United States 2019 – GC Powerlist

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???Dana O’Brien

Senior vice president and general counsel?and corporate secretary | CenterPoint Energy

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?William L. Hutton

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Reinsurance Group of America

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A. Verona Dorch

Executive vice president, chief legal officer, government affairs and corporate secretary | Peabody Energy

A. Verona Dorch, executive vice president, chief legal officer, government affairs and corporate secretary, is a recognised leader in the American in-house legal community and the leader of the legal...

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Adam G. Ciongoli

Senior vice president and general counsel | Campbell Soup

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Adam R. Kokas

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings

Responsible for directing the Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ (AAWW) legal and regulatory affairs as well as overseeing all compliance matters, Adam R. Kokas has played a leading role in a...

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Adam Rosman

Executive vice president and general counsel | First Data

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Adam S. Umanoff

Executive vice president and general counsel | Edison International

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Alan Braverman

Senior executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | The Walt Disney Company

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Alan Bryan

Senior associate general counsel - legal operations and outside counsel management | Walmart

Originally from Arkansas, Alan Bryan spent a highly successful decade practicing with Little Rock-based Friday, Eldredge & Clark – where he eventually became partner. He decided during the course of...

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Alex J. Tolston

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Hemisphere Media Group

Alex J. Tolston is general counsel of Hemisphere Media Group, a leading publicly traded Spanish-language media company that operates television networks in the US and Latin America. One nominator says...

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Alexander R. Lake

Executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary | World Fuel Services

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Alicia Kelly

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | TJX

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Allen C. Parker

Senior executive vice president, general counsel | Wells Fargo

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Allyson Krause

Senior vice president and general counsel | Promethean

Allyson Krause, senior vice president and general counsel at Promethean, is a highly skilled in-house lawyer with almost 10 years of experience at the helm of global legal operations for...

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Amy Tu

General counsel | Tyson Foods

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Amy Weaver

President, legal and corporate affairs, general counsel and secretary | salesforce.com

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Amy Wilson

General counsel and corporate secretary | Dow

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Anat Hakim

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | WellCare Health Plans

Formerly an equity partner in the intellectual property litigation department at Foley & Lardner and an associate with Latham & Watkins, Anat Hakim’s in-house legal career began with Abbott Laboratories...

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Andrew Bonzani

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Interpublic Group

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Andy Pace

Senior vice president and general counsel | Akridge

Joining Akridge, a company with 33 years of operating history that had never had an in-house legal department, allowed Andy Pace to pave the way the legal function operates for...

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Ann D. Davidson

Senior vice president,general counseland corporate secretary | L3 Technologies

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Anne M. Foulkes

Vice president, associate general counsel and secretary | PPG Industries

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Anne T. Madden

Senior vice president and general counsel | Honeywell International

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Anthony Lannie

Executive vice president and general counsel | Apache Corporation

Anthony Lannie assumed his current position as general counsel of Apache in 2003, having served as president of Kinder Morgan Power Company and president of Shell Oil Company’s subsidiary Coral...

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Antonious Porch

General counsel | SoundCloud

In 2018, Antonious Porch joined Berlin-based digital company SoundCloud, which is the world’s largest music and audio platform as its general counsel. Prior to joining SoundCloud, he served as general...

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April Miller Boise

Senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary | Meritor

In addition to her time as a law firm partner, a managing partner, and a member of an eight-person law firm executive committee, April Miller Boise has been a general...

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Arthur R. Block

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Comcast

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Audrey Andrews

Senior vice president and general counsel | Tenet Healthcare

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Audrey Boone Tillman

Executive vice president, general counsel | Aflac

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Audrey Lee

Executive vice president, general counsel | Starz Entertainment

Audrey Lee, executive vice president, general counsel of Starz Entertainment, has extensive experience in the media legal industry through multiple executive in-house positions at leading cinematic production companies. She previously...

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Ava Harter

Senior vice president, secretary and general counsel | Owens Corning

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Avery Fischer

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Ralph Lauren

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Ben Campbell

General counsel | Deloitte

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Ben Campbell

Chief legal officer and secretary | C.H. Robinson Worldwide

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Ben Fordham

Executive vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary | Community Health Systems

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Ben Gross

Chief strategy officer | Genius

Ben Gross, chief strategy officer at Genius, has been with the company since it started, initially handling everything from its legal affairs as its general counsel, to running its finance,...

