Christine E. Skoczylas Partner
An effective advocate and writer, Christine is skilled in designing dispute resolution, litigation and trial strategy, and in conducting discovery, taking depositions, and trying and appealing even the most difficult cases. A fierce litigator and consummate planner, Christine is known for her attention to detail and case preparation whether positioning clients on attack or defense.
Christine’s approach to problem-solving is manifest in her ability to focus on favorable outcomes both in and out of court. Aggressive when and if it is necessary, and passionate about and loyal to the clients she serves, Christine delivers the requisite stamina needed to go the distance on the client’s behalf.
Christine’s clients come from diverse industries nationwide, including hotel, restaurant and hospitality, hair care and cosmetics, petrochemical, manufacturing, investment banking, litigation finance and healthcare. Her commercial litigation and trial experience includes obtaining a substantial judgment, with punitive damages, for a plaintiff in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
At the onset of litigation, Christine seeks to achieve what her clients view as a win or the right result. Practical at the core, Christine does not believe that every argument should include an all-out battle or protracted litigation. As a result, her dedication to diplomacy and ability to negotiate behind the scenes has often saved her clients time and resources.
Prior to her legal career, Christine worked as a research biologist, with a specific focus on cancer biology and neurobiology. She is experienced in an array of scientific techniques and has been intimately involved in designing and implementing new protocols and procedures in the laboratory. Notably, Christine has published four articles in leading scientific journals, including a review of the molecular mechanisms involved in virally induced mesothelioma.
Professional and Community Involvement
Co-chair, Barnes & Thornburg’s Chicago Bar Foundation Investing in Justice Campaign, 2016-2018
Volunteer, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Member, American Bar Association Section of Litigation
Member, Illinois State Bar Association