About the Foundation

Board & Staff

Jaime Skinner

Attorney at Law


Washington University School of Law, St. Louis
J.D., 2001                                                                                                      

  • Order of Barristers
  • Dean’s List
  • National Best Brief, Regional Overall Moot Court Champion

Columbia University, New York
B.A., 1997, magna cum laude

  • Dean’s List, all semesters
  • Harlem Restoration Project

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Illinois
Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation,  Nashville, Tennessee
Corporate Counsel

September 2007 – March 2018

  • In-house counsel for Fortune-50 corporation with management responsibility worldwide for a wide range of commercial, financial, regulatory, and products litigation matters, including government investigations, class actions, project finance and syndicated loan workout, restructuring, and bankruptcy
  • Provision of direct legal counsel and support to executive office, audit committee, business unit attorneys, and clients in connection with all aspects of litigation, including budgeting, reporting, discovery, depositions, and trial
  • Management of complex litigation matters, including class actions and administrative actions, for an extensive docket of Caterpillar products, including engines, rail, mining, and construction products
  • Direct management responsibility for domestic and international teams of inside counsel, outside counsel, experts, technical consultants, and legal professionals
  • Development, presentation, and management of training for internal business clients and lawyers on litigation, communications, syndicated loans, bankruptcy, and restructuring
  • Provision of litigation support during due diligence process for numerous mergers & acquisitions
  • Recipient of 2013 Chambers Women in Law Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mentoring (In House)

Winstead P.C., Dallas, Texas
Attorney, Business Restructuring Practice Group May 2002 – September 2007

  • Counseled and assisted clients in bankruptcy and business restructuring section of national firm on workout, restructuring, litigation, and bankruptcy matters
  • Prosecuted and defended complex litigation matters, including all aspects of trial practice and preparation: discovery, depositions, and document review; motion practice, including summary judgment and lift stay arguments
  • Drafted appellate briefs and argued at District Court and Circuit Court levels
  •  Participated in pre-filing negotiations with creditors and debtors; extensive client contact in connection with representation of lenders and lender groups, debtors, trustees, and secured and unsecured creditors

Bickel & Brewer, Dallas, Texas and New York, New York
Attorney and Summer Associate, Civil Litigation

August 2001-May 2002 and June-August 2000

  • Counseled and assisted clients as an associate and summer associate at commercial litigation firm
  • Conducted motion practice and argument; researched and drafted motions, correspondence, and legal memoranda; conducted discovery and document review

Affiliations and Civic Activities

 State Bar of Illinois—Admitted December 2010

State Bar of Tennessee—Admitted January 2008

Bar of the District of Columbia—Admitted January 2004

State Bar of Texas—Admitted November 2001

Chair, Caterpillar Pro Bono Committee
Director for Caterpillar’s Peoria pro bono committee and liaison to the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee

Director, Shared Housing Center—http://www.sharedhousing.org—2006–2007
Board Member of nonprofit organization coordinating housing and other basic needs for the homeless

Published Works
Chapter 3:  Delivery and Acceptance Certificates, The 2008 Executive’s Guite to Lease Documentation, published by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, April 2008
Deepening Insolvency:  A New Remedy or Problem Child?, ABF Journal, March 2005 (with Valinda Barrett Wolfert)