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John S. Skilton

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1987

Perkins Coie LLP

John Skilton, a partner in the firm's Patent Litigation practice, has 40 years of experience as a trial lawyer. He has managed complex commercial, antitrust, patent and intellectual property, dealer and distribution, contract, product liability, and constitutional disputes. In the past 25 years, John has concentrated his practice in patent litigation, trying more than a dozen patent cases. He has litigated numerous pro bono cases involving civil rights and constitutional issues and has been admitted pro hac vice in state and federal courts nationwide.

Case History

  • Other Court Admissions
    • Wisconsin State Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


  • Listed in Benchmark Appellate's Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as an Appellate Litigation Star for the 7th Circuit
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star in Intellectual Property
  • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, 2013
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America's Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers," 2009, 2011 - 2013; "America's Leading Litigation Lawyers," 2013 - present
  • Recipient of the Dane County Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005
  • Recipient of the Whitney North Seymour Award, 2007
  • Recipient of the Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund's Howard Eisenburg Lifetime Achievement Award, 2003
  • Recognized as an IP Star by Managing IP, 2013

Client Comments

  • "John is skilled, determined and knowledgeable. He takes time to really understand the case and the facts from client's perspective. He will lay out the strengths and weaknesses of a client's position without blowing smoke. He tells it like it is and passionately argues the law. He is extremely well prepared from every perspective: knowing your case, knowing the law and knowing the courts. "

    Dave Anderson
    Township Administrator
    Liberty Township

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One East Main Street, Suite 201
Madison, WI 53703-5118
Phone: 608-663-7474
Firm Phone: 608-663-7460

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation (Intellectual Property)
  • Copyright Law
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Patent Law

Lawyer of the Year


  • University of Wisconsin (BA)
  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Organizations & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association — Member
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association — President
  • Western District Bar Association — President
  • Wisconsin Law Alumni Association — President
  • Wisconsin Law Foundation — President
  • Board of Visitors of the Wisconsin Law School — Chair
  • Seventh Circuit Committee on Rules — Chair
  • National Board of American Inns of Court Foundation — Member
  • Wisconsin Equal Justice Coalition — President
  • American College of Trial Lawyers — Fellow
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers — Fellow
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers — Fellow
  • American Law Institute — Member