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Sidley snags 8-partner Weil Gotshal group, including 2 practice group leaders

An eight-partner group is exiting Weil Gotshal & Manges for the Dallas office of Sidley Austin, their new firm announced Tuesday.

Among the group are two former co-chairs of national practice groups at Weil Gotshal. They are Yvette Ostolaza, a member of the firm’s management committee who oversaw the firm’s complex commercial litigation work, and Angela Fontana, who co-chaired its U.S. banking and finance group. Ostolaza will be put in charge of the the Dallas office in January, when James Bradley transitions in January to the role of senior counsel, explains a Sidley press release.

“This highly talented group provides an exciting opportunity to expand our litigation, finance and private equity capabilities nationally,” said Larry Barden, who serves as vice-chair of Sidley’s management committee, in the release.

“This group has a long track record of achieving outstanding results on behalf of their clients and we look forward to having them as part of the Sidley team,” he continued. “Given that Yvette held a senior leadership role at her prior firm, she is a natural fit to succeed Jim in leading the Dallas office and to assume a leadership role in our national complex commercial litigation practice. We thank Jim for his service and welcome this top-notch group of lawyers to Sidley.”

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