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  • Name
    Tatsuro Yamamura
  • Position
    Associate, Tax
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Law School
    Yale
  • About Tatsuro

    As an undergrad at Dartmouth, Tatsuro took courses and conducted research related to tax economics and was immediately hooked: The exceedingly complex, puzzle-like tax code has a significant impact on individuals, businesses and society as a whole but somehow remains underappreciated and poorly understood. A series of internships convinced Tatsuro that the best way to work on tax matters would be as an attorney, advising clients on a wide variety of complex considerations relating to tax law — which is part of the reason he came to Skadden.

    In his first year at the firm, he’s already been involved in a broad range of cutting-edge matters. The breadth and depth of the firm’s tax practice has exposed him to a variety of tax matters, including deals, advisory work, controversy and litigation. It’s too early to pick a favorite area of tax law, he says, but he hasn’t ruled any out — he’s enjoyed them all, as well as the challenges of each area.  

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  • Chess pieces

    During elementary school, Tatsuro was a competitive chess player and earned the title of California State Chess Champion. His childhood passion for the game foreshadowed his interest in tax law — both involve complex and technical analysis that reward years of dedication and study.

  • Umbrella

    Over the years, Tatsuro has accumulated an impressive collection of umbrellas, including ones from his time at Yale School of Management and as a Skadden 1L Scholar at BlackRock, where he had the opportunity to work with an in-house legal team and gain new perspectives that continue to inform his work at Skadden.

  • Japanese Book

    Having grown up in Japan, Tatsuro still feels a strong connection to the country, its culture and its language. Years ago, his grandmother wrote a book on his family’s history, which includes her account of moving to the U.S. and returning to Japan. The book is a reminder of his heritage and connection to his family.

Yale Graduate Degrees
2
California State Chess Championships
1
Months Lived In Japan
48
Meet Tatsuro
  • 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.

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  • 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
    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
5
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