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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.

  • Explore Caroline's Desktop
  • 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
Caroline Van Zile
Meet Caroline
  • 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

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  • Hong Kong
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  • Korea
  • Russia
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