Sydney Rupe has a strong interest in seeing justice served and has put that passion for the law to good use for her clients and for the causes and issues she cares about. Sydney focuses her practice on commercial litigation matters and over the course of her career has earned a reputation as a first-rate problem-solver with a knack for navigating the complexities of high-stakes cases ranging from trade secrets and employment litigation to product liability and energy industry disputes.      

After earning a BA in Public Policy Analysis – Politics from Pomona College in Southern California, Sydney worked for a year at an international law firm in Los Angeles, where she focused on banking and asset finance matters before returning to her home state of Tennessee to attend Vanderbilt University Law School. Sydney earned a juris doctorate from Vanderbilt in May 2019 and moved to Houston, where she has been practicing law ever since. She has participated in multiple jury trials and advocates for her clients in a wide range of complex matters. 

Sydney has a robust and active pro bono practice in the criminal and racial justice spaces, working on legal matters related to mass incarceration, juvenile and racial justice, and capital punishment. She also has served as a Criminal Justice Committee member for the national Law Firm Antiracism Alliance. 

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
  • Key member of team that obtained a $152M verdict in EDTX jury trial for software company on trade secrets claims. 
  • Played key role in multi-year securities litigation in Texas state court, resulting in a favorable settlement. 
  • Managed federal product liability case involving more than 11,000 commercial and personal injury plaintiffs, multiple class actions and multiple multi-district litigations. 
  • Successfully led settlement negotiations in multiple-party FLSA indemnity lawsuit. 
  • Defended pipeline company in multimillion dollar regulatory and contract commercial dispute. 
  • Assisted in multiple federal and congressional investigations. 
EDUCATION
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2019 
    • Honors & Activities:  
      • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society 
      • Chancellor’s Scholarship recipient 
      • Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law 
      • Youth Opportunity Clinic 
      • Honor Council 
      • Women Law Students’ Association 
  • Pomona College, B.A., Public Policy Analysis – Politics, 2015 
    • Honors & Activities:  
      • Cecil H. Short Memorial Prize recipient 
      • Varsity track and field 
PAST EXPERIENCE
  • Hogan Lovells US LLP – Associate 
  • Chambliss Bahner & Stophel PC – Summer Associate 
  • Balch & Bingham LLP – Summer Associate 
  • White & Case LLP – Practice Assistant 
COURT ADMISSIONS
  • State Bar of Texas 
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas 
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas 
PUBLICATIONS & SPEECHES
  • Plaintiff’s Duty to Mitigate Damages in the COVID-19 Era, 71 Lab. L.J. 137 (2020) 
  • Texas Expands Protections for Sexual Harassment Claims, Lexology (Oct. 6, 2021) 
PRO BONO/COMMUNITY
  • Developed class action lawsuit challenging constitutionality of death row conditions at state prison. 
  • Presented expert witness in week-long evidentiary hearing challenging constitutionality of Kansas’ death penalty statute. 
  • Helped client obtain compassionate release under First Step Act. 
  • Served as Criminal Justice Committee member for national Law Firm Antiracism Alliance.