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 argued and won an appeal in the Ninth Circuit on behalf of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona and several death row prisoners against the state of Arizona, expanding the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings under the First Amendment. The National Law Journal highlighted the victory in naming Sidley as a finalist to 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 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), accountants’ liability issues, the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), and federal jurisdiction under 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, 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.