As Chicago celebrates another birthday on March 4, the people of Sidley renew our commitment to the city we call home. Since 1866, Chicago’s top companies and institutions have consistently turned to Sidley for bet-the-company deals, litigation and advice. As Sidley expanded to become a global firm, with 2,000 lawyers in 40 practice areas in 20 offices, our connection to Chicago never diminished.
Our strength in the boardroom and the courtroom is matched only by the strength of our commitment to the city. Community service is woven into the fabric of our Chicago office, where our lawyers hold over 250 board seats and leadership roles on civic and charitable boards. Sidley leads on increasing access to justice, veterans’ rights, immigration, prisoners’ rights and education. Our Chicago team logged over 46,000 pro bono hours in 2019, working on impact litigation addressing the crisis of family separations at our nation’s borders, veterans’ access to healthcare and more. We are also at the forefront of innovative solutions to our shared challenges, leading the charge on renewable energy, life sciences, sustainability and social impact investing.
Each of us is grateful for Chicago and its people. This city gave us our start as a firm, and we embrace Chicago’s unique spirit and grit in everything we do. We are optimistic about Chicago’s future. We sense a new energy and hope in each aspect of our work. We understand the strength of Chicago’s people and the richness of its resources. And we see new opportunities to work together for a better city, with a unique ability to make progress on issues that have seemed intractable.
Happy birthday Chicago, and thank you for helping make us who we are.
Chicago Roots. Chicago’s Future.