Joanna Travalini

Partner, Sidley Austin

Joanna Travalini focuses on regulatory investigations and enforcement, internal investigations, securities litigation, and accountants and professional liability. She represents financial institutions, accounting firms, public companies, and their executives and employees in regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, including investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), and state regulatory agencies. Joanna also has represented clients in litigation adverse to these agencies. She is knowledgeable about SEC regulations, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and PCAOB rules and auditing standards.

Joanna was named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Securities Litigation in 2021 and 2022 and recognized in Best Lawyers: Women in the Law 2021. She was listed in Crain’s Chicago Business 2021 and 2022 under Notable Rising Stars in Law. She was named an Illinois Rising Star in 2017, 2018, and 2019 by Super Lawyers.

Joanna draws from her licensure as a certified public accountant and years of experience in public accounting in representing her clients. Prior to joining Sidley, Joanna was a partner of the securities litigation group at a major international law firm. Earlier in her career, she was a project manager at Deloitte, where she analyzed quality assurance reviews and assessed regulatory and risk issues for member firms. Previously, she was an audit senior in Deloitte’s audit and enterprise risk services practice, where she conducted audits and attestations for clients in the financial services and manufacturing industries and performed client risk assessments under Sarbanes-Oxley.

In 2001, Joanna received a B.A., magna cum laude, in Communications and French from Boston College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received an MBA in 2009 from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a J.D. in 2009 from Northwestern University School of Law, where she was executive editor of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business.