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Sidley Austin LLP - Chicago
  • One South Dearborn
  • Chicago
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60603
  • Tel:312 853 7000
  • Fax:312 853 7036
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman of Executive Committee: Carter G Phillips
  • Chairman of Management Committee: Charles W Douglas
  • Number of partners worldwide: 692
  • Number of lawyers worldwide: 1825

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 more than 1800 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide. In 2013, Sidley opened its 18th office in Boston, Massachusetts. Sidley maintains a commitment to providing quality legal services and to offering advice in litigation, transactional and regulatory matters spanning virtually every area of law. The firm’s lawyers have wide-reaching legal backgrounds and are dedicated 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 2014 US News – Best Lawyers ‘Best Law Firms’ survey for the fourth consecutive year and each year since the survey’s inception

■ One of only three firms to earn a place on the BTI Client Service 30 for 13 consecutive years

■ Consistently ranks among the top global capital markets firms in the Thomson Reuters league tables

■ 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 2013 survey of corporate directors and general counsel

■ Named USA Law Firm of the Year, Illinois Law Firm of the Year and Global Trade & Customs Law Firm of the Year in the 2014 Who’s Who Legal Awards

■ Recognized in two categories of the Law360 Practice Groups of 2013 award series: Environmental, and International Trade

■ Named by the National Law Journal as the 2013 Chicago Litigation Department of the Year: Mass Torts and the 2013 DC Litigation Department of the Year: Appellate

■ Named to the National Law Journal’s 2013 Appellate Hot List and 2013 Pro Bono Hot List

Main Areas of Practice: 

Accountants/Professional Service Firms
Liability Antitrust/Competition
Appellate Banking & Financial Services
Communications Regulatory
Complex Commercial Litigation
Corporate Governance & Executive Compensation
Corporate Reorganization & Bankruptcy
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Employee Benefits
Energy
Environmental
ERISA Litigation
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
Privacy, Data Security & Information Law
Private Equity
Products Liability
Project Finance & Infrastructure
Public Finance
Real Estate
Securities & Derivatives Enforcement & Regulatory
Securities
Securities Litigation
Tax
Tax Controversy
Technology & IP Transactions
Transportation
Trusts, Estates & Not-for-Profits
White Collar: Government Litigation & Investigations

International Offices The firm also has offices in Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

Branches

  • 555 West Fifth Street,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90013
  • Tel 213 896 6000
  • Fax 213 896 6600
  • Website : www.sidley.com/los_angeles
  • 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
  • One South Dearborn,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60603
  • Tel 312 853 7000
  • Fax 312 853 7036
  • 787 Seventh Avenue,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10019
  • Tel +1 212 839 5300
  • Fax +1 212 839 5599
  • 60 State Street,
  • 34th Floor,
  • Boston,
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
  • MA 02109
  • Tel 617 223 0300
  • Fax 617 223 0301
  • 2001 Ross Avenue,
  • Suite 3600,
  • 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

Antitrust - California

What the team is known for Experienced group undertaking litigation and counseling across the antitrust arena, particularly in civil class actions. Clients highlight its client service and commercial acumen.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I can get hold of them whenever I need them. They are very respectful of my time and amenable to regular conversations where we can go through all the hot-button issues we have." 

"They have the ability to balance the litigation needs with the business needs."

Work highlights Represented Kimpton Hotels and Restaurant Group as a defendant in the online hotel booking antitrust class action suit.

Acted in defense of Quest Diagnostics against claims of unfair competition in relation to medical insurers.

Notable practitioners  

Trial lawyer Marie Fiala is noted for her courtroom presence, while sources also call her a "very bright and very talented" practitioner. She recently acted for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurant Group in an antitrust class action case concerning online travel and hotel booking.

Samuel Miller is noted as a veteran litigator who undertakes a range of work including antitrust. Of late, he represented Stewart Tile Guaranty Company in a range of class action suits alleging price fixing in the insurance industry.

Significant clients AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Banking & Finance - California

What the team is known for Acts as counsel to borrowers, agents and lenders in a wide range of structured finance transactions, such as mortgage and asset-backed securitizations, repurchase agreements and conduit transactions. Also offers experience in secured financing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Extremely responsive, efficient and high quality. We rely on Sidley for advice all the time because they're experts in so many aspects of the legal field." 

Work highlights Acted for Bank of America in relation to a syndicated $150 million senior secured revolving credit facility for IXIA.

Represented R.O.M. in connection with $35 million in financing issued by NXT Capital, comprising both revolving credit and term facilities.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Pamela Martinson wins praise from interviewees who say they "can rely on her to always do the right thing and the best thing from a legal standpoint." Her expertise covers structured finance, acquisition finance and securitizations. She is also recognized for being "extremely knowledgeable in technology lending."

Moshe Kupietzky acts as head of the firm's Los Angeles corporate and finance group and is known in the market as a "very smart lawyer." He focuses his practice on financing transactions, M&A and private investments.

Significant clients Blackstone, MetLife, Morgan Stanley, Fortress, Century Park Capital Partners.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - California

What the team is known for National practice working with clients across the spectrum of bankruptcy matters. Acts for clients on the debtor side of cases both in and out of court, for lenders, creditors and creditors' committees and for constituents in municipal bankruptcies. 

Work highlights Represented Dynegy Holdings and its direct and indirect subsidiaries as the debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings involving its reorganization through certain asset sales.

Acted for Credit Suisse as the bank agent in the bankruptcy and restructuring of Hawker Beechcraft.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Bjork is described by interviewees as being "good at identifying client needs and goals" and "unflappable in court." He predominantly handles the firm's representation of debtor clients. He also has experience working with distressed asset purchasers and sellers and bondholder groups, as well as stakeholders in major Chapter 9 bankruptcy cases.

Richard Havel is a seasoned bankruptcy lawyer and a "very balanced, practical deal maker" according to interviewees. He works on matters for debtors, creditors and secured lenders in a number of significant cases. 

The "terrific" Jennifer Hagle works predominantly for secured creditors and lenders across sectors including the technology, energy, healthcare and real estate industries. She has recently represented Credit Suisse in relation to Hawker Beechcraft's bankruptcy proceedings.    

Joel Samuels is described as "really good on the business side of things." He works on both the debtor and creditor sides in out-of-court workouts and bankruptcy court filings. He has recently represented Dynegy Holdings in its successful reorganization.

Clients say Kevin Lantry is "extremely well prepared through the case strategy and very good on his feet." He recently represented The Flintkote Company in its asbestos-related Chapter 11 proceedings.

Significant clients Tribune Company, Fortress Investment Group, National Public Finance Guarantee, General Electric.

Capital Markets - California

What the team is known for Growing strength in issuer representation, built on a traditional reputation for underwriter-side work in the debt markets. High-yield and convertible debt offerings are a noted specialty, with insight into SEC compliance a valuable complement to the transactional practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"What stands out is Sidley's integrity and its knowledge of the company - that creates efficiency. They channel all focus into their role, they are proactive and are always up to speed with who we are."

"Sidley offers best-in-class client service. It does a better job of treating us as a client of the firm than any other law firm that I've experienced. They make it seamless for us to tap into the firm's expertise across offices and subject matter areas."

"The firm has excellent judgment and is very knowledgeable about capital markets - they have state-of-the-art expertise. It is very current on regulations and laws and governance, both in the US and internationally."

Work highlights Represented the underwriters in relation to high-value global notes offering by Disney. 

Represented eBay in its $3 billion note offering.

Represented the underwriters in relation to common and convertible stock offerings by Weyerhaeuser.

Notable practitioners  

Eric Haueter enjoys a fine reputation for his work across the whole spectrum of capital market transactions for both issuers and underwriters. He is described as "a fantastic, business-minded lawyer who works tirelessly to achieve favorable outcomes for his client."

Sharon Flanagan is noted for her versatile capital markets practice and is building a strong profile for company representation in particular. Market commentators speak favorably of her skills: "She is thoughtful and balanced. She works well with the group but is still a strong advocate for her clients; she knows what she's doing and that makes it easy to work through issues."

Significant clients Barclays Capital, DaVita, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, UBS Securities.

Corporate/M&A - California

What the team is known for Extensive work across the state, including cross-border M&A, tender offers and corporate spin-offs. Recognized for its pragmatic approach and strategic handling of emerging company matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I'm very happy with their responsiveness, their cost-effectiveness, and their pragmatic legal and business view."

"They are efficient in the hours they put in."  

What's new? Karen Cottle joins the firm as senior counsel from Adobe Systems.

Work highlights Provided lead counsel for Synopsys and its subsidiary Synopsys Taiwan in its $420 million acquisition of SpringSoft through a tender offer and follow-on merger.

Acted for GlaxoSmithKline in their partnership with Avalon Ventures to fund the launch and purchase of emerging life sciences companies. 

Represented ROM Holding in its acquisition of emergency services equipment developer and manufacturer Fire Research.

Notable practitioners  

Clients commend Sharon Flanagan as "very impressive, very well organized, and able to see the critical issues but also keep the team working well." She has significant experience in handling a diverse range of M&A matters, with a focus in the life sciences and biotechnology sectors. She is particularly adept in cross-border transactions and recently represented PayPal in its purchase of customer acquisition company Iron Pearl.

Significant clients Core Logic, Dolby Laboratories, Fuji Media Holdings, GE Healthcare, Genentech.

Environment - California

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Intellectual Property - California

What the team is known for Strong bench of able trial lawyers that represents a number of high-profile clients in technology and life sciences in patent litigation. Also frequently called upon to handle copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are outstanding at managing litigation and building strategy."

"The firm is a leading player in competitor lawsuits fought across multiple venues and rocket dockets."

Work highlights Successfully mediated a settlement of a patent infringement matter between Conceptus and Hologic regarding Conceptus's Ensure birth control. Conceptus was awarded $18.8 million in damages, and the opponents agreed to settle before Hologic's appeal was heard.

Obtained two favorable settlements for the California Institute of Technology, covering nine patents involving CMOS imaging sensor technology.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Olson is the head of the firm's IP litigation group in Los Angeles, and has wide-ranging experience of intellectual property matters. Clients are especially impressed with his technical and interpersonal skills, with one saying: "He has a great grasp of the law and how to successfully negotiate with opponents."

Patricia Thayer is a well-known practitioner in the life sciences sphere, as well as working extensively with technology companies. She was part of the team that obtained a favorable settlement for Genentech in its $1 billion suit against the University of Pennsylvania.

Rollin Ransom is described by his clients as a "very sophisticated intellectual property lawyer." He is the co-head of the firm's litigation group, and works in copyright, trademark and trade secret matters.

Significant clients Conceptus, Dell, eBay, LG Electronics, STMicroelectrics.

Litigation - California

What the team is known for Active in state and federal appellate courts in a wide variety of appeals including bankruptcy, intellectual property, criminal and healthcare cases. Recent involvement in a series of Ninth Circuit appeals on behalf of a series of prominent organizations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team did very good work. I don't see how they could improve - I work with lawyers all the time, and this firm surpasses them all."

Work highlights Represented Malvern Instruments at appeal in a case brought by Wyatt Technology, alleging a range of business torts including theft of trade secrets and copyright violations.

Represented Pfizer in an appeal affirming the trial court order granting Pfizer's motion for a new trial, and removing damages and interest from the original trial decision of bad faith.

Notable practitioners  

The "fabulous" Mark Haddad is lauded by sources for his abilities in appellate litigation, with one proclaiming that "his sense of strategy and his knowledge of Supreme Court appellate advocacy is unsurpassed." He maintains a broad practice, with a particular focus on constitutional, intellectual property, product liability and administrative law. 

Significant clients Conseco Life Insurance, Microsoft, Capitol Records, Raytheon, Mitsubishi Electric and Electronics USA.

