Sidley’s Houston office opened in February 2012, building on the firm’s strategy of establishing a substantial presence in all key commercial, financial and regulatory centers of the world. The founding partners of the office have practiced in Houston for many years and have a track record of achieving results for clients across a broad range of industries.

Energy is a key focus of the Houston office, where our lawyers draw from a formidable reserve of knowledge to seamlessly assist clients in all aspects of the product lifecycle, from exploration and refining to transport and marketing. Houston’s transactional lawyers have global experience in syndicated and structured financings, mergers and acquisitions, private placements, public offerings, private equity and project development. Our litigators prosecute and defend energy, securities and professional liability litigation in both federal and state courts. 

We offer a 6- to 10-week program for students interested in transactional law. Being a part of the Houston office affords you the opportunity to work in a small, close-knit environment while enjoying the resources and support of a large global firm. 

Work Assignments

Each summer associate is assigned to a client’s deal team and works on a number of different projects on other matters throughout the summer. You will be introduced to a variety of work, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, private equity portfolio investment, public company regulatory compliance, financing arrangements and other transactions. As part of an active deal team, you will have the opportunity both to observe and to participate in work on matters providing a genuine picture of your career after law school, and to begin making contacts with domestic and foreign clients in the industries in which you will be working.

Summer associates in Houston may also get involved with local and firmwide pro bono projects.  Work might include providing corporate legal assistance to Texas nonprofits working to improve low-income communities, helping African and Asian enterprises and NGOs share the benefits of globalization through the Sidley Emerging Enterprises Pro Bono Program, or representing low-income clients in immigration, guardianship, custody, probate, tax or family law matters through Houston Volunteer Lawyers.

Professional Development

The Houston office is focused on the individual development of each of our summer associates. We assign partner and associate mentors to provide support and guidance to each of our summer associates.

Our summer training program will help you further develop your legal research, writing and other skills. You will have the opportunity to attend in-house CLE programs as well as educational workshops on topics including networking and negotiation skills. In addition, our summer associates are provided with more detailed practice group introductions over weekly lunches.

Summer Life in Houston

An important part of your summer experience is building relationships with your future colleagues. Throughout the summer, you will be invited to attend a mix of large-scale and smaller social and networking events, and to participate in office-wide programming. We give you a chance to get to know our lawyers and your fellow summers both professionally and personally, while also experiencing the incredibly diverse and international environment that Houston, as a dynamic business center, has to offer.

As a summer associate in Houston, your calendar might include activities like:

  • Exploring Houston’s multicultural dining scene at lunches, happy hours and dinners with associates and partners
  • Attending private dinners and office gatherings at partners’ homes
  • Enjoying sporting events and concerts
  • Participating in different recreational and cultural events, from a cooking class to sporting clays to Shakespeare in the country