Overview

Winn Allen is a litigation partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Washington, D.C., office. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, on both the plaintiff and defense side. Winn has handled cases on a broad array of subject matters, including contract disputes, class actions, data security, defamation, accounting fraud, labor and employment, products liability, securities, and unfair trade practices. Representative clients include Honeywell, Caterpillar, Facebook, Carrier Corporation, and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

Winn has received broad recognition for the quality of his advocacy. The American Lawyer has recognized Winn as “Litigator of the Week” on three separate occasions for wins on behalf of Facebook, Honeywell, and the State of Georgia. In 2020, The National Law Journal recognized Winn as a D.C. Rising Star. The National Law Journal has named him a “Litigation Trailblazer,” Benchmark Litigation has repeatedly recognized him for his commercial litigation work, and in 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States appointed Winn to brief and argue a case before the Court.

Before joining Kirkland, Winn served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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Recognition

Recognized by The National Law Journal as a “D.C. Rising Star,” 2020 

Recognized by The American Lawyer as “Litigator of the Week,” 2019

Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a Future Star for Appellate and General Commercial, 2019–2021

Recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List,” 2016–2020

Recognized in The National Law Journal’s “Litigation Trailblazers” list, 2018

Recognized twice by The American Lawyer as “Litigator of the Week,” 2017

Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for Commercial Litigation, 2015

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2010Georgia
  • 2011District of Columbia

Education

  • University of Virginia School of LawJ.D.2008

    Faculty Award for Academic Excellence (Highest GPA in Graduating Class)

    Jackson Walker LLP Award

    Order of the Coif

    Virginia Law Review, Articles Editor

  • Georgetown UniversityB.A.magna cum laude2005