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 counseled numerous clients across industries as varied as education, travel and hospitality, healthcare, energy, and transportation on coronavirus stimulus programs, and secured meaningful legislative changes that extended a lifeline to industries battered by the public health emergency. His practice encompasses a wide range of matters across tax, trade, energy, cryptocurrency, and infrastructure.
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 secured enactment of 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—as well as a variety of other changes to corporate, individual, and excise taxes.
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.
- JD, University of Oregon School of Law, 2006, Fellow, Senator Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics
- Coro Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University
- BA, Colorado College, 1999
- District of Columbia
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Chairman of the Trade Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means
- Instructor, George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management