David Skillman

David J.M. Skillman

Senior Associate

David Skillman brings to his practice a deep understanding of the federal legislative and regulatory environment, having served for more than a decade as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Chairman of the Trade Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means.

During the coronavirus crisis, Mr. Skillman has counseled numerous clients across industries as varied as education, travel and hospitality, healthcare, energy, and transportation on coronavirus stimulus programs, and has secured meaningful legislative changes that extend a lifeline to industries battered by the related economic downturn. Mr. Skillman is actively engaged with Congress on further COVID-19 response proposals.

Mr. Skillman led Chairman Blumenauer's negotiations for the House Democrats' Trade Working Group, as it sought changes necessary for Congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. He also authored portions of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 and played a key role in the enactment of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.

Mr. Skillman also developed and enacted legislation supporting renewable energy incentives, including extensions of the production tax credit, the investment tax credit, and the creation of the investment tax credit for distributed wind energy.

He led Congressman Blumenauer's negotiations on the Conference Committee of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, a reauthorization of the federal surface transportation programs. Finally, Mr. Skillman supervised the creation and expansion of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus and Cannabis Working Group.

Prior to law school, he was a Coro Fellow for Civic Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University.


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  • JD, University of Oregon School of Law, 2006, Fellow, Senator Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics
  • BA, History/Political Science, Colorado College, 1999, Dean's List
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Oregon
Government & Military Service
  • Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Chairman of the Trade Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means

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