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Overview

Sybil is a passionate and uncommonly persuasive advocate who helps clients resolve commercial and intellectual property disputes. 

Sybil's litigation practice affords her substantial first-chair trial and arbitration experience. Sources share that “she is brilliant, responsive and seeks to understand business objectives.” (Chambers USA, 2022). And Minnesota Lawyer has twice recognized her as "Attorney of the Year." Bringing her skills to bear, Sybil successfully leads teams in litigations around the country.

Sybil’s experience includes representing Fortune 100 companies as they navigate disputes with contractors, clients, and business partners, including breach of contract, business torts, and post-closing disputes involving net working capital. She also helps clients evaluate, assess, and litigate intellectual property disputes from initial risk assessment through trial and appeal. As part of her IP practice, she represents clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including the first patent owner to score a complete victory in a Covered Business Method (CBM) proceeding. 

In addition to her active litigation practice, Sybil is a national thought leader on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (“DEI”). She co-founded Greene Espel’s DEI practice, which helps workplaces design and implement DEI strategies and programs to meet their goals. As part of this practice, Sybil offers award-winning DEI trainings which receive rave reviews from audiences around the country. Clients include Fortune 100 companies, cities, government institutions, bar associations, law firms, and non-profits. In recognition of her efforts, Minnesota Lawyer selected Sybil as one of its Diversity & Inclusion Honorees, and the Hennepin County Bar Association awarded her its Excellence Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion. 

Sybil serves on the Infinity Project board, an organization dedicated to increasing the gender diversity of the state and federal bench, as well as the board of the Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, Order of the Coif; Senior Notes Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
  • B.A., Smith College 

EXPERIENCE

  • Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, The Honorable James M. Rosenbaum
  • EMILY’s List, Political Research Deputy 

ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • State Bar of Minnesota

AFFILIATIONS

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

Sybil's Practice Areas

Sybil's Recognition & Awards

  • 2021 Attorney of the YearMinnesota Lawyer
  • Listed in POWER 30: Business Litigation by Minnesota Lawyer (2021)
  • 2020 Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer
  • Selected to Super Lawyers list, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2022-2023)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2021-2024)
  • Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business-The Client's Guide (2020-2022)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association Excellence Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion (2019)
  • Selected to Rising Stars list, Minnesota Super Lawyers (2013-2019)
  • 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Honoree, Minnesota Lawyer
  • Recognized as Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer for pro bono service (2016)
  • Recognized as Up and Coming Attorney, Minnesota Lawyer (2015)
  • Vanderbilt University Law School
    • 2L Mock Trial Champion and Top Litigator Award Recipient
    • Best Brief Award 2006
    • Scholastic Achievement Awards: Conflicts of Law, Professional Responsibility, and Legal Writing
  • Smith College
    • Andrew C. Slater Prize for Excellence in Debate

Sybil's Community Involvement

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Collaborative Community Law Initiative, Board Member (2017 - present) 
  • Infinity Project, Board Member (2012-2015)
  • Smith College Alumni Association, Member

NEWS &
UPDATES

August 17, 2023
Best Lawyers Recognizes 16 Greene Espel Attorneys on the 2024 Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Lists
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July 18, 2023
16 Greene Espel Attorneys Recognized on the Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
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EVENTS &
PRESENTATIONS

December 31, 2023
The Professional Education Group, Faculty (2016 – present)
September 28, 2023
Conscious Inclusion: How Lawyers Can Eliminate Bias to Achieve Better Outcomes
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ARTICLES &
PUBLICATIONS

January 12, 2021
Why the Legal Profession Is the Nation's Least Diverse (And How to Fix It)
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January 1, 2021
Co-Author of Why the Legal Profession is the Nation's Least Diverse (and How to Fix It), Vol. 47 Mitchell Hamline L. Rev.

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