Jack DiCanio is the head of litigation in Skadden’s Palo Alto office. Mr. DiCanio’s distinguished career, which began in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, encompasses a diverse trial practice focusing on complex, high-stakes federal and state court litigation, as well as white collar defense.
Mr. DiCanio, a member of the Skadden team selected as a finalist for The American Lawyer’s Litigation Department of the Year, is annually ranked in Chambers USA’s prestigious Band 1, along with Skadden’s West Coast Litigation practice, for White Collar Crime and Government Investigations.
He has received California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) awards from the Daily Journal in recognition of his representation of a group of railcar companies in their high-profile dispute with United Industries LLC (2018) and for his defense of FedEx in connection with a federal criminal indictment (2017). In 2018, the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized him as one of its Top Litigators.
He also is recognized in numerous other publications for his successes on behalf of his clients, including Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America and The Best Lawyers in America. He was named Best Lawyers’ San Jose Area Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year in 2017 and 2018. He also has repeatedly been named by Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review as one of the country’s leading investigations attorneys.
Mr. DiCanio’s other clients have included: American Apparel; the cities of Burbank and Glendale in California; Farmers Insurance Group; Highland Fairview Properties; Intuitive Surgical, Inc.; Occidental Petroleum; Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Sony Computer Entertainment; Tessera Technologies, Inc.; Visa International; and Zurich Insurance Group.
Mr. DiCanio also has represented the boards of directors and board committees of The Walt Disney Company, Sempra Energy, Hewlett-Packard Company, KLA-Tencor Corporate and PG&E Corporation, among others.
Mr. DiCanio served as an assistant United States attorney for the Central District of California. As the deputy chief of the General Crimes Section, he was responsible for training and supervising assistant United States attorneys in federal criminal practice and trial advocacy. During his tenure with the Department of Justice, Mr. DiCanio received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award (the second-highest award within the Department of Justice).
Mr. DiCanio served on the Rampart Independent Review Panel, responsible for reviewing the policies, tactics and disciplinary procedures of the Los Angeles Police Department. He also served as counsel to the Blue Ribbon Committee on Child Protection.
- J.D., Boston College Law School, 1988
- B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1985 (Raymond P. Kent Award, magna cum laude)
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