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  • Name
    Caroline Van Zile
  • Position
    Associate
  • Practice
    Litigation
  • Office Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Law School
    Yale
  • Brief Biography

    After graduating from law school, Caroline clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. As a Skadden associate, she has defended a client in a False Claims Act appeal with millions of dollars on the line, handled briefing in a hotly contested criminal insider trading case, and helped media companies secure a victory in front of the FCC that protected their intellectual property and the safety of substantial advertising revenue. Still, when asked about the standout moment of her legal career, Caroline brings up a recent pro bono housing case, in which she helped a D.C.-area family of four stay in their apartment and forced the landlord to bring the unit into compliance with D.C.'s housing and safety code.

    Skadden offers Caroline the opportunity to work with leaders in her field on high-stakes litigation while also representing people and communities in need of support. For Caroline, making a difference isn’t just a future aspiration; it’s one of the reasons she’s here.

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  • SCOTUS 2014 Ornament
    At the annual Supreme Court holiday party, Caroline enjoyed a round of caroling from the justices and received this ornament in the shape of the Supreme Court building.
  • Presidential M&M BOX

    Following a breakfast in the West Wing, Caroline and her fellow Supreme Court clerks received a parting gift of M&Ms in boxes customized with a presidential seal.

  • Colorful Pens
    Caroline has developed a meticulous system of color-coordinated annotation for her work that allows her to stay organized across a variety of projects, including the time she was briefing a D.C. Circuit appeal, working on a D.C. district court tax case, drafting a complaint in a potential D.C. district court regulatory litigation, and working on her pro bono housing case all at the same time. To keep all the tasks and deadlines straight, she color-coded each case and wrote out day-by-day to-do lists in her organizer.
Supreme Court arguments attended
60
pro bono hours worked in 2016
406
mentor breaks during first year
12
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  • Name
    Alex Smith
  • Position
    Associate
  • Practice
    Financial Institutions Group
  • Location
    New York
  • Law School
    Vanderbilt
  • Brief Biography

    A number of factors led Alex to Skadden, including the firm's reputation, the opportunity to do high-level work on major matters and the impressive mix of attorneys he worked with as a summer associate. A veteran of two tours with the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, he also looked forward to the chance to connect with other former service members through SkadVets, one of the New York office's seven affinity networks. In his first six months at Skadden, the firm has more than lived up to his expectations: He has worked with impressive attorneys from a wide range of practices on several major transactions — including two cross-border acquisitions and a complex domestic subsidiary carve-out — and joined the SkadVets contingent for several events, including a captain’s breakfast aboard the USS Iwo Jima, which was docked in New York City over Veterans Day weekend.

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  • Field Notebook

    When he’s having a tough day, Alex turns to the book of notes he kept in Afghanistan to remind himself that he’s overcome even more difficult challenges in the past.

  • USO Coin

    The USO gave him this coin for supporting its charitable mission. He keeps it as a reminder to continue giving back through the firm’s pro bono program.

  • Money Clip

    The night before he left for West Point, Alex found his grandfather’s money clip tucked under his pillow, a gift from his grandmother. He's carried it with him ever since.

years in U.S. Army
5
hours in the ACE new associate training program
130+
major transactions in first six months
3
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  • Name
    Young Moon
  • Position
    Associate
  • Practice
    Corporate
  • Location
    Chicago
  • Law School
    Northwestern
  • Brief Biography

    Young knew she wanted to practice law in her hometown of Chicago before she chose the type of law she wanted to practice. Skadden, therefore, was at the top of her law firm wish list: No matter the practice area she ultimately selected, she'd be working with and learning from top attorneys while advising leading corporations on sophisticated and complex matters.

    Ultimately Young decided to focus on corporate transactions, and shortly after completing the firm's new-associate training, she joined the deal team advising Hospira in its $17 billion acquisition by Pfizer — the type of big public company acquisition she had hoped for. Since then, Young has worked on a diverse array of matters, advising clients on matters ranging from high-profile public company mergers to corporate governance issues and strategic acquisitions.

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  • Mentor Dinner Menu
    Young considers herself a devoted "foodie" — a quality she shares with her Skadden mentors, with whom she's visited some of Chicago's finest restaurants and best-hidden diners.
  • Documents

    As a member of the Chicago office's corporate group, Young has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of transactions. Her bookshelf includes several souvenirs, including a proxy statement for the Hospira transaction and prospectus supplements for note offerings for Ball Corporation and Ecolab.

  • Personal Organizer

    Young's emphasis on organization has served her well as an associate, particularly when her plans for the upcoming week have included active matters, pro bono deadlines and a Cabrini Green Legal Aid Young Professionals Board meeting.

transactions closed
15+
runs along Lake Michigan since law school
150+
matters advised on for Huron Consulting Group Inc.
6
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