Jack P. DiCanio



Litigation, Securities Enforcement and White Collar Criminal Defense


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Jack DiCanio is the head of litigation in Skadden’s Palo Alto office. Mr. DiCanio’s distinguished career, which began in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, encompasses a diverse trial practice focusing on complex, high-stakes federal and state court litigation, as well as white collar defense.

Mr. DiCanio is annually ranked in Chambers USA’s prestigious Band 1, along with Skadden’s West Coast Litigation practice. He also is recognized in other publications for his successes on behalf of his clients, including by The Best Lawyers in America. He was named by Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review’s Investigations 2016 as one of the country’s leading investigations attorneys. The publications’ list cited client commentary calling Mr. DiCanio “a ‘tremendous litigator’ whose investigations counsel is much valued by clients.” Skadden had more attorneys on the list than any other firm.

Some of Mr. DiCanio’s matters include representing:

  • The National Football League in connection with a class action filed by retired players alleging that the players suffer from injuries and addictions resulting from the alleged improper administration of prescription drugs and painkillers during their playing days.
  • FedEx in connection with a federal criminal indictment alleging that the company conspired with certain online pharmacies to unlawfully distribute controlled substances and misbranded drugs.
  • Highland Fairview Properties, a real estate development company, in successfully resolving a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into allegations of public corruption involving members of the Moreno Valley, California City Council.
  • KPMG in numerous matters, including in connection with civil litigation filed against the firm seeking $100 million in damages relating to tax advice provided by the firm. Mr. DiCanio achieved victories in both state and federal court actions.
  • William J. Ruehle, the former CFO of Broadcom, in the largest stock options backdating case brought by the federal government. After an eight-week trial, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California dismissed all charges, including the entire SEC complaint against all the defendants, including Mr. Ruehle.
  • Oaks Christian School in a successful arbitration against the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section (CIF-SS), arising from CIF-SS’s decision to move Oaks Christian and three other private, religious schools into a new athletic area, which would have had a detrimental impact on the school and its students. The arbitrator’s decision returned all of the schools to their original athletic areas.

Mr. Dicanio’s other clients have included: American Apparel; the cities of Burbank and Glendale in California; Farmers Insurance Group; Intel Corporation; Intuitive Surgical, Inc.; Occidental Petroleum; Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Sempra Energy; Sony Computer Entertainment; Tessera Technologies, Inc.; Visa International; the Walt Disney Company; and Zurich Insurance Group.

Mr. DiCanio also has represented the boards of directors and board committees of Intel Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, KLA-Tencor Corporate and PG&E Corporation.

Mr. DiCanio served as an assistant United States attorney for the Central District of California. As the deputy chief of the General Crimes Section, he was responsible for training and supervising assistant United States attorneys in federal criminal practice and trial advocacy. During his tenure with the Department of Justice, Mr. DiCanio received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award (the second-highest award within the Department of Justice).

Mr. DiCanio served on the Rampart Independent Review Panel, responsible for reviewing the policies, tactics and disciplinary procedures of the Los Angeles Police Department. He also served as counsel to the Blue Ribbon Committee on Child Protection.

Bar Admissions



J.D., Boston College Law School, 1988

B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1985 (Raymond P. Kent Award, magna cum laude)


Deputy Chief, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, General Crimes Section (1994-2000)