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  • Name
    Tony Sammi
  • Position
    Partner
  • Practice
    Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Location
    New York
  • Law School
    Cornell
  • Brief Biography

    Like many litigators, Tony was inspired to become a trial attorney by the courtroom dramas he watched growing up. Unlike most litigators, Tony studied electrical engineering in college.

    At Skadden, Tony’s approach to intellectual property litigation combines his love for a gripping, well-tailored legal story with the ability to transform complicated issues into persuasive, comprehensible arguments. In a $900 million-plus patent action in East Texas, Tony's case hinged on the distinction between "secure" and "encrypted." Knowing he was in the high school football capital of the world, Tony used play-calling as a metaphor: In the huddle, a play is "secure"; when the quarterback calls out a code name at the line ("Omaha!"), it is encrypted. The jury nodded and smiled and, shortly thereafter, found for Tony's client.

  • Explore Tony's Desktop
  • Oculus Rift Prototype

    One of the perks of handling IP and patent litigation is the "need" to keep some of the evidence in your office, like this first-ever hand-built prototype of an Oculus Rift VR headset. The headset is headed for a VR museum, but not before Tony gets to show it off around the office.

  • Transit Level
    Tony's father and grandfather also were engineers. He keeps his grandfather's transit level and father's original slide rule in his office as reminders that precision and detail are at the heart of both engineering and law.
  • Mini Dhol

    Tony comes from a culture steeped in music and dance. As a nod to his Indian heritage, he keeps a mini dhol in his office, just in case the opportunity to bhangra arises.

Jury award in ZeniMax's VR action against Facebook
$500M
Languages spoken (English, Punjabi, Hindi and, in a pinch, Urdu)
3.5
Founder/first president of NY South Asian Bar Association
1
Tony Sammi
Meet Tony
  • Name
    Lance Etcheverry
  • Position
    Partner
  • Practice
    Litigation
  • Location
    Los Angeles & Asia Pacific
  • Law School
    Berkeley
  • Brief Biography
    As a shortstop for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack, Lance envisioned a life on the road — preferably with the San Francisco Giants. After a broken wrist forced him to reconsider his career plans, he decided to attend law school. A leader of Skadden’s litigation and arbitration practice for Asia-based clients and their U.S. subsidiaries, Lance has successfully defended clients against claims totaling more than $500 billion. He splits his time between our Los Angeles and Asia Pacific offices, racking up more frequent flyer miles than he'd ever imagined back in college.
  • Explore Lance's Desktop
  • Foreign Currency

    One of Lance's tricks for frequent, last-minute travel: Carry a mix of foreign currency in your pocket for any necessities you may need to buy, no matter where you land.

  • Passports
    If having a passport overflowing with stamps and visas is a sign of a frequent traveler, what does it say about Lance that he has two?
  • Client Business Cards
    When he's on the road, Lance's clients are his family. Lance has a very big family.
countries where clients have been represented
20+
miles flown in 2016
230K
visas in his passport(s)
9
Lance Etcheverry
Meet Lance
  • 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. 
  • Explore Vinnie's Desktop
  • 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

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