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Sidley Austin LLP Partner Patricia Thayer Appointed Head of West Coast Intellectual Property Litigation Practice

Friday, March 22, 2013

Sidley Austin LLP announced today that M. Patricia (“Patty”) Thayer has been appointed head of Sidley’s Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation practice on the West Coast. Ms. Thayer, who has been repeatedly recognized as a leading patent trial lawyer, will lead the firm’s West Coast practice of approximately 25 lawyers. She will also continue in her role as a coordinator of Sidley’s global IP litigation practice, which consists of more than 95 lawyers.

“With more than three decades of practice, Patty is known for leading trial teams in difficult, high-stakes patent litigation matters, which makes her a natural for this position,” said Anne E. Rea, partner and the member of the firm’s Management Committee with primary responsibility for Sidley’s West Coast offices. “We have a distinguished IP patent litigation practice here on the West Coast that thrives on seamless teamwork with our colleagues across the country and internationally. Patty fosters that culture and we are delighted she has agreed to serve in this leadership capacity.”

Ms. Thayer has received numerous accolades in the patent litigation area, highlighting her ability as a leading trial lawyer in complex patent litigation matters. She was named by The Daily Journal as one of the “2012 Top Intellectual Property Litigators in California” and has frequently appeared on its top IP lawyer lists, including “Top 75 IP Litigators in California”(2010), “Top 50 IP Litigators in California” (2009), and “Top 75 Women Litigators in California” (2008). Additionally, in 2012 Euromoney Legal Media Group named Ms. Thayer “Best in Life Sciences” in its inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards. She succeeds Ed Poplawski, who previously led the practice in LA and is leaving the firm.

“Our clients recognize our ability to assemble the right team of IP lawyers, often from more than one office of the firm, to handle their most complex IP patent litigation matters,“ said Carter Phillips, co-chair of Sidley’s Executive Committee. “Our track record of repeat client engagements and significant victories on their behalf is a source of great pride. Patty has been instrumental in developing and leading those teams and the Executive Committee and all of her colleagues are delighted she agreed to assume this new leadership role.”

Sidley’s market-leading global IP practice offers clients a full array of services to meet all of their IP litigation needs. With first chair IP litigators in Northern California (San Francisco and Silicon Valley); Los Angeles; Chicago; Dallas; New York; and Washington, D.C., and networks of local counsel throughout the rest of the country and internationally, Sidley can take on the most complex litigation matters and provide effective and efficient legal service for clients over a broad range of technologies. Sidley provides clients with the accumulated knowledge and experience of lawyers whose practices are concentrated in IP along with the institutional resources of a full-service, multinational law firm. In 2011 Sidley was recognized with the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence - “Team of the Year.”

With approximately 1,700 lawyers in 18 offices worldwide, Sidley has built a reputation as a premier legal advisor for global businesses and financial institutions. For the third consecutive year, Sidley received the most first-tier national rankings of any U.S. law firm in the 2013 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey, making it the only law firm to receive this recognition since the survey’s inception. Sidley was also named the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in both Commercial Litigation and Securities/Capital Markets Law in the 2013 survey. On Law360’s list of Global 20 Firms, Sidley was ranked among the top 10 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.

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