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Sidley has one of the largest Labor, Employment and Immigration practices of any full-service firm in the world. With more than 30 lawyers practicing throughout our offices, our lawyers provide high-quality legal services on a global basis. At the same time, we recognize that it takes more than legal acumen to help solve our clients’ legal problems. We address our clients’ legal issues in the broader context of their business operations and help them achieve solutions that appropriately manage their legal risks.


Our Clients

As a result of our approach and our wide range of legal services, our Labor, Employment and Immigration lawyers represent a broad client base, including U.S. and non-U.S. manufacturers; banks and other financial institutions; private equity firms, hedge funds and other investment entities; utilities; railroads; airlines; services firms; healthcare providers; internet and other technology companies; colleges and universities; not-for-profit civic and charitable institutions; and governmental agencies.


Labor and employment litigation has always been a cornerstone of our practice. Our lawyers have decades of experience in litigating before U.S. federal, state, local and international courts and agencies. We handle the most complex class actions, ranging from “pattern and practice” discrimination claims to company-wide wage and hour disputes to WARN Act claims involving mass layoffs and plant closings. We have the experience in working with statistical experts and other professional advisors that are necessary to evaluate and effectively litigate these broad-based claims. At the same time, we are skilled at handling single-plaintiff cases and other smaller cases in a cost-effective manner.

Counseling and Other Preventative Measures

We appreciate that our clients’ interests often are best served by avoiding litigation in the first place. Accordingly, our lawyers provide sophisticated counseling on a wide range of issues to help them meet that objective.

Legal Services Involving Business Transactions and Restructurings

We leverage the advantages that only a full-service firm can offer and work with our colleagues in the firm’s Securities, Tax, Employee Benefits, Restructuring, M&A, Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation and other practice areas to handle the full range of legal issues that arise in domestic and international corporate and other business transactions and restructurings. Examples include negotiating and drafting employment and labor-related covenants, representations and warranties in purchase agreements; conducting due diligence; counseling on WARN Act issues where facility closures or layoffs may occur; advising on union “effects bargaining” and the assumption of bargaining agreements; and drafting key ancillary documents.


We are skilled and experienced in helping employers navigate the distinct and complex issues that arise under immigration laws to attempt to ensure the seamless hiring of foreign national employees. Our immigration practice advises clients on compliance with Form I-9 and other documentation requirements, applications for H-1B and other visas for non-citizens and issues involving undocumented workers.