Sidley Austin Receives Most First-Tier National Rankings in 2015 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Survey – Law News Daily – Sidley also named “Law Firm of the Year” in International Trade and Finance Law and Litigation – Securities


New York and Chicago —Sidley Austin LLP announced today that it has, for the fifth year in a row and each year since the survey’s inception, received the most first-tier national rankings in the 2015 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey. A full listing of its rankings can be viewed online today via the U.S. News – Best Lawyers website



“I want to congratulate Sidley on its unique performance in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings,” said Steven Naifeh, CEO and Founder, Best Lawyers. “Since the survey began, Sidley has amassed more first-tier national rankings than any other firm.”


Sidley has also received the U.S. News Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” recognition in the International Trade and Finance Law and Litigation – Securities categories. “Law Firm of the Year” designations are based on law firms’ overall performance in a given practice area and represent a significant showing in the 2015 U.S. News Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey research.


“It is because our clients offer us such outstanding opportunities to represent them and build lasting relationships across many practice areas that we have been recognized for five years in a row with this extraordinary honor,” said Carter Phillips, chair of Sidley’s Executive Committee. “We remain steadfastly committed to providing our clients exceptional service and are incredibly proud to have our practices so highly and widely ranked yet again based on our clients’ input.”


The 2015 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. The 2015 survey had the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. More than 17,000 attorneys provided close to 600,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,500 clients provided more than 40,000 evaluations.


“We are delighted to have achieved this honor for the fifth consecutive year,” said Larry Barden, chair of Sidley’s Management Committee. “It is our ongoing goal to exceed client expectations, and through attracting and retaining topnotch lawyers who share this goal we’re able to deliver solid results year after year. Our receipt of this honor for five straight years means our clients have consistently recognized Sidley for its superior service, and we are most thankful.”


U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis and Best Lawyers is a leading survey of lawyers worldwide. The 2015 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” national first-tier rankings will be published in U.S. News & World Report’s Legal Issue and national and metropolitan first-tier rankings will be featured in the “Best Law Firms” Standalone Publication, both available later this month.


Sidley received first-tier national rankings in the following 45 practice areas:


Antitrust Law

Appellate Practice

Banking and Finance Law

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Biotechnology Law

Commercial Litigation

Communications Law

Corporate Law

Derivatives and Futures Law

Energy Law

Environmental Law

Equipment Finance Law


Health Care Law

Insurance Law

International Arbitration – Commercial

International Arbitration – Governmental

International Trade and Finance Law

Litigation – Antitrust

Litigation – Bankruptcy

Litigation – Environmental

Litigation – First Amendment

Litigation – Intellectual Property

Litigation – Labor & Employment

Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions

Litigation – Patent

Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Litigation – Securities

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants

Media Law

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Mutual Funds Law

Natural Resources Law

Patent Law

Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law

Project Finance Law

Public Finance Law

Railroad Law

Real Estate Law

Securities / Capital Markets Law

Securities Regulation

Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Tax Law

Technology Law

Trusts & Estates Law


In the survey’s regional rankings, the following Sidley offices received first-tier rankings:


• Chicago

• Dallas

• Houston

• Los Angeles

• New York

• San Francisco (Metro area includes Palo Alto)

• Washington, D.C.


With more than 1,800 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide, Sidley has built a reputation as a premier legal adviser for global businesses and financial institutions. For the fifth consecutive year, and every year since the survey’s inception, Sidley received the most first-tier national rankings in the 2015 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey. On Law360’s list of Global 20 Firms, Sidley was ranked among the top law firms “with the greatest global reach and expertise.” To stay up-to-date with the latest Sidley news, please follow us on Twitter at @SidleyNewsroom or download the Sidley Mobile App.


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