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Sidley Expands In New York With The Addition Of 3 Litigation Partners

NEW YORK - Sidley Austin LLP has announced that Gary Bendinger, Gregory Ballard and Kevin Burke have joined the firm as partners in the New York office. They each have extensive experience representing major accounting firms and have litigated many complex commercial and securities law cases. They join a team of approximately 80 litigation lawyers in the New York office and a global team of more than 600 litigators worldwide.

Bendinger has devoted more than 30 years to complex litigation in courts across the nation. He has substantial trial experience in antitrust, securities and complex commercial litigation matters in numerous courts. He represents accounting firm clients in regulatory matters and investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and various state boards. A Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, he earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco Law School, where he was assistant editor of the Law Review. He also received his B.S., cum laude, from Hastings College.

Ballard's practice focuses on securities and complex commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts and before regulatory agencies. He represents issuers, underwriters, auditors, directors and officers in class action securities litigation, as well as corporations and individuals in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. A recipient of the Burton Award for Legal Achievement, Ballard has a J.D. from Columbia University Law School, where he was Notes & Comments editor of the Columbia Law Review. He also has an A.B. from Columbia College.

Burke litigates class actions and other complex disputes in the areas of securities, professional liability, antitrust, trade secret and general commercial law. His experience spans many industries, including accounting and finance, telecommunications, airlines, waste management, computer hardware and software, cable television and pharmaceuticals. He has represented clients in civil, criminal and regulatory matters before the SEC, DOJ, New York Attorney General, PCAOB and the Federal Trade Commission. Burke received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and his A.B., cum laude, from Columbia College.

Sidley's Accountants/Professional Service Firms Liability practice consists of lawyers in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., with significant experience representing accounting and professional services firms in litigation and regulatory matters, as well as government investigations.

Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world's largest full-service law firms, with approximately 1,600 lawyers practicing in 17 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.