Jeffrey T. Green


JEFFREY T. GREEN is a partner in Sidley’s Washington, D.C., office. He focuses on criminal defense and contested litigation matters, primarily in the fields of financial fraud and corruption, antitrust law and intellectual property issues.

Mr. Green’s practice emphasizes counseling and zealous representation of clients in difficult situations. He has dedicated his career to achieving success for private clients. He has extensive trial work experience, including first-chair criminal trial practice. He has supervised and led numerous grand jury and internal investigations, successfully challenged a wide variety of agency actions, including suspension and debarment decisions, and defended his clients in arbitration proceedings and adversary proceedings. Mr. Green also represents clients in appellate matters. He has argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court, Nguyen, et al. v. United States in 2003 and Gall v. United States in 2007; his clients prevailed in both cases. Mr. Green also successfully argued a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals en banc, Cardy/Zavala v. United States, in 2006. As a founder of Sidley’s Supreme Court Pro Bono Program, now ongoing nearly 20 years, Mr. Green has participated in many other cases before the Court, including victories in Dickerson v. United States, Apprendi v. New Jersey, United States v. Booker, and more recent victories in Southern Union Co. v. United States and Lafler v. Cooper. Additionally, he has been involved with the pro bono representation of non-profit organizations and court-appointed criminal defendants, and currently co-chairs the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Amicus Committee.

Mr. Green’s white collar practice focuses on fraud, corruption and regulatory matters for domestic companies, individuals and international organizations, including the World Bank Group. He has long served Sidley’s Antitrust and Environmental Groups as an adjutant litigator with a focus on criminal litigation. He has conducted regulatory and internal investigations for clients resident in countries such as Germany, Vietnam, China and Argentina. Recently, Mr. Green has done extensive work for several clients in contractor fraud and debarment matters. He also represents clients, both companies and individuals, in international antitrust cartel investigations, and various firm clients in grand jury and administrative agency investigations into alleged criminal violations of regulatory provisions. In the intellectual property area, Mr. Green has recently represented and advised a major electronic manufacturer in a patent matter before the United States Supreme Court, Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc., and in related litigation as well as a software manufacturer in economic espionage matters.

Mr. Green co-instructs Sidley’s Supreme Court Practicum at the Northwestern University School of Law, now in its seventh year. The Practicum offers students the chance to draft petitions to the Court seeking review, research and draft merits briefs in cases before the Court, participate in moot courts for pending cases on the merits, and attend guest lectures by distinguished outside speakers. Past guest speakers have included Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Kennedy and Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Solicitor General Paul Clement, Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben, and the Clerk of the Supreme Court, William Suter.

Mr. Green is a contributing editor to the Business Crimes Bulletin. He has authored numerous articles on white collar criminal defense including: “‘Promoting’ Money Laundering” (Business Crimes Bulletin, September 2011); “Coming to the States? : Advice for Foreign Business Clients” (Business Crimes Bulletin, June 2009); “Danger Zone: Tightening Export Controls” (with Rob Torresen and Aïssatou Diop, Business Crimes Bulletin, May 2008); “Kick That Sleeping Dog” (Business Crimes Bulletin, October 2006); “Make It Go Away! The Sequel” (Business Crimes Bulletin, November 2005); and “The Defense Calls … the Defendant” (Business Crimes Bulletin, February 2004). Prior to 2004, he authored several articles on various topics in the same publication: “The Thin Line Between Civil and Criminal Proceedings,” (Business Crimes Bulletin, April 2002); “The Long Arm of Copyright Law,” (with Matt Perry, Business Crimes Bulletin, October 2001); “Privacy May Not Be So Dead After All,” (Business Crimes Bulletin, November 2000); and “Worried About Economic Espionage? Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick,” (Business Crimes Bulletin, July 2000). In March and April 2001, Mr. Green published a two-part series on arguing before the United States Supreme Court for He is also the author of “Making It Your Business To Protect Company Trade Secrets,” (with Ray Bonner, FDLI Update, August 2000) as well as a chapter on environmental crimes sentencing in Federal Sentencing for Business Crimes, published by Matthew Bender.

Mr. Green serves as chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. He graduated with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University. He received a Master’s degree in philosophy of law from the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from the University of California at Davis Law School, where he tutored in civil procedure and served as Executive Editor of the Law Review. Mr. Green served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jerry E. Smith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit prior to joining the firm in October 1989.
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