litigation
Employee Benefits (ERISA) & Executive Compensation
Energy & Infrastructure
Intellectual Property & Patent Litigation
Labor & Employment
Privacy & Data Security
Private Equity
Product Liability & Mass Torts
Real Estate
Restructuring & Insolvency
Sports Law
White Collar, Regulatory Defense & Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.