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Sidley Austin LLP

Washington, DC

Sidley Austin LLP - Chicago
  • 1501 K Street NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20005
  • Chairman of Executive Committee: Carter G Phillips
  • Chairman of Management Committee: Charles W Douglas
  • Number of partners worldwide: 666
  • Number of lawyers worldwide: 1747
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has offices in Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

Firm Overview:
Sidley Austin is one of the world’s premier law firms,with a practice highly attuned to the ever-changing international landscape. The firm has built a reputation for being a powerful adviser for global businesses, with approximately 1700 lawyers in 19 offices worldwide. Sidley maintains a commitment to providing quality legal services wherever they are needed, offering advice in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law. The firm’s lawyers leverage their diversity of knowledge and wide-reaching legal backgrounds with a dedication to teamwork, collaboration and superior client service. Sidley values the recognition it has received in response to its leadership in its wide cross-section of legal services around the globe. These accolades, which come from professional peers, publications and industry journals and clients in numerous industries, include: 
• Received the most first-tier national rankings of any US law firm in the 2013 US News – Best Lawyers ‘Best Law Firms’ survey for the third consecutive year and each year since the survey’s inception 
• One of just three firms to have been in the top 10 of the BTI Client Service rankings every year since the inception of those rankings in 2001 
• Consistently ranks among the top global capital markets firms in the Thomson Reuters league tables 
• Named a finalist in the American Lawyer Litigation Department of the Year 2012 
• Received the Most Innovative Gender Diversity Initiative Award at the first Chambers USA Women in Law Awards in 2012 
• Received a ‘perfect’ 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) report. Sidley has received ‘perfect’ 100 scores on each report since 2008 
• Named as one of the top 25 national corporate law firms in Corporate Board Member magazine’s 2012 survey of corporate directors and general counsel 
• Named USA Law Firm of the Year for 2011 and 2012 in the Who’s Who Legal Awards 
• Recognized in four categories of the Law360 Practice Groups of 2012 award series: Appellate, Environmental, International Trade and Life Sciences 
• Only law firm with top tier Life Sciences rankings across three continents in the Practical Law Company (PLC) Life Sciences Handbook 2012. Also ranked among the world’s top five firms for both its life sciences industry practice and its life sciences regulatory practice

Main Areas of Practice:
Accountants/Professional Service Firms Liability
Banking & Financial Services
Communications Regulatory
Complex Commercial Litigation
Corporate Governance & Compliance
Corporate Reorganization & Bankruptcy
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Employee Benefits
ERISA Litigation
Executive Compensation
Financial Services/Consumer Class Actions
Food, Drug and Medical Device Compliance & Enforcement
Food, Drug & Medical Device Regulatory
Global Finance
Government Strategies
Healthcare Insurance
Insurance/Reinsurance Disputes
Intellectual Property Litigation
International Arbitration (Commercial and Treaty)
International Trade
Investment Funds, Advisers & Derivatives
Labor, Employment & Immigration
Life Sciences
M&A & D&O Litigation
Privacy, Data Security & Information Law
Private Equity
Products Liability
Project Finance & Infrastructure
Public Finance
Real Estate
SEC Enforcement Securities
Securities & Futures Regulatory
Securities Litigation
Tax Controversy
Technology Transactions
Trusts, Estates & Not-for-Profits
White Collar: Government Litigation & Investigations

Areas of Practice

  • Accountants/Professional Service Firms Liability
  • Antitrust/Competition
  • Appellate
  • Communications Regulatory
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Corporate Reorganization & Bankruptcy
  • Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
  • Employee Benefits
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Executive Compensation
  • Financial Institutions Regulatory
  • Financial Services/Consumer Class Actions
  • Food, Drug and Medical Device Compliance & Enforcement
  • Food, Drug & Medical Device Regulatory
  • Global Finance
  • Government Strategies
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Insurance/Reinsurance Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration (Commercial and Treaty)
  • International Trade
  • Investment Funds, Advisers & Derivatives
  • Labor, Employment & Immigration
  • Life Sciences
  • M&A & D&O Litigation
  • M&A & Private Equity
  • Privacy, Data Security & Information Law
  • Products Liability
  • Project Finance & Infrastructure
  • Public Finance
  • Real Estate
  • SEC Enforcement
  • Securities
  • Securities & Futures Regulatory
  • Securities Litigation
  • Tax
  • Tax Controversy
  • Technology Transactions
  • Transportation
  • Trusts, Estates & Not-for-Profits
  • White Collar


