NATALIE C. CHAN is an associate in the firm’s Chicago office, where she focuses her practice on employment law. Natalie maintains a dynamic hybrid practice that includes litigating, counseling, conducting internal investigations, leading trainings and advising on corporate transactions.
Natalie litigates on behalf of clients before government agencies and in federal and state court in class and collective actions, as well as single- and multi-plaintiff cases. Her litigation practice involves a broad array of employment and labor matters, including employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, contract disputes and restrictive covenant issues. Natalie has experience drafting position statements, pleadings, discovery requests and responses, dispositive motions and appellate briefs. She also has experience conducting direct and cross examinations of witnesses in court, and preparing to take and defend depositions of fact and expert witnesses.
Natalie regularly counsels on a range of employment matters and drafts and reviews employment-related agreements and policies, including employee handbooks, severance agreements and restrictive covenant agreements. She also assists employers in conducting internal investigations of employee complaints and providing training on topics such as workplace culture, anti-harassment and anti-discrimination. In addition, Natalie advises clients on a range of employment and labor-related issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions.
Natalie earned her law degree, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Washington University School of Law. While in law school, Natalie served as Managing Editor of the Washington University Law Review and co-taught an undergraduate course on “Women and the Law.” Natalie was a recipient of the Scholar in Law Award, Excellence in Oral Advocacy Certificate and Legal Practice Excellence Award for exemplary first-year writing.
Prior to joining Sidley, Natalie served as a judicial extern at the Cook County Circuit Court in the Law and Chancery Divisions. She graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Journalism.
Natalie was recognized as an “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer” by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division in 2018.
Natalie is committed to diversity and inclusion efforts at the firm. She is Co-Chair of the firm’s Associate Diversity Council in Chicago and has been involved in various firm-sponsored diversity initiatives, including the 1L Diversity Mentorship Program, Sidley Scholars Program and other pipeline programs. Natalie is also actively involved in the firm’s recruiting efforts both on and off campus and has served as an advisor and practice group liaison for the firm’s Summer Associate Program. In addition, Natalie is a member of the Chicago Associates Committee and is the Associate Co-Chair of the firm’s Women’s Culture Mentoring Circle, through which she leads efforts to foster social, mentoring and networking opportunities for female lawyers.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois - General
- Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2014 (Order of the Coif, magna cum laude)
- Northwestern University, B.S., 2011 (magna cum laude)