SARA BRODY is a partner Sidley's San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. She is the head of the Northern California Litigation Group and is global co-chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation Practice group. She has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation with a focus on securities litigation including shareholder class actions and derivative actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Ms. Brody won one of the Top Ten Defense Verdicts of 2002, as selected by The National Law Journal. She is listed as one of the leading California litigators in the 2005 through 2013 editions of Chambers & Partners’ America’s Leading Business Lawyers, the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, the Daily Journal as one of the Top Thirty Securities Litigators in California and was most recently shortlisted as Litigator of the Year at the Chambers USA Women in Law Awards. She regularly represents companies and individuals in matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission and various self-regulatory organizations. Ms. Brody also has extensive experience in conducting internal investigations and counseling clients on disclosure issues.