Established in 1971, Sidley’s San Francisco office, along with our Silicon Valley office, features leading lawyers who assist high-growth businesses with their innovation-driven opportunities and challenges. By harnessing the talent and reach of Sidley’s diversified lawyers across 19 offices around the globe, our team provides clients across all industries with high quality, practical and cost-effective legal advice that is focused on the business needs of our clients. Commercial matters in which our office has been involved include:
- eBay Inc.’s $2.75 billion sale of Skype to a consortium of investors led by SilverLake Partners.
- The defense of a patent case described by the Wall Street Journal as “the biggest battle in the history of the patent system.”
- The defense at trial of a hedge-fund manager accused of criminal insider trading as part of the FBI's “Operation Perfect Hedge.”
- Representation of creditors in the largest municipal bankruptcies in U.S. history.
The lawyers in the San Francisco office focus on a core set of practice areas. Our litigation practice is expansive and encompasses matters involving antitrust, complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, patent litigation and white collar defense. We also have robust transactional practice that handles financings, mergers and acquisitions, technology transactions, hedge funds and other investment entities, securitization and tax.
Our healthcare lawyers advise pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and healthcare providers across the country on a broad range of regulatory, compliance and strategic business issues. The office also serves as public finance counsel for many cities and counties throughout California, as well as for numerous agencies.
Acknowledged thought leaders
Strong leadership on behalf of clients has earned our San Francisco lawyers recognition from numerous industry publications and ranking authorities. U.S. News & World Report rates three San Francisco practice areas among the region’s top-tier groups, and 15 of our San Francisco partners are recognized in 21 different practices. Eight of our San Francisco partners are recognized in six different practice areas in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA. The lawyers in our office have also been acknowledged in The American Lawyer, Law360, Who’s Who Legal, International Who’s Who, The National Law Journal, Legal 500, IAM Patent 1000, LMG Life Sciences and Best Lawyers.
As with Sidley’s talented practitioners around the globe, our lawyers in San Francisco are regarded as thought leaders in their fields. Members of our San Francisco team serve or have served the courts in positions such as chairing the Northern District of California’s Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel; serving on that Court’s ADR Neutrals Panel; and serving on the Judicial Nominations and Evaluation Commission. Our lawyers are current or former adjuncts at Stanford Law School, the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (formerly Boalt Hall) and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Many of our San Francisco lawyers were law clerks for justices or judges on courts ranging from the Central District of California to the United States Supreme Court. We also regularly speak at major legal conferences around the country.
Our office has an active pro bono program that handles criminal appeals and petitions for habeas corpus, applications for political asylum, and matters involving battered women and children’s rights.