United States 2014 – GC Powerlist

United States 2014

Alex Dimitrief

Senior vice-president and general counsel | General Electric Company

Alex Dimitrief spent more than 20 years at Kirkland & Ellis before making the leap to in-house, and he hasn’t forgotten his roots. ‘I remember how demanding clients were, and...

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Alfred Pollard

General counsel | Federal Housing Finance Agency

Alfred Pollard displayed ‘boldness and vision in partnering with outside counsel to launch what may be the largest collection of securities cases in history’, opines Peter Calamari of Quinn Emanuel...

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Amy Schulman

Vice-president and general counsel | Pfizer

As the brains behind Pfizer’s much-lauded Pfizer Legal Alliance, Amy Schulman’s inclusion here is somewhat inevitable. The alliance, created shortly after she joined the company in 2008, was set up...

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Anastasia Danias

Senior vice-president and chief litigation officer | National Football League

Anastasia Danias’s background is in IP, but since moving in-house, she’s discovered that her skills can be utilized in a number of different ways: not only has she been managing...

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Angela Hilt

Vice-president, corporate secretary and associate general counsel | Clorox

Angela Hilt has played a leadership role in Clorox’s diversity initiatives; the company’s legal team has a strong record of retention rates, and the wider group has a solid corporate...

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Editor Message

For 28 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world. In a new series, The Legal 500 is turning its attention to the in-house function, and recognizing those corporate counsel who are driving the legal business forward. Up first is GC Powerlist: United States, which identifies the most powerful corporate legal advisers in the United States. …read more

We have canvassed opinion from our 2.5 million in-house readers and partners at law firms across the US, to bring you the in-house stars that are driving the profession. The selected corporate counsel are those who are changing or forming opinions within their company or industry; have developed brilliant technical solutions to complex issues; created innovative structures to ensure that the in-house function is driving the business forward; provided a diversity or business working model that other corporate counsel should follow.

If you have feedback on GC Powerlist United States, or wish to nominate other in-house individuals (either in the US or global), please do get in touch at corporatecounsel@legal500.com

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Venable LLP – A History of Client Service

For over a century, we have built our firm based on a simple and enduring premise: We see the world through the eyes of our clients. We immerse ourselves in our clients’ businesses to fully understand the context of their legal issues. Our clients know that our every decision – from hiring, to shaping our service areas, to expanding our global reach – is informed by our desire to better serve their needs.

Comprehensive Solutions to Today’s Complex Issues

Today, Venable is an American Lawyer 100 law firm. With more than 600 attorneys in nine offices across the country, we are strategically positioned to advance our clients’ business objectives in the U.S. and abroad. Our clients rely on Venable’s proven capabilities in all areas of corporate and business law, complex litigation, intellectual property, and regulatory and government affairs.

Our attorneys have an excellent understanding of their practice areas and bring a wealth of firsthand experience to the challenges and opportunities our clients face. In this era of ever-increasing scrutiny by the government, our clients benefit from Venable’s Washington know-how. Our attorneys, many of whom are former Members of Congress, regulators and senior government staffers, have the experience to provide solutions when government creates regulatory roadblocks.

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Corporate Law & Business Transactions:

Venable represents and advises individual and corporate clients on banking and financial services matters, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, banking regulatory issues, corporate finance and securities, employee benefits and executive compensation, franchise and distribution, mergers and acquisitions, mezzanine finance, real estate and real estate finance, strategic alliances and joint ventures, taxation, technology transactions and outsourcing, and trusts and estates. Venable represents and advises state and local governments and nonprofit organizations on municipal and tax-exempt finance and tax compliance. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, entrepreneurs, family businesses, venture capitalists, underwriters, investors of all descriptions, state and local governments, and nonprofit corporations and associations, including healthcare and educational institutions.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

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Since 1888, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has carried the torch for innovation in the legal industry. The firm’s distinguished history began with founder Charles Evans Hughes, future Governor, Secretary of State, and Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. From the beginning, Hughes Hubbard’s goals have always been the same, to do everything we can in support of our clients and to always to do more than is expected of us. At the turn of the twentieth century, a time when most Wall Street firms were focused only on securities work, our founder, Charles Evans Hughes, decided that the firm should partner with its clients in order to meet all of their legal needs. From the start we handled international matters. Our international footprint and collaborative skills enable us to protect our client’s interests in critical disputes around the world. Hughes’ value of client service and his novel thinking about the practice of law have been passed down through generations of the firm’s lawyers. Each of our highly esteemed practices is committed to providing superior, individualized service and adding value to our clients.

Like Hughes, who earned trusted adviser status by immersing himself in his clients’ businesses, we are known for our strong commitment and dedication to our clients. Every attorney in the firm understands that the practice of law requires extensive knowledge, outstanding skills and unwavering responsiveness. We also recognize that it takes more than smart lawyering to cultivate and maintain lasting relationships, which is why some of our client relationships have lasted for more than half a century.

We do best with clients who want to team up with a law firm.

Clients regularly seek our help for their most important matters. In the Vioxx litigation for Merck, we served as co-national counsel. We represent the SIPA Trustee for the liquidations of Lehman Brothers and MF Global. We represent all of the Big Four accounting firms, many of the world’s leading financial institutions and numerous Fortune 500 clients. We also represent sovereign nations such as the Government of Canada in what The Economist called “the biggest trade battle on the planet.”


We’ve always had a commitment to things larger than our own pocketbooks.

Hughes Hubbard’s unwavering commitment to diversity and pro bono has distinguished the firm since its inception. From Charles Evans Hughes who campaigned vigorously for women’s suffrage in his run for the U.S. presidency in 1916 to Candace Beinecke, who became the first woman to chair a major New York law firm in 1999, to topping The American Lawyer’s Pro Bono Scorecard, a steadfast commitment to these core values is part of our DNA and has guided the firm’s practice from its beginnings to the present day.

We want to practice only in areas where we can add value

At Hughes Hubbard we strive to provide unparalleled service and exceed client expectations in the most complex legal matters. Our areas of practice include, among others, domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and security law, corporate reorganization, commercial litigation, international arbitration, product liability, antitrust, intellectual property, internal investigations and ethics compliance, international trade, labor, employee benefits and tax. Our approach also includes holistic approaches to specific industry sectors, such as: energy, financial institutions, gaming, life sciences, media and entertainment and transportation.

At Hughes Hubbard lawyers like to work hard and they like hard work. Our clients don’t hire us to do what’s easy. We have more than 350 lawyers practising across the United States from offices in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Miami, Los Angeles, and Kansas City; in Europe through the firm’s Paris office; and in Asia from our Tokyo office.

Shearman & Sterling

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