An accomplished civil litigator with broad business expertise, Reid Skibell, represents plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits, arbitrations, and employment and partnership disputes. He regularly represents clients from the technology, financial services, media and entertainment, and manufacturing industries, in actions that include contract disputes, business torts, employment matters, corporate governance disputes, coverage matters, and securities claims.
Mr. Skibell’s recent victories and representative matters include:
- Represented John Malkovich, as U.S. counsel, in a defamation action against the French newspaper, Le Monde, and two of its journalists. The defendants were ordered by a French court to pay Mr. Malkovich damages, and to publish on Le Monde’s front page and its website a summary of the ruling.
- Represented Assurances du Credit Mutuel, one of France’s largest insurers, in connection with Madoff-related investments. Obtained approval of petitions to the Madoff Victim Fund covering eligible losses of over $25 million.
- Won dismissal of all claims against Honeywell in an employment dispute relating to enforceability of restrictive covenants.
- Won dismissal of all claims against Patreon, the preeminent platform for membership content services, in an online defamation and fraud case.
- Representation of one of the architects of the purchase of Aman Resorts in a matter involving $50 million in damages.
- Won dismissal of $100 million in counterclaims brought against FieldTurf, the leading manufacturer of artificial turf fields, by its fiber supplier.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Skibell practiced at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman, and at Davis Polk & Wardwell. He graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and received a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2004, he received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a recipient of the Young B. Smith Prize and the Milbank Law & Economics Fellowship.
Mr. Skibell has authored articles on auditor liability, computer crime, trademark law, and constitutional legal issues, including in the George Mason Law Review, the Stanford Technology Law Review, and the Berkeley Journal of Law & Technology.
Mr. Skibell is admitted to the bar of New York.