Greg Skidmore is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis, who handles complex commercial litigation in federal courts, state courts, and arbitrations across the country. He also maintains an active pro bono practice representing indigent defendants and non-profit corporations.
Greg has substantial experience representing clients in high-stakes commercial disputes and antitrust litigation. He has resolved cases with motions practice, served as trial counsel in jury trials and arbitrations, represented clients in bankruptcy court, and argued multiple appeals. Greg also regularly counsels clients that are structuring business agreements. His representations have spanned a number of different industries, including pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, finance, aviation, insurance, defense contracting, telecommunications, and emerging technologies. Representative clients include Teva Pharmaceuticals, Chesapeake Energy, Verizon, Barr Laboratories, Boeing, and Nationwide Insurance.
Greg was recognized in the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 U.S. for Energy: Litigation. He was also named a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation and Antitrust Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine in 2014.
Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
Counsel for a major natural gas producer in a series of cases in state and federal court in Ohio in which oil and gas lessors are challenging the validity of their leases. Two different federal courts granted summary judgment in favor of client. Wiley v. Triad Hunter LLC, 2013 WL 4041772 (S.D. Ohio); Chesapeake Exploration, LLC v. Catlett Quality Plumbing & Heating, Inc., 2012 WL 5364259 (N.D. Ohio). The Sixth Circuit affirmed. Stewart v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C., 542 F. App’x 468 (6th Cir. 2013).
Counsel for a major natural gas producer, defending against a request for a TRO and preliminary injunction to stop the client from completing an important pipeline in Ohio. The court declined to enter a preliminary injunction following an evidentiary hearing. The court then granted client’s motion for summary judgment. Coniglio v. CBC Servs., Inc., 2013 WL 3776179 (N.D. Ohio July 16, 2013).
Counsel for Ally Financial, Inc. in a year-long Examiner investigation and follow-on litigation stemming from the Chapter 11 filing of its wholly-owned mortgage subsidiary ResCap.
Counsel for Agility Defense & Government Services, a government contractor, in a three-week AAA arbitration arising out of a dispute over a U.S. Army contract worth $6 billion. Panel unanimously found in favor of our client and awarded damages.
Counsel for Nationwide Insurance defending claims arising out of Hurricane Ike. Resolved cases through successful motions practice and favorable settlements.
Counsel for a national commercial airline challenging on preemption grounds an attempt by a state to independently regulate the on-board service of alcoholic beverages.
Counsel for Boeing subsidiary against claims of monopolization and tying. On summary judgment, obtained dismissal of all antitrust claims. SolidFX, LLC v. Jeppesen Sanderson, Inc., 935 F. Supp. 2d 1069 (D. Colo. 2013).
Counsel for Teva Pharmaceuticals defending a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission challenging under the FTC Act a so-called “reverse payment” settlement of Hatch-Waxman patent litigation regarding the drug AndroGel®.
Counsel for Teva Pharmaceuticals defending an antitrust challenge to a so-called “reverse payment” settlement of Hatch-Waxman patent litigation regarding the drugs ACTOS® and ACTOplus met®.
Counsel for Barr Laboratories defending an antitrust challenge to a so-called “reverse payment” settlement of Hatch-Waxman patent litigation regarding the drug Provigil® (modafinil).
Counsel for Barr Laboratories defending antitrust challenges in federal court, California state court, and Kansas state court to a so-called “reverse payment” settlement of Hatch-Waxman patent litigation regarding the drug Cipro® (ciprofloxacin). In a split appeal, obtained affirmance of federal district court order granting summary judgment in both the Second Circuit and the Federal Circuit. The Supreme Court denied certiorari in both cases.
Henry v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C., 739 F.3d 909 (6th Cir. 2014): after being retained on appeal, obtained a reversal of a district court ruling that an oil and gas lease held by the client had terminated for failure to conduct operations, and judgment was entered for the client.
Solis v. Malkani, 638 F.3d 269 (4th Cir. 2011): successfully argued for affirmance of a district court order awarding client fees for serving as an independent fiduciary appointed to oversee an ERISA plan.
Grayson v. AT&T, et al., 15 A.3d 219 (D.C. 2011) (en banc): in a case of first impression, authored successful en banc petition and brief arguing that District of Columbia courts, like federal courts, require a plaintiff to allege an injury-in-fact to have standing.
Terry v. Gaetz, No. 08-1183, 2009 WL 2382169 (7th Cir. 2009): on behalf of a pro bono client, successfully argued for reversal of a district court order dismissing as untimely a petition for writ of habeas corpus.
Administrative and Regulatory
Southwest Airlines Co. v. Transportation Sec. Admin., 554 F.3d 1065 (D.C. Cir. 2009): on behalf of a major airline, successfully challenged part of a TSA order requiring airlines to overpay for the costs of airport security screening. Teva Pharms.
USA, Inc. v. Leavitt, No. 08-395-RML (D.D.C. Apr. 11, 2008): secured reversal of FDA decision denying client 180-day exclusivity for sales of its generic risperidone (Risperdal®) products.
Biovail Corp. v. FDA, 519 F. Supp. 2d 39 (D.D.C. 2007) and Biovail Corp. v. FDA, No. 06-cv-03355-RWT (D. Md. Dec. 21, 2006): successfully defended FDA approval of client's generic bupropion hydrochloride (Wellbutrin XL®) products.
Counsel for a 501(c)(3) non-profit music ensemble.
Counsel for numerous indigent defendants in federal appeals.
Counsel in custody matters.
Energy: Litigation, The Legal 500 U.S. (2015)
Rising Star, Business Litigation and Antitrust Litigation, Super Lawyers (2014)
Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award
Adjunct Professor, Trial Practice, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (with Dean Daniel Attridge)
Panelist, O’Bannon & the Debate over Pay, Duke Law School Sports & Entertainment Law Conference (Feb. 2014)
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United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, District of Columbia and Federal Circuits
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma