Sidley goes all out for Californian litigation with Wilson Sonsini hire

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has lured Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner Timothy Scott to its San Francisco office by offering him the chance to set up a litigation practice

Scott said: “It's been a great run, but I can truly say I'm ready for something new and the prospect of building a whole new litigation team in the northern California market is a tremendous motivator and opportunity, especially given a platform as solid as Sidley.”
Scott spent 16 years at Wilson Sonsini, where he had been a member of the management and executive committees and chair of the litigation department. His practice comprises securities class action defence work and general commercial litigation, primarily for Silicon Valley technology companies.
Litigation has garnered increased attention among firms with San Francisco offices as a way to stave off the effects of the downturn in corporate work. Until Scott's arrival, Sidley had concentrated its West Coast litigation efforts on its Los Angeles office, while San Francisco focused on corporate finance, securitisations and structured finance.

“Building a litigation team in the northern California market is a tremendous opportunity, especially given a platform as solid as Sidley”
Timothy Scott, Sidley

Market volatility has already led to more securities class action suits and, where there is a heavy concentration of technology companies, litigation activity has been steadily on the increase.
West Coast managing partner Theodore Miller said: “Since the merger that formed Sidley Austin Brown & Wood last spring, we've prioritised expanding our litigation presence in northern California, both for new clients as well as to respond to existing client needs in the market.”
The firm has plans to recruit immediately, and Scott said he expects his embryonic litigation group to be joined by about 15 lawyers during the next six months. It is understood that a number of Scott's former colleagues at Wilson Sonsini have expressed an interest in joining him at his new firm.