Winston & Strawn – Why Work For Us?

For more than 160 years, Winston & Strawn LLP has served as a trusted adviser and advocate for clients across virtually every industry. In that time, through careful growth and thoughtful fiscal management, we have built a law practice with tremendous breadth and a global reach. We are proud of the many accolades we have received over the years—a tribute to our lawyers’ creativity, flexibility, depth of experience, and commitment. The most meaningful accolade to us, though, is the continued trust and confidence of our clients.

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.

When we make hiring decisions, we look for lawyers who will thrive in our dynamic environment. Strong academic credentials are important – including law journal, extracurricular efforts and volunteer activities – as well as past career experience. We seek well-rounded, motivated, imaginative people who will work hard for our clients, and work well with others on the team.

A genuine connection and true reflection of your personality from the on-set of your relationship with the firm is among the most important factors in evaluating, hiring and retaining talent.

One of the unique features of working at Winston & Strawn is the immediate work experience and mentoring opportunities that we invest in our associates. For example, last summer, New York-based partner and chair of our antitrust practice group, Jeffrey Kessler, hosted five summer associates to shadow him. Some of the experience those particular associates gained included attending arbitration hearings, client meetings, client lunches, court proceedings and observing client conference calls. Additionally, the associates were able to work on certain related matters to further substantiate their hands-on experience.

An additional area of emphasis for our summer associates is to participate in the firm’s substantial pro bono activities. This initiative not only serves a critical need in the community, but also provides summer associates and attorneys with valuable experience that improves legal skills and confidence. By assisting low-income individuals with legal needs, summer associates are able to discover areas that could be of interest in their future legal careers.

At Winston & Strawn, our goal is to maximize individual potential, reinforce the firm’s culture, expand our employees’ professional development opportunities and help our professionals contribute positively to the community.


To help new lateral partners make a smooth transition, Winston & Strawn has a Lateral Partner Integration program that is personalized to each attorney’s interests and practice.  An entire team is available to help laterals acclimate to the firm, develop connections, and maximize business opportunities. The team – which includes contacts in firm management, senior administrative directors, firmwide and local practice group leaders –  meets all new laterals when they first join the firm. In addition, each new partner is assigned a dedicated partner liaison who serves as a go-to resource to answer questions, provide information, and facilitate introductions.  

Our goal is to make sure lateral partners connect with other partners, understand how our resources can be used to optimize their practice, and maximize their talent with existing and new clients. 


We also want lateral associates to hit the ground running and quickly feel like a part of the firm. Our Lateral Associate Integration program includes face-to-face meetings and introductions with key practice area and firm contacts. Through these activities, lateral associates have opportunities to meet colleagues, expand their professional networks, and learn about the firm’s programs in order to leverage their talents and skills.


Many law clerks come to Winston & Strawn because of our nationally recognized litigation practice. Others join us after clerking in bankruptcy and tax court and have been able to put their real world experience to immediate use. We provide seniority credit to those who have clerkship experience and also award clerkship bonuses that are competitive with those of other large law firms.


At Winston & Strawn, we stake our reputation on our people and the quality of their skills and judgment. Our professional development curriculum teaches specific core competencies expected during the junior-, mid-, and senior-levels of an associate’s career.

Each year we offer dozens of training programs on substantive topics, communication skills, and emerging issues. Attorneys have the opportunity to take part in traditional classes and workshops, as well as 24/7 learning formats that are available both online and through mobile applications.


All associates are assigned a mentor. Mentoring is an important way to pass on institutional knowledge, core values, and stories from our firm’s rich history. Our formal program won the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 2012Innovators Award and was a finalist in Chambers “Women in Law” Awards in theBest Mentoring Program in a Law Firm category.


Pro bono service is one of our core values. We were one of the first large law firms to adopt a formal pro bono policy, and we have full-time staff managing this program. Associates receive credit for the first 50 hours of approved pro bono work each year. Approved additional pro bono hours are typically credited toward discretionary performance bonuses.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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    A great place to work, don't be fooled by any of the negative information you've heard about Winston. It's a great place to work the people are very nice and friendly, they speak when they walk past you, even if they don't know your name. You are always learning interesting things about the firm, we all work well as a team to help one another.


    Winston now has a café called Winston café, the environment is so friendly, you can relax and enjoy your lunch with a group of co-workers or just by yourself. We get free bagels and donuts on payday and on special occasional we do get all kinds of great treats. During open enrollment, were provided with very detailed information at your fingertips. Human resources are always willing to assist you with any issues or concerns you may have.

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    Great firm and a awesome team of workers firm wide.

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    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Winston & Strawn (Chicago, IL).


    The interview process initially went well. I met with a senior personnel in the human resources department. Standard questions, and felt comfortable with the questions. I then met with the manager and another senior for the department I was applying for. Conversation went well and talked about qualifications. It all went downhill on the follow up I sent them. The first one I sent shortly after was not answered. The second follow up a week later was not responded to...ever.

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Winston & Strawn Awards & Accolades

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Appellate Hot List , The National Law Journal, 2014
Best Law Firms , U.S. News and Best Lawyers, 2015
Chambers Global - Band 1 category , Chambers Global, 2014
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality , Human Rights Campaign, 2012
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality , Human Rights Campaign, 2010
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Additional Info

Headquarters Chicago, IL
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1854
Type Company - Private
Industry Accounting & Legal
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 850 attorneys located in 18 offices in Beijing, Brussels, Charlotte, Chicago, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Newark, Paris, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Taipei, and Washington, D.C. Our firm serves the needs of enterprises of all types and sizes, in both the private and the public sector. The exceptional depth and geographic reach of our resources enable Winston & Strawn to manage virtually every type of business-related legal issue.

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