Sidley Austin LLP
Debra E. Pole is a partner in Sidley’s Los Angeles Litigation group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She is the practice group leader for the Products Liability and Mass Torts practice in Los Angeles where she trains, supervises, and manages a number of lawyers and paraprofessionals. Debra has supervised domestic and international defense law firms that were involved in complex pharmaceutical and medical device litigation and has had responsibility for national financial management of mass tort litigation. Debra has received numerous awards and honors, including the following honors: Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyer where she is a member of the College’s National Trial Competition Committee and a former member of the College’s State Committee; a former member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and past faculty member (2004) and Trial Director (2010) of the IADC’s prestigious Trial Academy; California Legal Eagle, 1996; National Law Journal’s List of Top 50 Women Litigators, 2001; National Law Journal’s List of Top Ten Trial Attorneys, 1994; 2001; Los Angeles Daily Journal Settlements and Verdicts’ List of 30 Top Women Lawyers, 2002 (featured on the cover), 2003, 2004, and 2008.