Litigation - California

What the team is known for Handles commercial and securities litigation for prominent corporations on a local, national and international level. Recently involved in disputes in the pharmaceutical, technology and media industries, among numerous others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are great - very responsive, and they provide very thorough advice. I have been very happy with them."

"They take a holistic approach. They see a problem and figure out how to get out of it in the best way."

Work highlights Represented Diamond Foods' former CEO in state and federal securities class actions and derivatives litigation following the company's restructuring. 

Acted on behalf of Mitsubishi in relation to a lawsuit brought against the client alleging nondisclosure agreement breaches.

Notable practitioners  

The "fantastic" Sara Brody is seen by sources as a "great lawyer and a good person." She is global cochair of the firm's securities litigation group, and offers a wealth of experience in defending shareholder class actions and derivative matters for a range of clients.

The "very well thought of and experienced" Norman Blears has recently joined Sidley from fellow California practice Hogan Lovells. He is known to be an effective securities litigator. 

Significant clients Alphatec Spine, PG&E, Raytheon, KPMG, Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Litigation - California

What the team is known for Handles the full range of services in white-collar criminal defense and related government investigations including False Claims Act and securities issues. California practice offers depth of resources from the firm's large national network. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The Sidley people are immensely professional, practical and willing to work hard." 

"They get things done very well and quietly." 

Work highlights Defended Control Components' former Taiwan and China sales manager Hong Carson in an FCPA suit alleging conspiracy to bribe foreign officials.

Secured a motion to dismiss with prejudice in a qui tam False Claims Act case brought against client Raytheon.

Notable practitioners

Kimberly Dunne "quickly grasps the issues and can be a very effective advocate without feeling the need to be bombastic," say sources. Her white-collar practice focuses on False Claims Act defense, government contract fraud and FCPA issues, among others.

Real Estate - California

What the team is known for Noted expertise in advising national and international clients in significant real estate finance work. Added strength present in the litigation of disputes.

Work highlights Represented KB Home in concluding a wide range of agreements relating to a planned master community in Henderson, Nevada.

Represented Diamond in its $407 million sale of equity interests in six student accommodation SPEs to a public REIT. 

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Paul Walker as an "excellent negotiator." He is experienced in real estate finance matters, including those concerning loans and restructurings.

Scott Cooper is seen by peers as "very smart and thorough" and someone who is "practical, no-nonsense, and knows how to get things done." He advises financial institutions on finance matters involving real estate, developers and clients involved in significant leasing transactions. 

The "practical and knowledgeable" Marc Hayutin is known by clients for his "breadth of knowledge" and "ability to get things done." He is an experienced real estate finance practitioner.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, GE Asset Management, Starwood Property Trust, Credit Suisse, Oaktree Capital. 

Tax - California

What the team is known for Predominantly works on transactional matters. Features experts in a wide variety of industry sectors, including renewable energy and real estate. Clients include investment funds and private equity organizations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I had an unbelievably complex project but they understood the complexity and the nuances within a one-hour meeting."

"They had top-notch expertise - they were absolutely fantastic." 

Work highlights Advised Starwood Property Trust and Starwood Capital Group in a deal with LNR Property worth $1.05 billion.

Provided advice to Fortress Investment Group in relation to its $3.2 billion acquisition of a consumer loan portfolio.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Kaplan is noted for his responsiveness and technical understanding in tax matters. He predominantly works in cross-border and international tax deals.

Significant clients JPMorgan Capital, Warner Bros., Genentech, Goldman Sachs, Canyon Partners.

Environment - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Provides advice and representation to a wide range of noteworthy clients operating in various sectors, including manufacturing, transportation and energy. Also known for its work on behalf of governmental organizations and trade associations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are simply superb. They are without a doubt the preeminent firm doing environment appellate litigation." 

"They are high-caliber lawyers." 

Work highlights Represented ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and Mobil Pipe Line Company in an action brought by the EPA and the State of Arkansas concerning the breach of the Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas.

Acted for AEP and Duke Energy in a case brought by the Village of Kivalina, Alaska, against a range of energy providers stating that their greenhouse gas emissions threaten the village.

Notable practitioners  

The "stellar" David Buente leads the firm's environmental group. He is "one of the top environment practitioners in Washington, DC, no doubt about it," according to a market source. 

James Bieke brings decades of experience to various aspects of the practice area, including Superfund and natural resource damages matters.

Samuel Gutter "has very good judgment," say peers. His broad-based practice includes compliance and enforcement litigation.

Sources say Timothy Webster "is a pretty darn good litigator." "He is in the next generation of top-tier lawyers. I fully expect him to reach the top tier of the DC Bar," a peer enthuses.

Commentators say Roger Martella is "really very good at providing for the day-to-day environmental counseling on matters relating to the EPA," adding that he is "very good at providing practical and very creative compliance advice."

Significant clients Airbus, Chevron, GE, Honeywell International, NRG Energy.

Healthcare - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Consistently demonstrates strength across the full spread of regulatory, transactional and enforcement matters impacting healthcare and life science entities, including government investigations, policy compliance and FDA work. Represents a broad spectrum of clients such as drug and device manufacturers, pharmacies and clinical laboratories. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They have a very deep bench across numerous areas of expertise."

Work highlights Provided regulatory advice and strategic counseling to Mallinckrodt in relation to several FDA-related matters including clinical trial issues and GDUFA fees.

Advised GE Healthcare on compliance matters related to the Sunshine Act.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Kalb heads the firm's nationwide healthcare practice and also coordinates its global life sciences group. He is noted for his excellence in enforcement-related work and has represented a number of drug and device manufacturers in enforcement actions.

Raymond Bonner handles diverse matters such as government investigations and litigation for a range of life science entities. He leads the firm's food, drug and medical device compliance and enforcement practice and is characterized as being "highly skilled and knowledgeable."

The "very diligent and thorough" Coleen Klasmeier is commended for her deep-rooted FDA expertise, and regularly handles regulatory work and litigation on behalf of major life science companies. She heads the food, drug and medical device regulatory practice.

William Sarraille is "a very good communicator and a trusted adviser," according to commentators. His broad practice includes areas such as Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and audits, medical device marketing and clinical research issues.

Scott Bass leads the firm's global life sciences team. He is praised for his deep expertise in FDA-related regulatory and enforcement matters, fraud and abuse work and investigations.

Significant clients Bayer, Eisai, Aramark, St. Jude Medical, Onyx Pharmaceuticals.

Intellectual Property - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Strong patent trial experience, coupled with deep technical expertise in life sciences and hi-tech. Particularly acclaimed for its record in federal circuit appeals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They were excellent at understanding the client and the client's business." 

Work highlights Acting for Lonza in a patent infringement litigation against Martek Biosciences regarding methods for the husbandry of animals with high concentrations of omega-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids.

Acted for Johnson & Johnson in a patent infringement suit filed by Data Carriers concerning website search technology.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Kushan has strong relationships with many of the firm's life sciences and hi-tech clients. He is very active in managing inter partes review proceedings before the USPTO on their behalf. Sources note that he is also "very plugged in as a regulatory and legislative IP lawyer - he really understands how Washington works."

Brian Nester is renowned as an expert on the law concerning standard-essential patents. He also represents clients such as Microsoft in major ITC proceedings, such as the recent investigations of Motorola Mobility's Android patents. 

Carter Phillips is praised by leading market sources for his "phenomenal" abilities as an advocate. He is highly sought-after for his representations in patent infringement appeals.

Sources describe Joseph Micallef as "hard-working" and "very, very bright." He is engaged for litigation, prosecution, licensing and transfer procedures by a range of clients and has acted for Microsoft in a patent infringement dispute.

Significant clients Apple, Dell, Genentech, Merck & Company, Disney.

Litigation - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Large team offering integrated litigation, regulatory and policy services. Provides particular expertise in representing defendants in multijurisdictional FCPA investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have exceptional trial skills, particularly when cross-examining witnesses."

"It's our go-to firm for complex legal matters. We would always think of them for bet-the-company litigation or cases turning on legal principle."

Work highlights Represented former Freddie Mac CEO Richard Syron in a number of securities matters, and a significant SEC investigation.

Acting for a group of global insurers seeking civil damages in various actions related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Achieved a majority decision of the US Supreme Court on behalf of Southern Union in a case concerning the role of the jury in increasing fines in criminal cases.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Green led the team in obtaining a notable defense victory for a former executive of AIG convicted of involvement in a fraudulent reinsurance transaction. Clients report that he is "very focused, very calm and very comprehensive."

Mark Hopson was retained as trial counsel by Johnson & Johnson in a claim brought by the federal government and others alleging that the company had taken part in a scheme to violate certain state and federal laws. He is noted for his "ability to take complex cases and simplify them for the jury."

Commentators say that Karen Popp is "a fabulous lawyer who is very levelheaded, capable and tenacious." She is particularly experienced in defending healthcare and pharmaceutical companies in complex government investigations.

Clients "can't say enough good things" about Kristin Graham Koehler, who has particular expertise in the white-collar space. She obtained victory for Bayer in a case concerning the drug Baycol.

Significant clients Duke Energy, Raytheon, Statoil, AT&T, KPMG, Bank of America.

Telecommunications - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Praised highly for its appellate litigation work and very active in front of the FCC and other regulatory bodies in significant matters for telecommunications clients. Wide range of clients includes global telecommunications companies, broadcasters and equipment manufacturers. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm’s work product is consistently excellent. Its written work product is without question the best I see."

"They do high-quality work in finance and regulatory matters."

Work highlights Continues to advise AT&T in numerous matters, more recently advising in FCC proceedings concerning the spectrum incentive auction, spectrum aggregation and special access services.

Ongoing representation of News Corporation and Fox Television Stations in challenges to FCC rules on cross-ownership of broadcast properties and newspapers, and multiple ownership of television stations.  

Notable practitioners  

Practice co-head David Lawson is praised for his written skill and litigation prowess. He has played a leading role in the firm's work for AT&T before the FCC, involving spectrum policy issues and the regulation of special access services. 

Well regarded for his work as a litigator, Mark Schneider is extolled for his "intellect, his judgment, and the way he carries himself." His client list includes US Cellular and Tribune, and he has advised numerous financial institutions on regulatory issues in restructurings of communications companies.

Carter Phillips is universally admired by his peers, who remark that they "have a very strong view of him and his knowledge - his clients like him." He is an expert in appellate litigation, and recently represented News Corporation and Fox Television Stations in the Supreme Court, challenging the FCC's indecency policy.

Significant clients Merrill Lynch, Telephone and Data Systems, Tribune, GE Capital, US Cellular. 

Antitrust - Illinois

What the team is known for A strong antitrust group acting in government investigations, litigation and transactional matters. Its lawyers have great litigation experience across a range of industries including financial services and healthcare.

Work highlights Acted for Citi as a defendant in the card interchange fee antitrust litigation, alleging breaches of the Sherman Act.

Represented AT&T Mobility in a case concerning an alleged conspiracy over the price of pay-per-use SMS messaging.

Notable practitioners  

John Treece is a "terrific" antitrust lawyer who sources regularly see in top-level litigation. Among his recent representations is for Astellas Pharma in a class action case concerning the immunosuppressant Prograf.

Jack Bierig is primarily known for his work in the healthcare arena. Sources call him a "very knowledgeable and insightful" lawyer who has a "surgical and strategic" approach to antitrust.

Charles Douglas chairs the firm's management committee in addition to his day-to-day practice. He has around 38 years' experience as a trial lawyer working primarily in antitrust and securities matters.

David Graham's complex commercial practice includes antitrust and securities litigation. He recently led the representation of Citi in the card interchange fee antitrust case.

Significant clients Astellas Pharma, AT&T Mobility, Citi, Microsoft, Smith & Nephew.

