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Sidley Austin LLP

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Founded in Chicago in 1886, one has to wonder if the first partners at Sidley Austin could have foreseen the mega-firm that it has become today. Though Sidley Austin had significant growth of its own, a recent merger in 2001 with another law firm, Brown & Wood, helped it achieve its larger-than-life status.[1]



Sidley Austin prides itself on being able to handle virtually any matter, with extensive practice areas offered to support clients’ needs. Known for its exceptional transactional practice, litigation experience, and regulatory practice, Sidley Austin counts many large corporations among its clientele and can often be found on the forefront of groundbreaking legal representation.[2]

Sidley Austin places great importance on offering legal representation to those most in need. The firm’s pro bono policy strongly encourages all attorneys to contribute time to pro bono matters, and the firm treats legal work performed for pro bono clients exactly the same as work performed for paying clients. As such, Sidley Austin places no cap on the amount of pro bono hours its attorneys can work, and in 2009, its workforce contributed over 84,000 hours to pro bono projects.[3]

Sidley Austin works to promote diversity within its ranks to offer better perspectives on matters for clients and to push equality. Sidley Austin uses a combination of ethnic, racial, and gender diversity committees, initiatives, and programs, not only in its recruiting and retention inside the organization, but also in the community at large.[4]

Sidley Austin Practice Areas

Sidley Austin’s diversified global practice results in its offering of over 40 specialized areas of practice in the law.[5]

Sidley Austin Offices

Sidley Austin meets client demands with its 17 offices spread around the world.[6]

  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Frankfurt
  • Geneva
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Palo Alto
  • San Francisco
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo
  • Washington, D.C.

Sidley Austin’s headquarters can be found in Chicago, Illinois.[7]

Sidley Austin LLP
One South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: (312) 853-7000
Web: www.sidley.com

Sidley Austin Size

With as many offices and as many diverse areas of practice Sidley Austin engages in, it should come as no surprise that the firm employs well over 1,600 attorneys worldwide.[8]

Sidley Austin Recruiting

Associates at Sidley Austin praise the collegial atmosphere within the office, the interesting work, and the commitment to help develop lawyers’ talents. Complaints ranged from outdated technological aids to a lack of transparency regarding firm management, as well as a general feeling of lack of opportunities for advancement.[9]

Sidley Austin typically hires from its pool of summer associates, though it does conduct on-campus interviews at law schools around the country as well as at select legal job fairs. Sidley Austin does conduct lateral hires for experienced attorneys on an as-needed basis. Sidley Austin also welcomes former judicial clerks to apply.[10]

Sidley Austin Salary and Bonuses

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
Low High Discretionary

1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year $185,000 Yes
4th Year

5th Year $230,000 Yes
6th Year $250,000 Yes
7th Year


Based on May 2007 numbers.

Salary increases announced via firm-wide memorandum on May 25, 2007, retroactive to May 1, 2007. A $10,000 bar stipend is paid in June. The firm also pays a $35,000 clerkship bonus for federal district, federal appellate and state Supreme Court clerks.

Hours (Effective Date: May 2007): 2200 Worked ; 1962 Billed[11]


  1. http://www.sidley.com/ourfirm/history/
  2. http://www.sidley.com/ourfirm/
  3. http://www.sidley.com/ourfirm/probono/
  4. http://www.sidley.com/diversity/
  5. http://www.sidley.com/ourpractice/
  6. http://www.sidley.com/default.aspx
  7. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/profile?companyId=417
  8. http://nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=f084201&orgtypeid=F
  9. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Sidley-Austin-LLP?companyId=417
  10. http://www.sidley.com/careers/northamerica/
  11. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=IL1300



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