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Benjamin Singer

General counsel and secretary | Blue Apron

After seven years of working in private practice and developing expertise in technology M&A, venture financings, private equity and other corporate and commercial transactions, Benjamin Singer moved in-house to join...

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Benjamin T. Alden

Senior vice president and general counsel | Betterment

Since Benjamin T. Alden joined leading independent robo-adviser Betterment in 2014, the company has grown from several dozen employees to several hundred, and has increased its assets under management by...

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Bennett A. MacDougall

Chief legal officer | The Dreyfus Corporation

‘My advice [to aspiring general counsel] is to learn as much as possible about the business you support and the industry you cover’, Bennett A. MacDougall, chief legal officer of...

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Bernhard Goepelt

Senior vice president and general counsel | Coca-Cola

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Beth Murrell

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Weatherford

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Bob Gordon

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Albertsons Cos.

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Bob McIntosh

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | WestRock

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Brad Burd

General counsel | GoHealth

After an eight year career in private practice in elite Chicago law firms, Brad Burd moved in-house joining the then rapidly expanding start-up health insurance provider GoHealth in 2011. Burd...

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Brad Smith

President and chief legal officer | Microsoft

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Bradford Turner

Chief legal and administrative officer | Newell Brands

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Bradley Johnsen

Associate general counsel | Amazon.com

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Bradley M. Gayton

Group vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel | Ford Motor

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Brandon Smith

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Tenneco

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Brandy Treadway

General counsel and senior vice president | J.C. Penney

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Brent Backes

Group vice president and general counsel | DCP Midstream

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Brent King

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Performance Food Group

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Brett A. Pletcher

Executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer | Gilead Sciences

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Brett J. Hart

Executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel | United Continental Holdings

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Brian Bloch

Vice president and general counsel | SimpliSafe

‘Trusted. Innovative. Practical. Three words come to mind when describing both Brian Bloch, and the company he calls home. As the vice president and general counsel of SimpliSafe, a technology...

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Brian Curci

Senior vice president and general counsel | NRG Energy

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Brian Ellis

Senior vice president and general counsel | Danaher

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Brian Nurse

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | WWE

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Brian P. Brooks

Chief legal officer | Coinbase

In September 2018 Brian P. Brooks embarked on the latest chapter of his formidable career by joining Coinbase, the digital currency exchange platform based in in San Francisco, as their...

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Brian Schorr

Partner and chief legal officer | Trian Partners

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Brian T. Sephton

Chief legal and governance officer | INTL FCStone

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Bruce Peterson

Senior vice president and general counsel | DTE Energy

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Burt M. Fealing

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Southwire Company

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Burton Brillhart

Chief legal officer, general counsel, chief of staff | Varsity Brands

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Camila Amaral Surcan

Head of legal and corporate affairs | Pirelli

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Carla Christofferson

Executive vice president, chief legal officer | Aecom

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Carlos M. Brown

Vice president and general counsel | Dominion Energy

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Carlos M. Hernandez

Executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary | Fluor

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Caroline Cheng

General counsel | PWC US

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Catharine Ellingsen

Executive vice president, chief legal officer, chief ethics and compliance officer and corporate secretary | Republic Services

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Chad Phipps

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Zimmer Biomet Holdings

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Charles Broll

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Nestlé Waters North America

Executive vice president and general counsel Charlie Broll, leads a legal team of 15 professionals including regulatory staff at Nestlé Waters North America, and is based in Stamford, Connecticut. He...

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Charles C. Boettcher

Senior vice president and chief legal officer | Waste Management

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Charles E. Sieving

Executive vice president and general counsel | NextEra Energy

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Charles Gill

Executive vice president and general counsel | United Technologies

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CharlesE. Baker

Vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Ball

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Chris Filosa

General counsel | Personalized Beauty Discovery (ipsy)

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Chris Gawart

Vice president and general counsel | Northwestern Mutual

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Chris Ghazarian

General counsel | DreamHost

In a very short amount of time, Chris Ghazarian has seen his career transform from a legal intern to a trusted advisor for his CEO and board at DreamHost, a...

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Chris Sundermeier

General counsel, chief privacy officer and corporate secretary | Reputation.com

A highly experieinced chief legal executive with more than 25 years’ experience working with a variety of high growth technology and internet companies, Chris Sundermeier, general counsel, chief privacy officer...

