Congratulations to our 30 colleagues, including Kate Heinzelman and Tomoki Ishiara, for their election to the Sidley Austin partnership, effective January 1, 2020. Kate has strong experience involving complex privacy and data security matters and represents several large, multinational companies, as well as startups, in the healthcare, technology and financial services sectors, among others. Tomoki works out of Sidley’s Tokyo office and supports our global privacy practice in the Asian market.
Kate is a member of the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity, Healthcare, and Commercial Litigation groups. Her practice focuses on investigations, counseling, and litigation on technology, privacy, and regulatory matters, particularly in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Kate brings to her practice substantial experience working with a broad range of government agencies and federal programs across the national security, healthcare, and energy and environmental fields. Before joining Sidley, she was Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Health & Human Services, Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama, and Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Department of Justice. Kate also served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. on the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Merrick B. Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Tomoki’s practice areas include data privacy law, intellectual property law, entertainment law, litigation and arbitration. Along with his extensive experience in the field of intellectual property law, including giving advice to clients on patent, utility model, design patent, copyright, and trademark matters, he also has worked with a number of clients on cross-border transactions, joint venture, merger (including IP due diligence), stock acquisition, asset purchase and other more general corporate matters. In addition, he was a visiting researcher under the guidance of Professor Pamela Samuelson for approximately two years at UC Berkeley, studying IP law, cyber law, and privacy law.