Sidley’s Chicago office traces its roots back to 1866. For over 150 years, the firm has grown with Chicago and remains one of the city’s legal powerhouses. Almost 500 Chicago lawyers offer insights to our diverse client base on a broad range of high-stakes litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters. We are also at the forefront of innovative solutions to our shared challenges and of our new frontiers, making strides in technology, private equity, life sciences, sustainability, and finance.
A tenet of the Sidley culture is to give back to the communities where we live and work. Every year, our lawyers and staff support and participate in a variety of Chicago service projects and volunteer initiatives that enrich the lives of others.
Our Chicago office has committed substantial resources to the community and a variety of pro bono activities. In addition to an extensive commitment to death penalty, veterans’ rights, and asylum cases, Chicago lawyers serve on the boards of more than 200 cultural, academic and civic organizations and devote more than 45,000 pro bono hours each year to a variety of important matters. We are particularly proud of our firm’s relationship with Kanoon Magnet Elementary School. In 1984, Sidley was the first law firm in Chicago to “adopt” a school. The partnership, now over 35 years old, is the longest running for any Chicago public school. Many generations of Sidley lawyers and staff have contributed their time, energy, and resources to assist in improving the educational opportunities afforded to the students at Kanoon. Our Kanoon students enrich our lives, too, with cultural performances and book chats.