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Christa DAlimonte

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Viacom

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Christian Genetski

Chief legal officer | FanDuel

Christian Genetski joined FanDuel, a web-based fantasy sports game with six million registered users, as chief legal officer in January 2015, as the first in-house counsel. Over time, he built...

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Christina Lema

General counsel | Vista Equity Partners

When Christina Lema joined Vista Equity Partners in 2012, it was a private equity-focused firm with two product lines, $6bn under management and employing around 50 staff, most of whom...

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Christine Kalla

Executive vice president and general counsel | Travelers Cos.

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Christine M. Castellano

Senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer | Ingredion

Joining Ingredion Incorporated in September 1996 after an associate income partner position with McDermott Will & Emery, as well as a period as a judicial clerk at the United States...

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Christine Neuhoff

Vice president, chief legal officer | St. Luke's Health System

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Christine S. Wheatley

Group vice president, secretary and general counsel | Kroger

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Christopher J. Meade

Chief legal officer | BlackRock

Leader of the company’s legal and compliance group and a member of its global executive committee, Christopher J. Meade is BlackRock’s general counsel and chief legal officer. He has been...

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Christopher J. Verni

Vice president, chief IP counsel | Sarepta Therapeutics

‘Christopher J. Verni oversees the contentious and non-contentious patent and trademark work for Sarepta Therapeutics. He orchestrated a successful strategy involving patent proceedings in the US and across Europe adverse...

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Christopher Todoroff

Senior vice president and general counsel | Humana

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Clarissa Cerda

General counsel | Pindrop

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Coleman Edmunds

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | AutoNation

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Colleen Batcheler

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Conagra Brands

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Connie Brenton

Chief of staff and senior director of legal operations | NetApp

1. ‘Under Connie Brenton’s leadership as senior director of legal operations, the NetApp legal department transformed from an expensive cost centre to an award-winning, barrier breaking, sales-enhancing centre. Brenton’s focus...

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Conor French

General counsel | Zipline International Inc.

Conor French began his career in the Los Angeles and New York offices of Latham & Watkins as an attorney in the firm’s corporate department and capital markets practice group....

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Cory R. Kampfer

Chief legal officer and head of operations | OnDeck

Cory R. Kampfer joined OnDeck as general counsel in 2011 and was promoted to chief legal officer in 2015, having previous experience as a corporate associate at Paul Weiss in...

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Craig A. Wilson

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Envision Healthcare

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Craig Glidden

Executive vice president, general counsel | General Motors

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Craig Silliman

Executive vice president public policy and general counsel | Verizon

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Cynthia Hoff Trochu

Senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, legal | Texas Instruments

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D. Cameron Findlay

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Archer Daniels Midland

In his role as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Fortune 50 company Archer Daniels Midland, D. Cameron Findlay oversees the global legal, compliance, regulatory, government relations and...

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Damien Atkins

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | The Hershey Company

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Dan Halem

Deputy commissioner, Baseball Administration and chief legal officer | Major League Baseball

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Dan Mascaro

Chief legal officer | Progressive

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Dan McDevitt

General counseland corporate secretary | HD Supply Holdings

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Dana Rao

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Adobe

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Darryl M. Burman

Vice president and general counsel | Group 1 Automotive

‘Darryl M. Burman, Group 1 Automotive’s vice president and general counsel, was named the company’s first general counsel in late 2006. Burman led Group 1’s acquisitions of various UK auto...

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Dave L. Bialosky

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Goodyear Tire & Rubber

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Dave Shelton

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Chemours

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David A. Golden

Senior vice president, chief legal and sustainability officer and corporate secretary | Eastman Chemical

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David A. Zapolsky

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Amazon.com

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David C. Phelan

Executive vice president and general counsel | State Street Corp.

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David C. Robinson

Executive vice president and general counsel | Hartford Financial Services Group

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David F. Snively

Executive vice president, secretary and general counsel | Monsanto

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David Fein

Group general counsel | Standard Chartered

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David Hyman

General counsel | Netflix

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David Leitch

Global general counsel | Bank of America

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David M. Feinberg

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | American Electric Power

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David M. King

Executive vice president and general counsel | Williams-Sonoma

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David Oskandy

General counsel and secretary | Avanade

Since joining Avanade as its general counsel in 2010, David Oskandy has built a global team of 55 highly effective legal and compliance professionals operating across 24 countries. Particularly proud...

