COLLIN WEDEL is a partner in Sidley’s Los Angeles office and is a member of the Supreme Court and Appellate and Litigation practices. Collin regularly represents clients in the United States Supreme Court and throughout the federal and state appellate courts around the country, personally arguing several cases in the Ninth Circuit and in state supreme and appellate courts. Recently, Collin was part of Sidley appellate teams that won two cases in front of the California Supreme Court on the same day, setting new precedents about the recoverability of trial costs and the interpretation of non-disparagement agreements. Collin also recently argued and won an appeal in the Ninth Circuit that expanded the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings under the First Amendment, which was highlighted by The National Law Journal as a finalist on its 2020 “Pro Bono Hot List.”
Collin’s appellate and post-trial 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), California’s anti-SLAPP laws, California’s consumer fraud statutes (the Unfair Competition Law (UCL), False Advertising Law (FAL), Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), federal firearms laws, free speech and free exercise claims under the First Amendment and Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), the federal Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA), abstention and federal jurisdiction, accountants’ liability issues, the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the False Claims Act (FCA), and Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA).
Collin also brings an appellate perspective to cases at the trial and post-trial stage, in state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals, where he has briefed and tried issues relating to state-law contract and tort claims, products liability, federal preemption in the banking, healthcare and FDA contexts, federal antitrust laws, federal anti-discrimination laws, state and federal employment statutes, insurance regulation and “bad faith” litigation, eminent domain and the mortgage-backed securities market.
Prior to joining 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.