Steven M Bierman, a partner of Sidley Austin LLP, is co-head of Sidley’s 100-lawyer New York Litigation Group, and for the past ten years was a global leader of the Commercial Litigation and Disputes Practice. His practice emphasizes a broad range of business, commercial, and financial disputes, securities fraud, class actions, claims regarding mergers and acquisitions, disputes in bankruptcy, and employment-related claims. Steve litigates and tries cases in U.S. federal and state courts and in domestic and international arbitrations, and has led internal corporate investigations. His commercial litigation experience includes representing U.S. and foreign companies in disputes involving alleged breach of contract, representations and warranties, purchase and sale of businesses, obligations under financial instruments, fraud and business torts. Steve’s shareholder class action and derivative litigation experience has involved alleged violations of U.S. securities laws and breaches of corporate fiduciary duties, and pre-litigation shareholder demands. Steve also regularly advises clients regarding early evaluation of claims and defenses, and has extensive experience representing clients in mediation of disputes. Steve has been recognized as a United States and a New York Litigation Star (Commercial Litigation) by Benchmark Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 (Commercial Litigation) and Chambers USA 2017.