Banking & Finance - Illinois

What the team is known for A heavy hitter representing numerous financial institutions in regulatory, transactional and contentious matters, with expansive expertise in relation to credit facilities. As well as representing major clients on the lending side, also represents big-name borrowers seeking credit.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent. They know what they are doing. I have confidence that the answers they give me on legal questions are correct and reflective of market conditions."

"I give them the highest marks. They do the best job in terms of having a consistent team approach. We really appreciate their support."

Work highlights Advised US Bank in relation to senior secured term loan and multicurrency revolving credit facilities worth a combined $860 million.

Advised GE Capital in a $300 million senior secured multicurrency credit facility for the auction company Sotheby's.

Notable practitioners  

James Clark is a "very fine lawyer," according to a source. His practice incorporates syndicated and leveraged finance, while he also has experience in workouts and restructurings.

The "fantastic" Michael Gold specializes in syndicated finance and debt restructurings. GE is a key client for Gold and he has recently advised the company in several recapitalizations and acquisitions with a combined worth of more than $500 million.

Zulfiqar Bokhari is highlighted as "very good, practical and user-friendly." He advises investment banks on recapitalizations, acquisitions and syndicated loans, including multicurrency financings.

Key partner Allison Satyr is experienced representing funds, banks and financial institutions in the structuring and negotiation of financing deals. "She was fantastic," said a source; "it was a mega international deal and she coordinated everything well."

Seasoned practitioner Bruce Bernstein is held in high regard by his peers, who make note of his standing as "a dean of the industry." Bernstein has deep experience in matters relating to transactions and restructurings.

Mark Kirsons is an attorney who "does a great job," according to sources. He is well versed in advising clients from a range of industries on workouts and restructurings.

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Thompson Street Capital Partners, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Illinois

What the team is known for Widely recognized for its bankruptcy and restructuring capabilities in Chicago and beyond. Makes use of the firm's broad international network, working in conjunction with colleagues in New York, London, Hong Kong and elsewhere to offer a comprehensive service to clients involved in distressed situations across the globe. Offers extensive experience in handling Chapter 11 cases for both companies and creditors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are smart, creative and effective counsel. In every sense of the word, they are a partner."

Work highlights Handled significant Chapter 11 proceedings on behalf of Dynegy Holdings and its associated debtors, involving a total of approximately $6.2 billion in liabilities.  

Acted for newspaper owner Lee Enterprises with regard to its pre-packaged Chapter 11 cases, including a planned restructuring of around $1 billion of debt.

Notable practitioners  

James Conlan is "a force to be reckoned with," according to sources, who also describe him as "a smart, tough and persistent attorney who delivers consistently great results." He is cochair of the firm's bankruptcy group, and regularly represents a range of leading clients. He recently acted for Dynegy Holdings on its $6.2 billion Chapter 11 case.

Lawrence Nyhan is a well-established name in the market and is held in high regard by interviewees. He cochairs the practice alongside Conlan and his clients include debtors, unsecured creditors' committees and debt syndicates. He was part of a team representing Yarway with regards to its Chapter 11 proceedings, involving up to $500 million liabilities.

Bryan Krakauer is a "great lawyer" who is adept at advising clients across the complete spectrum of bankruptcy matters. He was involved in representing credit constituencies in relation to the bankruptcies of Sentinel and Lehman.

Significant clients Federal-Mogul, Nationstar Mortgage, GSO Capital Partners, Smurfit-Stone Container, Owens Corning.

Communications - Illinois

What the team is known for A national counseling, regulatory and appellate practice advising major telecommunication companies. Has substantial expertise in providing guidance on the regulatory aspects of M&A deals and handling various class action suits. Also experienced in competition and privatization matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm stands out for its combination of intellectual vigor, energy, hard work and responsiveness."

Work highlights Represented AT&T in high-profile contentious proceedings before the FCC.

Advised News Corp. of America, Fox Television Stations, and Tribune in connection with challenges to FCC rules concerning multiple and cross-ownership of newspaper and broadcasting organizations. 

Notable practitioners  

David Carpenter has a national practice which incorporates both counseling and advocacy in matters involving regulatory and antitrust issues. Sources refer to his "stellar reputation," and he is particularly noted for his work before the FCC. Carpenter is often retained by telecommunications clients to handle important appeals.

Significant clients GE Capital, Merrill Lynch, Telephone and Data Systems, United States Cellular, Tribune.

Corporate/M&A - Illinois

What the team is known for Highly-rated homegrown corporate team with impressive transactional capabilities. Well versed in private equity issues, including leveraged buyouts and equity growth investments. Also expert in joint ventures, restructurings and financings. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A spectacular team with broad experience of transformational, bet-the-company M&A. They're very good at strategizing and structuring, and offer instant credibility when you bring them to the boardroom."

"Sidley Austin does a very good job of bringing in the right talent for the right problem. The lawyers work well with internal management and external boards - they have a very deep wealth of experience."

Work highlights Advised eBay in its $800 million acquisition of payment service provider Braintree.

Advised NV Energy in connection with its $10 billion acquisition by MidAmerican Energy Holdings.

Notable practitioners  

Clients highlight the "incredibly experienced" Thomas Cole as a real asset in large-scale transactions: "When you are going through large M&A, he's a great quarterback." Interviewees also commend his "impeccable judgment."

Frederick Lowinger is "a phenomenal deal lawyer," sources say. He is advises on M&A and corporate governance, as well as matters with a corporate finance flavor, including securities offerings.

Global M&A cochair Paul Choi is widely acclaimed. He specializes in advising private equity clients on M&A and joint ventures, in addition to capital markets work.

Imad Qasim advises public companies and their boards on transactional, governance and securities-related issues. 

The highly regarded Jeffrey Smith has a strong private equity practice which emphasizes advice concerning leveraged buyouts, D&E restructuring and financings.

Larry Barden is "a terrific guy and great lawyer," sources say. He is sought out for his strategic counseling, as well as his experience in private equity, venture capital and securities financing matters more generally.

Significant clients GlaxoSmithKline, Apollo, Svoboda Capital, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Hillshire Brands.

Energy & Natural Resources - Illinois

What the team is known for Proficient in a wide range of energy regulatory matters. Noted for its compliance, litigation and transactional capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have extensive experience in new pipe construction and are well connected in the state."

"They are really trusted advisers to us in the corporate and M&A space."

Work highlights Advised Enbridge before the Illinois Commerce Commission in relation to the development of pipeline projects worth $2.5 billion. This matter involved advising on certification and condemnation applications.  

Advised Commonwealth Edison in several agreements regarding its procurement of annual renewable energy and electric energy certificates.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Richard Astle is praised by one client as "smart, strategic and just brilliant." Astle is well regarded by his peers for handling corporate work, recently advising Exelon Generation on matters relating to its nuclear decommissioning trust agreements.

Noted by one client for being "particularly good at understanding the other party's viewpoint," key partner Darryl Reed handles regulatory matters. He is further described as possessing high degrees of "professionalism, knowledge and confidence." 

Significant clients Exelon, Explorer Pipeline company, MGE Energy.

Environment - Illinois

What the team is known for Go-to name for industry leaders in contentious and noncontentious matters. Deeply expert in CERCLA and Clean Air Act litigation, as well as brownfields projects and transactional work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The performance of Sidley team members is routinely excellent. I have never encountered a substandard partner or associate over my many interactions with this department and the firm more widely."

Work highlights Advised on due diligence concerning Longview Fiber and Packing operations on behalf of KapStone Paper and Packaging in relation to a $1.025 billion acquisition.

Represented Owens Corning, a manufacturer of fiberglass products, in the remediation of a Superfund site in the Western USA. 

Notable practitioners  

"Wonderful environmental attorney" Robert Olian is highly regarded by market sources. He is co-head of Sidley's national practice in this area, and is well versed in criminal and civil enforcement proceedings, as well as compliance matters.

The "solid" Byron Taylor represents clients in matters relating to compliance, internal investigations and litigation.

Significant clients BP, GE, Jupiter Aluminum, Indianapolis Power & Light, NCR.

Healthcare - Illinois

What the team is known for Well known for its representation of healthcare providers and drug manufacturers. Handles transactional, regulatory and litigation work, including government investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The advice is timely and thorough. The thoughtfulness and depth of the advice stand out the most."

Work highlights Defended St. Luke’s health system against an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Idaho Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission.

Advised GE Healthcare on a joint venture with Microsoft to develop a healthcare IT system to improve patient experience and service quality.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Raskin is head of the Chicago healthcare department. His practice focuses on fraud and abuse, antitrust and litigation matters.

Honey Skinner represents a wide range of clients, including health systems and hospitals.

Significant clients GlaxoSmithKline, Novo Nordisk, Bayer, Quest Diagnostics. 

Insurance - Illinois

What the team is known for Offers vast insurance expertise on both a domestic and international level, representing major insurers and financial institutions. Also respected in reinsurance, life insurance and property and casualty matters. Praised by the market for transactional and regulatory expertise involving complex deal structures and M&A with specialist focus on catastrophe bonds, sidecars and structured collateralized reinsurance arrangements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They're very good at pointing out and coming to us when they perceive when there's a conflict of interest and asking for a waiver. There are not many firms who do this, but they're very good at pointing it out, which is appreciated."

"They've been confident, pragmatic and responsive. They've been doing everything right. Everyone they hire is of great caliber and pedigree."

Work highlights Advised Athene Holding on its $1.8 billion acquisition of Aviva's US life insurance and annuity businesses.

Represented Cigna on its $260 million acquisition of Great American Supplemental Benefits Group from American Financial Group.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Goldman is held in high regard by the market for his vast experience in transactional and regulatory insurance. "He has a very impressive deal list and the trust of lots of clients on the transactional side," according to sources.

Perry Shwachman recently represented Athene Holding in its $1.8 billion acquisition of Aviva's US life insurance and annuity businesses. According to sources he is "very creative in addressing issues and solving problems, with deep expertise in insurance concepts and regulatory knowledge."

Michael Pinsel heads the firm’s property and casualty alternative risk transfer practice. He recently represented Validus in its capitalization of AlphaCat Re 2012.

Anthony Ribaudo is "very experienced at sophisticated and financial transactions, but with enough common-sense understanding of the marketplace and its players to get things done." Clients appreciate his ability to "get you the skill you need without driving the bills up."

Kenneth Wylie has a well-respected financial services regulatory practice which includes expertise in insurance risk securitizations, captive evaluation, and insurance company organization and acquisition. He recently counseled Kemper Corp on complex regulatory matters.

William Sneed recently represented National Indemnity and other Berkshire-Hathaway affiliates in litigation against the Illinois Department of Insurance. Clients say: "Bill is a fine, methodical lawyer. He will get down into the details of a case and doesn't leave any stone unturned."

Reinsurance expert Susan Stone is co-head of the firm’s global insurance and financial services group and counts Chartis/AIG among her list of illustrious clients. Sources commend her as a "strong player" with a "great reputation" in her field.

Thomas Cunningham has a wide reinsurance practice covering the property and casualty and life and health spheres. He frequently appears in domestic and international disputes.

Daniel Neppl's impressive reinsurance practice includes experience of the financial, life and property sectors.

Significant clients CNA, Liberty Mutual, Ace, Credit Suisse. 

Intellectual Property - Illinois

What the team is known for Top-flight litigation practice offering real depth and breadth of trial experience, particularly in patent litigation. Key strength in the life sciences, software and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths 
"Sidley’s client services are top notch."

"It's a great firm." 

Work highlights Successfully represented Merck in two patent infringement suits regarding a patent covering the active ingredients of the company's cholesterol drugs Zetia and Vytorin.

Represented Ford in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in obtaining a reversal of a $58 million judgment in a patent infringement case concerning a lamp featuring in the side rearview mirror of its vehicles.

