Two lawyers in Sidley’s Chicago office, Takayuki “Tak” Ono and Caroline Wong, were recently selected to serve key roles in the Chicago legal community through new leadership positions on the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms. After serving as an associate director for three years, Tak has been elected as the chair of the Associate Board and will be leading a working board consisting of 20 lawyers from major law firms and corporate legal departments. Caroline has been appointed as a new associate director after a rigorous and competitive nomination process.
The mission of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms is to promote and enhance racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession by collaborating with its law firm and corporate membership to drive sustainable institutional change at law firms and corporate legal departments; provide professional development; and cultivate the community of minority lawyers through programming and leadership opportunities. As associate directors, Tak and Caroline are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion not only at Sidley but also throughout the Chicago legal community, including through programming and other initiatives aimed at helping minority lawyers develop meaningful connections and opportunities for career advancement.
At Sidley, Tak is a managing associate in the Litigation group who represents corporations and individuals in a variety of high-stakes commercial disputes. Tak focuses his practice on complex investigations and litigation with an emphasis on federal and state False Claims Acts.
Caroline is also a managing associate in Sidley’s Litigation group. She represents clients in a wide range of litigation settings in trial and appellate courts across the country, with a focus on securities and shareholder derivative matters, government investigations, ERISA class actions, and other complex commercial litigation and appeals.
Caroline and Tak also serve in leadership roles on the Associate Diversity Council in Sidley’s office in Chicago.