MARLOW SVATEK is a managing associate in the litigation group in the Chicago office. Her practice spans a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters, with a focus on consumer class actions and appellate litigation. Before joining Sidley, Marlow clerked for Judge Joel M. Flaum of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Judge Jon S. Tigar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Marlow’s representative matters include:
- Defending a credit card processing company at trial in litigation arising from a merchant’s data security breach.
- Drafting an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of a medical professional association.
- Defending a large telecommunications company in a consumer fraud class action.
- Drafting appellate briefing in Illinois state court on behalf of a multinational energy transportation company.
- Defending a large financial institution in a federal class action lawsuit alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
- Drafting appellate briefing in a patent case in the Federal Circuit on behalf of a multinational technology company.
- Representing a large healthcare company in multi-district class action litigation resulting from a vendor’s data security breach.
- Representing a multinational beauty company in a shareholder derivative suit in the Delaware Court of Chancery.
In addition, Marlow maintains an active pro bono practice and has represented pro bono clients in a variety of cases in federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. In 2020, the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) honored Marlow as a “Rising Star” for her outstanding pro bono service in protection of immigrant rights. In 2018 and 2019, she received the firm’s Thomas H. Morsch Award for Pro Bono Achievement in recognition of her work representing asylum seekers in deportation proceedings and challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s “public charge” rule. She also serves on the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Alumni Network Leadership Council and the NIJC Junior Leadership Board.
Before joining Sidley, Marlow was a PILI Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois, where she worked to promote women’s and reproductive rights through impact litigation. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with honors, where she was a staffer for the University of Chicago Law Review. While in law school, Marlow won the national Sarah Weddington Writing Competition for New Student Scholarship. Upon graduation, she was selected by her classmates and school administrators to receive the Ann Watson Barber Outstanding Service Award, which is given to students who have made an exceptional contribution to the quality of life at the law school. Prior to law school, Marlow served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso promoting girls’ education and empowerment and was awarded the United Nations Association’s Leo Nevas Human Rights Youth Advocate Award.