Notable practitioners

David Pritikin chairs the firm's IP practice. His extensive trial experience includes cases in the telecommunications, medical devices and software sectors.

Richard Cederoth is an experienced patent litigator who focuses on computer, software and semiconductor patents. He has recently represented Microsoft in a number of patent cases.

Significant clients GoGo, Johnson & Johnson, National Pasteurized Eggs, SonoSite, SynQor.

Labor & Employment - Illinois

What the team is known for Recognized for its executive compensation and employee benefits offering, especially in relation to transactional matters. Noted for its expertise in the general labor and employment sphere.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We get great-quality service and they are extremely knowledgeable."  

"Excellent firm, able to handle all of our needs well." 

Work highlights Advised Athene Holdings in employee benefits and executive compensation matters in connection with the company's acquisition of Presidential Life and Aviva USA.

Represented West Corporation on compensation and benefit matters in relation to the firm's IPO. This complex matter included the introduction of an equity-based compensation agreement.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Gold is praised by clients, who note that "he honors his commitments, is very well organized and has outstanding communication skills." Gold heads the labor and employment team and handles contentious and noncontentious work.

Key partner Stewart Shepherd's practice incorporates benefits and compensation work in relation to M&A, as well as welfare and retirement plans. Shepherd is praised by one commentator as "one of the most brilliant employee benefits lawyers I know."

Beth Dickstein is described as "knowledgeable and well connected in the industry and with government agencies." She is a key partner in the benefits and compensation team, and specializes in fiduciary work and ERISA litigation among other areas.

Significant clients Booz Allen Hamilton, AT&T, eBay, McKinsey, Kodak Retirement Income Plan.

Litigation - Illinois

What the team is known for Formidable expertise in the white-collar and general commercial litigation arenas. Serves an impressive client list across a range of matters, including litigation concerning securities, antitrust and fraud.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I thought they were exceptional in the matter. I really was impressed. I have never worked with any better lawyers - outstanding in every way." 

"They have the ability to balance the litigation needs with the business needs. Incredibly responsive - I can get Sidley whenever I need them." 

Notable practitioners  

Walter Carlson is cochair of the firm's litigation practice. He is described as a "very effective courtroom advocate and very smart lawyer. An excellent choice for complex shareholder litigation." 

William Conlon is well versed in litigation at both the state and federal level. He is highlighted by one interviewee as "a strategic thinker and very engaging."  

Charles Douglas is described as a "great lawyer" by market sources. His practice incorporates securities and product liability litigation.

David Graham is recognized by sources as a "very effective" litigator. He specializes in white-collar matters and has recently led on mortgage-backed securities litigation. 

Constantine Trela heads the appellate practice in Chicago, and handles a broad variety of commercial cases.

Scott Lassar handles a variety of white-collar litigation, including securities fraud and FCPA matters. Lassar is praised by one client for being "extremely strong analytically and in the courtroom - very strong presence and persuasiveness."

John Gallo is cochair of the firm's global white-collar practice and he primarily focuses on investigations and civil litigation.

Media & Entertainment - Illinois

What the team is known for Maintains a strong profile for its representation of clients on defamation, trade secrets and false advertising disputes. Noted skill in advising clients on a range of IP matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They have a lot of depth and are strong across the board."

Work highlights Successfully defended United States Cellular in a claim for an order restraining the $480 million sale of its Chicago and Midwest markets.

Representing ContextMedia in the defense of a trademark infringement case.

Notable practitioners  

Richard O'Brien is a "tenacious lawyer who is extremely hard-working and very focused on the client." He is a respected choice of lead trial counsel on privacy, false advertising and copyright cases.

Eric Mattson is highly regarded by clients for his practical advice. Areas of particular expertise include defamation, reporter's privilege and Freedom of Information Act matters.

Significant clients Illinois Civil Justice League, Northwestern University, American Civil Liberties Union.  

Real Estate - Illinois

What the team is known for Substantive expertise in commercial real estate matters, acting for financial institutions, institutional investors, owners and developers in contentious and noncontentious real estate matters. Additional expertise in workouts space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their performance is excellent and they are easy to work with and attentive. Personal attention and quality of work stand out."

"Sidley provides exceptional client service. The work product is first rate."

Work highlights Advised Deloitte in the drafting and negotiation of an office lease for a building in Seattle.

Advised Wells Fargo on a $140 million loan for the purchase of an office building in Chicago.

Notable practitioners  

The "extremely intelligent" Charles Schrank's clients include Deustche Bank and Citigroup. Schrank concentrates on representing clients in joint ventures, equity investments and securitization programs.

Anthony Aiello is a key partner at the firm. He specializes in representing REITs and financial institutes in transactional work. Sources describe Aiello as "an excellent lawyer and very effective negotiator."

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, Starwood Capital, Maersk, Illinois Facilities Fund, Citigroup Global Markets Realty.  

Tax - Illinois

What the team is known for Represents both Fortune 100 and private companies in tax controversies, M&A and restructuring transactions, among other planning matters. Particularly well regarded for its experience of insurance-related tax.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are thoughtful, careful and incredibly hard-working. They seem to know our company better than we do."

Work highlights Advised Athene Holding on its $1.8 billion purchase of the annuity and life insurance departments of Aviva.

Acted for United States Cellular on the disposition of its Chicago, Central Illinois and St. Louis markets to Sprint Nextel.

Notable practitioners  

Sharp Sorensen is head of the Chicago tax department and co-head of the firm's national tax group. Sources say: "He knows the law well and implements good solutions."

Jay Zimbler is well regarded for his expertise in both tax litigation and transactions, with a focus on cross-border deals. He also has an active appellate practice.

Suresh Advani specializes in income tax matters. He recently advised Tribune on the tax implications of its Chapter 11 proceedings and subsequent emergence from bankruptcy.

Lee Christie regularly represents insurance companies and financial services sector clients. Sources say he is "a very good adviser who achieves excellent results."

Tracy Williams is lauded by one client as "one of the leading insurance tax people in the country. She has an ability around tax modeling that is rarely seen and she is instrumental for your acquisition."

Significant clients AIG, Citibank, Bombadier, Tyson Foods.

Technology - Illinois

What the team is known for Technology transactional practice covering everything from outsourcing deals through to development collaborations. Clients range from startups through to Fortune 500 companies and operate within a wide variety of industries including the digital media and life sciences sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They continuously demonstrate a keen ability to understand the business and technological aspects of a transaction to ensure these are carried forward into an agreement."

"They have always been protective of our interests, have never failed us, and are very capable in a lot of disciplines." 

Work highlights Advised global satellite communications specialists Iridium Satellite on a broad range of agreements and licensing matters concerning resellers of the client's products.

Acted for Chinese pharmaceutical company Eddingpharm on an agreement covering licensing and marketing rights for oncological drugs and related diagnostic tests.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Kaufmann is a transactional technology expert with substantive knowledge of the ins and outs of advising on outsourcing agreement negotiations. Sources observe that "he is really good at keeping his finger on the pulse in negotiations. He reads the situation, noticing if it shifts significantly."

Tim Swan is a senior associate who assists clients with transactional matters, including the technology aspects of M&A deals. He also has expertise in licensing deals, strategic alliances and joint ventures.

Technology and IP transactions co-head Jeffrey Rothstein advises a range of leading clients like Iridium Satellites and Monsanto on a range of issues, including licensing agreements, strategic partnerships and M&A.

Significant clients GE Healthcare, Genentech, LG Life Sciences, Monsanto, Roche.

Antitrust - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Highly capable antitrust team with nationwide scope and proficiency in the full spectrum of competition disputes. Particularly known for its strength in litigation matters, including class actions and agency representations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A fine firm nationally." 

"I've been very impressed with them – they're very bright and very responsive."

Work highlights Represented Macmillan Publishing in the e-books antitrust litigation brought by the DOJ.

Acted for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurant Group as a defendant in the online hotel booking antitrust class actions.

Notable practitioners  

John Treece is an "extremely good" and "very bright" antitrust litigator whom sources describe as a "fierce competitor." He has some 35 years' experience in the field, and is also cochair of Sidley's antitrust practice.

Significant clients Astellas Pharma, Citigroup, CSX Transportation, Quest Diagnostics, St Luke's Health System.

Appellate Law - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC, Los Angeles and Chicago.

What the team is known for Handles complex and high-value appeals for a broad base of industrial and corporate clients. Active on patent infringement appeals in the pharmaceutical, technology and manufacturing sectors. Very strong Supreme Court amicus curiae briefing practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very solid and very thorough, they do a good job and we have confidence in the responses they give us."

Work highlights Acted for Luminant Generation on EME Homer City Generation v EPA, a Supreme Court challenge to the EPA's 2011 emissions standards for cross-state air pollution.

Represented the State of California before the Supreme Court in Brown v Plata, a case concerning the imposition of a population cap on prison inmate numbers under the Prison Litigation Reform Act.

Notable practitioners  

Clients consider former Solicitor General Carter Phillips "really the best of the best when it comes to complex appellate matters." He continues to argue many of the firm's most significant appeals, with appearances in the Supreme Court, federal and state appellate courts. Peers note his long-standing track record of Supreme Court cases, and one client enthused: "He's extremely thorough, very bright and just outstanding."

Peter Keisler gains extensive praise from market sources, with one peer calling him "one of the best advocates and thinkers I know." Clients say: "He is one of the top appellate litigators in the country at this time. He has incredible mastery of appellate argument, and how to submit the most compelling case to federal judges." He recently argued the abovementioned case on behalf of Luminant Generation.

Joseph Guerra argued for the petitioners in Maracich v Spears, a Supreme Court case concerning the legality under privacy laws of class action plaintiffs' attorneys using Department of Motor Vehicles records to solicit plaintiffs. Peers note his "really outstanding wins in the Supreme Court" and say "he is really a special lawyer."

Significant clients Bank of America, Dell, KPMG, Microsoft, Fox Television Studios.

Banking & Finance - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Dallas and Chicago.

What the team is known for Acts for a mix of borrowers and lenders, and offers broad geographical coverage both nationally and internationally. Demonstrates capability across a broad range of transactions, including asset-based loans, acquisition financings and subordinated debt financing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do an excellent job."

"They do a great job of connecting people and forming a network."

What's new? Former Weil, Gotshal & Manges partners Angela Fontana and Kelly Dybala joined the team, adding substantial capability to its finance offering. Both are highly experienced in the representation of private equity groups.  

Notable practitioners  

Dallas-based Angela Fontana is a well-established name in the market, and is widely recognized for her skill in representing private equity clients. Her substantial experience covers mezzanine financing, cash-flow lending and commercial paper facilities. Sources describe her as a "powerful lawyer."

James Clark operates out of the firm's Chicago office. He offers a wealth of banking and finance capability, having been active in the market for many years.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and Los Angeles. 

What the team is known for Primarily noted for debtor-side work, representing major corporate clients in reorganizations and Chapter 11 filings. Particularly strong on media industry matters. Also represents senior debt holders and creditors' committees, including large institutional investors. Active on municipality bankruptcies and public sector debt matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have done major matters. They are excellent - high-profile cases and solid performers."

Work highlights Represented Tribune Company, a national newspaper and broadcast media organization, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings before the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Advised electricity utility Dynegy Holdings and related corporate entities on its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. At the time of the Chapter 11 filing in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, the company's total liabilities, along with those of its affiliated entities, exceeded $6.2 billion.

Notable practitioners 

Lawrence Nyhan is described as "very impressive" by market observers. He recently advised Yarway, a manufacturer of steel products, through its Chapter 11 filing in Delaware.

James Conlan is primarily a debtor's lawyer, taking the lead on Chapter 11s and corporate restructurings. He also recently represented creditor GSO Capital Partners as lead claim holder to tanker operator Overseas Shipholding Group under a $1.5 billion revolving credit facility. He cochairs the firm's corporate reorganization and bankruptcy practice.