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David R. McAtee II

Senior executive vice president and general counsel | AT&T Services

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David R. Vetter

Executive vice president, chief legal officer | Tech Data

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David Sorkin

General counsel | KKR

‘David Sorkin, general counsel of KKR and a member of the executive committee, is among the most influential figures in the private equity industry. KKR has relied on Sorkin for...

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David Stryker

Executive vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and secretary | Huntsman

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David Yawman

Executive vice president of government affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary | PepsiCo

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Deborah L. Steiner

Senior vice president legal affairs, general counsel and secretary | RR Donnelley & Sons (RRD)

Formerly a federal prosecutor at the US Attorney’s Office in Chicago and one of the founding forces behind the first Inspector General’s Office for the State of Illinois, Deborah L....

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Deborah P. Majoras

Chief legal officer and secretary | Procter & Gamble

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Deirdre Runnette

General counsel and head of human resources | (FORMERLY OF) Zulily

Deirdre Runnette is a highly accomplished and skilled general counsel who has made a name for herself in the technology industry. She has 20 years of experience in private practice...

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Deneen Donnley

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | USAA

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Denise C. McWatters

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | HollyFrontier

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Denise Cade

Senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary | IDEX Corporation

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Don H. Liu

Executive vice president and chief legal and risk officer | Target

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Don L. Bell II

Senior vice president and general counsel | National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)

Don L. Bell began his career working in the Washington DC office of Proskauer Rose LLP as a healthcare associate, before joining the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)...

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Don McGowan

Chief legal officer and business affairs | Pokémon

Don McGowan, chief legal officer and business affairs at Pokémon, started at Pokémon as general counsel in August 2008, receiving the promotion to chief legal officer and business affairs in...

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Donald F. McAleenan

Senior vice president and general counsel | Builders FirstSource

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Donald J. Rosenberg

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Qualcomm

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Dorian Daley

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Oracle

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Dorothy G. Capers

Executive vice president and global general counsel | National Express Group

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Doug Kramer

General counsel | Cloudflare

Douglas Kramer joined Cloudflare in August 2017 after serving in the Obama Administration for seven years. His time there was nothing short of impressive, as during the Obama Administration he...

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Douglas Lankler

Executive vice president, general counsel | Pfizer

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Douglas Stewart

Vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Vantage Drilling International

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Duane D. Holloway

Senior vice president, general counsel, chief ethics and compliance officer and corporate secretary | United States Steel

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E. Lee Reichert

Chief legal and corporate affairs officer | Molson Coors Brewing

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E. Robert Lupone

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Textron

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Edward Impert

General counsel | Lithia Motors

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Edward S. Nekritz

Chief legal officer and general counsel | Prologis

‘Ed S. Nekritz performs far-reaching duties for Prologis, the largest global owner-operator and developer of high-quality logistics real estate with assets under management of $72bn. Most of its consolidated properties...

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Elena Kraus

Senior vice president, general counsel | Walgreens Boots Alliance

‘Elena Kraus is a very smart professional, an excellent lawyer, a caring conscientious manager, and a fantastic business partner. Calm under pressure and politically astute, she is an asset for...

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Elisa D. Garcia

Chief legal officer | Macys

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Elizabeth D. Moore

Senior vice president and general counsel | Consolidated Edison

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Ellen C. Ginsberg

Vice president, general counsel and secretary | Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)

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Ellen M. Fitzsimmons

General counsel and corporate secretary | SunTrust Banks

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Eric D. Reicin

Vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | MorganFranklin

Described by nominators as ‘exceedingly bright and hardworking’ Eric D. Reicin serves as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the global organisation MorganFranklin Consulting, as well as its...

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Eric Grossman

Chief legal officer and executive vice president | Morgan Stanley

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Eric I. Cohen

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Terex

A highly proactive individual with excellent interpersonal skills who prioritises building high levels of trust with business partners through face-to-face interactions, (one of his personal mantras being “email is evil”),...

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Eric Margolin

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | CarMax

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Eric R. Dinallo

Executive vice president and general counsel | Guardian Life Ins. Co. of America

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Eric Sherbet

Executive vice president, general counsel | IQVIA

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Eric Welsh Gross

Senior vice-president, legal and compliance and general counsel | Sapphire Digital

After graduating from Seton Hall Law School and working in private practice Eric Welsh Gross joined St Josephs’ Healthcare System as associate general counsel in 2011 before leaving to join...

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Ethan Orlinsky

‎Senior vice president and general counsel | Major League Baseball Properties

With the estimated cost of piracy and counterfeiting projected by some estimates to reach into the trillions of dollars by the early 2020s, Major League Baseball’s (MLB) globally popular sporting...

