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Shawn N. Skolky


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Antitrust and Litigation:

Shawn's competition practice involves advising on many aspects of antitrust and competition law, including antitrust counseling, Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) merger review, as well as regulatory reviews by the US Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). His practice involves litigation, including private antitrust litigation, class actions, and also focuses on representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters spanning a number of industries including healthcare, life sciences, technology, consumer products, and telecommunications.

Consumer Product Safety:

Shawn’s consumer product safety practice focuses on helping companies seeking representation on product safety reporting obligations, recalls, regulatory compliance, product safety investigations, and enforcement matters involving the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), the Canadian Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), and other federal and state product safety laws.  Shawn has experience in guiding companies through the recall process, and has extensive experience in all types of consumer products, including children’s products, appliances, glassware, recreational vehicles, beds, and more.  Shawn also is involved in the voluntary standard-making process, and works alongside the Consumer Product Safety Commission and various industry groups to ensure relevant and reasonable standards are developed and implemented.

Prior to joining the firm, Shawn was an associate in the Atlanta and DC offices of another international law firm, handling a wide range of complex, multidistrict litigation matters for large pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and other clients. He has extensive experience in multidistrict product liability litigation, defending major medical device manufacturers against allegations of product defect and breach of warranty claims, and defending an international pharmaceutical company against allegations that its prescription drug was defective. Shawn also has experience in advising multinational corporations in white collar investigations relating to potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Pro Bono Practice:

Shawn’s pro bono practice focuses on representing indigent individuals in landlord-tenant disputes and assisting individuals seeking SIJS or asylum. Shawn is also intimately involved in pro bono representation of individuals and families affected by domestic violence, and is a Junior Board Member of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Shawn is an accomplished singer and is a member of DC-based semi-professional singing group Word of Mouth. He is also an avid runner, and spends his down-time training for long-distance races.


  • Emory University (JD, Order of the Coif, with honors)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (BA, Public Policy, with high honors)


Antitrust and Litigation

  • Represents publicly-traded manufacturer of electronic components in federal antitrust litigation involving allegations of price-fixing.
  • Successfully represented pharmacy benefit manager in arbitration involving allegations of monopsony arising out of imposition of pharmacy "DIR Fees."

Recognition & Awards

  • Order of the Coif


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Junior Board Member, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Member, International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization

Recent Insights

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In the latest challenge to Section 6(b), Congressman Bobby Rush has introduced HR 5565, the Safety Hazard and Recall Efficiency Information Act, which would amend Section 6(b) by stripping it of its most basic due process, as well as increasing enormously the penalties for late reporting.
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Commissioner Bob Adler Elected Vice-Chairman of the CPSC, Making Him Acting Chairman of the Agency

September 13, 2019 | Blog | By Charles Samuels, Shawn Skolky, Evelyn French

It was confirmed that Commissioner Bob Adler was elected Vice-Chairman of the CPSC. Because there is no permanent CPSC Chairman at this time, Commissioner Adler will become the Acting Chairman of the agency until a permanent Chairman is confirmed. Commissioner Adler—a Democratic Commissioner—has served on the Commission since 2009.
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In a press release this afternoon, Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle announced that she would be withdrawing her nomination to be the permanent Chairman of the CPSC, as well as her nomination for an additional 7 year term, which would have expired in October 2025
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Case Study Hero Manufacturer Obtains Reversal CPSC Enforcement Action Mintz

Breaking: CPSC Notifies Numerous Companies of Unprecedented, Unauthorized Disclosure of Information

April 11, 2019 | Blog | By Charles Samuels, Shawn Skolky, Evelyn French

Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) informed what could turn out to be a very large number of consumer product companies that it discovered what appears to be a mass inadvertent disclosure of nonpublic manufacturer and product specific information.
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Unilateral Recalls: Companies Should Consider Launching Recalls Without the CPSC During the Government Shutdown

January 24, 2019 | Blog | By Charles Samuels, Evelyn French, Shawn Skolky

Now in its fifth week, the partial government shutdown has left many companies wondering what to do about recalls for consumer products. Generally, consumer product companies work in coordination with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) when conducting recalls. But like other affected agencies, the CPSC is currently operating with only its essential staff members, which is about 20 or fewer employees.
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FTC Requires Divestiture of Assets in Industrial Gas Suppliers’ $80 Billion Merger

October 30, 2018 | Alert | By Bruce Sokler, Shawn Skolky

This antitrust alert outlines an FTC settlement designed to reduce anticompetitive effects resulting from the merger of gas suppliers Praxair, Inc. and Linde AG.
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Costco Agrees to $3.85 Million Civil Penalty for Failure to Report, Accepted by Unanimous CPSC Vote

October 8, 2018 | Blog | By Charles Samuels, Shawn Skolky, Evelyn French

On Friday, October 5, 2018, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced that Costco Wholesale, Corp. (Costco) entered into a settlement agreement with the CPSC to pay a $3.85 million civil penalty for its alleged failure to report defective trash cans. The penalty agreement was accepted 4-0 by the Commission. Notably, this is the first multi-million dollar civil penalty in the post-CPSIA era where there was not a Democratic majority at the CPSC, indicating that penalty actions are far from moribund under the current leadership.
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Movie Theaters’ Antitrust Case Against Landmark Survives Dismissal Motion

October 4, 2018 | Alert | By Bruce Sokler, Shawn Skolky

Read about a US District Court’s denial of Landmark Theaters’ dismissal motion in an exclusive dealing Sherman Act antitrust case brought by independent movie theaters.
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Earlier this week, a three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in the case of Gold Medal LLC v. USA Track & Field.  The decision, on appeal from the District Court for the District of Oregon, rejected allegations that USA Track & Field (USATF) and the United States Olympics Committee (USOC) engaged in an anticompetitive conspiracy in violation of antitrust law by imposing certain advertising restrictions during Olympic Trials. 
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News & Press

This contributed column, authored by Charles Samuels, Shawn Skolky and Evelyn French, discusses a recent $3.85 million U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission penalty for an alleged failure to timely report defective trash cans. This settlement suggests that large penalty actions are far from moribund even with the CPSC under Republican leadership.
Matt Howsare, Chuck Samuels and Shawn Skolky authored this “Expert Analysis” column. The authors note that the consumer product safety community is rarely provided guidance by federal court decisions. They do however discuss a recent U.S. District Court opinion in Zen Magnets LLC v. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the implications for the industry.
Chair of Mintz’s Antitrust section Bruce Sokler, along with Member Rob Kidwell and attorneys, Farrah Short Shawn Skolky collaborated on an article regarding the Washington state attorney general’s office suit against the expansion efforts of Franciscan Health System.  



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