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Jonathan B. Skowron

Associate
T 412-577-5113

    Mr. Skowron is an associate in the Litigation Services Department with experience in professional liability, product liability, insurance, business tort, and contractual litigation. Mr. Skowron is also active in pro bono work at Schnader and has represented clients on a variety of matters, including prisoners’ rights cases, First Amendment litigation, immigration matters, and even criminal defense. He also serves on the firm’s associates’ committee.


    AREAS OF EXPERIENCE

    Mr. Skowron has experience in all phases of litigation through and including trial, and has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including financial institutions, private equity firms, insurance companies, healthcare providers, engineering firms, and industrial manufacturers. Some of Mr. Skowron’s representative matters include:
    • Represented a private equity firm through trial with regard to alleged breaches of representations and warranties in a merger agreement governing the acquisition of a local company.
    • Represented an engineering firm with regard to a multimillion-dollar claim of professional negligence.
    • Negotiated a favorable settlement for a large waste disposal and collection provider in a dispute with a competitor regarding the validity of certain municipal contracts.
    • Successfully argued for dismissal of a defamation and false light lawsuit brought against a local online newspaper.
    • Represented a partnership that was the victim of criminal fraud and legal malpractice, which resulted in a multimillion-dollar settlement.
    • Represented a banking institution in a multimillion-dollar professional liability coverage dispute.
    • Represented lenders with respect to several commercial foreclosures.
    • Represented various industrial manufacturers in ongoing asbestos litigation across the country.
    • Successfully defended an out-of-state construction vehicle vendor in a contractual dispute both at the lower court and on appeal which resulted in dismissal of all claims.
    • Represented a large insurance company in complex antitrust class action litigation that resulted in a favorable settlement for the client.

    COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

    Mr. Skowron has a very active pro bono practice and has represented clients on a variety of matters:
    • Successfully obtained asylum for a young man fleeing gang violence in Central America.
    • Represented a wrongfully accused young woman fighting unwarranted criminal charges in partnership with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. 
    • Successfully represented a tenant through arbitration fighting illegal charges by her landlord.
    • Successfully argued for dismissal of a defamation and false light lawsuit brought against a local online newspaper in partnership with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
    • Represented a prisoner in a civil rights case in federal court.

    Mr. Skowron also serves in a leadership role in the following community organizations:
    • Board Member of the Thrive Advisory Board to the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council
    • Board Member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania

    Education

    • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2009
    • University of Oxford, M.St., with distinction, 2006
    • Georgetown University, B.S., magna cum laude, 2005

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

    Bar Admissions

    • District of Columbia, 2010
    • Pennsylvania, 2009

    Languages

    • Spanish - fluent

    Professional Affiliations

    • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
    • Allegheny County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section Council Member
    • DRI Young Lawyers, Trial Tactics, and Product Liability Committees
    • The Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Member

    Other Distinctions

    • University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Executive Editor