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Skye Lynn Perryman

Skye Lynn Perryman

Democracy Forward Foundation

Washington, DC, USA

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, 2015 and 2016 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.


    Business Trial Group
    Government and Regulatory Litigation
    Anti-Discrimination and Fair Lending Regulatory and Government Affairs
Financial Institutions


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


District of Columbia



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