Dan Webb has been recognised as the US's leading litigator according to Euromoney rankings. Mr Webb is the chairman of Winston & Strawn and a member of the firm's executive committee. His trial practice includes major commercial, civil, regulatory and white collar criminal cases. Mr Webb has tried more than 100 jury cases, including numerous successful complex commercial and white-collar criminal trials, representing, on several occasions, large corporations in jury trials lasting two months or longer. Mr Webb joined Winston & Strawn in 1985 as a partner, after serving as the US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
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 US Attorney in Chicago, he spearheaded the "Operation Greylord" investigations into judicial corruption in Cook County, Ill.
Most recently, Mr Webb served as a Special Prosecutor in the matter of the death of David Koschman, who died as the result of an altercation with a nephew of then-Chicago mayor Richard Daley. Mr Webb's 162-page report on the matter resulted in Vanecko's guilty plea, which was hailed as a "stunning achievement" by the Chicago Sun-Times.
He received national attention for his work as lead trial counsel for General Electric, successfully defending the company against criminal price-fixing allegations related to industrial diamonds, as well as for his representations of Microsoft Corp. in antitrust litigation, Philip Morris in tobacco-related litigation, and Verizon in obtaining a $58 million verdict in a patent litigation matter.
Moreover, a team of Winston attorneys, led by Dan Webb, conducted an internal investigation at the New York Stock Exchange related to the compensation of its former Chairman and CEO, Richard A Grasso. Following Winston's investigation, summarized in what is now known as the "Webb Report," the New York Attorney General's Office sued Grasso for the return of more than $120 million in compensation.
On the antitrust front, Mr Webb successfully represented Wyeth (Pfizer) against an antitrust class action relating to its patented potassium chloride product K-Dur®, and is now defending C.R. Bard against claims of anti-competitive conduct relating to sales contracts with group purchasing organizations for catheters, and Monsanto against the antitrust claims brought by competitor DuPont relating to Monsanto's patented Roundup Ready® weed killer.
As for other class action experience, one of Mr Webb's most significant cases was for Philip Morris. He serves as lead counsel in Engle, et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, et al. the first–and to date, only–class action brought by cigarette smokers for punitive damages to be tried to verdict.