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Evan R. Berman

Chief legal officer (Americas) | StormHarbour Securities

Evan R. Berman serves as the chief legal officer for StormHarbour Securities, an independent global markets and financial advisory firm founded by financial experts Antonio Cacorino, Fredrick Chapey and Sohail...

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F. Samuel Eberts III

Chief legal officer, corporate secretary and senior vice president of corporate affairs | Laboratory Corp. of America

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Farrah Pepper

Chief legal innovation counsel | Marsh & McLennan Companies

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Farzaneh Paslar

General counsel, international transactions and compliance | Honeywell International

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Frank R. Jimenez

General counsel and corporate secretary | Raytheon

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Frank Zomerfeld

General counsel | The Hackett Group

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Gary H. Pilnick

Vice chairman, corporate development and chief legal officer | Kellogg

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George Cave

Executive vice president, general counsel, chief compliance and ethics officer, chief risk officer and corporate secretary | ON Semiconductor

George Cave is a celebrated and experienced in-house counsel based in Arizona with copious international experience, including a seven year stint in Switzerland covering Eastern European and Chinese legal business...

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Gerhard W. Pleuhs

Executive vice president corporate and legal affairs and general counsel | Mondelēz International

In the capacity of executive vice president, corporate and legal affairs and general counsel, Gerhard W. Pleuhs leads the legal, corporate secretarial, compliance and security functions as well as corporate...

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Gerson A. Zweifach

Senior executive vice president and group general counsel, chief compliance officer | Twenty-First Century Fox

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Greerson (Greer) McMullen

Chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary | Coty

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Greg Henchel

?Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Abercrombie & Fitch

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Gregory B. Jordan

General counsel and chief administrative officer | PNC Financial Services Group

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Gregory J. Murphy

Vice president and general counsel | Nucor

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Gregory S. Gallopoulos

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | General Dynamics

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Gregory Tarpinian

Senior vice president and chief legal officer | Arrow Electronics

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Guillermo Bichara

Vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Praxair

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Harry P. Weitzel

Director and senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Enterprise Products Partners

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Heather Stern

General counsel and global vice president, legal affairs | Whole Foods Market

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Hilary Krane

Executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel | Nike

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Hubert L. Allen

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Abbott Laboratories

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Ignacio A. Cortina

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Oshkosh

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Ilene Moore

General counsel | DaVita

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Ivan K. Fong

Senior vice president, legal affairs and general counsel | 3M

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J. Kevin McCarthy

Senior executive vice president and general counsel | Bank of New York Mellon

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J. Michael Luttig

Vice president and general counsel | Boeing

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Jamal H. Haughton

Senior vice president and general counsel | Samsung Electronics

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James E. Ballowe Jr.

Senior vice president and senior counsel | E*TRADE

James E. Ballowe, Jr. joined E*TRADE Financial Corporation in June 2001, supporting the legal aspects of its pioneering presence in the online brokerage industry. He was offered the opportunity to...

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James F. Kelleher

Executive vice president and chief legal officer | Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

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James L. Chosy

Executive vice president and general counsel | U.S. Bancorp

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James L. McCulloch

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Forum Energy Technologies

A veteran lawyer in the offshore energy sector, James L. McCulloch has worked for over 40 years in different aspects of the industry along the Gulf Coast. This includes his...

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James Matthew Vaughn

Senior vice president and general counsel | Par Pacific

Before joining Par Pacific in July 2014, James Matthew Vaughn has accrued14 years of experience in private practice as an associate and then equity partner at Porter Hedges in Houston,...

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James Y. Kerr II

Executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer | Southern

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Janet Langford Carrig

Senior vice president legal, general counsel and corporate secretary | ConocoPhillips

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Janet Link

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Stanley Black & Decker

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Jason Kelroy

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Kohl's

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Jason L. Brown

Vice president general counsel and secretary | Dyson

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Jay Browning

Executive vice president and general counsel | Valero Energy

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Jeff D. Barlow

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Molina Healthcare

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Jeff Heeter

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Alcoa

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Jeff Raborn

Executive vice president of law and external affairs and general counsel | Reynolds American

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Jeffrey B. Gewirtz

Executive vice president of business affairs and chief legal and compliance officer | Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE)

‘Jeff B. Gewirtz is responsible for advising BSE’s board of advisory directors and executive management on key legal, business, and strategic matters for BSE’s broad sports and entertainment industry holdings....

