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Skye Lynn Perryman

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Skye Perryman is a litigator with a wide range of experience representing clients in complex civil litigation and governmental investigations. Among other matters, she has represented clients in consumer protection, fair lending, securities fraud, business tort and product liability actions in federal and state courts. She has represented clients from a variety of industries, including the financial services, life sciences and gaming industries. Ms. Perryman also helps clients respond to inquiries and investigations from federal and state authorities, including the US Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. As a complement to her litigation and enforcement practice, Ms. Perryman regularly counsels a wide range of financial institutions with respect to fair lending and other complex regulatory issues.  

Ms. Perryman also has extensive experience in resolving complex e-discovery issues. She advises clients with respect to best practices and litigation readiness, and helps them address difficult e-discovery problems. She publishes and presents on cutting edge e-discovery topics. Her knowledge in this area is an asset to clients whether they are engaged in complex litigation or the subject of an investigation. 

Ms. Perryman shares in WilmerHale's commitment to pro bono legal representation. Over the course of her career, Ms. Perryman has been engaged in numerous pro bono matters on behalf of indigent clients and those seeking to vindicate their civil rights. Most recently, Ms. Perryman served as counsel to and filed amicus briefs on behalf of major US medical associations in the US Supreme Court and the Fifth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals in cases challenging state legislation affecting women's access to reproductive healthcare.

Recent Highlights

  • Defend investment bank in putative class action involving fair lending allegations arising under the Fair Housing Act
  • Defend former real estate investment trust executives in civil enforcement litigation brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Advise financial institution with respect to cases filed by municipalities involving allegations of discriminatory lending and violations of the Fair Housing Act, among other statutes
  • Represent financial institutions in inquiries by the Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding fair lending compliance
  • Counsel financial institutions with respect to internal reviews examining compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Truth in Lending Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act, among other statutes
  • Counsel financial institutions regarding provision of credit and financial services to customers with limited English proficiency (LEP)
  • Advise financial institutions regarding Unfair, Deceptive and Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAAP) issues 
  • Assist indirect auto lender in responding to an inquiry conducted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Justice
  • Counsel financial institutions regarding complex fair lending and other regulatory compliance issues
  • Advise financial institutions facing supervisory exams
  • Represent major US medical associations as amici in the US Supreme Court and the Fifth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals in cases challenging state legislation affecting women's access to reproductive healthcare
  • Represent women's health clinic in challenge to state law restricting access to reproductive health services
  • Counsel manufacturer regarding product warnings
  • Assist university in responding to regulatory inquiry concerning the institution's compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Prior Experience

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Perryman was an associate at Covington & Burling LLP. While at Covington, Ms. Perryman litigated many cases and developed a particular expertise in litigation on behalf of life sciences companies. As one example, Ms. Perryman served as national counsel for a biotechnology company in more than nineteen suits pending in courts throughout the country. She was also counsel in a significant advertising practices case before the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Perryman was the Chair of Covington's Associate Advisory Committee and was also an active member of the Public Service Committee. For her work on behalf of pro bono clients, Ms. Perryman received the firm’s Chuck F.C. Ruff Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award.

Prior to her legal education, Ms. Perryman was a policy fellow for Campaign for America’s Future in Washington DC where she worked to build a coalition of environmental and labor organizations backing clean energy policy proposals as part of the Apollo Project for Energy Independence. While studying to obtain her undergraduate degree at Baylor University, Ms. Perryman coordinated Project Democracy – GEAR UP, a federally-funded initiative that developed debate programs for at risk youth in Central Texas public middle schools. Under Ms. Perryman’s leadership, Project Democracy received state and national commendations. Ms. Perryman also served as an intern for Former House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt.

Honors and Awards

  • Selected as a "Rising Star" in the 2014-2017 editions of Washington DC Super Lawyers
  • Chuck F. C. Ruff, Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (2010)
  • Supreme Court of Louisiana, Honor Volunteer Award for Aiding Victims of Hurricane Katrina (2007)
  • Harry S. Truman Scholar (2002)

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Section on Litigation
  • ABA Section on Litigation, Technology and the Litigator Sub-Committee
  • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Associate Trustee, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

Community Involvement

Ms. Perryman is actively involved in her community. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington DC. She is also a member of the Junior League of Washington, where she volunteers with women and children in transition as part of the League's partnership with Community Family Life Services, an organization that provides assistance to and empowers homeless women, children and families. In addition, Ms. Perryman served on the 40th Anniversary Committee for the Street Law Clinic at Georgetown University.

Publications & News

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June 20, 2017

Court Determines That Grocer's Website Not Used to Sell Goods Is Public Accommodation Under the ADA

Last week, following a bench trial, a federal district judge in Florida concluded that the grocery store and pharmacy chain Winn-Dixie violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act because its website is not compatible with industry-standard screen-reading software used by visually impaired consumers.

May 18, 2017

Uncertain Future For CFPB Small Business Data Rule

An article by Daniel Kearney, Skye Perryman and Daniel Hartman, published by Law360, discusses the uncertain future for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau small business data rule.

April 13, 2017

Property Management Company's Refusal to Rent to District Voucher Holders is Unlawful Discrimination

The Equal Rights Center, a civil rights organization that seeks to promote equal opportunity in housing, filed a lawsuit against The Lenkin Company Management, Inc., a residential property management firm, and related entities for violating the DC Human Rights Act and the federal Fair Housing Act for discriminatory rental practices.

January 31, 2017

False Claims Act: 2016 Year-in-Review

In 2016, the Department of Justice continued to give high priority to False Claims Act investigations and prosecutions. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished by Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report.

August 23, 2016

High Court Inclusive Communities Ruling: 1 Year Later

In this article published by Law360, authors David Ogden, Franca Harris Gutierrez, Debo Adegbile, Michael Gordon, Stephen Carey, Sky Lynn Perryman and Adriel Cepeda Derieux analyze the evolution of disparate impact doctrine since the court's Inclusive Communities decision, with a particular focus on how the decision appears to be affecting enforcement cases brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

October 22, 2015

CFPB Issues Final Rule to Improve Information About Access to Credit in the Mortgage Market

On October 15, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a final rule to implement amendments to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act made by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

July 6, 2015

Disparate Impact Survives—Court Outlines Limitations on Liability  

On June 25, 2015, the US Supreme Court issued a decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, holding that disparate-impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act.  

April 25, 2014

WilmerHale Attorneys Recognized in Annual Washington DC Super Lawyers Listing

The annual edition of the Washington DC Super Lawyers magazine, published by The Washington Post Magazine, released its 2014 listing which includes 37 WilmerHale attorneys.

October 1, 2013

A Primer: Recent Developments and Strategies in Petitions and Lawsuits Challenging FDA Approval of Generic Drug Products Under the Administrative Procedure Act

A chapter by Bruce Manheim, published in Inside the Minds: Food and Drug Litigation Strategies.

October 1, 2013

Partner Bruce Manheim Publishes Chapter on Food and Drug Litigation Strategies

WilmerHale Partner Bruce Manheim authored a chapter in the newly-released book, Inside the Minds: Food and Drug Litigation Strategies.

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Education

JD, cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2007, Editor, American Criminal Law Review; Editor-in-Chief, ACLR Annual Survey on White Collar Crime; Senior Writing Fellow; Barrister’s Counsel

BA, Economics and Philosophy, magna cum laude, Baylor University, 2003, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors Program, Outstanding Student Award, Department of Economics Outstanding Student Award, Department of Philosophy

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