Winston & Strawn expands Global Litigation Practice

24 Feb, 2012

Prominent White-Collar Criminal Defense Litigator Daniel Rubinstein, and Intellectual Property Authority, Paul McGrady, Join Winston & Strawn’s Global Litigation Practice

Winston & Strawn LLP announced today that nationally recognized criminal defense attorney Daniel D. Rubinstein, as well as noted technology, media and intellectual property litigator Paul D. McGrady, Jr., have joined its litigation practice in Chicago as partners. Rubinstein is a decorated former Assistant U.S. Attorney for both Los Angeles and Chicago, having been awarded the Department of Justice’s prestigious Director’s Award for Superior Performance and twice having received the Chicago Crime Commission’s “Stars of Distinction” award. McGrady is a recognized authority on the law governing the intersection of information technology and intellectual property, having authored McGrady on Domain Names, the three-volume definitive treatise on domain name law, and McGrady on Social Media, both of which are published by Lexis Nexis. The World Trademark Review describes McGrady as having “established himself as “a leading expert” in the area of domain names. WTR ranks McGrady in both contentious and non-contentious work.

Although concentrating their diverse practices on apparently different areas of the law, Rubinstein and McGrady have a number of high profile clients in common and have collaborated in litigation for their shared clients with excellent results. They join Winston from Greenberg Traurig.

Rubinstein’s practice involves defending companies and executives and other regulatory enforcement matters, as well as handling government and corporate internal investigations, including several large private or publicly traded corporations and investment funds. He has also successfully negotiated, and often tried as lead counsel, numerous criminal cases and has litigated many complex civil matters in various federal courts and before the SEC and the NYSE. Rubinstein is also a lecturer-in-law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he has taught Federal Criminal Practice since 2007.

McGrady, who will be joining the firm’s highly-ranked advertising, marketing & entertainment law practice, is a recognized legal authority on branding issues, especially as they relate to both domain names and social media. He is a veteran of more than 300 proceedings under the Uniform Domain Dispute Resolution Procedure, in which the Panel ordered transfer of a domain name to his client, as well as many cases brought under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and under foreign domain name dispute policies. McGrady represents a wide array of large brand owners, some of whom have chosen to apply for and operate a new top-level domain. He previously served as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 retailer focusing in trademarks, franchising, advertising and shareholder/member relations. McGrady also serves as an adjunct professor of law at DePaul University College of Law, teaching Cyberlaw.

“Dan and Paul bring to the firm truly exceptional experience from their challenging work on behalf of executives and large companies,” said firm chairman Dan K. Webb. “Their common work on cutting edge domain name and other technology litigation is particularly a perfect complement to Winston’s highly-regarded global litigation team.”

“Dan’s involvement in complex commercial litigation and corporate governance issues, as well as his well-known ability to defend securities and other criminal allegations and regulatory enforcement actions will greatly increase the depth of our global litigation services and will indeed be welcomed by our clients world-wide.”

“I’m excited to join Winston’s preeminent global litigation team,” Rubinstein said. “Winston is well known for its experienced trial lawyers, international platform, and demonstrated excellence on behalf of clients when the stakes are at their highest.”

“I was likewise attracted to Winston because of its acclaimed media, IP and technology litigators and look forward to contributing my experience with matters at the junction of IP, IT and social/mobile media to the team offerings,” said McGrady.

Rubinstein earned his J.D. cum laude from Boston University School of Law. He previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ernest C. Torres, U. S. District Court, and District of Rhode Island. McGrady earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.

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