John S. Skilton - Perkins Coie LLP

John S. Skilton

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1987
Phone: 608-663-7474

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.

University of WisconsinBA University of Wisconsin Law SchoolJ.D.
American Bar AssociationSeventh Circuit Bar AssociationWestern District Bar AssociationWisconsin Law Alumni AssociationWisconsin Law FoundationBoard of Visitors of the Wisconsin Law SchoolSeventh Circuit Committee on RulesNational Board of American Inns of Court Foundation Wisconsin Equal Justice CoalitionAmerican College of Trial Lawyers International Academy of Trial Lawyers American Academy of Appellate Lawyers American Law Institute

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

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. "

Office Location

One East Main Street, Suite 201
Madison, WI 53703-5118
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Patent Law of the Madison Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Patent Law of the Madison Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Madison Metro Area
John S. Skilton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!John S. Skilton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!John S. Skilton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

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