STEVEN M. BIERMAN served as head or co-head of Sidley’s approximately 100-lawyer New York litigation department for 25 years. He also served as a global leader of the firmwide commercial litigation and disputes practice and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee for many years.
Steve’s practice emphasizes complex, high-stakes litigation asserting a broad range of business, commercial, and financial disputes, securities and consumer fraud, claims related to mergers and acquisitions, disputes in bankruptcy, theft of trade secrets, and employment-related claims. Steve’s shareholder class action and derivative litigation experience has involved alleged violations of federal securities laws, breaches of corporate fiduciary duties and other corporate governance issues, as well as pre-litigation shareholder demands. His diverse commercial litigation experience includes representation of U.S. and foreign companies in federal and state courts, including trials, and in domestic and international arbitrations involving alleged breach of contractual and financial obligations, representations and warranties, the purchase and sale of businesses and assets, including works of art, disputes involving distressed debt, and fraud and other business torts.
Steve’s practice also focuses on alternative dispute resolution. He has extensive experience representing clients in complex arbitrations and mediation of disputes. Steve serves as a mediator on the Mediation Panel appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, acting as a neutral in facilitating resolution of cases before that Court. In addition, Steve regularly consults with clients regarding early and ongoing evaluation of claims and defenses, enabling resolution without further litigation, where appropriate.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
- U.S. District Court, S.D. of New York
- U.S. District Court, E.D. of New York
- New York
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1976 (member, Georgetown Law Journal)
- University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1973 (with honors)