Greg Skidmore is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis who represents Fortune 100 corporations and other clients in a range of industries, including healthcare and pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, telecommunications, finance, aviation, insurance, defense contracting, and emerging technologies.
Greg represents clients in complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts across the country, and in arbitrations. He has won cases for clients at every stage of litigation, including through dispositive motions, at trial, and on appeal. In particular, Greg has substantial experience litigating – and winning – high-stakes antitrust litigation. He has been recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for his litigation work.
In addition to litigation, Greg advises clients on compliance matters and in structuring business agreements to minimize the risk of future litigation. Among other areas, he routinely counsels clients on antitrust matters and represents clients in matters involving federal and state enforcement agencies.
Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
Winning a motion to dismiss an antitrust case brought by the Federal Trade Commission alleging that a settlement agreement resolving patent litigation concerning the drug AndroGel® violated the antitrust laws.
Successfully arguing to defeat certification of a purported class of indirect purchasers in an antitrust case where plaintiffs sought more than $2 billion in damages.
Winning a motion to dismiss a case brought by a purported class of drug purchasers alleging that a settlement agreement resolving patent litigation concerning the drugs ACTOS® and ACTOplus met® violated the antitrust laws.
Defending several different pharmaceutical companies in a series of cases in state and federal courts across the country alleging that settlement agreements resolving patent litigation violate state or federal antitrust laws because they allegedly contain a “reverse payment.”
Defending a major telecommunications company in a series of cases alleging the submission of false claims to the government.
Representing a group of bondholders in the restructuring of a leading telecommunications provider in Central and South America.
Oil and Gas
Successfully represented one of the nation’s largest natural gas companies in a series of cases in state and federal court in Ohio in which oil and gas lessors challenged the validity of their leases. Two different federal courts granted summary judgment in favor of client, and the appellate court affirmed.
Successfully defeated a request for a TRO and preliminary injunction that would have prevented a client from completing an important natural gas pipeline. The court then granted summary judgment in favor of the client and awarded the client fees and costs.
Representing a major natural gas company in an action against the manufacturer of a wellhead that failed during routine operations.
Winning a motion for summary judgment that dismissed all antitrust claims brought against the subsidiary of one of the nation’s largest aviation companies.
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 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 a leading insurance company in claims arising out of Hurricane Ike. Resolved cases through successful motions practice and favorable settlements.
Compliance, Investigations, and Advisory Matters
Represent clients in a number of industries in confidential investigations conducted by federal and state enforcement agencies.
Represent a major pharmaceutical company in connection with antitrust compliance matters.
Counsel a number of pharmaceutical companies on antitrust and litigation risk issues.
Represented a major financial institution in a year-long Examiner investigation stemming from the Chapter 11 filing of its wholly-owned mortgage subsidiary.
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 the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Counsel for numerous indigent defendants in federal appeals.
The Legal 500 U.S. (2015)
Rising Star, Business Litigation and Antitrust Litigation, Super Lawyers (2014-2015)
Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award
Guest Lecturer, 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)
Note, “Nebraska Legislative Bill 688: A Proposal to Pay College Football Players and the Impending Conflict with Title IX,” 41 Harv. J. Leg. 319 (2004)
Founder and Contributor, Sports Law Blog
Admitted to practice in federal district and appellate courts across the country.