Peter M. Skinner
Areas of Practice
Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2000; Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, Boston College Law Review
University of Notre Dame, B.A., Government, 1994
United States Court of Appeals: Second Circuit
United States District Court: Southern District of New York
Peter Skinner is a partner in the firm’s New York City office. He is an experienced trial and appellate attorney whose areas of practice include regulatory compliance, corporate internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, and complex civil litigation. Before joining the firm, Mr. Skinner served from 2004 until 2015 as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he tried 10 cases to verdict, argued 15 times in the Second Circuit, and briefed dozens of federal appeals.
At the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Skinner was a prosecutor in the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit and the Violent and Organized Crime Unit. He has extensive experience prosecuting international money laundering violations and helped pioneer the prosecution of trade-based money laundering. Mr. Skinner also frequently investigated the use of financial institutions to conceal monetary transfers and to fund narcotics and terrorist activities. In leading scores of global investigations, Mr. Skinner regularly coordinated with law enforcement officials in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Mr. Skinner also has significant experience with export control violations, health care fraud, and RICO claims.
In addition to his work as a criminal prosecutor, Mr. Skinner served for four years in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office, where he regularly advised the intelligence community on sensitive non-criminal matters affecting national security. During his time in the Civil Division, Mr. Skinner also represented an array of federal agencies in a variety of complicated civil matters, including False Claims Act, bankruptcy and environmental cases.
Mr. Skinner was named the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Prosecutor of the Year in 2012. Prior to joining the government in 2004, he worked as an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and as an associate at Orion Consultants, where he formulated strategic advice for investment banks operating in the fixed income markets.
Mr. Skinner is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, where he teaches legal writing.
Mr. Skinner’s significant cases while at the United States Attorney’s Office included:
- Co-lead counsel overseeing investigations and prosecutions related to the laundering of hundreds of millions of dollars by Mexican cartels through domestic and international businesses and banks. This multi-year international investigation resulted in the convictions of more than 50 business owners, foreign exchange operators and couriers for money laundering and other Bank Secrecy Act violations.
- Lead counsel in the three-week trial of a businessman for using his wholesale perfume business to launder tens of millions of dollars in narcotics proceeds. The federal judge overseeing the trial said Mr. Skinner made one of “the two best sentencing submissions that I’ve heard in 18 years on this bench.”
- Co-lead counsel in the investigation and prosecution of more than 30 doctors, lawyers, and organized crime figures in a $250 million healthcare fraud — the largest such fraud ever charged.
- Coordinated parallel civil and criminal investigations of the CEO of a major New York City Hospital that resulted in the conviction of the CEO for fraud and false statements.
- Co-lead counsel in the prosecution of the president, vice-president and former president of a New York-based union, who were convicted following a multi-week trial of RICO, extortion and money laundering violations.
- Lead counsel in a human trafficking investigation resulting in 17 indictments charging 26 businesspeople with smuggling Chinese nationals into the United States and laundering the proceeds of alien smuggling from the United States to China.
“Litigating FOIA Cases,” U.S. Attorney’s Office, New York, NY (April 2008)
“Prosecuting ADA Compliance Reviews,” National Advocacy Center, Columbia, SC (February 2008)
“Recent Developments in Libel Law,” Practicing Law Institute (2001-2003)
Tipping the Scales: How Guardianship of Brandon Upset the Balance of the Substituted Judgment Doctrine, 40 B.C. L. Rev. 969 (1999)
One More Money Laundering Problem for Banks to Worry About (American Banker)
FinCEN Employing New Tactics to Combat Money Laundering (New York Law Journal)
Chinatown, Not the Film, but the Trial (The New York Times)
Money-Laundering Case Speaks to Border Fears (The New York Times)