COLLIN WEDEL is an associate in Sidley’s Los Angeles office and is a member of the Supreme Court and Appellate and Litigation practices.
At the appellate level, Collin has briefed cases on the merits and at the certiorari stage in the United States Supreme Court, and at the interlocutory, merits and en banc review stage in several United States Courts of Appeals and many state appellate courts. He has also presented oral argument in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as in state supreme and appellate courts around the country. Collin’s appellate matters have addressed a range of questions including those involving constitutional and statutory interpretation, foreign sovereign immunity under the common law and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), fair use under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), federal firearms laws, free speech and free exercise claims under the First Amendment and Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), accountants’ liability issues, the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), and federal jurisdiction under the False Claims Act (FCA) and Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). In addition, he has litigated issues relating to federal preemption in the banking, healthcare and FDA contexts, federal antitrust laws, federal anti-discrimination laws and state and federal employment statutes. His practice also involves litigation dealing with California insurance regulation and “bad faith” litigation, eminent domain, the mortgage-backed securities market and several consumer fraud statutes, such as California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), New York’s General Business Laws (GBL) and the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act (DCCPPA).
Prior to joining the Sidley, Collin served as a clerk for the Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Collin earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he served as the Technical Managing Editor of the Stanford Law Review, was a semifinalist in the Kirkwood Moot Court Competition and received numerous awards for his legal and academic writing. He received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Pepperdine University.
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
- U.S. District Court, N.D. of California
- U.S. District Court, C.D. of California
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
- Stanford Law School, J.D., 2011 (Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Award for Legal Writing, Technical Managing Editor, Stanford Law Review)
- Pepperdine University, B.A., 2008 (summa cum laude)
- Ruggero J. Aldisert, U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit (2011 - 2012)