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Winston & Strawn Overview

Chicago, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Working at Winston & Strawn

Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 850 attorneys located in 18 offices in Beijing, Brussels, Charlotte, Chicago, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Newark, Paris, San Francisco, Silicon Valley ... Read more

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  • Winston & Strawn LLP Winston staff and attorneys in our Chicago office participated in a number of community service projects during our Week of Action. Volunteers prepared lunch at the Ronald McDonald House; assisted The Field Museum in cataloging o

  • Winston & Strawn LLP Winston is offering three scholarships to diverse law school students who join the 2017 summer program in one of our domestic offices following the conclusion of their second year of law school. Each $10,000 scholarship will be p

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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.


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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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
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    Great, supportive culture of proactive and passionate people! Everyone is friendly and willing to help you even cross-departmentally! Wonderful onboarding and mentor program. I felt part of the firm the moment I stepped through the doors on my first day!

    Also, the positive culture initiatives that Winston allocates resources to make me proud to be a Winstonite! Not only do we have fun at work with our social events, but Winston offers volunteer opportunities and Diversity & Inclusion events that really foster a culture of belonging.


    No cons! Definitely a work-hard / play-hard atmosphere! Winston is a company you can grow and develop your skills every day!

    Advice to Management

    We have an amazing employee recognition program, I am not sure how much other departments know about this, but I would encourage everyone to participate and have management remind employees that they can participate in this! Management can nominate their employees, but also, any employee can nominate a coworker (even in other departments) for going above & beyond their job description!

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Winston & Strawn photo of: Week of Action. Volunteering in Chicago!
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Winston & Strawn photo of: Birthday-in-a-Box hosted by Volunteers of America. Gifts for Children living in shelters.
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Winston & Strawn Interviews



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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Winston & Strawn (Charlotte, NC) in July 2013.


    Got opportunity to interview through a recruiter. It was a pretty laid back interview with 7 people. Only one of the attorneys was annoying with obvious questions that was self explanatory from my résumé. I got really good vibes from the atmosphere of the firm and the Office Adminstrator was great.

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    Reasons for Declining

    They really stressed overtime and although I don't mind working it - I felt like they didn't offer me much flexibility.

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Winston & Strawn Awards & Accolades

  • 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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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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