Sidley Continues to Expand in Palo Alto with the Addition of Corporate Partner Karen Dreyfus – Palo Alto (March 25, 2010) – Sidley Austin LLP is pleased to announce that Karen Dreyfus will be joining the firm as a partner in the Palo Alto office. Ms. Dreyfus focuses her practice on representing companies in their corporate, governance, reporting, securities offering and acquisition work. She represents software, semiconductor and internet businesses, as well as companies in the gaming and airline industries.

“We are excited to add such a dynamic lawyer to our rapidly growing presence in Palo Alto,” said Tom DeFilipps, managing partner of Sidley’s Palo Alto office. “Karen has established herself as a leading counselor to clients in the Silicon Valley and elsewhere and will take a lead role in shaping our strategy for this market, particularly in regard to more established public technology companies. We look forward to leveraging Karen’s experience in advising directors and senior corporate executives as Sidley expands in Silicon Valley.”

“I look forward to the opportunity to work with the strong team that Sidley has assembled in Palo Alto. I believe that I can make a significant contribution to the firm’s representation of established technology companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. In addition, Sidley’s global platform and strong regulatory coverage will be a great asset in servicing and expanding my client base and executing on the cross-border acquisition and financing transactional work that has become a greater portion of my practice,” Ms. Dreyfus said.

Ms. Dreyfus received her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law, where she was Note Editor of the Hastings Law Journal.

Sidley established its Palo Alto office in late 2009 with veteran lawyers who understand the process of innovation. The Palo Alto office focuses on corporate, technology transactions and IP litigation matters for emerging and established companies, including companies in the information technology, digital media, life sciences and clean tech industries. In serving their clients, the lawyers in the Palo Alto office collaborate with Sidley’s well-recognized practices in areas such as capital markets and government regulation, as well as Sidley’s global platform, which includes six offices in Asia and four in Europe.

Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world’s largest full-service law firms, with approximately 1700 lawyers practicing in 17 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Every year since 2003, Sidley has been named to Legal Business’ Global Elite, its designation for the 18 firms “that define the pinnacle of the legal profession.” Sidley is recognized for service and responsiveness—BTI, a Boston-based research and consulting firm, has named Sidley as one of only two firms to have been in the top ten of the BTI Client Service rankings every year since the inception of those rankings in 2001, and was number one in three of those years.

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