CAROLINE WONG represents clients in a wide range of litigation settings in federal and state courts, from the pleading stage and discovery through trial and appeal. Her practice focuses on the calculated and efficient representation of companies, their directors and officers, and accounting firms in securities and shareholder derivative matters, ERISA litigation, complex commercial disputes, and government investigations. She also counsels clients in pre-litigation disputes and negotiations.
Representative matters include:
- Defending a global retail pharmacy company in securities and derivative litigation in the Northern District of Illinois.
- Defending an accounting firm in securities litigation and related investigations by federal and state regulators.
- Obtaining dismissal of a shareholder derivative suit filed against a global retail pharmacy company and its board of directors in the Delaware Court of Chancery, and obtaining affirmance of the dismissal on appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court.
- Defending an insurance company in an ERISA class action at trial in federal district court, on appeal to the Eighth Circuit, and in certiorari-stage proceedings before the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Defending 401(k) plan sponsors in ERISA class actions challenging plan fees and expenses.
- Obtaining dismissal at the pleading stage of an ERISA class action brought against an organization with more than 60,000 employees.
- Defending a medical technology company in a patent infringement suit on appeal to the Federal Circuit.
- Representing public companies in post-closing M&A litigation and disputes.
In addition, Caroline maintains an active pro bono practice and has represented pro bono clients at all levels of the federal court system. She also serves as a member of the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Young Professionals Board and as a member of the Sidley Chicago office’s Associate Diversity Council.
Before joining Sidley, Caroline clerked for the Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and for the Honorable John Z. Lee of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Caroline earned her law degree with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a David M. Rubenstein Scholar and served as the Executive Editor of The University of Chicago Law Review.