Anne Villanueva counsels clients on a broad range of employment matters, including employment-related issues arising out of U.S. and multinational corporate transactions, executive employment agreements and separation agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, reductions-in-force, discrimination charges and lawsuits, collective bargaining agreements and internal investigations.

Ms. Villanueva was a key member of the deal teams recognized by the Daily Journal with two California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) awards for innovative lawyering: a 2016 award for the team’s representation of Broadcom Corporation in its acquisition by Avago Technologies and a 2018 award for Skadden’s representation of Intel Corporation in its $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye, N.V. Ms. Villanueva also represented Intel in its $4.2 billion spin-off and joint venture with TPG Capital, L.P. to form the independent cybersecurity company McAfee, and Cavium, Inc. in its $6 billion acquisition by Marvell Technology Group Ltd.

Ms. Villanueva frequently writes and presents on developing issues in labor and employment law, including several presentations regarding employee speech within and outside of the workplace. She is the editor of the Labor and Employment Law Group’s Employment Flash publication. She also has published labor and employment-related articles in several magazines, journals and internal publications, including Risk & Compliance, New York Law Journal and Skadden’s Insights publication.

Ms. Villanueva has been a member of Skadden’s Hispanic and Women’s affinity groups since she joined the firm in 2012 has served on the steering committee for the Hispanic affinity group from 2013 until September 2015, and is a member of the Palo Alto office’s associates’ committee, diversity committee, summer associate committee and hiring committee.



  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2012
  • B.S., Cornell University, 2009


  • California
  • New York

Anne E. Villanueva

Associate, Labor and Employment Law