Member Profile

Geeta Malhotra

Sidley Austin LLP, One South Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60603


Phone: (312) 853-7683

Practice Areas

Complex Commercial Litigation

Compliance Counseling

Due Diligence Investigations

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act / Anti-Corruption

Government Investigations


Internal Investigations

Privacy, Data Security and Information Law

White-Collar Crime


University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., 2006, summa cum laude; Order of the Coif) Northwestern University (B.S., 2003, summa cum laude)

Geeta Malhotra

Professional Profile

Geeta Malhotra is a litigation partner in Sidley Austin LLP’s Chicago office. Her practice involves representing individual and corporate clients in white collar criminal matters, internal investigations, government enforcement actions, and complex civil litigation. Geeta has extensive experience conducting complex internal investigations on a variety of matters, including foreign corrupt practices, fraud and bribery, privacy and wiretapping, securities regulations, and drug promotional practices. She has also assisted clients in the development of FCPA policies, and has counseled and trained clients on those policies, FCPA enforcement generally, and other investigation issues. Geeta also has experience in data breach response, including resulting litigation and government investigations and inquiries. In this respect, she has worked closely with forensic experts on issues relating to cybersecurity and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance. In the civil litigation context, Geeta has represented clients in state and federal courts in matters involving contract disputes, business tort and consumer fraud claims, claims for trade secret misappropriation, ERISA class actions, claims for breach of fiduciary duty, and escheat and unclaimed property issues.

Representative Matters

Representation of the Audit Committee of an international safety systems company in an internal investigation on topics including fraud, embezzlement, bribery and other corruption allegations Representation of a U.S.-based retailer in relation to a cybersecurity attack it experienced, including resulting litigation and government inquiries Representation of a Fortune 500 company in connection with its international post-acquisition anti-corruption due diligence review of the acquired company’s international operations and subsequent inquiries by the U.S. Department of Justice Representation of a U.S.-based REIT in its creation of a global anti-corruption program and anti-corruption training Representation of a multi-national pharmaceutical manufacturer in an investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice regarding drug promotional practices and the False Claims Act Representation of a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in state attorneys general investigations regarding allegations of fraudulent marketing practices in violation of the states’ consumer protection laws Representation of a global manufacturing company in an internal investigation involving anti-bribery allegations and subsequent compliance counseling Representation of a publicly-traded financial services company in an internal investigation of privacy and wiretapping issues Representation of a Fortune 200 company in a civil lawsuit involving allegations of kickbacks, consumer fraud, and breach of contract Representation of a Fortune 100 company against claims of patent and trade secrets infringement Representation of the former Chairman and CEO of a Fortune 500 company in an SEC enforcement action, including trial

Other Distinctions


"The Effect of Crawford v. Washington on the Admissibility of 911 Calls in Evidence-Based Domestic Violence Prosecutions," 2006 U. Ill. L. Rev. 205.

Prior Experience

Law clerk for the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois