Charles B. Sklarsky is Co-Chair of the firm’s Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice and a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. Individuals and companies seek his counsel on issues ranging from fraud and abuse, conflicts of interest and criminal tax matters to criminal antitrust, theft of trade secrets, securities fraud, and regulatory matters. He represents clients in grand jury investigations, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, FCPA investigations and enforcement actions, qui tam litigation, complex civil litigation, and appearances before regulatory bodies. Mr. Sklarsky counsels individuals and companies involved in the gaming industry in Illinois and elsewhere and represents clients before the Illinois Gaming Board. He also counsels companies on compliance issues.
Best Lawyers named Mr. Sklarsky Chicago's White-Collar Lawyer of the Year in 2011. Chambers USA has consistently recognized him as one of America’s leading lawyers in litigation and white collar crimes and investigations. He is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. Mr. Sklarsky is a member of the firm's Complex Commercial Litigation Practice and serves on the Conflicts Resolution and Pro Bono committees and the Litigation Department's Executive Committee.
Mr. Sklarsky joined the firm in 1986 after serving more than eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and more than four years as an Assistant State’s Attorney of Cook County. At the United States Attorney’s Office, he held the positions of Deputy Chief of Criminal Litigation and later Chief of Criminal Receiving and Appeals. He was one of the architects of Operation Greylord, an unprecedented undercover probe of corruption in the Cook County judiciary. At the State’s Attorney’s Office, Mr. Sklarsky investigated and prosecuted felony cases ranging from theft to murder.