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Kenton J. Skarin


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  • Northwestern University (J.D. magna cum laude 2009; Order of the Coif; John Paul Stevens Award [first in class of 2009]; Associate Editor, Northwestern University Law Review; John Henry Wigmore Scholar [full academic scholarship]); North Central College (B.A. in History summa cum laude 2003)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and for the Eastern District of Wisconsin


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court (2012) and to the Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (2009)

Government Service

  • Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Governor of Illinois (2016-2017)

Kenton Skarin focuses on appellate advocacy and dispositive motions practice. He has been the primary drafter of briefs filed at the U.S. Supreme Court, appellate, and trial levels, as well as in various state courts. One of his amicus briefs was recently cited in multiple opinions by the U.S. Supreme Court to explain a change in the Court's approach to an issue. Kenton has argued several federal and state appeals and has argued before trial courts on a variety of substantive and discovery matters. He also has taken and defended dozens of depositions.

Kenton has represented clients in cases involving diverse issues such as False Claims Act qui tam litigation, civil rights, and administrative law, collectively involving billions of dollars in potential damages. He took primary responsibility for managing years of litigation, discovery disputes, and pretrial briefing in defense of a major municipality against due process and related claims in the wrongful conviction context.

Kenton recently returned to Jones Day after a period of service as Deputy General Counsel for the Office of the Governor of Illinois. There he managed a team of attorneys and was responsible for key litigation against the Office of the Governor and all state agencies.

Kenton Skarin