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Sidley Austin LLP - Chicago
  • 1501 K Street NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20005
  • Chairman of Executive Committee: Carter G Phillips
  • Chairman of Management Committee: Charles W Douglas
  • Number of partners worldwide: 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
ERISA Litigation
Financial Services/Consumer Class Actions
Food, Drug and Medical Device Compliance & Enforcement
Food, Drug & Medical Device Regulatory
Global Finance
Government Strategies
Insurance/Reinsurance Disputes
Intellectual Property Litigation
International Arbitration (Commercial and Treaty)
International Trade
Investment Funds, Advisers & Derivatives Labor, Employment & Immigration
Life Sciences
M&A & D&O Litigation
Privacy, Data Security & Information Law
Private Equity
Products Liability
Project Finance & Infrastructure
Public Finance
Real Estate
Securities & Derivatives Enforcement & Regulatory
Securities Litigation
Tax Controversy
Technology & IP Transactions
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.


  • 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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.  

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.