Significant clients GE Capital, Lee Enterprises, Merisant, Owens Corning, Smurfit-Stone Container.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco and New York.

What the team is known for Recommended for its expertise in representing underwriters on investment grade debt transactions. Also advises issuers and underwriters on the full range of debt and equity transactions. Strong in the real estate sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They stand out from my perspective because they are very responsive, knowledgeable and provide balanced advice."

"They understand our structure and business well." 

Work highlights Represented BNP Paribas and others as underwriters on two offerings of notes by Daimler Finance North America totaling $5.25 billion.

Represented West Corporation on its $425.5 million IPO.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Petrosky recently advised the underwriters, Goldman Sachs and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in National Bank's $137.6 million IPO. He co-heads the firm's capital markets group.

Samir Gandhi is known by his clients to be a "very commercial lawyer." He recently represented AmTrust Financial Services on its $115 million offering of noncumulative preferred stock.

Eric Haueter represented the underwriters on Weyerhaeuser's $925.5 million offering of common stock and $690 million offering of preferred stock. He is a frequent choice for both issuers and underwriters on a diverse range of transactions.

James O'Connor is highly regarded for his representation of underwriters and issuers on capital markets deals. His areas of expertise include IPOs, preferred stock offerings and the full array of debt transactions.

Norman Slonaker represented Barclays Capital and others on Liberty Interactive's offering of $850 million of convertible notes. He is highly respected in the market for his extensive transactional experience.

Significant clients Aon, Colgate-Palmolive, Morgan Stanley, PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust, Western Union.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

What the team is known for Popular choice for buy-side and end user clients. Traditional transactional strength has evolved to include a deep bench of regulatory experts. Team has seen internal growth through lateral hires, the development of related practices and increased cross-border work with the firm's London office for transactions in the European markets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Partners are accessible and involved, with a very detailed knowledge of legal and regulatory issues. They understand our business and are very committed and hard-working."

"The depth of Sidley lawyers' knowledge is impressive, but the two key attributes for us have been their responsiveness and quality of judgment."

"Sidley's attorneys provide incredible depth of substantive knowledge. Their attorneys are able to apply their advice in a simple and practical manner."

What's new? The group has benefited from the addition of Kenneth Kopelman from Bingham McCutchen, and other partners from Bingham's broker-dealer and securities regulation team to bolster the provision of auxiliary services to capital markets clients.

Work highlights Represents various industry groups and major financial institutions, providing ongoing advice relating to derivatives, clearing and swap transactions, and related regulation.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Sackheim receives considerable praise for the strength of his derivatives and commodities transactional expertise. Sources laud him for being "knowledgeable, intelligent and practical."

Ellen Pesch is a recognized attorney for derivatives and structured finance work. While managing a robust transactional practice, a large portion of her workload involves regulatory advice to numerous industry groups and major banks. Observers say she is "thoughtful, thorough and a great advocate."

Significant clients BlackRock Financial Management, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Credit Suisse.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco, Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Respected high-quality team advising clients on a broad range of securitization transactions. Key asset classes of expertise include CMBS, trade receivables, and auto loans and leases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Sidley is held in high regard here not only on the legal side but also on the business side."

"It is a great service; highly responsive and with a very quick turnaround time."

Work highlights Represented Deutsche Bank on six CMBS issuances including an issuance by COMM 2013‑CCRE9 totaling approximately $1.2 billion.

Advised Wells Fargo on two CMBS issuances including one by WFRBS 2013-C14 totaling approximately $1.5 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Robinson is a revered structured products practitioner with considerable expertise in cross-border transactions. He is respected by peers and clients alike.

The "outstanding" Renwick Martin is an "extraordinary lawyer" who is "highly accessible," impressed market sources report. He is particularly highly rated for his expertise on MBS transactions.

Kevin Blauch focuses on CMBS transactions. He recently represented Morgan Stanley on a CMBS issuance by MSBAM 2013-C10 totaling approximately $1.5 billion.

Carlos Rodriguez is a "very strong technical lawyer, but he also has the big picture in mind," one market source said. He advised Morgan Stanley on the re-securitization of CMBS mezzanine securities with a total value of approximately $139 million.

Gary Stern receives positive market feedback for his expertise on equipment leases, trade receivables and auto loans transactions. He is based in Chicago.

Willis Buck represented Springleaf Finance on the securitization of personal loans originated by Springleaf branches with a value of $700 million. He advises clients on a range of securitization transactions.

Kevin Hochberg advised Container Leasing International on the securitization of a shipping container portfolio with a value of $250 million. He has expertise on a broad range of transactions.

R J Carlson is "a solution-minded attorney" with excellent commercial awareness, impressed clients say. His highlights include representing JPMorgan Chase on a $600 million MBS issuance, its first since 2007.

Dale Lum advised Automotive Rentals on three private placements of automobile fleet lease-backed notes totaling $1.5 billion. He is praised by clients for his responsive and personable approach.

Giselle Barth represented Banc of America Securities on the issuance by John Deere Owner Trust 2012-B of four tranches of fixed-rate notes backed by installment sale and loan contracts for agricultural and construction equipment with a total value of approximately $1 billion. Sources say her positive market profile continues to rise.

Significant clients Citi, Credit Suisse, Barclays Capital, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA, GE Capital.

Climate Change - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Strong presence in the climate change arena, with expertise across a range of key issues. Well known for representing established national clients in significant litigation, regulatory and transactional work. Further capability in renewable energy matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent. They're top-notch in environment, and climate change overlaps with that – their excellence in one aids the other."

"They have substantive expertise in this area." 

Work highlights Provides ongoing representation to NRG Energy, counseling it on environmental and climate change regulatory issues.

Represented Devon Energy in a challenge to the EPA's decision to pronounce Wise County, Texas, a non-attainment area under the Clean Air Act.

Notable practitioners  

Roger Martella "is a very sophisticated practitioner and a genuinely nice person," according to market sources. One observer adds: "He isn't afraid to speak on policy issues and is very effective."

Significant clients American Chemistry Council, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Maersk, National Petrochemical and Refiners Association.

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Handles a wide range of corporate and M&A matters for strategic clients and private equity firms. Impressive national profile.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've provided very practical guidance and helped us navigate a lot of issues that are unique to us, where you can't just go to the book and find an answer."

"They've got great breadth both in substantive expertise and geographical coverage."

Work highlights Advised NV Energy on its $10 billion acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary MidAmerican Energy Holdings.

Acted for Lone Star Funds on the $8.7 billion acquisition of the assets of Royal Park Investments.

Notable practitioners

Paul Choi is co-head of the M&A practice and a key contact.

Significant clients AIG Highstar Capital, BNP Paribas, Morgan Stanley, Compass Investment Partners Fund, Starwood Property Trust.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Chicago.

What the team is known for Acts for a diverse range of clients, from small businesses through to tax-exempt nonprofits such as trade associations and foundations, as well as large corporations. Provides vast executive compensation arrangement coverage, encompassing disclosure and deferred compensation matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent firm, able to handle all of our needs well."  

"An excellent employee benefits practice." 

Work highlights Provides employee benefits counsel to Fairmont Raffles Hotels International in transactional contexts, among others, which involves dealing with multiple pension and welfare plans.

Acts on behalf of Tupperware Brands, providing full benefits and executive compensation support.

Notable practitioners  

Illinois-based Robert Ferencz and Matthew Johnson are key contacts at the firm.

Significant clients Athene Holding, Kodak Retirement Income Plan, AT&T, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, eBay.  

Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include DC and New York.

What the team is known for One of the major players in the liquid pipeline regulatory area. Excellent reputation in the industry and regularly represents pipeline clients in work such as rate cases, and matters concerning regulatory approval for development and investigations. Represents clients before FERC and the CFTC, and in state and federal court.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They bring the business judgment of knowing how to do things the way which a client expects them to be done." 

"I like that they are upfront about what our chances are of getting the outcomes we want."

Work highlights Acted for ExxonMobil Pipeline Company in FERC and Regulatory Commission of Alaska proceedings related to rates for oil transportation on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

Represented Magellan Pipeline in two market-based rate applications before the FERC. 

Notable practitioners  

Eugene Elrod is a highly respected attorney who is seen by peers as a leader of the oil pipeline bar. In one recent mandate he represented Kinder Morgan in connection with the regulatory aspects of its proposal to reverse the flow of a pipeline between Illinois and Alberta, in order to transport light liquid hydrocarbons to Canada. "He is frequently the smartest guy in the room but never acts as if he is," notes one source, who goes on to say: "People know that when he gives an opinion they need to respect it because he is probably right."

William Williams focuses on representing oil and gas pipeline companies in FERC matters. He acted for Explorer Pipeline in a successful petition to FERC related to rate structure and priority access to capacity. Clients praise his personable approach and his knowledge of the industry.

James Rice is a respected oil and gas deal attorney who is well liked by peers for his solution-oriented approach to transactions. He acted for Avista Capital in a sale of leasehold in the Utica Shale to Halcon Resources for approximately $100 million. "A very thoughtful lawyer with a very good demeanor; he listens well and advocates well for his clients." 

Litigator Stan Berman concentrates on representing utilities and other power clients in FERC proceedings, state commission matters and in the courts. He acted for Pacific Gas and Electric in a four-month FERC trial where his client and its co-litigants received a favorable decision regarding the $2 billion worth of claims at stake. Sources say: "He truly is a counselor for us; he has such an intimate understanding of FERC, FERC orders and tariffs that cover transmission business." 

Christopher Lyons advises oil and gas pipeline clients in relation to regulatory issues. He acted for Mobil Pipe Line in a successful petition to FERC for a declaratory order approving capacity and rate proposals related to a pipeline system between New Mexico and refineries in Nederland, Texas. "He has a very keen sense of the things that might create an issue or raise a red flag," notes one interviewee.

Significant clients National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, American Electric Power, Commonwealth Edison, Duke Energy, Exelon.  

Environment - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Large environmental team with expertise across contentious and noncontentious matters. Represents and advises a diverse range of clients, including those operating in the energy, petroleum, chemicals and financial sectors. Also represents government at the local, state and federal levels.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have some great people. They have a great platform of clients and do work right across the country."

"One of the best teams at strategic thinking." 

Work highlights Advised GE on the remedial dredging project at the Hudson River PCBs site.

Represented NV Energy in environmental aspects of its $5.6 billion acquisition by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company. 

Notable practitioners  

The key contacts are David Buente and Roger Martella in Washington, DC, Judith Praitis in Los Angeles and Robert Olian in Chicago.

Significant clients Airbus, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Honeywell International, NRG Energy.

ERISA Litigation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Chicago.

What the team is known for Well positioned to handle the full range of sophisticated ERISA litigation matters. Represents a wide client base which includes employers, pension plans and trustees. Demonstrates particular strength in class actions and multiparty litigation, as well as a proven track record for its appellate work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have good bench strength and are knowledgeable about trends and the most current case law on the subject."

"They are extremely efficient at distilling complicated ideas in a format that the average person understands."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of American United Life Insurance in an ERISA class action over claims that the company breached its fiduciary duty by accepting revenue sharing payments.

Worked with BMO Harris in a stock drop litigation in the Seventh Circuit.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Blocker is "an outstanding talent and a very effective oral advocate," comment clients. His ERISA litigation practice focuses on a full range of matters, including 401(k) stock drop and balance plan matters, as well as defending trustees against allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties.

Anne Rea was part of the team that assisted Bank of America in litigation relating to defining the normal retirement age. She is held in high regard by clients, with one noting that "her communication and listening skills, together with her legal expertise and knowledge of ERISA and related laws, have made her an invaluable partner."

