Jack P. DiCanio - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Jack P. DiCanio

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 650-470-4500

Jack DiCanio’s litigation practice focuses on complex litigation, white collar defense, securities litigation and special corporate investigations. Mr. DiCanio has extensive trial experience representing corporate and individual clients in a variety of civil and criminal actions involving: 

  • internal corporate investigations; 
  • federal and state securities litigation, including broker/dealer liability; 
  • securities fraud, including allegations of accounting improprieties, material misrepresentations and insider trading; 
  • health care investigations/litigation, including allegations of Medicare/Medi-Cal fraud; 
  • environmental litigation; and 
  • intellectual property litigation.

Mr. DiCanio co-defended William J. Ruehle, the former CFO of Broadcom, in the largest stock options backdating case brought by the federal government. After an eight-week trial, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California dismissed all charges, including the entire SEC complaint against all the defendants, including Mr. Ruehle.

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) and two awards from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for outstanding service. In addition, he has lectured at numerous federal law enforcement agencies regarding the enforcement of federal criminal laws and criminal procedure.

Mr. DiCanio served on the Rampart Independent Review Panel that was responsible for reviewing the policies, tactics and disciplinary procedures of the Los Angeles Police Department. In addition, Mr. DiCanio has been recognized by several legal publications including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America.

University of Notre DameBA 1985Boston College Law SchoolJ.D. 1988

Client Comments

"Jack DiCanio is a highly talented and tenacious litigator."

"Jack DiCanio is a lawyer of extreme integrity, hard work, and intellect. He doesn't mind an uphill battle, and he's an asset when it gets tough."

"In over 20 years of practice, with several years as General Counsel for a municipal utility, I have discovered that you get what you pay for with outside counsel. In Jack DiCanio's case, the relatively high rate turned out to be the best value. In his area of practice, Jack is always my first choice as an outside counsel resource. Jack is competent, responsive, and great to work with. He has a talent for focusing only on what matters most to the issue. That focus creates great value."

-Steve Lins
City of Glendale-Office of the City Attorney

"Jack DiCanio has been counsel to me and/or my company for the past few years. His experience allows him to be diligent, caring, and effective in matters that need detailed attention. He will always see matters through to completion in a timely manner, without dropping the ball, so my time and efficiency is spent on important matters. On a personal note, Jack is caring, intelligent, and has an incredible sense of humor, along with a depth that allows him to take note of the most minor of concerns before you have a moment to bring them up in conversation. He is a real quality human being on all levels. I am an advocate of Jack and all he stands for. I think you have a good idea of my opinion of Jack. "

-Roger Paglia
CenterStaging Corp.

Office Location

525 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: White-Collar of the San Jose Metro Area
Jack P. DiCanio has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Civil Litigation, Securities, White-Collar Criminal Defense)
Criminal Defense: White-Collar