Jason Skelton was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. Because his parents were poor, he worked throughout college to pay his living expenses and tuition. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University in 1998 and graduated with honors from Indiana University School of Law in 2001. One week after graduating from law school he was on his way to Portland, Oregon. He passed the bar exam in 2001 and began working at a law firm representing banks and other commercial clients in transactions and litigation.
In 2003, he served as the legislative assistant for State Representative Mark Hass where he was involved with legislation relating to consumer fraud, and learned about regulation of insurance companies.
Afterwards, he defended insurance companies in personal injury cases and insurance policy disputes. During this time he learned how insurance companies evaluate and defend claims, which helps him advise his clients as he represents them against the insurance companies. He truly enjoys the work he does now because he represents those who really need help.
He is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association of Justice. He served on the Oregon Uniform Civil Jury Instruction Committee, which creates the model jury instructions for use in all civil jury trials in Oregon.
Currently, he is a board member of Bradley Angle, which is a nonprofit serving all those affected by domestic violence.
He is the lucky father of two young daughters. When not with his daughters, he prefers to ride his bicycle, read, volunteer for something good and play basketball.