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For the Third Consecutive Year Sidley Austin LLP is Recognized With the Most First-Tier National Rankings in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Survey

Sidley Also Named “Law Firm of the Year” in Securities/Capital Markets Law and Commercial Litigation

New York and Chicago – Sidley Austin LLP is pleased to announce that it has, for the third year in a row and each year since the survey’s inception, received more first-tier national rankings than any other U.S. law firm in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey. A full listing of its rankings can be viewed online today via the U.S. News – Best Lawyers Website ( and will be included in U.S. News & World Report’s Money issue available on November 20, 2012.

“Each year since the survey began, Sidley has achieved more first-tier national rankings than any other law firm in the U.S.,” said Steven Naifeh, President and Founder, Best Lawyers. “I want to congratulate Sidley on these outstanding results.”

In addition to receiving the most first-tier national rankings, Sidley has also received the prestigious U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” recognition in both Securities/Capital Markets Law and Commercial Litigation. The “Law Firm of the Year” designation is bestowed on firms that have an impressive overall performance based on U.S. News – Best Lawyers research in a given practice area.

“We are honored to have been recognized by U.S. News and Best Lawyers with the most first-tier national rankings for the third straight year,” said Thomas A. Cole, co-chair of Sidley’s Executive Committee. “It is very rewarding to know that our clients continue to place their trust in us and our ability to provide sound counsel to help them achieve their business goals.”

“It is a privilege that our clients have recognized Sidley with this honor for three consecutive years,” said Carter G. Phillips, co-chair of Sidley’s Executive Committee. “We continually strive to be available and attractive to our clients on any issue they confront, and this validation of our efforts is truly gratifying.”

“This recognition is a symbol of our ongoing dedication and commitment to providing clients with the highest level of service that addresses every area of client need,” said Charles W. Douglas, chair of the firm’s Management Committee. “We are proud that for the third year in a row our clients have recognized our efforts with their thoughtful comments and feedback.”

U.S. News Media Group is a leading source of rankings and journalism and Best Lawyers is a leading survey of lawyers worldwide. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers Law Firm rankings evaluated firms across the U.S. using a wide range of objective data, including individual assessments from clients, private practice lawyers and thousands of law firm employees.

Sidley received first-tier national rankings in the following 55 practice areas:

Antitrust Law
Appellate Practice
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Biotechnology Law
Commercial Litigation
Communications Law
Corporate Law
Derivatives and Futures Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law – Management
Energy Law
Environmental Law
Equipment Finance Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Health Care Law
Immigration Law
Insurance Law
International Arbitration – Commercial
International Arbitration – Governmental
International Trade and Finance Law
Litigation – Antitrust
Litigation - Banking & Finance
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – ERISA
Litigation - First Amendment
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Labor & Employment
Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions
Litigation – Patent
Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Litigation – Securities
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Media & First Amendment Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Mutual Funds Law
Natural Resources Law
Oil & Gas Law
Patent Law
Private Equity Law
Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
Public Finance Law
Railroad Law
Real Estate Law
Securities/Capital Markets Law
Securities Regulation
Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Tax Law
Transportation Law
Trusts & Estates Law
Venture Capital Law

In the survey’s regional rankings, Sidley offices received the number of first-tier rankings indicated below:

  • Chicago – 44 (the most of any law office in Chicago for the third straight year)
  • Dallas – 2
  • Houston – 3
  • Los Angeles – 16
  • New York – 17
  • San Francisco/Palo Alto – 14
  • Washington, D.C. – 28

Sidley Austin LLP is a premier full-service law firm with approximately 1700 lawyers practicing in 18 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. This year, Sidley celebrates 30 years in Asia. BTI, a Boston-based research and consulting firm, has named Sidley as one of only three firms to have been in the top ten of the BTI Client Service rankings every year since the inception of those rankings in 2001, and as a number one in three of those years. On Law360’s list of Global 20 Firms, Sidley was ranked among the top 10 law firms with the greatest global reach and expertise.

For more information:

Kellie Mullins, Marketing Communications Manager, 312.456.8716
Peter Pochna, Rubenstein Associates, 212.843.8007


For purposes of the New York State Bar rules, this press release may be considered Attorney Advertising and the headquarters of the firm are Sidley Austin LLP 787 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019, 212.839.5300 and Sidley Austin LLP One South Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60603, 312.853.7000. Prior results described herein do not guarantee a similar outcome.