Lesley Ann Skillen

Top rated Civil Litigation attorney in New York, New York

Getnick Law
Lesley Ann Skillen
Getnick Law

Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, Employment & Labor; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1994

Education: Monash University Faculty of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011, 2013 - 2015, 2020 - 2023
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Attorney Lesley Ann Skillen is a partner with Getnick & Getnick LLP law firm in New York, New York. Ms. Skillen provides counsel and support to whistleblowers throughout the greater New York City metro and nationally. Since the early 1990s, Ms. Skillen has represented individuals who feel they need to expose fraud they have witnessed in the workplace or of which they otherwise have non-public knowledge. She also helps corporations that have suffered injuries or losses as the result of unscrupulous and unlawful business practices.

Ms. Skillen has more than 30 years of experience investigating and prosecuting qui tam claims under the False Claims Act and other incentive-based whistleblower programs, and she has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for taxpayers. Among her most notable successes, she helped secure a recovery of more than $750 million against a major drug manufacturer and another $251 million settlement against a leading pharmaceutical company.

A leader in her field, Ms. Skillen has also written extensively and conducted many lectures and seminars across the country on a variety of legal topics related to qui tam whistleblower and business integrity issues. She has been featured in prominent publications, such as the New York Times, the New York Law Journal and Pharmaceutical Executive magazine. She has also served as co-chair of the American Bar Association's Qui Tam Subcommittee as well as the Conference Committee of Taxpayers Against Fraud.

A 1974 graduate of Monash University in Australia, Ms. Skillen returned to her alma mater and obtained her Bachelor of Laws with honors in 1978 and her Master of Laws in 1983 from Monash Law School. The New York State Bar Association admitted her to practice in 1994, and she holds her admission to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York as well as the Northern District of California.

Recognized for her professionalism and service, Ms. Skillen has earned an AV Preeminent peer-review rating* through Martindale-Hubbell along with many other top rankings and endorsements from her peers.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Employment & Labor: Employee

Focus areas


  • 50% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 50% Employment & Labor: Employee

First Admitted: 1979

Professional Webpage: https://getnicklaw.com/our-team/lesley-ann-skillen/

Educational Background:
  • Monash Law School, Master of Laws degree, 1983
  • Monash Law School, Bachelor of Laws with Honors, 1978
  • Monash University in Australia, Bachelor of Arts degree, 1974
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chair, Communications Committee, Taxpayers Against Fraud, 2022
  • Director of Policy and International Relations, Australian Securities Commission in Sydney, 1990
  • Northern District of California, 1994
  • Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1994
  • Member, New York Bar, 1994
  • Past Co-Chair, American Bar Association Qui Tam Subcommittee, 2005
Industry Groups:
  • All Industries
  • Whistleblower Cases Healthcare

Office location for Lesley Ann Skillen

521 Fifth Avenue
33rd Floor
New York, NY 10175

Phone: 212-376-5666


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011, 2013 - 2015, 2020 - 2023

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