ANDREW TALAI is an associate in Sidley’s Los Angeles office, and is a member of the Supreme Court and Appellate and Commercial Litigation and Disputes practices. Andrew represents individual and corporate clients at all stages of litigation, with a particular emphasis on appeals and critical motions. He has personally argued in trial and appellate courts and has experience handling major cases that present challenging legal questions, including issues of constitutional law, statutory interpretation and administrative law.
Andrew’s practice reaches all levels of the state and federal court systems, including representing clients on the merits and at the certiorari stage in the U.S. Supreme Court. Recently, Andrew drafted the successful merits brief for respondent in Ritzen Group, Inc. v. Jackson Masonry, LLC, 140 S. Ct. 582 (2020), where the Court unanimously held that orders denying relief from the automatic stay in bankruptcy cases are final and immediately appealable. He also drafted the successful brief in opposition in Gittere v. Echavarria, 139 S. Ct. 2613 (2019), which preserved a favorable Ninth Circuit precedent and afforded the client a new trial in lieu of a death sentence. Additionally, Andrew has drafted several amicus curiae briefs for leading scholars and public interest organizations—both on the merits and at the certiorari stage. For example, Andrew was part of a cross-office team that drafted an amici brief on behalf of 82 scholars who study the transgender population in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. v. EEOC, 140 S. Ct. 1731 (2020), a momentous case in which the Court held that employers are prohibited from firing employees on the basis of homosexuality or transgender status.
Andrew served as a law clerk to the Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and to the Honorable Andrew J. Guilford of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. During law school, Andrew also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr., Senior Judge of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Andrew received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he was an articles editor for the California Law Review and earned membership in the Order of the Coif. He completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA, where he received a B.A., summa cum laude, in anthropology.