LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sidley Austin LLP is pleased to announce that Jean-Claude (“J.C.”) André, former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Appeals section for the Central District of California, has joined the firm as a partner in its Los Angeles office. He will be a member of Sidley’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice.
Mr. André has considerable experience with high-profile cases that address some of the most challenging legal issues in criminal and civil law including constitutional issues, affirmative government appeals, appeals involving issues of first impression, and efforts to obtain and defeat en banc review and certiorari. During his tenure in the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO), he personally briefed and/or argued more than 75 distinct appeals. During his four years as the USAO’s Criminal Appeals Chief, he supervised more than 350 appeals each year before the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals. Mr. André served as a faculty member for eight years at the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center where he taught civil and criminal appellate advocacy and brief writing courses.
Before joining the USAO, Mr. André was in private practice during which time he handled more than 30 appeals, briefing 14 and arguing three matters before the U.S. Supreme Court. Earlier in his career, he clerked for the Honorable A. Andrew Hauk (dec.) of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
“J.C. brings a depth of experience handling complex cases that involve intricate legal questions,” said Dan Clivner, co-managing partner of Sidley’s Los Angeles offices. “His extensive knowledge and experience will make him an excellent addition to our robust team of litigators here in L.A. and nationally, and add significant strength to our world-class appellate and trial litigation capabilities.”
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