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Matthew Skanchy

Associate

Matthew Skanchy is an Associate at Wilkinson Stekloff. Since joining the firm, Matthew has been a member of multiple trial teams that have tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts. He has experience in all aspects of trial strategy and preparation, as well as briefing pre- and post-trial motions and appeals for a diverse array of clients in a variety of areas including product liability, consumer class action, antitrust, and intellectual property matters.  He also has significant internal investigation experience.

Matthew maintains an active pro bono practice, primarily representing clients in post-conviction and constitutional matters in state and federal courts.  Most recently, Matthew secured the compassionate release of an incarcerated client who had been in custody for twenty-nine years, since he was just seventeen years old.  He has been recognized for his pro bono service for consecutive years on the D.C. Court of Appeals’ Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll.

Before joining Wilkinson Stekloff, Matthew served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carolyn B. McHugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the Honorable Robert G. Doumar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Matthew attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review and was selected to mentor first-year law students in legal research and writing as a Dillard Fellow.


Education

  • Undergraduate: Brigham Young University, B.A., magna cum laude (2012)
  • Law: University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (2015)
    Senior Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review 
    Articles Editor, Virginia Journal of Law and Technology (2013) 
    Hardy C. Dillard Legal Writing Fellow

Clerkships

  • Judge Carolyn B. McHugh, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Judge Robert G. Doumar, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Notable Matters

  • Member of the trial team that represented Altria Group, Inc. in an administrative antitrust trial brought by the Federal Trade Commission challenging Altria’s 2018 investment in JUUL Labs, Inc.
  • Member of the trial team for Monsanto in Hardeman v. Monsanto, the first federal-court trial over allegations that Roundup causes Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff.
  • Member of the trial team that won a complete defense verdict in Cooney v. Janssen, a state-court bellwether trial involving Xarelto in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas.
  • Member of the team representing the Executive Council of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake in Hengle v. Asner, a purported federal consumer class action filed in the Eastern District of Virginia and currently on appeal before the Fourth Circuit.
  • Member of pretrial team representing Facebook, Oculus VR, and individual defendants in Zenimax Media et al v. Oculus VR et al., a matter filed in the Northern District of Texas that went to trial.  Plaintiffs sought $6 billion in damages based on allegations that the defendants improperly used their trade secrets and other intellectual property in designing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.  The trial team obtained a defense verdict for Facebook and partial defense verdicts for the remaining defendants, including the jury’s rejection of plaintiffs’ lead claim of trade secret misappropriation.
  • Prior to joining the firm, was a member of the trial team for Pfizer that obtained a complete defense verdict in the second jury trial in the national litigation alleging that the company failed to warn that its anti-depressant medicine Zoloft cause birth defects.