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Winston & Strawn Picks Up Two Litigation Partners From McDermott

Dec. 8, 2021, 9:28 PM

Winston & Strawn has added two litigation partners, from Chicago’s McDermott Will & Emery, who focus on class actions, antitrust, and other complex commercial litigation.

Christopher Murphy, who was co-head of McDermott’s class action practice group before joining the firm, has represented Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bayer Healthcare, and Visionworks of America, among other clients. Murphy said he expected class actions to grow.

“Consumer class actions continue to rise in volume, profile, and jurisdictional complexity, demanding proven experience and capability of the highest caliber from trusted legal partners,” Murphy said in a statement.

Terrence Dee, who focuses on product liability and product-related class actions and mass torts cases, was partner at Kirkland & Ellis for more than 20 years before joining McDermott in 2015. He led the defense of Motorola and the wireless industry in a series of cases claiming that wireless phones cause health problems.

“Challenges related to product liability, particularly in the health care sector, are expected to be more aggressive and complex as courts continue to return to normal schedules post-pandemic,” Dee said in a statement.

Both attorneys will practice in Winston & Strawn’s Chicago office. Cardelle Spangler, the firm’s Chicago office managing partner said the firm will look to “leverage” the pair’s skills to serve client needs.

Winston & Strawn, headquartered in Chicago, has nearly 800 attorneys, and was ranked No. 45 in the 2021 Am Law rankings, with total revenues of more than $981 million.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Opfer in New York at copfer@bloomberglaw.com

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