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Mr. Webb, a partner in the litigation department, serves as firm chairman and is a member of the Executive Committee. His trial practice concentrates in the areas of major commercial, civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases.
Mr. Webb has spent his entire professional life as a courtroom trial attorney and litigator. He received international attention for his successful prosecution of retired Admiral John Poindexter in the Iran-Contra affair. As the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, he spearheaded the "Operation Greylord" investigations into judicial corruption in Cook County. He received national attention for his work as lead trial counsel for General Electric, successfully defending it against criminal price-fixing allegations, as well as for his representations of Microsoft Corporation in its antitrust litigation and Philip Morris in its tobacco-related litigation. In addition, Mr. Webb represented the New York Stock Exchange in connection with an internal investigation over compensation to the former Chairman Richard Grasso and currently represents the NYSE in subsequent litigation.
Most recently, Mr. Webb served as lead counsel in the six-month jury trial of former Governor of Illinois George H. Ryan on public corruption charges, including racketeering, mail fraud, and income tax fraud. The charges were related to actions he took while serving as Illinois secretary of state and later as governor. While the publicity was heaviest in Chicago, the indictment also garnered nationwide attention, including articles in The New York Times.
Notable Cases and Results:
Mr. Webb has tried over 100 jury cases, including numerous successful commercial and white-collar criminal trials. In recent years, he has tried numerous complex commercial cases, representing large corporations in jury trials lasting two months or longer.
USCA- 6th Circuit
USCA- 7th Circuit
USCA- 8th Circuit
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Supreme Court
Date of Birth: 1945
Law School: Loyola University Chicago School of Law,J.D., 1970
Mr. Webb's corporate clients have included Abbott Laboratories, Alcoa, Altria Group, Inc., American Airlines, Caremark International, Cisco Systems, Commonwealth Edison, General Electric, Microsoft, the NYSE, Owens Corning, Pfizer, Philip Morris USA, Verizon, and Wyeth.
Mr. Webb joined Winston & Strawn in 1985 as a partner, after serving as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers
Member of numerous public boards and bar associations
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers - Ranked as the No 1. litigator in the United States
Corporate Crime Reporter- Ranked as the No. 1 white-collar criminal defense attorney
Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers - Best of the Best 2006 - Ranked as one of the top 25 litigation experts in the world
The Best Lawyers in America - Ranked for both business litigation and criminal law
National Law Journal - Selected as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America"
Chambers & Partners Global - Listed as first tier for Litigation in the United States for 2006
Chambers & Partners USA - 2006, ranked No. 2 nationally in Product Liability and listed with exceptional recommendations in Illinois in Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations; 2005, listed with exceptional recommendations in Illinois in Commercial Litigation; 2004, listed with exceptional recommendations in Commercial Litigation, and ranked third in Antitrust Litigation in Illinois; 2003, listed with exceptional recommendations in Illinois in Commercial Litigation
Published Legal Writing:
Mr. Webb is the co-author of Corporate Internal Investigations (Law Journal Seminars Press, 1993-2004) and "Up The Ladder: Litigator Responsibilities Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act," 30 Litigation 22, summer, 2004 (with Scott P. Glauberman).