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Sidley Austin LLP

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Sidley Austin LLP - Chicago
  • 555 West Fifth Street
  • Los Angeles
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90013
  • 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

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.

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.

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.