CHICAGO - Sidley Austin LLP has announced that it has added Steven T. Catlett as a partner to the firm's labor and employment practice in Chicago.
A 25-year legal veteran, Catlett is a well-known and highly regarded class action litigator, who will become co-chair of the Employment, Labor and Immigration practice at Sidley. His primary focus will be on class action discrimination, wage and hour, employee benefits and other complex employment litigation.
Catlett practices nationally in all phases of matters, including pre-litigation counseling, discovery, trial and appeal with a range from single plaintiff cases to large class actions. A significant focus of his practice is defense of class action and multiparty litigation in a variety of areas, such as employment, wage-hour, ERISA and non-compete/trade secret claims. As a result he has considerable experience in managing class action litigation and employing innovative strategies to avoid class certification as well as to pursue effective settlement strategies. Catlett also has experience in internal investigations and compliance work, including Sarbanes-Oxley whistle-blower claims, in trade secrets litigation, in appellate litigation and in restructuring-related litigation.
Before entering private practice, Catlett clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Kenneth W. Starr on the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. He also served as a special assistant to the legal adviser at the U.S. Department of State.
Catlett received a J.D. from Columbia University, where he was managing editor of the Columbia Law Review, a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He received his B.S., cum laude, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sidley's employment and labor practice, with more than 50 lawyers, has decades of experience in litigating virtually all types of employment and traditional labor claims before federal and state courts and agencies, ranging from single-plaintiff cases to complex class actions.
Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world's largest full-service law firms, with approximately 1,700 lawyers practicing in 17 U.S. and international cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.