Erin Kelly recently played a key role in the firm's representation of Dex One in a stock drop litigation case. She receives praise from her clients for her negotiation skills, with one underlining how "she handles herself well in court and is very good at explaining the process and issues to her clients."

Financial Services Regulation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A heavyweight player in the financial services regulatory sphere, most notably with respect to the broker-dealer space, where a formidably strong bench covers the most cutting-edge compliance and enforcement matters for some of the most recognizable securities trading institutions in the world. Solid reputation in both the banking and consumer finance regulatory compliance matters, advising US and foreign financial institutions in connection with all aspects of Dodd-Frank, including those relating to the Volcker Rule and the CFPB.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I think they are an absolutely outstanding firm. I have never had any issues at all in terms of quality or timeliness. They are first-class and extremely talented."

"The leading practitioners in the regulatory investigation space for broker-dealers."

"They have good, sound judgment, they understand the business and they understand the regulatory environment."

Work highlights Represented a number of broker-dealer clients with respect to FINRA investigations relating to aggregation units and Regulation SHO.

Advised UBS in connection with a number of matters including the implication of changes in the Dodd-Frank Act that limited exemption from the Truth in Lending Act.

Represented Green Dot in connection with regulatory issues arising from its prepaid card business and retail banking operations.

Notable practitioners  

Hardy Callcott is a leading figure in the broker-dealer sphere, representing clients in both regulatory compliance and enforcement matters. Sources say he is "very astute, practical and an excellent communicator," and note that he has "an outstanding knowledge of the regulators."

William Eckland is a well-regarded practitioner in the banking regulatory space. Sources commend his "breadth of knowledge and practical advice." Eckland's clients include Wintrust Financial, Discovery Financial Services and Morgan Stanley.

Connie Friesen advises domestic and foreign financial institutions on US regulatory compliance. She recently advised Axis Bank, an Indian financial institution, on the implications of US state money transmitter licensing requirements.

Susan Merrill is particularly recognized by market observers for her representation of broker-dealer clients in enforcement actions before FINRA and the SEC. Sources affirm that she is "very tenacious and very knowledgeable about securities enforcement."

Neal Sullivan enjoys a fine reputation in broker-dealer enforcement matters. In the words of one market observer, he "has tremendous relationships with key regulators and provides outstanding legal advice."

James Brigagliano is a respected former SEC official who is continuing to impress since his move into private practice in 2012. He is noted for his counseling of broker-dealer clients on a wide range of matters, including of late short selling, Rule 105 and order handling.

SEC alumnus Kevin Campion heads the broker-dealer securities regulatory practice group. He focuses his practice on providing a full range of regulatory compliance advice to broker-dealer clients.

Dennis Hensley "has tremendous experience and provides excellent advice" in connection with broker-dealer regulatory rulemaking by the SEC and FINRA, according to one impressed client.

The "very well-respected" James Huizinga offers a broad consumer finance practice, encompassing regulatory compliance advice and litigation.

David Teitelbaum is described by one interviewee as "super smart, always thoughtful and very efficient." Teitelbaum is recognized for his provision of ongoing operational regulatory compliance advice pertaining to consumer finance matters.  

Significant clients Bank of America, Barclays, Jefferies, Morgan Stanley, RBS.

Healthcare - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Identified as an impressively broad-based healthcare practice, with expertise spanning areas such as enforcement, transactions, regulatory compliance and IP disputes. Increasingly recognized for its ability to tackle cross-border matters, and also offers significant experience in the FDA space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very capable and have both expertise and bandwidth which is impressive."

Work highlights Assisted Smith & Nephew in its $782 million purchase of Healthpoint Biotherapeutics' wound care business. 

Acted for GE Healthcare in forming a joint venture with Microsoft.

Notable practitioners  

William Sarraille is adept at advising clients on a number of healthcare issues including Stark and Anti-Kickback related issues, Medicaid and Medicare coverage, and reimbursement and internal investigations. He is praised by market observers as "a very good communicator and a trusted adviser."

Significant clients Allergan, Aramark, Catamaran Corporation, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson.

Insurance - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Accomplished and large team of attorneys skilled in representing insurers and reinsurers in retrocessional, environmental and asbestos claims. Particularly known for its defense of the insurance industry against class actions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I think Sidley is one of the best reinsurance firms in the country."

"They're very successful, and understand the full dynamic of our business."

"We find their judgment to be very insightful and beneficial."  

Work highlights Represented ING in class action litigation surrounding fees for the provision of retirement plans.

Successfully acted for Chartis in the Iowa Supreme Court reversal of a lower court decision relating to insurance premiums ruled unlawful by the state insurance commissioner.

Notable practitioners

Susan Stone enjoys a nationwide reputation for her reinsurance expertise. Sources laud her as a "terrific, dynamic and strong" practitioner. She is particularly noted by clients as an effective in-court performer.

Significant clients Hartford, W. R. Berkley, ACE, Liberty Mutual, Century Indemnity Company.

Insurance - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Market-leading transactional and regulatory practice, with a deep bench of talented attorneys based in Chicago and New York. Represents major insurance companies in the full spectrum of matters. Particularly noteworthy expertise in catastrophe bonds, complex deal structures and insurance M&A.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They offer top-notch expertise both on a national and international level. They're extremely broad and imaginative."

"The key to this team is that mix of the insurance and transactions. Any transaction on the insurance side that I've ever touched upon with those guys, I feel 100% confident."

Work highlights Advised Athene Holding on its $2.6 billion acquisition of Aviva's US life insurance and annuity businesses.

Represented MassMutual in funding issues relating to its $12 billion MassMutual Global Funding II program.

Notable practitioners  

Jeff Liebmann heads the firm's New York insurance and financial services practice. He is hailed for his skill in insurance matters in the corporate, insolvency and restructuring spheres. Clients consider him "a top insurance transactional lawyer."

Transactional specialist Jonathan Freedman handles insurance M&A, securitizations and capital markets transactions. Sources deem him to be "commercially practical, willing to tackle the tough issues" and "focused on getting to the right result without all the politics."

Michael Goldman is renowned for his wide-ranging transactional and regulatory practice, which includes experience in divestitures, corporate financings and complex reinsurance arrangements. Clients comment that he is "very well politically connected, and commands respect from the regulators."  

Chicago-based Perry Shwachman has a reputation for his representation of high-profile insurers, investment banks and financial institutions in major transactions. According to clients, "he's very intuitive and is an expert in insurance."

Significant clients The Hartford, AIG, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo Securities.

Intellectual Property - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Strong centers of IP expertise on both coasts, as well as in the Midwest and Texas, providing a genuinely nationwide presence. Held in high regard for its ITC practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Across Sidley you consistently encounter high-caliber attorneys. You can go to any of their offices and be pretty assured of first-class service."

Work highlights Represented Microsoft in proceedings against Motorola with regard to licensing rates for standard-essential patents for Android-based smartphones.

Won an appeal for Merck & Company, upholding a lower court's verdict in favor of the client in its contention that Mylan Pharmaceuticals had infringed its patent covering ezetimibe, an agent used in anti-cholesterol drugs.

Notable practitioners  

David Pritikin in Chicago chairs the firm's national IP practice.

Significant clients Amgen, Apple, Hoffmann-La Roche, Intel, Realtek Semiconductor.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Formidable bench of arbitration specialists, capable of handling commercial and investor-state disputes across a broad spectrum of industries. Also highlighted for its impressive international capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are excellent, just absolutely superb - I can't say enough good things about them!"

Work highlights Successfully defended the Republic of Costa Rica in a dispute with German investors regarding measures to protect the leatherback sea turtle taken by the Costa Rican government.

Successfully acted for the Republic of Turkey on defending claims relating to the failed construction of a power plant bought by a Dutch company under the ECT and the Netherlands-Turkey BIT.

Notable practitioners  

Stanimir Alexandrov is rated highly by sources as an arbitrator, where he is "very fair, very even-handed and very invested in the case." His skills as an advocate are also highly praised, with one commentator describing him as "a master strategist and a great speaker; one of the best investment lawyers in the field." 

Louis Kimmelman chairs the firm's global international arbitration practice. His tenacity is highly praised by peers, who describe him as "a great strategist, with excellent execution and significant cross-examination skills." He focuses on complex commercial and investment treaty dispute resolution.

Significant clients Perupetro, the Republic of Peru, Belgian and Luxembourg entities of Lone Star.

International Trade - Nationwide

What the team is known for Much-praised group with a diverse trade offering, which encompasses trade policy, in addition to import and export matters. Particularly prominent in the WTO sphere.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Sidley is one of the preeminent law firms for international trade compliance. I use it for the most difficult, complex and nuanced questions."

Work highlights Advised a number of major Japanese steel companies on market access issues concerning Malaysia, China and Indonesia.

Advised a coalition of domestic clothing brands on their strategic approach to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations on the application of customs rules to clothing and textiles.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Belanger is a highly regarded customs attorney whose client base spans a broad range of industries. Clients value his strategic judgment and ability to find a "good, straight-line solution to problems."

Andrew Shoyer is a leading trade policy lawyer who is known for his WTO expertise. Clients praise his "broad and deep knowledge of trade law."

Clients admire Lisa Crosby's ability to "take something that's very complicated and synthesize it so that all can understand the issue." She is noted for her skill in the field of sanctions and export controls.

Significant clients MasterCard, LG Electronics, Microsoft, General Electric, Nike.

International Trade - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Highly regarded intellectual property firm with a notable Section 337 offering. Significant experience in the fields of electronics and telecommunications.

Work highlights Continued to represent Microsoft in a series of ITC disputes with Motorola concerning smartphone technology.

Successfully defended Realtek semiconductor in Section 337 proceedings.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Nester is a well-regarded patent litigator with an impressive track record in ITC cases. Clients value his ability to understand their companies and take the initiative with their business needs in mind.

Significant clients LG Electronics, STMicroelectronics, Sino Legend.

Investment Funds - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Chicago.

What the team is known for Premier hedge fund team offering a comprehensive service to some of the industry's largest participants. Stand-out regulatory experts, the group continues to advise on SEC registration as well as the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers at Sidley are businessmen too. It's one thing to talk to a lawyer, it's another to talk to one who understands the business and has good inputs."

"They are very much in the flow as far as hedge fund structuring is concerned. See as many new structures as anyone while also being top-notch on the regulatory and tax side."

Work highlights Advised on the formation of two fixed income single investor funds for III Offshore Advisors.

Helped in the creation of Cloud Gate Capital, a hedge fund manager, as well as advising on its first fund.

Notable practitioners  

William Kerr is "an encyclopedia of what funds are doing... an amazing issue spotter and someone who understands the nuances of different approaches and provides interesting solutions."

The "terrific" David Sawyier is a huge presence in the hedge fund world and is involved in some of the market's biggest matters.

Michael Schmidtberger is "on a different playing field when it comes to the business side of the legal profession" because he "understands what is going on the industry better than anybody else and provides thoughtful and considered advice."

Significant clients BlackRock, Guggenheim Fund Solutions, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investments, Credit Suisse - Asset Management, James River Capital.

Investment Funds - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Comprehensive offering with a notable forte representing underwriters in relation to the initial public offerings of registered funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They never let me hang up the phone without helping me to find a way to resolve issues – that business acumen is invaluable."

"We use them because of their knowledge, service levels and because they have our trust and confidence."

Work highlights Advised as issuer's counsel on the $780 million IPO of Prudential Global Short Duration High Yield Fund.

Represented the independent directors of Cohen & Steers MLP Income and Energy Opportunity Fund in the fund's $457 million launch.

Notable practitioners  

Frank Bruno "has an incredible wealth of industry knowledge" and is widely noted as one of the top fund lawyers in the space. He is known for being able to navigate complicated and complex issues with aplomb.

