Gavin W. Skok,





Gavin is Chair of the Litigation Practice Group. He is a commercial litigator experienced in representing regional and national companies as plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts in the Northwest and across the country. Gavin’s practice emphasizes class action defense, privacy litigation, and unique or challenging commercial disputes. When he’s not practicing law, Gavin enjoys spending time with his daughter, wakeboarding and wakesurfing, and looking for those rare sunny days in Seattle.

Prior to joining Riddell Williams, Gavin was a federal judicial law clerk to United States District Court Judge Robert H. Whaley (E.D.Wash.).

Gavin is a regular presenter on data security and privacy issues, class actions, and attorney-client privilege matters. He contributes frequently to legal industry publications including, Law360, Today’s General Counsel, and the Association of Corporate Counsel’s newsletters. Notable recent presentations and publications include:


Data Security and Privacy

  • CLE Presenter, “Trends in Data Security and Health Information Privacy,” (Seattle University School of Law, August 3, 2016)
  • Presenter, “Data Security for Health Information: Perspectives, Trends, and Risks” (Seattle University Law School Health Law Certificate Program, August 12, 2015)
  • CLE presenter, Cyber-Risk Management for General Business Lawyers (Seattle University, November 2014)
  • Client in-house trainings on privacy and data security (various)

Class Actions

  • Panelist, “The Consumer Class Action is Dead, Long Live the Consumer Class Action!” (ABA Business Law Section, Chicago, September 17, 2015)
  • CLE presenter, “Consumer Class Action Litigation: Leveraging New Developments in Class Certification, Causation and Reliance” (Strafford CLE, April 2010)

Attorney-Client Privilege and Litigation

  • Faculty, NITA Trial Advocacy Program (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  • “Court Chills Class Action Litigation,” Puget Sound Business Journal (December 13, 2013)
  • CLE presenter, “Attorney-Client Privilege and Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel” (Various, 2009-2014)
  • Faculty, NITA Deposition Skills (2011)

Gavin has been named a Washington Super Lawyer® and a Washington Top 100 Super Lawyer®. He has achieved the peer reviewed rating of AV Preeminent® by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® and a rating of 10.0 by Avvo.



Gavin is on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and has taught at NITA’s deposition and trial skills workshops. He is a member of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee of the ABA Business Law Section. Gavin also volunteers pro bono time for a local public defender agency, for which he has taken several cases to jury trial. In addition, Gavin has provided pro bono public service to the ACLU, Oxford House, an animal rescue center, a local winner of a major network home remodeling show, and other local organizations and individuals.

Gavin received his B.A., with honors, from Gonzaga University and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Washington.


Riddell Williams Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys, and Top 100

Riddell Williams congratulates the following individuals who have been designated 2016 Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys and Top 100 Super Lawyers: 2016 Super Lawyers Bruce J. … read more

A Must-Read Overview on How Data Breaches Occur and Who They Target

Any business concerned with cyber-security – which should be every business, regardless of size or industry – should pay attention to the fascinating and helpful information about data … read more

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s Latest Pitfall and Catch-22: Vicarious Liability

As people more than ever are addicted to their cell phones, calling or texting customers on their cell phones seems an obvious, direct route for businesses to promote … read more

Washington State’s New Data Breach Notification Law Takes Effect This Friday (July 24)

Washington State’s new data breach notification law (RCW 19.255.010) takes effect Friday, July 24, bringing important changes that all companies doing business in Washington should be aware of.  … read more

Managing the Cyber-Security Risks Posed by Vendors to Minimize the Risk of a Data Breach and Litigation or Regulatory Enforcement

Data security breaches are big news these days. As companies scramble to fortify their networks and protect personal information, an often-overlooked risk is becoming increasingly important: inadequate data … read more

The Federal Trade Commission’s Recent Comments on Big Data

There are numerous open questions about how Big Data will be regulated.  What types of decisions can be made, in what context, and what disclosures need to be … read more

Data Privacy and Security Obligations: The Essential Questions Every Business Must Ask

Join attorneys Bruce Goto, Gavin Skok and Shata Stucky as they discuss the data management, privacy and security questions every business should ask, and the actions every business … read more

Data Breaches Happen To Small Companies Too

Reports of major data breaches at large companies — Anthem, Home Depot and Target, to name a few — have flooded the news cycle over the past couple … read more

Riddell Williams Wins Case of First Impression before Washington Supreme Court

On April 2, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court held that Washington’s homestead exemption law did not apply to real property outside of the state.  (Click here to read … read more

Brace Your Company for an Onslaught of Government Action on Privacy and Data Security

If 2014 was the year of the data breach, then 2015 may well become known as the year the government fights back.  This year has already seen a … read more

FTC Issues New Privacy and Security Guidance for the Internet of Things

On January 27, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a Staff Report on privacy and security issues related to the Internet of Things (“IoT”).  The Staff Report … read more

Attorney-Client Privilege and Ethical Issues for In-House Counsel

Join Gavin Skok and Rachel Schaefer for an important discussion about the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel attempting to protect the attorney-client privilege and work product immunity, … read more

Landmark Ruling in Target Data Breach Lawsuit Affects any Company Handling Private Consumer Information

The Minnesota federal district court overseeing nationwide litigation against Target related to its massive 2013 data breach issued a ground-breaking decision on December 2, 2014 that may significantly … read more

Beware the Litigation and Regulatory Risks Posed by Vendor Cyber-Security Practices

Data privacy and data security breaches are big news these days.  As companies scramble to fortify their networks and protect personal information, an often-overlooked risk is becoming increasingly … read more

Data Breach Notification Statutes

Data security is quickly becoming one of the most pressing issues affecting businesses.  The security threats are numerous – “hacker attack,” point-of-sale network intrusion (e.g., Target), stolen hard … read more

Important Development Favoring Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

In a major development supporting the enforceability of class action waivers in consumer arbitration agreements, the California Supreme Court ruled on June 23, 2014 in Iskanian v. CLS … read more

Strict New Anti-Spam Rules Take Effect in Canada July 1st

This is a quick reminder that Canada’s strict new Anti-Spam Legislation goes into effect on July 1, 2014, and has broad implications for emails and text messages sent … read more

Identifying, Managing and Responding to Data Privacy and Data Security Risks

This presentation is designed to assist corporate counsel in identifying data privacy and data security risks in their organizations and to develop tools to manage and respond to … read more

SEC Puts Focus on Cybersecurity

Following a wave of large data breaches and increased Congressional pressure, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is taking a closer look at cybersecurity disclosure requirements. With the … read more

Two Recent Decisions Highlight Shrinking Traditional Insurance for Data Breach Liability, Consideration of New Policies

In the war between businesses and hackers, data breach losses present potentially astronomical legal exposure and business expense, for which insurance would be very helpful.  Any company that … read more

When Customer Info Spills Out, Attorneys Help Mop Up

Businesses have a lot to lose by losing data, but law firms have a lot to gain by helping them protect it. For more information, contact Gavin Skok. … read more

Court Chills Class Action Litigation

In recent years, a business-friendly U.S. Supreme Court has made it harder for consumers to bring class action lawsuits. For more information, contact Gavin Skok. Published in the … read more

Email and Employment Cases

Presentation date July 26, 2007 A practical overview of the unique role that email plays in employment cases. Highlights include: Litigation tips for both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ counsel … read more

Goals of an Electronic Document Retention Program

Presentation date June 1, 2006 New trends that make sound document retention a high priority. Electronic documents make this a unique problem. At least 93% of all information … read more