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Lesley Ann Skillen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Getnick & Getnick LLP
521 Fifth Avenue, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10175
Phone: 212-376-5666
Fax: 212-292-3942
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011, 2013 - 2015, 2020 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Business Litigation
Attorney Profile

Attorney Lesley Ann Skillen is a partner with Getnick & Getnick LLP law firm in New York, New York. Nationally recognized as one of the top trial advocates in the country, Ms. Skillen provides unmatched counsel and support to whistleblowers throughout the greater New York City metro and surrounding areas who feel they need to expose serious wrongdoing they have witnessed in the workplace. She also helps those who have suffered injuries or losses as the result of unscrupulous and unlawful business practices.

The coordinator of the firm’s False Claims Act qui tam practice, Ms. Skillen has more than 30 years of experience investigating and prosecuting qui tam claims and other issues under the False Claims act, and she has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in total compensation for her clients in numerous class actions and other litigations. Among her most notable successes, she secured 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 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 outstanding 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. She has also received numerous testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients.

*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
  • 100%Business Litigation


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011, 2013 - 2015, 2020 - 2022

About Lesley Ann Skillen

First Admitted: 1979

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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

  • Director of Policy and International Relations, Australian Securities Commission in Sydney
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • Member, New York Bar
  • Co-Chair, Conference Committee of Taxpayers Against Fraud
  • Past Co-Chair, American Bar Association Qui Tam Subcommittee

Industry Groups

  • Whistleblower Cases All Industries
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Office Location for Lesley Ann Skillen

521 Fifth Avenue
33rd Floor
New York, NY 10175

Phone: 212-376-5666

Fax: 212-292-3942

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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