John MacKinnon is hailed as "an icon in the industry" by impressed sources, who point specifically to his expertise advising investment companies on the Investment Company Act 1940.

Significant clients The BlackRock Funds, Mirae Funds, Royce Funds, Sentinel Funds, Prudential Investments.

Leisure & Hospitality - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Chicago.

What the team is known for Noted for its involvement in major leisure and hospitality financing transactions, which it frequently handles for prominent financial institutions. Demonstrates skill in advising on substantial casino, hotel and resort restructuring projects for borrowers and lenders. Also adept at negotiating licensing and management agreements.

Work highlights Acted for Wells Fargo on a loan for the acquisition and construction of the Minneapolis Radisson hotel, totaling approximately $30 million.  

Advised Diamond Realty Investments on the acquisition of land in Tucson for the development of a student housing project in a joint venture with Campus Acquisitions.

Notable practitioners  

Sources are impressed by Alan Weil's work ethic, and note that he is "intensely dedicated to his clients." He is a real estate expert with an impressive track record of advising on acquisitions and financings within the hospitality sector.

Robert Maganuco also has significant experience in the hospitality industry. He assists major financial institutions on a broad range of financing transactions across the nation, including shopping centers, hotels and mixed-use projects.  

Significant clients Churchill Downs, Starwood Property Trust, FelCor Lodging Trust, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Kimpton Hotels & Resorts.

Life Sciences - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A major player in the industry, active in areas such as intellectual property litigation, corporate representations, and regulatory and antitrust matters. Maintains a strong presence on a national and international level.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"For enterprise-wide, top of the line, must-have perfect work, we defer to Sidley!"

Work highlights Provided corporate, regulatory and due diligence services to Medtronic in relation to its strategic alliance with LifeTech Scientific, a Chinese company traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Successfully asserted a patent covering the active ingredient of ZETIA and VYTORIN, two major cholesterol drugs produced by Merck, against generic competition from Mylan. The district court ruling in Merck's favor was upheld on appeal.

Notable practitioners  

Coleen Klasmeier leads the food, drug and medical device regulatory practice. She operates out of the firm's Washington, DC office, and is described by peers as a "fabulous" practitioner.

Scott Bass is head of the firm's global life sciences team, and specializes in FDA-related enforcement and regulatory issues. He is highly praised by sources for his deep experience in this space. 

Shortly prior to publication, Sam Zucker joined the team from O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Zucker is a well-established and experienced corporate counsel operating in the life sciences arena. While at his previous firm he represented Swiss-based esthetic dermatology specialist Neocutis in its acquisition by Merz Pharma group.

Significant clients Allergan, bioMerieux, ConvaTec, Baxter, Novo Nordisk.

Privacy & Data Security - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Broad practice with capabilities across the entire spectrum of privacy matters, including litigation, consumer class actions, investigation response work and counseling on compliance issues. Deep industry-specific experience in a range of areas, including technology, media, pharmaceuticals and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I rate them very highly for their breadth, competence and excellent work product."

Work highlights Obtained a favorable class action settlement for PointRoll in a case claiming that online ad delivery companies had evaded cookie settings on Apple's Safari browser.

Working with a major US consumer pharmacy to overhaul its privacy and social media policies. Also advising on new mobile device apps for medical and health information.

Notable practitioners  

Peers are "super impressed" by Alan Raul, who is identified by sources as "a very smart person" and "a very good adviser." His practice covers counseling on noncontentious privacy issues, but he is especially well known for his litigation work. He recently led the representation of individual plaintiffs alleging violations of privacy rights in the high-profile Kelley v FBI case.  

"Terrific lawyer" Edward McNicholas specializes in advising clients confronted by complicated privacy issues, particularly in the context of cybersecurity, cloud computing, electronic surveillance and national security. He took the lead representing internet advertising company PointRoll in a class action related to the use of cookies and browser settings.

Significant clients AT&T, Citibank, GE, MasterCard, Microsoft, Disney.  

Products Liability - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Extensive product liability practice litigating headline cases across the country at trial and appellate level. A deep bench that brings to bear global experience in a variety of sectors, maintaining particular strength in the pharmaceutical arena.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have smart, good, effective litigators and are very responsive to client objectives in formulating strategy." 

"We've always been impressed with them - a real star firm for us."

Work highlights Acted as national coordinating counsel for Takeda and subsidiaries in the Actos bladder cancer litigation. Also represented the client as trial counsel on the same matter in Los Angeles, where a motion for a nonsuit was successfully obtained.

Lead counsel for Grünenthal USA in litigation relating to the drug thalidomide, defending against allegations that consumption of the drug in the mid-20th century by mothers was the cause of plaintiff injuries.

Notable practitioners

Sara Gourley recently represented Takeda as national coordinating counsel on the Actos bladder cancer cases. She is widely acknowledged among peers for her work in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. Sources also appreciate how she "stops plaintiffs in their tracks."

Debra Pole continues to be held in high esteem for her defense of product liability claims, with sources noting that "she's really impressive in court." She has recently been involved in litigation related to diabetes medication.

Head of the product liability and mass tort practice Michael Davis is described as a "very senior, seasoned litigator" and "one of the most responsive people I've worked with." His recent highlights have included advising on a range of consumer fraud matters, including false advertising claims.

Maja Eaton was recently involved in Decker v General Electric and GE Healthcare et al, defending GE against claims regarding prescription drug Omniscan. Peers appreciate her collaborative and strategic approach to problem solving, while clients underscore her common sense.

Eugene Schoon has recently acted for clients such as Grünenthal USA and Bayer HealthCare on major product liability and consumer fraud matters. He has particular expertise in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors.

The "very skilled" David Buente is praised for his extensive knowledge of environmental matters. He recently represented Duke Energy and other energy companies in claims relating to torts caused by the emission of greenhouse gases.

Significant clients Bayer HealthCare, National Association of Manufacturers, Honda, Duke Energy, St. Jude Medical.

Projects - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, Houston and New York.

What the team is known for Project finance group with an active power practice. Acts on financings, development and acquisitions in relation to power transmission infrastructure and coal, gas-fired and renewable energy generating facilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a very deep team with a lot of people that can do the work."

"They are very sophisticated finance lawyers."  

Work highlights Acted for Clean Line Energy Partners on its acquisition of a transmission project in New Mexico. 

Represented Sunbury Generation, the project sponsor, in the repowering of a coal-fired power generation facility into a gas-fired plant capable of generating 860 MW.

Notable practitioners  

Sergio Pozzerle is a Houston-based project finance lawyer with strong experience in the renewable energy field. He practices both domestically and throughout Latin America. Recent highlights include acting for Denham Capital in a series of investments in the Brazilian wind power industry.

Glenn Pinkerton is an experienced project finance lawyer with a practice that encompasses the oil and gas, power and infrastructure sectors. Sources say: "He is a very good project lawyer. He has done lots of work in Latin America, particularly on the electric power generation facility side." 

Irving Rotter chairs the firm's project finance group. His broad project finance experience includes the representation of lenders and sponsors in the power, renewable energy and telecoms sectors. He acted for Competition Power Ventures on a conventional power plant project. Sources describe him as a "careful and knowledgeable lawyer." 

Significant clients Chamisa Energy, Citibank, Entergy Services, Exelon, Starwood Energy Group.   

Real Estate - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Much admired for its prowess in a wide range of finance, acquisition and disposal transactions. A respected choice for banks, opportunity funds and insurance companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are responsive to our requests and they meet all of our deadlines." 

Work highlights Acted for Starwood Property Trust in its acquisition of LNR Commercial Property Group Division, which involved 37 properties in nine states.

Represented Forest City Enterprises on the sale of a 49% interest in the 'New York by Gehry' skyscraper to TIAA-CREF. Also advised on the formation of a new joint venture with the purchaser.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Fries is extremely well respected by market participants for his collaborative approach and expertise in complex workout and restructuring matters. His clients include investment banks, private equity firms, owners and developers. Fries recently joined the firm from Bingham McCutchen.

Significant clients Citi, Deloitte, Exelon, GE Capital, Hudson Realty Capital.

REITs - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Held in high esteem for its full-service representation of REIT clients and its advice to underwriters. Key areas of expertise include capital markets transactions such as IPOs, and convertible preferred stock offerings. Also has a good reputation for M&A.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very knowledgeable, not only about the law but also the ins and outs of the REITs industry. Good at recognizing where industry trends are going."

"Sidley Austin has internal resources and specialties that can be pulled in for consultation on complex situations."

"The partners are very responsive and user-friendly." 

Work highlights Represented the underwriters on American Residential Properties' IPO. 

Advised Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust on its spin-off from Starwood Property Trust and its listing on the NYSE.

Acted for Health Care REIT on its acquisition of Sunrise Senior Living.

Notable practitioners  

Gerard Cummins frequently acts for underwriters as well as REITs on high-value securities offerings. Clients say he is "very knowledgeable, experienced and practical," adding that he finds "practical, efficient and effective ways to solve problems."

The "really talented" Edward Petrosky represented the underwriters on QTS Realty Trust's IPO. He is sought after by both underwriters and issuers to represent them on a range of capital markets transactions.

Bartholomew Sheehan has a "very substantial knowledge of REIT issuers and the challenges they face," one client said. Another client adds: "He has our interests in mind and helps us navigate the landscape."

Significant clients Wells Fargo, PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust, Rouse Properties, Aviv Healthcare Properties, RXR Realty.

Securities - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC .

What the team is known for Particularly strong showing in securities regulation enforcement matters, with particular emphasis on the broker-dealer space, with an impressive group of attorneys routinely engaged to represent clients in defense of proceedings by the SEC, FINRA and other agencies. Also recognized for its performance in securities litigation, representing clients such as financial institutions, corporations, directors, officers and audit firms in the full range of matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very impressive. Very creative in the arguments they made. They managed the case very well - they were very good negotiators and they had a good style. They really stuck to their guns."

"I've always been very happy with their services. For big-ticket, bet-the-company cases I typically will reach out to them."

"I find that their expertise is useful and commensurate to the task. The way they approach staffing and teamwork - the expertise they bring is logical to the task at hand."

"For regulatory inquiries, they're extremely responsive and do an excellent job."

Work highlights Represented a global investment bank in connection with investigations by a host of agencies including the SEC, CFTC and DOJ into the pricing and trading of financial instruments.

Represented the former CEO of Diamond Foods in a securities class action and related claims throughout the courts of California and the Chancery Court of Delaware.

Notable practitioners  

The highly experienced Herbert Janick has an outstanding enforcement defense practice, building on his years as a senior member of the enforcement division of the SEC. Sources describe him as "very bright, very thoughtful and very innovative" and attest that he is "particularly good at making creative arguments seem obvious."

Neal Sullivan is often engaged by broker-dealers and investment advisers in connection with regulatory enforcement matters before FINRA and the SEC. He is described by interviewees as "creative," "tireless" and possessing "an endlessly positive approach to thorny problems."

The firm's global coordinator of securities and derivatives enforcement and regulation, Barry Rashkover is known for defending clients including broker-dealers, accounting firms, public companies and individuals in relation to enforcement actions by the SEC, FINRA and the CFTC. Sources indicate that "he has a real expertise in SEC issues and is able to navigate those issues extraordinarily well."

Nader Salehi has a growing reputation in regulatory enforcement and is described by observers as "well regarded by clients and the SEC." He represents broker-dealers and hedge funds and builds on his previous experience at the SEC's division of enforcement.

"Top market structure lawyer" Michael Wolk is described by sources as "very effective in representing his clients." He is recognized for his expertise in enforcement matters before the SEC and FINRA.

Significant clients SMART Technologies, KPMG, Raymond James, JPMorgan Chase, Lime Energy.

