Stephen M. Fronk and Derek Zaba have been named to The American Lawyer’s 2022 “West Trailblazers” list. The annual special supplement honors lawyers on the U.S. West Coast who have “moved the needle” in the legal industry.
Stephen, a partner in Sidley’s San Francisco office, is a trailblazer in the expanding universe of technology and media law, particularly digital media-related transactions. He negotiates digital entertainment content distribution deals with leaders in film, television, music, publishing, and consumer electronics. Stephen also represents emerging and public companies, venture funds, and entrepreneurs on intellectual property-related issues, including establishing and operating internet-based businesses and services, and IP aspects of transactions and strategic investments.
Palo Alto partner Derek co-chairs Sidley’s No. 1 ranked Shareholder Activism and Corporate Defense practice, and is the only lawyer on the West Coast who focuses exclusively on these types of matters. Derek’s background enables him to discern and execute creative and multi-dimensional strategies that drive successful outcomes for clients. Over the last two decades, Derek has been involved in dozens of activist campaigns in various advisory and principal capacities. His holistic approach — garnered through his unique experience set — enables him to discern and execute creative and multi-dimensional strategies that enable his clients to succeed.