WENDY LAZERSON is the head of Sidley’s Northern California Labor and Employment Group and a partner in Sidley’s Palo Alto office. Wendy is a recipient of the BTI Client Service Award for excellence in service to clients. Clients retain Wendy to handle challenging matters nationwide due to her reputation as a thoughtful, pragmatic and strategic thinker. Wendy defends high stakes litigation for leading Silicon Valley companies and clients based in Asia with U.S. operations. Clients turn to Wendy to lead high profile investigations involving sexual harassment and other alleged improprieties in the C-Suite. Wendy has a long record of success defeating class certification, as well as, defending single plaintiff and class action matters alleging discrimination and retaliation. In the competitive technology world, Wendy has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in trade secrets litigation involving alleged trade secret theft and unfair competition. She has prevailed in jury trials as well as in lengthy arbitrations.
In addition to practicing law, Wendy is a leader in the area of the retention and promotion of women in the law and is active in diversity and inclusion efforts.
Wendy has received many honors and awards reflecting her recognition by peers and clients including Chambers USA (2019), BTI Client Service All-Star award (2017), The Best Lawyers in California (2015–2020), The Best Lawyers In America for Litigation – Labor and Employment (2016–2020), Best Lawyers in Northern California (2016–2020), Super Lawyers for Northern California – Employment and Labor (2008–2020), San Francisco Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Northern California (2013–2019) and a “Labor and Employment Star” (2020) by Benchmark Litigation. She regularly speaks and writes on topics of interest.
Wendy earned her J.D. with distinction and honors, graduating cum laude from the Albany Law School of Union University, winning the Trustee Prize, awarded to the person ranked second in the graduating class. She attended Boston University and received her B.A. with honors from Binghamton University. She was invited to Law Review and to clerk for the Appellate Division of the New York State, Second Department.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
- U.S. District Court, E.D. of California
- U.S. District Court, N.D. of California
- U.S. District Court, C.D. of California
- U.S. District Court, S.D. of California
- U.S. District Court, W.D. of New York
- U.S. District Court, N.D. of New York
- U.S. District Court, S.D. of New York
- New York
- Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 1978 (cum laude, Trustee prize)
- Binghamton University, B.A., 1975 (with honors)