Tax - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

What the team is known for Extensive expertise in restructuring and investment fund work and has represented a broad range of REITs in addition to its other clients. Also covers tax issues relating to debt and equity offerings, M&A, joint ventures and other complex transactions.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very practical, solution-focused and businesslike." 

"They are just awesome: thoughtful, careful and incredibly hard-working." 

Work highlights Assisted NV Energy with tax issues relating to its $5.6 billion acquisition of MidAmerican Energy Holdings.

Advised The Hartford in its agreement to sell its retirement plans business to Mass Mutual. The deal was worth $400 million. 

Notable practitioners  

The four co-heads of the firm's tax practice are New York-based Laura Barzilai and Robert Kreitman, Los Angeles-based Edwin Norris and Chicago-based Sharp Sorensen.

Significant clients Citadel Investment Group, GE, Starwood Property Trust, Exelon, Canyon Partners.

Transportation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Outstanding reputation for handling matters in front of the Surface Transportation Board (STB). Offers expertise in rate reasonableness and railway labor litigation, representing freight railway companies and trade associations in both state and federal courts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are experts in all areas related to rate cases, and we rely heavily on their expertise." 

"The firm has made a conscious, long-term commitment to its rail practice."  

Work highlights Defended CSX Transportation against a challenge to its current plastic transportation rates and against allegations of market dominance. 

Represented the Association of American Railroads after a shipper group challenged methods used by the STB to determine railroad industry capital costs.

Notable practitioners  

Commentators consider Paul Moates to be "one of the deans of the economic regulation Bar in this country," and clients benefit from his deep expertise in the railroad sector. He advises some of the most prominent freight railroads in the country.

Paul Hemmersbaugh is admired as an "extremely talented and insightful" attorney. He represents rail carriers in matters such as regulatory proceedings, rate cases and related litigation. 

Terence Hynes represents railroads in regulatory litigation and safety and security issues. He is singled out by market commentators for his "good working understanding of how railroads operate."

Rising star Matthew Warren is regarded as "a real standout" attorney at the firm, with expertise in STB litigation. Clients are impressed by his commitment to this practice area, and enthuse that he "has provided us with boundless sound advice and success in cases." 

Significant clients Canadian Pacific Railway, Florida East Coast Industries, Fortress Investment Group, Norfolk Southern.

Wealth Management - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

What the team is known for Strong across the board in trusts and estates, including business succession planning, wealth transferring, charitable giving and private foundations. Also assists prominent US and foreign families on US tax planning and wealth management matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I like the way they work and their depth of knowledge, judgment and client commitment." 

Notable practitioners

Chicago-based Susan Bart offers in-depth knowledge on sophisticated trust and estate administration, gift tax planning and charitable foundations. She is also adept in advising same-sex couples on tax implications of marriage and civil unions.

Jordan Klein is highly recommended by clients, who say: "His technical expertise is outstanding; he's extremely bright and he's responsive and practical." He heads the firm's private client group out of Chicago.

Susan Harrington leads the New York private client practice and is highly experienced in advising US and non-US clients on their domestic and cross-border tax and estate planning matters.

Corporate/M&A - New York

What the team is known for Well-regarded New York practice. Represents financial institutions and private equity firms, as well as public and private companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"What I appreciate is that they take the time to understand the context of the work before they start drafting. They're always very timely and, substantively, the work is good as well."

"They always round up a good team of subject matter experts."

Work highlights Acted for Starwood Property Trust and Starwood Capital Group on the approximately $1.5 billion acquisition of LNR Property.

Acted for Alaska Communications Systems on its approximately $900 million joint venture with GCI to form The Alaska Wireless Network.

Notable practitioners

Scott Freeman is a key contact.

Significant clients AIG, BNP Paribas, Brookfield Asset Management, Magna International, Glenview Capital Management.

Insurance - New York

What the team is known for Expertise in sophisticated transactional and regulatory matters. Skilled in advising insurers on corporate finance strategies, catastrophe bond transactions, and traditional public and private offerings of stock and debt securities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their insurance practice has strongly impressed us in the past year."

Work highlights Advised Athene Holding on its acquisition of Aviva's US life insurance and annuity businesses for $1.55 billion.

Recently advised The Hartford on the $285 million sale of Hartford Life International to Columbia Insurance, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.

Notable practitioners  

Jeff Liebmann, head of the firm's New York insurance and financial services practice, is one of the state's top transactional insurance attorneys. Sources say: "He is particularly qualified in the life insurance space. He's commercially oriented and clients like him very much." 

Transactional specialist Jonathan Freedman recently represented Wells Fargo Securities among other purchasers in a $300 million issuance of senior notes for Wilton Re Finance. According to sources, he is "a real pleasure to deal with and someone focused on getting to the right result without all the politics."

Michael Madigan is a transactional attorney notable for his expertise in insurance securitizations. He recently represented the Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool in the first catastrophe bond to be issued by a Turkish sponsor.

Significant clients MetLife, JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Swiss Re, Goldman Sachs.

Intellectual Property - New York

What the team is known for Excellent team of patent litigators concentrating largely on chemical, pharmaceutical and medical device cases. Very strong record in cases brought under the Hatch-Waxman Act.

Work highlights Acting for Merck, Sidley Austin upheld at the Federal Circuit a district court ruling against Mylan regarding a patent for ezetimibe, an active ingredient in Merck's anticholesterol drugs Zetia and Vytorin.

Acted on behalf of Sunovion Pharmaceuticals in a Hatch-Waxman action against Actavis Pharmaceuticals concerning Xopenex HFA, a metered dose inhalation aerosol used in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Beck chairs the New York IP group. He is a first-chair litigator with an enviable track record in trials involving pharmaceuticals patents. He has enjoyed recent successes in Hatch-Waxman cases.

Significant clients ConvaTec, Forest Laboratories, Johnson & Johnson, LSI Corporation, Noven Pharmaceuticals.

Latin American Investment - New York

What the team is known for Represents investment funds, financial institutions, corporates and sovereign governments on a broad range of transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a sense of how Latin Americans approach business. Their language skills enhance communication and negotiations, and they also bring a cultural perspective."

"They are proactive, talented, knowledgeable and extremely hard-working."

"They are fast and comprehensive, and very experienced in the matters they handle."

Work highlights Acted for ACCION International and Elevar Equity in a Series C preferred stock investment in GKN GloboKasNet.

Advised Altra Investments on the formation of offshore vehicles of a private equity fund formed in Colombia. These vehicles, Altra Private Equity Funds II and II-A, have total commitments of over $355 million.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Quale is experienced in handling transactional work in Latin America. One source said: "He is a very seasoned and very able lawyer."

Alyssa Grikscheit "delivers sound and timely advice" and "has a very good understanding of the dynamics of private equity in Latin America." She advised Banco BBM on the formation of a hedge fund for Brazilian investment, BBM Brazil Equity Fund.

Significant clients Grupo Popular Dominicano, Rohatyn Group, Banco Múltiple León, Denham Capital, Maple Energy.

Litigation - New York

What the team is known for Reputable litigation offering with recognized strength in securities and complex commercial matters. Impressive group of attorneys with broad industry expertise. Extensive capabilities in securities enforcement and regulatory matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They take a holistic approach - they see a problem and figure out how to get out of it in the best way."

"Extraordinary. They always try to find a pragmatic solution."

"They've been very assertive and proactive." 

Work highlights Successfully represented China Valves Technology in a securities fraud action brought against it.

Represented CIT Group in breach of contract litigation in connection with a tax agreement between the client and Tyco International.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Pietrzak regularly handles complex securities class actions and is considered "an experienced hand and a significant player." He recently represented JPMorgan in a number of MBS cases.

"Very accomplished trial lawyer" Gary Bendinger has a diverse practice and particular strength in dealing with complex securities issues. Sources note: "He is able to put together good strategy with a very intelligent and convincing presentation - very professional and detailed."

Barry Rashkover routinely represents clients in connection with white-collar crime and major securities fraud matters. Sources highlight his "good judgment" and further note: "He has a real expertise in SEC issues and is able to navigate those issues extraordinarily well."

"Good strategist" Andrew Stern handles a range of civil disputes including complex commercial and securities litigation. He is praised by market sources, with one client noting: "He did a very good job for us - he was very knowledgeable about the process and very responsive."

Significant clients AIG, BlackRock Funds, Dynegy Holdings, Bank of America, Citi.

Real Estate - New York

What the team is known for Recommended for representing owners, developers, investors and lenders on a broad spectrum of transactions with a focus on complex finance matters. Advises clients on workouts, restructuring and other distressed deals. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They try to find creative solutions to problems and tend to be highly commercial."

"They are hyper-focused on trying to protect their client."

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Alan Weil is "very well respected in the real estate Bar," according to market commentators. He has recently been involved in loan transactions involving joint venture companies.

"True master negotiator" Richard Fries is a "superstar" who "keeps his eyes on the prize," market sources approvingly report. He represents an enviable list of institutional lenders on the origination of commercial real estate loans, distressed loans and workouts. Fries recently joined Sidley from Bingham McCutchen.

The "very dedicated" Scott Stern recently joined the firm from Bingham McCutchen LLP. Stern is appreciated by clients for being "responsive at any time of the day." While at his prior firm he was involved in advising M&T Bank on the $94 million acquisition finance loan for the purchase of the Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn.

Tax - New York

What the team is known for Advises on tax matters relating to capital markets, financial products and M&A transactions. Additional areas of expertise include controversies and state and local tax issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their approach is logical and businesslike and not over-technical. They have the expertise, but they will not get hung up on detail and jargon."

"They are responsive, good to deal with and the reasoning of their lawyers is very strong."

Work highlights Represented JPMorgan Chase in a matter concerning the reestablishment of a dormant mortgage securitization conduit program.

Advised Starwood Capital Group and Starwood Property Trust in connection with their agreement to acquire LNR Property for a sum of $1.05 billion.   

Notable practitioners  

Robert Kreitman is co-head of the firm's tax practice and has expertise in tax matters concerning securitization, credit derivatives and structured finance. Clients describe him as "a very technical and very cutting-edge" practitioner who is also "very practical and knows where to draw the line."

Richard Leavy handles a broad range of state and local tax matters, including those involving litigation and transactional planning. "He is a very nice and smart attorney," states a market source.

Laura Barzilai is co-head of the firm's tax practice and an authority on joint ventures, M&A, reorganizations and controversies. "She is very technical, very practical, and will find solutions to the client's problems," say sources.

Significant clients Guggenheim Capital, Citi, Deutsche Bank Securities, Fortress Investment Group, PepsiCo.

Banking & Finance - Texas

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Intellectual Property - Texas

What the team is known for Focuses on IP and especially patent litigation, as well as related trade secrets and unfair competition matters. Particularly noted for its strengths in IP issues relating to hardware, software and telecommunications.

Work highlights Acted for Microsoft in an ITC Section 337 violation claim against Motorola and Motorola Mobility with regard to smartphone technology patents.

Defended Huawei Technologies and affiliates in six separate patent actions across the country.

Notable practitioners  

James Bradley maintains a distinguished reputation as a patent litigator and trial lawyer acting before district courts and the ITC. He has a strong record in litigating cases concerning medical devices, semiconductor technology and oilfield equipment.

Li Chen is an accomplished patent litigator with a good record of success at district court and ITC procedures. As a Mandarin speaker with a background in electrical engineering, he enjoys good relationships with Far East Asian technology clients.

Charles Cotropia is a senior counsel in the firm's Houston office. He has almost four decades of experience litigating and trying patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets cases across a range of technologies and industry sectors.

Steven Malin continues to develop his profile in the market and already has an impressive level of trial experience. He has recently handled patent and trademark cases on behalf of clients.

Significant clients Huawei, Microsoft, SynQor, Research In Motion, Tellabs.