Michael J. Sweeney is a senior counsel with Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago. He received his B.A. with high honors in Political Science from the University of Illinois in 1973. In 1976 he received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and an Associate Editor of the Law Review. For much of his career his practice principally involved securities and professional liability litigation for accounting firms and commercial litigation for banks and other financial institutions. For approximately the past ten years he has been a member of Sidley's Office of General Counsel, focusing on firm risk management and professional responsibility questions.