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Sidley Austin LLP

About Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley is a global law firm committed to providing excellent client service, fostering a culture of cooperation and mutual respect, and creating opportunities for lawyers of all backgrounds. With more than 1,700 lawyers in 18 offices around the world, talent and teamwork are central to Sidley’s successful results for clients in all types of legal matters, from complex transactions to “bet the company” litigation to cutting-edge regulatory issues.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1866 Number of Partners 612
Number of offices 18 Partner:associate ratio 0.80
Biggest office Chicago Percentage of women attorneys 33.60
Number of attorneys 1497 Percentage of minority attorneys 14.80
Number of associates 731 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 2.70
Notable cases
  • Sidley Austin's appellate group has argued many landmark cases before the Supreme Court. Some of these are:
  • U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton
  • Missouri v. Jenkins
  • United States v. Lopez.
Area of practice

Sidley Austin LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Accountants And Professional Liability
  • Antitrust
  • Competition
  • Banking And Financial Services
  • Communications Regulatory
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Class Actions
  • Corporate Governance And Executive Compensation
  • Corporate Reorganization And Bankruptcy
  • Emerging Companies And Venture Capital
  • Employee Benefits
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Erisa Litigation
  • Food
  • Drug And Medical Device Compliance And Enforcement
  • Drug And Medical Device Regulatory
  • Global Finance
  • Government Strategies
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration
  • International Trade
  • Investment Funds Advisers And Derivatives
  • Laboremployment And Immigration
  • M&A
  • Non Profit Institutions
  • Privacy Data Security And Information Law
  • Private Equity
  • Products Liability
  • Project Finance And Infrastructure
  • Public Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Securities & Derivatives Enforcement And Regulatory
  • Securities And Shareholder Litigation
  • Supreme Court And Appellate
  • Tax
  • Tax Controversy
  • Technology & Ip Transactions
  • Transportation
  • Trusts And Estates
  • White Collar: Government Litigation & Investigations
Awards and recognitions

Sidley Austin has received 56 first-tier national rankings in the U.S. News- Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" survey in the 2011-2012 survey, more than any other law firm.

The law firm has been awarded the "Best International Firm for Talent Management" by Euromoney Legal Media Group in its inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards.

Sidley Austin will be receiving the 2012 Access to Justice Award at the ACLU Foundation of Southern California' 18th Annual Law Luncheon on June 8.

Sidley Austin has been named the "Best Onshore Law Firm - Client Service" at the HFM Week European Hedge Fund Services Awards 2012.


One-fifth of the firm's partners are women and almost half the associates are women. The firm has a very active approach towards promoting diversity in its ranks and has been recognized for its efforts by the legal community repeatedly over the years. The firm has a Diversity Committee which works to address a wide variety of inclusion and diversity issues.

Summer associate program

Sidley Austin runs a 10-week summer program in its U.S. offices. Students are expected to complete on an average 11 to 15 assignments and are expected to do six hours of billable activity every day. Even though the legal sector was hit by the general recession, Sidley Austin managed to offer its entire summer class of 2010 fulltime job offers. In 2011, the firm also doubled its intake of its summer class bringing it closer to its pre-recession number.

In 2012, the firm was paying its summer associates $3,100 per week in compensation.

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Sidley Austin LLP Headquarters

1 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL

312-853-7000 phone
312-853-7036 fax
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Sidley Austin LLP Office

600 University Street ,
Suite 1601
Seattle, WA

206-224-4222 phone
206-224-4299 fax


Sidley Austin LLP Office

555 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA

213-896-6000 phone
213-896-6600 fax


Sidley Austin LLP Office

1501 K Street, NW
Washington, DC

202-736-8000 phone
202-736-8711 fax


Sidley Austin LLP Office

555 California Street ,
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA

415-772-1200 phone
415-772-7400 fax

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