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  • 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. 
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  • 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
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Meet Vinnie
  • Name
    Christine Okike
  • Position
    Partner, Corporate Restructuring
  • Location
    New York
  • Law School
    Columbia
  • About Christine

    By the time Christine joined Skadden as a summer associate, she knew she wanted to be a corporate lawyer. Her partner mentor was the head of the Corporate Restructuring practice, and he quickly got her involved in our representation of Citibank in connection with its acquisition of Ameriquest. By the end of the summer, she was hooked on the fast-paced, multidisciplinary and strategic nature of the practice.

    Christine’s efforts at Skadden and her involvement in the legal community extend far beyond her flourishing legal practice. Named one of Turnarounds & Workouts’ Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers in 2018, Christine also is an active member of the firm’s women’s affinity network and Summer Associate Committee and the junior advisory board of Her Justice , which provides free legal help to women living in poverty in New York City. In addition, Christine teaches debate to middle school students in Harlem, takes on a wide range of pro bono matters and, somehow, still has time for photography and travel. Hawaii is one of Christine’s favorite travel destinations, not only because she has family there, but also because the islands provide an endless source of stunning landscapes to photograph. 

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  • Car Deal Toy
    Christine represented Key Safety Systems in its $1.6 billion acquisition of assets from Takata Corp. through cross-border restructuring proceedings. This deal toy reminds her of the intense negotiations with the world’s major automotive manufacturers, the U.S. DOJ, various worldwide governmental regulatory bodies and tort claimants, culminating in a deal facilitated through separate restructuring proceedings in the U.S., Japan and Canada and out-of-court asset purchase transactions in Germany, China and Mexico.
  • Medals
    The wall of Christine’s office is home to the numerous medals she has received for support of Her Justice. In addition to her board membership, Christine has encouraged a number of Skadden colleagues to take on pro bono matters and raise awareness about the issues facing the women and children that Her Justice serves.
  • Mentoring Award
    A former basketball player at Brown, Christine now throws her competitive energy into her legal practice — she recently was honored as an MVP in the Corporate Restructuring Group’s Mentoring Madness Challenge.
Skadden team funds raised for Her Justice
$100K+
2017 American Bankruptcy Institute's Emerging Leaders 40 under 40
1/40
Pro Bono Hours worked
2300+
Meet Christine
  • 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.

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