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    Skadden's global platform connects attorneys in 50-plus practices across 22 offices on four continents. The range of people and capabilities you’ll encounter through your work here will shape your career, providing opportunities to leverage our collective knowledge for your own growth.
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    We have represented many of the world’s largest companies, including approximately 50 percent of the Fortune 250, in their most high-profile deals.
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    235,205 pro bono hours
    We believe in giving back, and we want attorneys who have a passion for making a positive impact in the lives of others  — last year, Skadden contributed more than 235,200 pro bono hours in support of our communities, and over the past ten years, they have contributed more than 1.9 million. When it comes to public service, we have two questions: How would you like to give back and what can we do to make it happen?
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  • Name
    Vinnie Chiappini
  • Position
    Associate, Complex Litigation and Trials
  • Location
    New York
  • Law School
    Boston College
  • About Vinnie
    Vinnie carved a long but meaningful path to Skadden. After earning his law degree, he fulfilled a post-graduation commitment to serve on active duty in the U.S. Army as a litigation adviser to its general counsel at the Pentagon — his work in that post earned him an Army Achievement Medal. He then clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, appeared on “Jeopardy!” and joined Skadden’s Complex Litigation and Trials Group. When not litigating nationwide antitrust class actions or filing briefs in federal court to help a pro bono client obtain Social Security disability benefits, Vinnie mentors Skadden’s summer associates and actively participates in SkadVets, the firm’s veterans affinity network. 
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  • Commander's Coin
    Presented to Vinnie by the general counsel of the Army for his work defending the Clean Water Rule against nationwide challenges, this medal reminds him of the values of teamwork and excellence instilled in him during his military service.
  • Shakespeare Books

    Vinnie’s love of Shakespeare and the law is fueled by his interest in language. His knowledge of both topics helped him deliver successful responses to more than one “Jeopardy!” clue.

  • Game Prizes
    Vinnie takes the time to connect with summer associates at work and social occasions. These finger puppets are victory tokens from a game night with mentees. In his office, he welcomes drop-in visitors with an always-full bowl of candy.
Miles walked in four years in the Pentagon
1900+
Veterans served at Skadden Military Mondays
150
Perfectly good airplanes Vinnie jumped out of at U.S. Army Airborne School
5
Meet Vinnie
  • Name
    Eileen Nugent
  • Position
    Of Counsel
  • Practice
    Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Location
    New York
  • Law School
    Brooklyn Law School
  • Brief Biography

    Widely recognized as one of the world's leading M&A attorneys, Eileen helped us become the first law firm to advise on more than $1 trillion worth of deals in a single year. At Skadden, Eileen shares her knowledge and experience one on one, mentoring countless associates as they work together on their field's most challenging and groundbreaking transactions. She has also passed on the insight gained from her award-winning work in Negotiated Acquisitions of Companies, Subsidiaries and Divisions, a treatise studied in classrooms across the country, and as an adjunct professor, at the University of Virginia School of Law and Cornell Law School.

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  • M&A Treatise
    For many associates, reading Eileen's treatise, Negotiated Acquisitions, brings back memories from their law school days — good ones, hopefully.
  • Client Memoir

    Eileen represented Donna Karan in the sale of her company to the French multinational LVMH. If you want to skip straight to her memories of Eileen, start on page 275.

  • Deal Toy
    Eileen collects "deal toys" from her transactions. She received this miniature plunger, perhaps her oddest toy, when she closed two deals for American Standard.
Total value of deals closed 2015-2016
$42B
Total years as New York Office Leader and Global Co-head of transactions
8+
Deal toys in office
93
Eileen Nugent
Meet Eileen
  • Name
    Tatsuro Yamamura
  • Position
    Associate, Tax
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Law School
    Yale
  • About Tatsuro

    As an undergrad at Dartmouth, Tatsuro took courses and conducted research related to tax economics and was immediately hooked: The exceedingly complex, puzzle-like tax code has a significant impact on individuals, businesses and society as a whole but somehow remains underappreciated and poorly understood. A series of internships convinced Tatsuro that the best way to work on tax matters would be as an attorney, advising clients on a wide variety of complex considerations relating to tax law — which is part of the reason he came to Skadden.

    In his first year at the firm, he’s already been involved in a broad range of cutting-edge matters. The breadth and depth of the firm’s tax practice has exposed him to a variety of tax matters, including deals, advisory work, controversy and litigation. It’s too early to pick a favorite area of tax law, he says, but he hasn’t ruled any out — he’s enjoyed them all, as well as the challenges of each area.  

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  • Chess pieces

    During elementary school, Tatsuro was a competitive chess player and earned the title of California State Chess Champion. His childhood passion for the game foreshadowed his interest in tax law — both involve complex and technical analysis that reward years of dedication and study.

  • Umbrella

    Over the years, Tatsuro has accumulated an impressive collection of umbrellas, including ones from his time at Yale School of Management and as a Skadden 1L Scholar at BlackRock, where he had the opportunity to work with an in-house legal team and gain new perspectives that continue to inform his work at Skadden.

  • Japanese Book

    Having grown up in Japan, Tatsuro still feels a strong connection to the country, its culture and its language. Years ago, his grandmother wrote a book on his family’s history, which includes her account of moving to the U.S. and returning to Japan. The book is a reminder of his heritage and connection to his family.

Yale Graduate Degrees
2
California State Chess Championships
1
Months Lived In Japan
48
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