Peter G. Skiko

Biography

Pete Skiko is an equity partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP. Pete is a trial attorney, focusing his practice on commercial, employment and tort litigation.  In July of 2014, along with his partner Steve Fardy, Pete helped obtain a $61 million settlement on behalf of Business Logic Holding Corporation in complex computer software trade secret litigation against Ibbotson and Morningstar.  This represents the ninth largest-reported trade secret settlement in the country.

Pete is the head of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group, having delivered his thesis and received his Master of Laws degree in Labor and Employment Law from the John Marshall Law School of Atlanta. His practice includes litigating complex breach of contract and commercial fraud actions, defense of high-profile, national MDL/class actions, and defense of catastrophic loss claims. Pete’s clients stress his ability to uncover and develop themes and key facts through detailed investigation and his efficient, cost-effective practices.

Practices

Commercial Litigation and Business Disputes
Employment Litigation and Counseling
Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers in 2012-2013, 2015-2016, 2017

Publications

Presentations

  • “Medical Marijuana – One Year Later,” IREM Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, April 2016
  • "Common Legal Pitfalls for Security Providers and How to Avoid Them," Chicago Hospitality, Entertainment and Tourism Security Association, March 2016
  • "Medical Marijuana in Property Management," IREM Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, April 2015
  • "Common Legal Pitfalls for Security Providers and How to Avoid Them," Illinois Security Professionals Association, March 2015

News

Chicago, September 27, 2018
Skiko Speaks to Illinois Security Professionals Association
Skiko's program is titled, "Putting the Urge to Fire on Ice; Think Before You Make Adverse Employment Decisions."

Chicago, January 16, 2017
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 38 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 38 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, April 20, 2016
Skiko, Keating, Kincaid Provide Update on Medical Marijuana in Property Management
As part of a panel moderated by partner Joseph P. Kincaid, Keating and Skiko discussed the implications of medical marijuana on real estate.

Chicago, March 31, 2016
Skiko Addresses Hospitality Security Association on Common Legal Pitfalls
Skiko has defended the largest security services companies in the country.

Chicago, January 13, 2016
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, January 8, 2016
Skiko Addresses Illinois Security Professionals Association
Skiko will share common legal pitfalls for security providers and how to avoid them.

Chicago, January 8, 2016
Nickels Hosts Presentation for Notre Dame Law Students
Almost 50 Notre Dame Law School students came to Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Chicago office to learn about various types of law practiced by fellow alumni.

Chicago, November 24, 2015
Wisniewski, Skiko Judge ABA Student Employment Trial Advocacy Competition
Teams from law schools nationwide competed as plaintiffs and defendants in labor and employment-related matters, with Wisniewski, Skiko and fellow attorneys serving as judges and evaluators.

Chicago, October 30, 2015
Skiko, Fardy Recognized at Jury Verdict Reporter Awards
The pair were recognized for obtaining the highest settlement of 2014-2015 on behalf of client Business Logic.

Chicago, October 12, 2015
October's Chicago Lawyer Cover Features Fardy
Chicago Lawyer recognized partners Steve Fardy and Pete Skiko for obtaining the largest settlement in 2014 on behalf of a client.

Chicago, April 6, 2015
Recent Results Highlight Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Growing Strength in Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property
Long known for its depth in tort defense and trial experience, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s success continues in other litigation areas.

Chicago, April 2, 2015
Medical Marijuana in Property Management Discussed at Kincaid, Skiko, Keating Presentation
The three attorneys will discuss the implications of medical marijuana on real estate.

Chicago, January 12, 2015
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, September 10, 2014
Fardy, Skiko Author Intellectual Property Magazine Article
The article details a trade secret dispute that settled for over $60 million.

Chicago, July 21, 2014
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Highlights Trade Secret Settlement
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP represent Business Logic Holding Corporation in its $61 million settlement with Morningstar, Inc.

Chicago, July 18, 2014
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Client Business Logic Obtains $61 Million Settlement
The publicly reported settlement ranks as both one of the largest reported Illinois settlements in recent years and is among the ten largest reported settlements involving trade secret misappropriation, according to Orrick.

Chicago, October 28, 2013
Skiko Wins Summary Judgment for Security Services Client
Skiko has represented security service companies for more than 10 years.

Chicago, January 3, 2013
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 39 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 39 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Chicago, January 3, 2012
Illinois Super Lawyers Recognizes 34 Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attorneys
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces that 23 of its attorneys were recognized as Illinois Super Lawyers, while 11 others were recognized as Rising Stars.

Chicago, February 18, 2011
Skiko Addresses Security Professionals at Monthly Meeting
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Peter G. Skiko addressed the Chicago chapter of ASIS, an organization for security professionals, at their February meeting.

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