Chicago – LAWFUEL – Law Firm News – Sidley Austin LLP announced toda…

Chicago – LAWFUEL – Law Firm News – Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Adrienne B. Pitts has joined as a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice in the Chicago office. Her practice will focus principally on complex commercial litigation, antitrust litigation, and white collar defense matters.

Ms. Pitts has extensive federal and state trial and litigation experience involving antitrust, securities, tax fraud, health care fraud, bank fraud, breach of contract and consumer fraud. She has also counseled clients through several federal grand jury investigations. Ms. Pitts’ clients include Fortune 100 companies as well as individuals, and she was recently one of the trial attorneys who defended former Illinois governor George Ryan in his seven-month federal corruption trial.

“In addition to Adrienne’s stellar track record as a litigator, she has a passionate commitment to the community and to giving back. We are fortunate to have her at Sidley,” said Charles Douglas, Chair of Sidley’s Management Committee and head of the firm’s global litigation team.

Thomas Ryan, a partner in Sidley’s Chicago Litigation Practice added, “Adrienne’s vast experience in complex commercial litigation, antitrust litigation, as well as white-collar defense and corporate internal investigations significantly strengthens the firm’s ability to meet the needs of our litigation and other clients. We are pleased that she has chosen to join Sidley and the national Litigation practice.”

Ms. Pitts received her J.D., with honors, from Boston University School of Law in 1995 and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. She is extremely active in the legal and Chicago communities and has served on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms since 1997. Ms. Pitts served as its Chairperson from 2001-2003. She is also Vice President of the Board of Directors for L.E.A.R.N. Charter School.

Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world’s largest full-service law firms, with more than 1,700 lawyers practicing in 15 U.S. and international cities including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. In 2006, Sidley was named to Legal Business’ Global Elite, their designation for “the 15 finest law firms in the world.” Sidley was again named the number one law firm for overall client service by BTI, a Boston-based consulting and research firm, in 2007. BTI has also named Sidley to their Client Service Hall of Fame as one of only two law firms to rank in the Client Service Top 10 for six years in a row. Sidley received the 2005 Catalyst Award in recognition of the firm’s initiative to recruit, retain and advance diverse talent.

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