Deborah A. Skakel

Biography

CO-CHAIR, CORPORATE LITIGATION PRACTICE GROUP

Debbie Skakel maintains an active litigation and counseling practice in which she couples the street smarts of a business lawyer with the skills of a litigator.

Debbie has significant experience representing clients in the alcohol beverage industry, focusing on regulatory-related issues.

Outside the Firm

An avid fan of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, the New York Yankees, the New York Rangers, and the New England Patriots, Debbie manages our New York Office’s Softball Team. She and her husband (who is also a litigator) live in Harlem and have three grown children.

Experience

  • Wine and spirits wholesalers across the country, in “direct shipping” cases, including those in the Second, Third, and Ninth Circuits as well as the SCOTUS Granholm case.
  • Wine and spirits wholesalers, in Sherman Act preemption cases challenging states’ alcohol beverage pricing statutes, including a case currently on appeal to the Second Circuit.
  • Zachys/Greenberg
  • H-S/W&M
  • Pyramid/Citi

Recognitions

  • 2014, New York Center for Law and Justice Access to Justice Award
  • 2014–2018, New York “Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation, listed in Super Lawyers

Affiliations

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
Professional Activities

Debbie is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Association for the Bar of the City of New York, where she provides pro bono services for the City Bar Justice Center’s Elderlaw Project.

Debbie also serves as chair of Blank Rome’s Women's Forum and is a member of the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Credentials

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of New York
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Education

  • Syracuse University, BA, magna cum laude
  • Cornell Law School, JD