Ms. Skyles is an experienced, trusted legal adviser, who specializes in intellectual property litigation matters and privacy and data security matters at high tech companies. She has deep roots in the Valley and has expanded her practice to financial services institutions.
Ms. Skyles is currently Assistant General Counsel for Privacy & Data Security at Capital One in McLean, VA, after serving as Assistant General Counsel for IP Litigation. Before that, Ms. Skyles was Of Counsel at Orrick Herrington as a part of its intellectual property and data security and privacy groups in Washington, D.C. Previously, she served as head of litigation and risk management/compliance at SafeNet, Inc., a data security and encryption technology company based in Maryland. Prior to SafeNet, she ran her own law practice, Skyles Law Group in the greater Washington metro area, where she managed litigation and other dispute resolution matters for a variety of technology and media companies. Before moving to the East Coast, Ms. Skyles worked for over a decade in Silicon Valley. She held the role of Litigation Counsel for Yahoo! Inc., where she oversaw domestic and international litigation and provided legal counsel to business clients in the areas of product planning, product compliance, litigation avoidance, and contractual matters such as technology licensing, indemnities, warranties, joint-ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Skyles also worked as a Litigation Associate for Fenwick & West LLP in Palo Alto, California and was a law clerk for the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Ms. Skyles graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a B.A. in History. She obtained a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was an editor of the Stanford Law Review. Ms. Skyles is admitted to the California and D.C. bars. She resides in Rockville, Maryland, with her husband and two (very cute) daughters.