Sydney Schneider is a litigation partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office whose practice focuses on antitrust and competition matters and complex commercial litigation. With respect to her antitrust practice, Sydney litigates both criminal and civil antitrust matters involving alleged price fixing, monopolization claims, and price discrimination; she also represents clients in dealing with the antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Sydney has also advised and successfully represented many private equity clients and their portfolio companies in a wide range of disputes, including deal-related indemnification actions, employment and non-compete disputes, trade secrets litigation, and other M&A-related issues.

In addition to her commercial work, Sydney maintains a strong commitment to pro bono law practice. She has represented numerous pro bono clients and served as guardian ad litem, representing at-risk children and seniors throughout guardianship proceedings.


Thought Leadership


When Innocent Defendants Falsely Confess: Analyzing the Ramifications of Entering Alford Pleas in the Context of the Burgeoning Innocence Movement, 103 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 279 (2013)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013Illinois


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude2013

    Comment Editor, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

    Arlyn Miner Book Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

  • Washington University in St. LouisB.A., Political Science & Social Thought and Analysissumma cum laude2008