Lawyers in Sidley’s San Francisco office, established in 1971, assist high-growth businesses with their innovation-driven opportunities and challenges. 

Our litigation practice is expansive and encompasses matters involving antitrust, complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, patent litigation and white collar defense. We also have a robust transactional practice that handles financings, mergers and acquisitions, technology transactions, hedge funds and other investment entities, securitization and tax. 

Our healthcare lawyers advise pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and healthcare providers across the country on a broad range of regulatory, compliance and strategic business issues.

Being a part of the San Francisco 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

Summer associates in San Francisco perform work that otherwise would be handled by associates. You will have substantial flexibility to choose assignments that will allow you to explore practice areas of interest to you. You may also have the chance to observe or participate in client conferences, negotiations, witness interviews, depositions, court hearings, due diligence and closings.

Professional Development

Our hands-on training includes detailed reviews of each summer associate’s work product, as well as more formal training programs such as writing seminars, a mock negotiation exercise and a networking tips program. We assign senior associates and partners to provide guidance and feedback to our summer associates throughout the summer, and each summer associate receives a formal review at the midpoint of the program.

Summer Life in San Francisco

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 social, cultural and recreational events. We give you a chance to get to know our lawyers and your fellow summers both professionally and personally while learning more about the firm and the San Francisco office culture.

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

  • Attending San Francisco Giants baseball games
  • Tours of famous San Francisco attractions
  • Dining at the city’s world-renowned restaurants
  • Taking a cooking class
  • In-house events and competitions