CHAD HUMMEL is a partner based in Sidley’s Century City office and a member of the Commercial Litigation and Disputes, Antitrust and White Collar practices. He is also a co-leader of the firm’s national trial practice. Chad is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been consistently ranked in The Best Lawyers in America 2006–2021. He is also ranked in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA in Litigation: General Commercial - California, with clients stating “he's focused on obtaining long-term goals, while at the same time developing and implementing a short-term strategy that was efficient and effective. He's a vigorous advocate and a strategic thinker.” Chad is recognized in the 2020 edition of Benchmark Litigation and was profiled in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2020 list of “Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Lawyers.”
Throughout his three decades in private practice, Chad has tried some of the nation’s highest profile civil and criminal cases in federal and state courts throughout the country, successfully defending mission critical and “bet-the-company” matters and achieving eight-figure verdicts on behalf of plaintiffs he has represented. His verdicts have been listed among the top defense and plaintiff-side matters in California.
Chad has successfully tried civil and criminal cases in the entertainment, media, hospitality, sports, technology, healthcare, financial services, mortgage banking, real estate, airline, video game and telecommunications industries. For such prominent companies as IMAX, DIRECTV, AT&T, Fox, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Steve Madden, Ticketmaster, IAC, Aetna, Guaranteed Rate, Hewlett-Packard, American Airlines, Tenet Healthcare, Avis and Intuit, he has successfully litigated complex commercial cases and class actions antitrust, intellectual property (including patent infringement, idea theft, trade secrets, First Amendment and right of publicity), false advertising and unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty, profit participation, data theft, RICO and constitutional issues.
Chad has been an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law teaching advanced pre-trial advocacy.