JAIME BARTLETT is a partner in Sidley’s San Francisco office and member of the Securities and Shareholder Litigation and Commercial Litigation and Disputes and practices.
Jaime focuses on securities litigation, complex contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation, and civil fraud cases. Representative clients include the following companies and/or their directors and officers: McKesson Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Stewart Information Services Company, and SunEdison, Inc.
Jaime has appeared on behalf of her clients in California and Arizona state courts, in Federal court in the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California, and the Southern District of New York, and in Delaware Chancery Court.
Jaime has tried both civil and criminal cases to successful outcomes. Jaime is one of the leaders of the trial team representing Oracle board member and defendant Renée James in a bench trial proceeding before Vice Chancellor Glasscock in Delaware Chancery Court. In re Oracle Corp. Derivative Litig., C.A. No. 2017-0337-SG. In this action, Ms. James and Oracle executives Larry Ellison and Safra Catz are accused of breaching their duties to Oracle in connection with the company’s 2016 acquisition of NetSuite. Sidley also represented non-defendant Oracle board members, including former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, George Conrades, Jeff Henley and Mark Hurd, in connection with this matter. Trial took place in July 2022 and a judgment has not yet been rendered.
In 2020-2021, Jaime was first chair in the successful bench trial of claims brought on behalf of a California taxpayer against the California Department of Motor Vehicles asserting, among other claims, that the DMV violates the California Labor Code and drivers’ right to privacy under the California Constitution when it discloses certain information on drivers’ public driving record. Doe v. Shiomoto, Case No. RG16805013 (Alameda, Cal., Superior Court). Jaime led the team in a trial that began with live testimony in March 2020 and continued in the second half of 2020 through fully remote means. In May 2021, the court ruled in Plaintiff’s favor finding that the DMV’s practice violates the California Labor Code for all California licensed drivers and the constitutional right to privacy of non-commercially licensed California drivers. The matter is on appeal to the California Court of Appeal.
Other trial experience includes:
- Alpert v. Cuesta Title Company (San Luis Obispo, Cal., Superior Court): a bellwether jury trial for eight coordinated cases brought by approximately 500 plaintiffs/investors who lost over $75 million in an alleged criminal Ponzi scheme. Sidley’s clients were alleged to have breached their contractual duties related to escrow and title work, and to have been negligent in connection with, participated in or aided and abetted the purported fraudulent scheme. After a nine-week trial, the jury rejected every one of plaintiffs’ claims and returned a defense verdict on all counts.
- Wooldridge, et al. v. Stewart Title Guaranty Company, et al. (San Luis Obispo, Cal., Superior Court): a follow-on to the Alpert matter was part of the eight coordinated cases discussed above — alleging breach of contractual duties, negligence, and fraud against Sidley’s clients — tried before Judge Ginger Garratt to a defense verdict on all counts.
- Participant in the 2019 inaugural Sidley Trial Academy.
- From January to April 2014, through a lawyer on loan program, Jaime served as a full-time Assistant District Attorney for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, obtaining several successful misdemeanor convictions.
Jaime serves on the editorial board of the Enhanced Scrutiny blog, where the Sidley team provides timely updates and thoughtful analysis on M&A and corporate governance matters from the Delaware courts.
Jaime is named as a “Next Generation Lawyer” for Securities Litigation in The Legal 500 US, 2017 and a “Rising Star” for Securities Litigation by Super Lawyers, 2017–2019.
Jaime is co-chair of the Northern California chapter of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) and the San Francisco office chair for SidleyWomen, a committee focused on the retention and promotion of women attorneys at Sidley.