Virginia Seitz

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Virginia Seitz

Sidley Austin LLP announced that Virginia Seitz, former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice, has returned to Sidley as a partner in the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice in Washington, D.C. Ms. Seitz was a partner at Sidley from 1998 to 2011.

Following her nomination by President Obama and Senate confirmation, Ms. Seitz was sworn in as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in September 2011 and served through December 2013. As the leader of the Office of Legal Counsel, Virginia was responsible for providing legal advice to the President and Executive Branch departments and agencies on issues of particular difficulty and importance, including those issues on which there was a dispute between federal agencies.

In the course of her distinguished career, Ms. Seitz has argued in the U.S. Supreme Court and in numerous courts of appeals on behalf of a wide range of clients. She has also handled an array of district court litigation involving important constitutional and other federal-law issues. Earlier in her career, she clerked for Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., and Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She is considered a pioneer for individuals in the legal field who want both to pursue a top-tier career and to raise a family, as she worked part-time and raised her children while part of Sidley’s nationally prominent appellate practice.

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Publications and Multimedia
The Jerusalem Passport Case
Short video with Virginia Seitz discussing Zivotofsky v. Kerry
September 26, 2014
Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2014? - Event Audio/Video
Co-Sponsored by the Faculty Division and the Practice Groups
September 24, 2014