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   3Samuel K. SkinnerChicago(312) 476-5138skinners@gtlaw.comskinners@gtlaw.comGreenberg Traurig LLPwww.gtlaw.comwww.gtlaw.comSKINNERSAM.jpgFederal Regulatory LawGovernmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative LawPublicly Held Corporations Law
Samuel K.
Greenberg Traurig LLP
77 W Wacker Dr Ste 3100
Chicago IL 60601
Ph.(312) 476-5138 Fx.(312) 456-8435
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Federal Regulatory Law
Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law
Publicly Held Corporations Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Practice Description:  
Samuel K. Skinner has had a distinguished career in both the governmental and private sectors. As Of Counsel to the firm, he consults with clients in a variety of areas including strategizing on complex litigation matters, governmental matters, transportation issues and corporate governance.

Mr. Skinner is the retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of USF Corporation, one of the nation's leading transportation and logistics companies. During each year that he served as CEO, the company was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of America's most admired companies. He also served from 1993-1998 as President of Commonwealth Edison Company and its holding company Unicom Corporation, one of the country's largest utilities.

Prior to joining Commonwealth Edison, Mr. Skinner served as Chief of Staff to President George H. W. Bush. As Chief of Staff, he coordinated the activities of numerous cabinet departments and administrative agencies reporting to the President. Prior to his White House Service, he served in the President's Cabinet for nearly three years as Secretary of Transportation. In that capacity, he served as Chief Executive Officer of a Department with a budget of over $30 billion and a workforce of 105,000 people. As Secretary, Mr. Skinner was credited with numerous successes, including the development of the President's National Transportation Policy and the development and passage of landmark aviation and surface transportation legislation. He also developed our country's "Open Skies" policy which liberalized U.S. international aviation policy and significantly increased the number of international flights to and from the U.S. In addition, Mr. Skinner acted as the President's point person in numerous crisis situations, including the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, the Eastern Airlines strike, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the northern California earthquake, Hurricane Hugo, and the 1991 national rail strike. Washingtonian magazine twice gave Mr. Skinner its highest ranking for his performance as Secretary of Transportation and he has also received numerous awards from the transportation industry.

Mr. Skinner has spent more than 20 years in the legal profession. In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford appointed him the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, one of the few career prosecutors ever to hold that position. In this position, he managed one of the Department of Justice's largest and most respected field offices. While in the U.S. Attorney's office, Mr. Skinner investigated and successfully litigated various complex financial fraud, official corruption, and civil rights cases, including the trial of United States Circuit Judge Otto Kerner. He also was in private practice at two large Chicago law firms where he held positions of leadership.

While practicing law, Mr. Skinner also served as Chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority of northeastern Illinois, the nation's second largest mass transportation district. In this capacity, he developed the RTA's first strategic plan that was used as a blueprint for a multi-billion dollar service expansion and capital development program.

Upon graduation from college, Mr. Skinner held various sales and management positions with the IBM Corporation where he was selected as one of their three Outstanding Salesmen of the Year Nationwide in 1967.

Mr. Skinner is an adjunct Professor of Management and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he currently teaches a course on leadership.

On April 1, 2005, Mr. Skinner was appointed by President George W. Bush to be a member of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission. The Commission is charged with making determinations regarding which of the nation's more than 400 military facilities will remain active and which will be closed.

Bar Admissions:  

Year of Birth:  1938

Law School:  DePaul University College of Law,1966 J.D.
Law School Honors/Involvement:  DePaul Law Review; Named Outstanding Alumnus

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., 1960
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Named Outstanding Alumnus

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Director, United States Chamber of Commerce
Chairman, Institute for Legal Reform, the nation's leading organization advocating reform of our nation's tort system including changes in class action, medical malpractice and massive tort liability systems

Member, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission, 2005

Member, Board of Directors, Chicago Board Options Exchange

Member, Board of Directors, Click Commerce, Inc.

Member, Board of Directors, Dade Behring

Member, Board of Directors, DiamondCluster International

Member, Board of Directors, Express Scripts, Inc.

Member, Board of Directors, Midwest Air Group, Inc.

Member, Board of Directors, Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Adjunct Professor and Lecturer, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

Member, numerous charitable/not-for-profit organizations

Former Adjunct Professor, John Marshall Law School

Former Adjunct Professor, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Past Distinguished Lecturer and Holder of the Poling Chair, Government and Business, Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Recipient, numerous honorary degrees

Member, Leading Lawyers

Recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer, 2005-2006

Recipient, Boy Scouts of America's Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

Recipient, Boy Scouts of America's Silver Buffalo Award (Scouting's highest award)

Received student pilot's license in 1957 and today is a jet-certified pilot

Military Background:
Lieutenant and tank platoon leader, United States Army, 1960-1961

Honors graduate, Armor Officers Basic Course, Fort Knox, Kentucky, 1960

Firm Description:  
    Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from more than 30 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250. In Mexico, the firm operates as Greenberg Traurig, S.C., and in the U.K., as Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP. Greenberg Traurig has a strategic alliance with the independent law firm, Studio Santa Maria with offices in Milan and Rome. The firm was Chambers and Partners' USA Law Firm of the Year in 2007 and among the Top 3 in the International Law Firm of the Year at the 2009 The Lawyer Awards.

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