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  • Name
    Alex Smith
  • Position
  • Practice
  • Location
    Sao Paulo
  • Law School
  • 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.

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Alex Smith
Meet Alex
  • Name
    Creighton Davis
  • Position
  • Practice
    Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Location
    New York
  • Law School
  • Brief Biography

    Motivated by a desire to make a difference, Creighton joined Teach For America as a middle school teacher in the Bronx for four years before attending law school. That same drive to positively impact the lives of others led him to Skadden, where pro bono service is central to our culture.

    As a Skadden 1L Scholar, summer associate and, now, first-year associate, Creighton has considered himself the student, with mentors along the way — including the firm's co-head of global transactions — who are invested in his success. While working on such transactions as a buy-side auction, a cross-border merger of equals and a defense to a proxy consent solicitation, he has had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the top attorneys in his field. The former teacher will no doubt pay it forward in the years to come.

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  • Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal
    At NYU Law School, Creighton's service as the chair of the Black Law Students Association and founder of the Cuban Legal Studies Group earned him the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal for community service. In 2016, Creighton organized a trip by CSLG to Cuba — one of the first formal visits by American law students following its renewal of diplomatic ties with the U.S.
  • Appreciation Plaque

    Creighton’s students presented him with this plaque when he departed for law school. True to the promise he made at the time, he proudly displays it in his office.

    Diving into photography or saxophone helps Creighton stay happy and balanced — and occasionally fills Skadden's 35th floor with a smooth tune.
Middle school students taught
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Year joined Skadden as a 1L Scholar
Creighton Davis
Meet Creighton
  • Name
    Caroline Van Zile
  • Position
  • Practice
  • Office Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Law School
  • 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.
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pro bono hours worked in 2016
mentor breaks during first year
Caroline Van Zile
Meet Caroline

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