  • One South Dearborn,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60603
  • Tel 312 853 7000
  • Fax 312 853 7036
  • Website : www.sidley.com
  • 555 West Fifth Street,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90013
  • Tel 213 896 6000
  • Fax 213 896 6600
  • 1001 Page Mill Road,
  • Building 1,
  • Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94304
  • Tel +1 650 565 7000
  • Fax +1 650 565 7100
  • 555 California Street,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94104
  • Tel +1 415 772 1200
  • Fax +1 415 772 7400
  • 1501 K Street NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20005
  • Tel 202 736 8000
  • Fax 202 736 8711
  • 470 Atlantic Avenue, 4th Floor,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02210
  • Tel +1.617.273.8183
  • Fax +1.617.273.8188
  • 787 Seventh Avenue,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10019
  • Tel +1 212 839 5300
  • Fax +1 212 839 5599
  • 717 North Harwood,
  • Suite 3400,
  • Dallas,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 75201
  • Tel 214 981 3300
  • Fax 214 981 3400
  • 1000 Louisiana Street,
  • Suite 6000,
  • Houston,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77002
  • Tel 713 315 9000
  • Fax 713 315 9199

Environment - District of Columbia

THE FIRM The environmental team at Sidley Austin is known for its impressive expertise in clean air matters. Notable highlights include acting for diesel engine manufacturer Cummins on CAA compliance issues relating to vehicle emissions, fuels and additives. The large group has an excellent reputation for its prowess in litigation, and regularly defends utilities in clean air matters in the district courts. It also represents federal, state and local governments and national trade associations, regularly undertaking work relating to the energy, transport, telecommunications and banking sectors. 

Sources say: "Sidley Austin's senior partners are the best in the business and are always available when you need them." "Very strong competitors on clean air work."

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Buente is viewed as one of the top environmental practitioners in DC. He recently acted for Coronet Industries on a high-value dispute arising from wrongful death and personal injury claims.

James Bieke is an experienced Superfund specialist who acted on the Hudson and Housatonic River Superfund sites. "He is one of the most brilliant and hard-working people I've ever met. He is very good at understanding the science behind environmental law," one source said.

Samuel Gutter is a well-regarded CAA and Superfund expert with extensive experience within the EPA.

Roger Martella earns high praise from market sources for his environmental work. "He is one of the next generation. He has a body of government experience and good insight, and is regarded as a credible person to represent industry people."

Timothy Webster has an impressive reputation for his work as an environmental litigator. His capabilities are strengthened by considerable experience in the DOJ.

Healthcare - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Sidley Austin continues to impress observers in the DC healthcare arena. The firm handles the full range of matters, including regulatory compliance, litigation, governmental investigations and FDA-related work. Recent matters include representing Celgene in a DOJ investigation concerning the promotion and marketing of products. The firm has also acted for SXC Health Solutions in its $4.4 billion merger with Catalyst Health Solutions. Other clients include Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Roche Diagnostics. 

Sources say: "Sidley Austin has deep expertise in healthcare matters."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Investigation and enforcement specialist Paul Kalb is a "client-focused, results-oriented and pragmatic" attorney, and an "extremely good strategic thinker," say sources. He heads the firm’s national healthcare practice and is global coordinator of its life sciences practice.

The "very prompt and responsive" Raymond Bonner heads the firm’s food, drug and medical device compliance and enforcement practice. His areas of focus are governmental investigations, enforcement and litigation.

Coleen Klasmeier heads the firm’s food, drug and medical device regulatory practice and is an authority on FDA regulatory matters. Sources attest that she is "a walking dictionary of FDA law."

William Sarraille handles a broad spectrum of healthcare matters, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, internal investigations, litigation and healthcare contracting. Sources describe him as a "terrific regulatory healthcare lawyer" with a "wide range of experience."

Scott Bass heads the firm’s global life sciences team and is recognized for his handling of FDA regulatory and enforcement issues. He is particularly noted by market observers for his representation of dietary supplement manufacturers.

Intellectual Property - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Sidley Austin is considered a go-to firm for sophisticated patent infringement cases by some of the best-known and largest IP-heavy blue-chips in the world today. Aside from patent litigation in district and federal courts, the team is expanding its ITC capability and is developing expertise and experience in the life sciences sector to supplement its already powerful command of consumer electronics technologies. Clients include Apple, Conceptus and Genentech.

Sources say: "They have a lot of very, very skilled attorneys, so they are able to handle very large matters and multiple matters."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeffrey Kushan heads the IP practice in Washington, DC. He divides his workload between life sciences litigation and IT and electronics litigation, with a stronger emphasis on the former. He has recently presided over high-value actions for clients Apple and Genentech.

Joseph Micallef's practice is predominantly geared toward life sciences patent cases, although he has successfully tried cases involving patents arising from all manner of scientific disciplines.

