Jack P. DiCanio
Jack DiCanio is the head of litigation in Skadden’s Palo Alto office. Mr. DiCanio’s distinguished career, which began in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, encompasses a diverse trial practice focusing on complex, high-stakes federal and state court litigation, as well as white collar defense.


Mr. DiCanio, a member of the Skadden team selected as a finalist for The American Lawyer’s 2017 Litigation Department of the Year, is annually ranked in Chambers USA’s prestigious Band 1, along with Skadden’s West Coast Litigation practice. He also is recognized in other publications for his successes on behalf of his clients, including Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America and The Best Lawyers in America. He was named Best Lawyers’ San Jose Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year in 2017 and 2018. He also has repeatedly been named by Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review as one of the country’s leading investigations attorneys. The publications’ list cited client commentary calling Mr. DiCanio “a ‘tremendous litigator’ whose investigations counsel is much valued by clients.” Skadden had more attorneys on the list than any other firm.

Some of Mr. DiCanio’s matters include representing:

  • The National Football League in connection with securing dismissal on summary judgment of a class action filed by retired players alleging that the players suffer from injuries resulting from the alleged improper administration of prescription drugs and painkillers during their playing days.
  • FedEx in connection with a federal criminal indictment alleging that the company conspired with certain online pharmacies to unlawfully distribute controlled substances and misbranded drugs. Mr. DiCanio and the Skadden team received a 2017 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award from the Daily Journal for their role in defending FedEx in this high-profile case.
  • The Walt Disney Company and certain of its current and former directors and executive officers in a derivative action arising from an alleged conspiracy to reduce labor competition and depress employee wages in the animation industry. The United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed the action with prejudice for plaintiff’s failure to plead that demand on the Disney board would have been futile, for the claims being barred by the applicable statute of limitations and for the complaint’s failure to state a claim.
  • KPMG in numerous matters, including in connection with civil litigation filed against the firm seeking $100 million in damages relating to tax advice provided by the firm. Mr. DiCanio achieved victories in both state and federal court actions.
  • William J. Ruehle, the former CFO of Broadcom, in the largest stock options backdating case brought by the federal government. After an eight-week trial, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California dismissed all charges, including the entire SEC complaint against all the defendants, including Mr. Ruehle.
  • Oaks Christian School in a successful arbitration against the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section (CIF-SS), arising from CIF-SS’s decision to move Oaks Christian and three other private, religious schools into a new athletic area, which would have had a detrimental impact on the school and its students. The arbitrator’s decision returned all of the schools to their original athletic areas.

Mr. DiCanio’s other clients have included: American Apparel; the cities of Burbank and Glendale in California; Farmers Insurance Group; Highland Fairview Properties; Intuitive Surgical, Inc.; Occidental Petroleum; Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Sony Computer Entertainment; Tessera Technologies, Inc.; Visa International; and Zurich Insurance Group.

Mr. DiCanio also has represented the boards of directors and board committees of The Walt Disney Company, Sempra Energy, Hewlett-Packard Company, KLA-Tencor Corporate and PG&E Corporation, among others.

Mr. DiCanio served as an assistant United States attorney for the Central District of California. As the deputy chief of the General Crimes Section, he was responsible for training and supervising assistant United States attorneys in federal criminal practice and trial advocacy. During his tenure with the Department of Justice, Mr. DiCanio received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award (the second-highest award within the Department of Justice).

Mr. DiCanio served on the Rampart Independent Review Panel, responsible for reviewing the policies, tactics and disciplinary procedures of the Los Angeles Police Department. He also served as counsel to the Blue Ribbon Committee on Child Protection.



  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 1988
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1985 (Raymond P. Kent Award, magna cum laude)


  • California


  • Deputy Chief, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, General Crimes Section (1994-2000)

Jack P. DiCanio

Partner, Litigation; Securities Enforcement; Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime