Diversity & Inclusion
Litigation, Securities Enforcement and White Collar Criminal Defense
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 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 by The Best Lawyers in America. He was named Best Lawyers’ 2017 San Jose Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year. He also has repeatedly been named by Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review’s Investigations 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:
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)
Deputy Chief, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, General Crimes Section (1994-2000)