Litigation - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Sidley Austin's DC litigation practice handles an impressive range of commercial, securities and white-collar criminal defense matters. It houses more than 200 litigators and is an integral part of the firm's wider global network, allowing for a truly multijurisdictional service. The team's recent work includes representing Bank of America in a number of investigations into mortgage securitization. Other clients include Tyson Foods, KPMG and Johnson & Johnson. 

Sources say: "They have a deep, talented bench of former prosecutors and regulators from across the US and the globe." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior counsel Thomas Green is highly respected for his leading white-collar criminal defense practice and extensive trial experience. His recent work includes representing the former CEO of Freddie Mac in several securities disputes and an SEC enforcement action.

Mark Hopson is the managing partner of the firm's DC office and is highly regarded for his expertise in white-collar criminal defense matters. His notable experience as a trial lawyer is particularly highlighted by market commentators. His recent work includes representing several pharmaceutical companies in a number of extensive FCPA investigations.

Kristin Koehler enters the rankings having earned significant praise for her white-collar criminal defense practice. She is also noted for her experience in civil litigation. Clients particularly commend her responsiveness and practical approach to handling matters.

Telecommunications - District of Columbia

THE FIRM The team is well known for its stellar appearances before the FCC and federal district and appellate courts, and also offers full regulatory counsel and transactional advice. AT&T continues to retain the firm on regulatory matters, and the team has recently worked with News Corporation and Fox Television Stations on media ownership appeals and indecency litigation.

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Lawson "quickly gets to the heart of the matter and is willing to do the work necessary to provide the legal product I need in a timely manner - and sometimes with absurd deadlines placed on him," reports one satisfied client. Lawson is well known for the caliber of his work for AT&T, which he has advised on a range of regulatory proceedings related to competition matters.

Mark Schneider continues to be highly regarded for his regulatory expertise. He has recently represented U.S. Cellular in matters involving compliance with regulations pertaining to the provision of 911 service.

Carter Phillips maintains an excellent reputation among peers and clients, particularly for his appellate work. He has recently acted for News Corporation and Fox Television on challenges to the FCC's rules governing the cross-ownership of newspapers, broadcast properties and multiple television station ownership.

Financial Services Regulation - Nationwide

THE FIRM Sidley Austin's national financial services practice advises both US and foreign financial institutions on a range of issues, from discrete projects to ongoing compliance matters. The team has been acting for UBS and Morgan Stanley in relation to the impact of the Truth in Lending Act exemption changes brought about by the Dodd-Frank Act. On the consumer side, the firm enjoys a strong reputation in the credit card space with recent clients including MasterCard and Green Dot. The firm's greatest strength is arguably in the broker-dealer arena, where its dedicated team represents some of the leading brokerage firms before securities regulators and advises them on the full spectrum of compliance considerations. Notable clients in this area include BNP Paribas Securities Services and Goldman Sachs. Shortly before going to print, Sidley welcomed a sizeable broker-dealer team from Bingham McCutchen.

Sources say: "Sidley has a deep bench in broker-dealer regulatory advice and a top-notch transactional practice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Eckland has vast bank regulatory expertise and provides a range of advice to domestic and international clients on compliance matters. He provides "sophisticated analysis and is excellent at understanding how the banking regulators view the market," say sources. 

James Brigagliano is considered to be a "real asset" to the firm's broker-dealer regulatory practice and brings with him a considerable amount of technical experience in securities and market trading. "In addition to his extensive and invaluable contacts in the regulatory world, he has unique insights into recent regulatory initiatives," say sources.

Kevin Campion is a respected broker-dealer regulatory attorney. He provides broad advice including SEC and FINRA research rules, record keeping and registration matters, and is considered to have extensive knowledge of short sale regulatory requirements.

Dennis Hensley has significant experience in advising clients on compliance and enforcement matters in the broker-dealer space. Recently he acted for a sovereign wealth fund on its purchase of a broker-dealer business.

Consumer finance compliance and litigation expert James Huizinga provides "an extraordinary synthesis of the law and the facts," note interviewees. He recently represented the Consumer Bankers Association in its response to proposed CFPB rules affecting prepaid credit cards.

David Teitelbaum's experience and expertise cover a wide range of regulatory matters, notably with respect to the consumer finance arena. He has particular knowledge of electronic payment systems and is considered to be an "extremely smart and capable lawyer" who is "technically excellent, practical, responsive and efficient."

Connie Friesen advises clients on bank regulatory compliance matters. She has an active practice advising foreign-based financial institutions particularly from Europe, China, Singapore and Australia on their US expansion plans and regulatory compliance.

Hardy Callcott has a strong reputation in broker-dealer advisory and compliance matters. He is recognized for his work on transactional matters and his solid regulatory practice. At his previous firm he represented Citigroup Global Markets in the settlement of a number of FINRA inquiries.

Former FINRA head of enforcement Susan Merrill is described as a "fantastic" attorney who is thought of highly for her knowledge and understanding of the regulatory enforcement process."Her ability to communicate with the regulators and know who to reach out to is a real strength," says one respondent.

Neal Sullivan maintains a strong reputation in the broker-dealer compliance and enforcement arena. Sources attest that he "communicates our message and helps us to understand what the regulatory concerns are." He is a global coordinator for the firm's securities and derivatives enforcement and regulatory practice.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

THE FIRM The heart of Sidley Austin's US-based international arbitration practice rests in Washington, DC, but it draws strength from an impressive network of offices across the globe. The celebrated group has a successful investment treaty practice, evidenced by its continued representation of the Republic of Peru in two ICSID arbitrations, one of which involves defending against a $2.5 billion claim regarding coastal properties. The team also conducts commercial arbitrations, most recently involving Korean, Russian and Latin American companies.  

Sources say: "They are experts in the field. They understand the process, the issues, the players and how to win." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Stanimir Alexandrov has an excellent reputation for his impressive investment treaty expertise. He represents both investors and states, and also handles complex commercial arbitrations. He is recognized as having "tremendous experience and unique insights specific to international arbitration that have proven invaluable."

Louis Kimmelman recently joined the team from Allen & Overy. Kimmelman is an "outstanding advocate" who is respected by market sources for his extensive experience across the board in international arbitration. He is described as a "really practical attorney" whose strategic approach is particularly appreciated by clients.

International Trade - Nationwide

THE FIRM WTO work is a particular forte of this practice, which also handles a high volume of trade remedies, policy and sanctions work. The team continues to advise Airbus on an ongoing WTO dispute, and represents LG Electronics in antidumping and countervailing investigations into refrigerators imported from South Korea and Mexico. The firm's customs practice is also well regarded for its work on issues such as duty drawback and Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Recent mandates include litigation regarding tariff classification for GE.

Commercial Awareness "First-rate commercial awareness." "This work requires good insights and knowledge, and we use Sidley for that."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "An outstanding customs and trade attorney," Richard Belanger receives praise for both his detailed understanding of complex customs issues and his strategic thinking when navigating matters more widely.

Andrew Shoyer is regarded as a standout practitioner, especially in the field of WTO litigation. One source comments: "You can't touch him for WTO matters."

Clients appreciate Lisa Crosby's commitment to their export controls and sanctions mandates. She receives excellent feedback for "her reliable, practical legal advice," and is described as "very responsive and diligent." 

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

THE FIRM Sidley Austin's privacy, data security and information law practice is shaped by a team of interdisciplinary lawyers who have wide-ranging expertise on a global scale. The breadth of knowledge on offer includes cyber-security, data protection and health-related privacy matters. Clients are drawn predominantly from the healthcare, financial, telecommunications and media sectors.

Client Service "Sidley is highly capable, and very responsive and client-friendly. They combine deep and technical knowledge of the law with a sense of the need for its practical application."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers applaud the highly respected Alan Raul, describing him as a true "ambassador" for the privacy sector. He is particularly active in data breach and cyber-security matters and related litigation.

Edward McNicholas wins praise for his "depth of experience and ability to bring technology issues together to provide information we can act on." The FTC specialist continues to be involved in a wide range of privacy matters.

Transportation - Nationwide

THE FIRM Sidley Austin has an outstanding reputation in the rail sector. It has developed a reputation as a go-to firm for high-value matters before the Surface Transportation Board (STB), the Department of Transportation (DOT) and other bodies, while it also enjoys a powerful reputation for rail-related litigation. Recent highlights include advising RailAmerica on its $1.39 billion acquisition by Genesee & Wyoming. An impressive client list also includes CSX Transportation, Canadian Pacific Railway and Norfolk Southern.

Client Service "They are willing to enter into alternative fee arrangements, depending on productivity and results."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Paul Moates heads the transportation group. He handles both regulatory work and litigation, and is described by sources as a "very creative and very thorough" attorney who "thinks strategically." He recently advised CSX Transportation on its proposal to reconstruct a 19th-century railroad tunnel.

Paul Hemmersbaugh handles regulatory matters and litigation for railroad clients. Clients report that he is "very thoughtful and very energetic" and name him as a "super lawyer."

Terence Hynes is a "great name" for STB work, according to market commentators. Recent highlights include representing Canadian Pacific Railway before the STB in a complaint concerning Class I railroads.