Professional Biography
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John S. Skilton Partner

  • Madison

    D +1.608.663.7474

    F +1.608.663.7499

    Madison

    1 East Main Street, Suite 201

    Madison, WI

    +1.608.663.7474

    JSkilton@perkinscoie.com

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OVERVIEW

John Skilton, a partner in the firm's Patent Litigation practice, has 47 years of experience as a trial lawyer. He has managed complex commercial, antitrust, patent and intellectual property, dealer and distribution, contract, product liability, and constitutional disputes. In the past 25 years, John has concentrated his practice in patent litigation, trying more than a dozen patent cases. He has litigated numerous pro bono cases involving civil rights and constitutional issues and has been admitted pro hac vice in state and federal courts nationwide.

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America's Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers," 2009, 2011 - 2013, 2015 - 2017; "America's Leading Litigation Lawyers," 2013 - present
  • Named the Best Lawyers, Madison "Lawyer of the Year" for Patent Law, 2016
  • Named the Best Lawyers, Madison "Lawyer of the Year" for Appellate Practice, 2012
  • Recommended in Intellectual Asset Managment Patent 1000, 2013 - 2014, 2016
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star in Intellectual Property
  • Listed in Benchmark Appellate's Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as an Appellate Litigation Star for the 7th Circuit
  • Recognized as an IP Star by Managing IP, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Recipient of the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund's Howard B. Eisenberg Lifetime Achievement Award, 2003
  • Recipient of the Dane County Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005
  • Recipient of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights' Whitney North Seymour Award, 2007 
  • Recipient of the Wisconsin Law Foundation's, Charles L. Goldberg Distinguished Service Award, 2016
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 1987 - Present: Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Biotechnology law; Commercial Litigation; Copyright Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent; Patent Law

Professional Leadership

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, President
  • American Bar Association
    • House of Delegates, Member, 2016 - 2019
    • Board of Governors, 2012 - 2015
    • Wisconsin State Delegate, 2009 - 2012
    • Consortium on Justice, Chairman, 2000 - 2002
    • Delivery Committee, Chairman, 1999 - 2002
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Co-Chair, 2003 - 2005 
  • ABF Wisconsin Fellows, Co-chair, 2015 - 2018
  • ABA Standing Committee on International Trade in Legal Services, Member, 2016 - 2017
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association, President, 1985 - 1986
  • Western District Bar Association, President, 1992 - 1993
  • Wisconsin Law Alumni Association, President, 1993 - 1995
  • Wisconsin Law Foundation, President, 1996 - 1998
  • Board of Visitors of the Wisconsin Law School, Chair, 1989 - 1992
  • Seventh Circuit Committee on Rules, Chair, 1996 - 2000
  • National Board of American Inns of Court Foundation, 1996 - 1999
  • Wisconsin Equal Justice Coalition, President, 1999 - 2000
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, 1993 - present
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2000 - present
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, 1993 - present
  • American Law Institute, 1987 - present

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Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Wisconsin

  • District of Columbia

  • State Supreme Court of Wisconsin

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1969,
    Articles Editor, Wisconsin Law Review
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A., 1966

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