Lance A. Etcheverry


Over his nearly 20 years with Skadden, Lance Etcheverry has developed a reputation as an aggressive litigator who is equally accomplished on both the plaintiff and the defense side of disputes. Mr. Etcheverry has secured in excess of $2 billion for his clients on the plaintiff side, while at the same time absolving his clients of well in excess of $500 billion in liability on the defense side.

In addition to his expansive domestic and European practice, Mr. Etcheverry is a leader of Skadden’s litigation and arbitration practice for Asia-based clients and their domestic subsidiaries. Mr. Etcheverry represents clients in all facets of civil and criminal proceedings, including at trial, in arbitration hearings and on appeal. The breadth of Mr. Etcheverry’s experience includes work for foreign and domestic clients in industries such as technology, automotive, health care, financial services, oil and gas, retail, manufacturing, sports and entertainment, where he has successfully handled high-stakes class actions, individual litigations, business disputes, securities matters, enforcement proceedings and internal investigations.

Some of Mr. Etcheverry’s notable representations and achievements include:

Class Actions

  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in securing the dismissal of more than $250 billion in claims asserted in 26 class actions for product defects and violations of the Federal Wiretap Act;
  • Westfield America in the dismissal of multiple class actions alleging fraud and violation of state consumer protection laws in connection with their gift card programs;
  • Assicurazioni Generali in the dismissal of multiple class actions regarding the company’s alleged failure to pay claims made on Holocaust-era insurance policies;
  • Guardian Life Insurance Co. in the dismissal of a class action regarding the sale of so-called “vanishing premiums” policies;
  • AEON in the dismissal of securities class actions regarding its actions as the majority shareholder of a large U.S. company; and
  • Farmers Insurance in the successful resolution of class actions brought by agents and district managers regarding the alleged failure to pay the correct level of commissions on various insurance products.

Civil Proceedings

  • dismissal of multibillion-dollar fraud, breach of contract, and unfair competition claims asserted against Wahaha Group and related individuals and entities by Groupe Danone regarding a series of joint ventures to distribute beverage products throughout Asia;
  • dismissal of $16 billion RICO, antitrust and conspiracy claims against various individuals and entities responsible for founding Skype Technologies;
  • recovery of more than $400 million on behalf of Visteon in litigation regarding funds held back as part of a large corporate transaction;
  • a $52 million judgment in favor of Korea Development Finance Corporation, a Korean private equity firm against TagAZ, a large Russian automobile manufacturer;
  • multimillion dollar verdict in favor of Korean real estate developer Shinyoung Securities Co., Ltd. in arbitration stemming from a dispute with a co-investor and manager of a $300 million real estate project;
  • successful constitutional challenge to California insurance statute on behalf of Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. in the United States Supreme Court;
  • terminating sanctions and a lucrative judgment on behalf of a prominent musician in litigation brought against a management company;
  • preliminary and permanent injunctions on behalf of Atomico Ventures in litigations brought against individuals and entities that stole valuable information and trade secrets from the company;
  • dismissal of fraud and tortious interference claims brought against Alterra Power by a large publicly-traded corporation regarding a power facility in Iceland;
  • preliminary and permanent injunctions and substantial monetary recovery on behalf of a music file sharing company following domestic litigation and international arbitration, which resulted in our adversary being placed into involuntary bankruptcy proceedings; and
  • Occidental Petroleum in the dismissal of multi-faceted claims brought by a partner in one of its oil producing properties.

Criminal Proceedings

  • a large Asian electronics manufacturer in the successful defense of criminal proceedings initiated over alleged intrusions on consumer privacy rights;
  • executives of SDI Future Health in connection with a 137-count federal health care fraud indictment. After proving a 4th Amendment violation that resulted in the suppression of more than 40 million pages of potential evidence, the government agreed to resolve the case for a plea to a single misdemeanor tax count, with no jail time or monetary fines imposed;
  • a prominent Chinese businessman in the successful defense of criminal tax evasion claims;
  • a publicly-listed Internet company in connection with a multi-jurisdictional government investigation into allegedly fraudulent marketing practices;
  • a large Hollywood studio in connection with an FBI investigation into a widespread fraud committed by its CFO and Controller;
  • a former consultant for a state-owned European oil producer in connection with an FCPA investigation into alleged bribes paid to Iranian government officials;
  • a Silicon Valley executive in connection with claims stemming from alleged stock options backdating;
  • a well-known American businessman in connection with claims of alleged insider trading; and
  • multiple internal investigations for a large oil producer regarding alleged FCPA violations, embezzlement and misconduct by corporate executives, and claims of intentionally overstating oil reserves.

Mr. Etcheverry was named by the Daily Journal (California’s leading legal publication) as one of the Top 20 Under 40 lawyers in the state of California and is consistently ranked, by numerous legal organizations, as one of the top litigators in the U.S. and abroad for domestic and international litigation matters.

Bar Admissions



B.A., University of Nevada, 1995

J.D., University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1998


American Bar Association

Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Board Member, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles