THOMAS A. COLE has been Chairman of Sidley Austin LLP's Executive Committee since 1998, and maintains a substantial practice along with his management responsibilities. Tom's practice areas include mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He taught the corporate governance seminar at The University of Chicago Law School for five years. He is Chairman of the Board of Northwestern Memorial Healthcare and serves on the Board of The University of Chicago. In 2001, Tom was recognized by Chambers Global as one of 26 U.S. lawyers included in its list of the "Global 100 Lawyers." He was designated an M&A "Dealmaker of the Year" for 2007 by The American Lawyer. He was selected to BTI Consulting's "Client Service All-Star" team for 2008 and 2011. In 2010, Tom was among 19 lawyers named to "The Directorship 100," the NACD's list of "the most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom."