Jean-Claude (J.C.) André is a partner in Sidley’s Los Angeles office and is the West Coast head of Sidley’s national Supreme Court and Appellate Practice. J.C. has considerable experience with high-profile matters that address some of the most challenging legal issues, including constitutional issues, issues of statutory and regulatory interpretation, issues of first impression, affirmative government appeals and efforts to obtain and defeat en banc review and certiorari.
Prior to working at Sidley, J.C. served as an Assistant United States Attorney and the Chief of the Criminal Appeals Section at the Office of the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. During his lengthy tenure in the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO), he personally briefed and/or argued more than 75 distinct appeals. During his four years as the USAO’s Criminal Appeals Chief, he supervised more than 350 appeals each year before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. For eight years, he served on the faculty of the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center civil and criminal appellate advocacy and brief writing courses. Before joining the USAO, J.C. was in private practice during which time he handled more than 30 appeals, briefing 14 and arguing 3 matters before the United States Supreme Court.
J.C. has been recognized (along with Sidley Supreme Court and Appellate partners Carter G. Phillips and Jeffrey T. Green) by Reuters’ The Echo Chamber as one of an “elite cadre” of the 66 “most influential” lawyers practicing before the Supreme Court between 2004 and 2012. Recently, the judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit selected J.C. to serve as an Appellate Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference – a role in which J.C. will study and propose improvements on a wide range of matters of importance to the court, including rule changes, alternative dispute resolution, and educational programs designed to aid the court and its district courts in improving the administration of justice. Additionally, the Los Angeles County Bar Association appointed J.C. as a member of the State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee, which evaluates persons whose names are submitted by the Governor for possible nomination to the California Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, and makes recommendations on whether the candidate should be nominated.
J.C. earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law. He received an M.A. in Legal and Constitutional History and Theory from the University of Virginia Graduate College of Arts and Sciences. He graduated with two bachelor’s degrees from the University of California at Davis: a B.A. in International Relations and a B.S. in Agricultural and Managerial Economics.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- U.S. Court of International Trade
- U.S. District Court, C.D. of California
- U.S. District Court, E.D. of California
- U.S. District Court, N.D. of California
- U.S. District Court, S.D. of California
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2000 (Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law)
- University of Virginia Graduate College of Arts and Sciences, M.A., 2000
- University of California, Davis, B.A., 1997 (with high honors)
- University of California, Davis, B.S., 1997 (with high honors)
- A. Andrew Hauk, U.S. District Court, C.D. of California (2000 - 2001)
- Harry Pregerson, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit (2003 - 2004)