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John P. Kelsh

Sidley Austin LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

JOHN P. KELSH is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Group in the firm’s Chicago office. He is co-chair of the firm’s global Corporate Governance and Compliance practice area. He regularly advises numerous publicly-traded corporations on a wide range of matters, with a particular focus on the federal securities laws, corporate governance and executive compensation.

Mr. Kelsh joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2004. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In the spring of 2003, Mr. Kelsh was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where he taught Securities Regulation. Mr. Kelsh is the author or co-author of a number of articles, including “Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002: The Case for a Personal Culpability Requirement,” 59 Bus. Law. 1005 (May 2004) and, with Tom Cole, “Safe Passage in Approving Pay Plans, Directors & Boards” (Fourth Quarter 2004).

Illinois, 1996

Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1996, magna cum laude, John Paul Stevens Prize for Academic
Excellence, Coordinating Articles Editor of the Northwestern Univ. Law Review)
University of Hawaii - Manoa (M.A., 1993)
Williams College (B.A., 1989)

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