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  • Name
    Jocelyn Strauber
  • Position
    Partner, Government Enforcement & White Collar Crime
  • Location
    New York
  • Law School
    Duke
  • About Jocelyn

    Prior to joining Skadden, Jocelyn’s career took her from tennis courts in Washington, D.C., where she played against the nation’s top justice, to federal court in New York, where she successfully prosecuted Jamaica’s most notorious drug kingpin.

    Jocelyn’s clerkship for the late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist laid the foundation for her legal career, though many of the most valuable lessons were gleaned in doubles matches with the chief justice and her fellow clerks. As Jocelyn recalls, he was a strong advocate for “work-life balance” long before that became a hot topic. Following her clerkship, Jocelyn held numerous roles at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, including co-chief of the Criminal Division’s Terrorism & International Narcotics Unit. She regularly calls on that prosecutorial experience at Skadden, where she represents companies and individuals in a wide array of criminal and civil enforcement matters.

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  • Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award
    Jocelyn supervised the successful prosecution of several major terrorism and national security cases while at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. This award for her work helping to secure drug kingpin Christopher Coke’s extradition and guilty plea sits prominently on her bookcase in her office.  
  • Embassy Coin

    Each embassy has its own coin, and Jocelyn collected them from every one she visited as a prosecutor. Her collection includes coins from Istanbul, Kingston, London, Mexico City, San Salvador and, pictured here, Bogotá.

  • Sticky Notes

    Jocelyn has long been “obsessed” with sticky notes — all of her case notes are papered with them. Jocelyn believes her fixation began with these “No guts, no glory” stickies her parents gave her when she started law school, and which have found a home on her various desks throughout her career. Apparently, she uses them quite judiciously.

Criminal cases tried as a prosecutor in the Southern District of New York
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Recent trips to Brazil to meet with clients for an FCPA matter
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Tennis matches played against Chief Justice Rehnquist
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Meet Jocelyn
  • Name
    Chadé Severin
  • Position
    Associate, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Location
    Boston
  • Law School
    Columbia
  • About Chadé
    Grit. Passion. Excellence. The traits of a great Skadden lawyer were evident in Chadé as early as age 10, when she ran for miles in the pouring rain to train for a PE track meet, and again in college, when she spent late nights, as the head writer for a musical, perfecting the other writers’ scenes before opening night. That Chadé spent time in the heart of Silicon Valley — college at Stanford and a stint at Google — before attending Columbia Law School seems fitting for an associate who landed in Skadden’s Boston M&A Group, where biotech clients deliver a healthy stream of high-profile matters. Chadé has had ample opportunity to work on some of the industry’s transformative deals, including Gilead Sciences’ $11.9 billion acquisition of Kite Pharma and Juno Therapeutics’ $11 billion acquisition by Celgene Corp. She shares her enthusiasm for and dedication to her work with others by participating in the firm’s recruiting and diversity and inclusion efforts.
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  • Gilead Deal Toy
    The deal toy for Gilead’s $11.9 billion acquisition of Kite Pharma — one of 2017’s biggest — reminds Chadé of her mentor’s advice: You have to understand your client’s business in order to execute the best deal. 
  • Award-Winning Novel
    An avid reader with a preference for print over digital, Chadé keeps balanced with good literature that inspires and enlightens her — you’ll often find a dog-eared paperback in her travel bag.
  • Headphones
    Chadé marches to the beat of her own drum. An avid and discerning music fan, she often spends her weekends checking out the latest concert in Boston or listening to music at home. 
Largest biotech deal she's worked on
$11.9B
Articles reviewed as editor in chief of Columbia Journal of Race and Law
10
Students mentored over her career
100+
Meet Chadé
  • Name
    Creighton Davis
  • Position
    Associate
  • Practice
    Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Location
    Palo Alto
  • Law School
    NYU
  • 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.

  • CAMERA AND SAXOPHONE REED
    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
215
Events organized as BLSA President
50+
Year joined Skadden as a 1L Scholar
2014
Creighton Davis
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