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Jeffrey Melucci

Senior vice president and general counsel | Kimberly-Clark

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Jeffrey N. Carp

Executive vice president, chief legal officer | State Street Corp.

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Jennifer Hall

General counsel - intellectual property | Mars, Incorporated

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Jennifer M. Daniels

Chief legal officer and secretary | Colgate-Palmolive

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Jennifer Zachary

Executive vice president and general counsel | Merck

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Jerry Krulewitch

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | McDonalds

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Jerry Levine

General counsel and corporate secretary | Ipsoft

1. ‘Jerry Levine has over 10 years of legal practice experience that ranges from working in a firm, owning his own firm and being in-house. Recently, Levine entered a company...

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Jesse A. Lynn

General counsel | Icahn Enterprises

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Jessica L. Mayer

Executive vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary | Cardinal Health

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Jim Baldwin

Chief legal office and general counsel | Dr Pepper Snapple Group

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Jim Bourdeau

General counsel | Constellation Brands

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Jim Comitale

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Rite Aid

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Jim Wilbourn

Vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Fiore Gold

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Jim Zappa

Executive vice president and general counsel | CHS

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Joanne H. Raphael

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | PPL

‘Joanne H. Raphael is the senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for one of the largest investor-owned companies in the US utility sector. As general counsel, Raphael has...

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Joel L. Poppen

Legal affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary | Micron Technology

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John Attaway

?Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Publix Super Markets

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John Besser

General Counsel | Away

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John G. Chou

Executive vice president and chief legal and business officer | AmerisourceBergen

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John L. Douglas

Chief oversight and advocacy officer | TIAA

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John L. Howard

Senior vice president, general counsel | W.W. Grainger

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John MacCarthy

General counsel and head of compliance | Nuveen

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John McManus

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | MGM Resorts International

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John Moore

Senior vice president andgeneral counsel | Murphy USA

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John Pantazis

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Heartland Dental

John Pantazis began his career as a law clerk to Judge Richard C. Wesley before starting in private practice with Ropes & Gray in Boston. In 2012, Pantazis moved to...

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John R. Simon

Executive vice president and general counsel | PG&E Corp.

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John Reynolds

Managing general counsel | Fluor

‘John Reynolds is a great counsel for a variety of issues related to construction and engineering contracts and related claims. He has vast experience of negotiating, accompanied with a commercial...

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John Rogovin

Executive vice president and general counsel | Warner Bros.

John Rogovin’s formula for success as an in-house lawyer is no-nonsense but undoubtedly highly effective. ‘Put your head down and work hard’, he says; ‘people notice’. This conscientiousness, extreme work...

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John Ryan

General counsel and corporate secretary | The Jackson Laboratory

John Ryan, general counsel and secretary of The Jackson Laboratory, is a well-rounded corporate and commercial lawyer with over 10 years of experience in the in-house sector, as well as...

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John Schultz

Chief legal and administrative officer and corporate secretary, office of legal and administrative affairs | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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John Sullivan

Senior vice president and general counsel | Costco

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John W. Hamlin

Chief counsel, employment, benefits and governance | Marsh & McLennan Companies

Graduating law school in 1988, John Hamlin’s first professional position was as a legal clerk with Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia Hon....

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John W. Kuo

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Varian Medical Systems

John W. Kuo joined US radiation oncology treatments and software maker company Varian Medical Systems in 2003, initially as associate general counsel focusing in the areas of securities, corporate governance...

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John Zieser

Chief development officer and general counsel | Meredith

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Joia M. Johnson

Chief administrative officer, general counsel and corporate secretary | Hanesbrands

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Jon Hart

Chief legal officer and general counsel | NPR

Before becoming chief legal officer and general counsel of NPR in 2014, Jon Hart spent 27 years in private practice. Hart joined Dow Lohnes & Albertson in 1986, became a...

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Jonathan Biller

Executive vice president, generalcounsel | Celgene

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Jonathan Graham

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Amgen

‘[Jonathan Graham is] senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Amgen. [He is] advisor to the board, CEO, and senior management on strategic business, legal, governance and related matters...

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Jonathan H. Anschell

Executive vice president, deputy general counsel and secretary | CBS

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Jonathan Mothner

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Synchrony Financial

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Jordan Kanfer

Executive vice president, Global Enterprise Solutions and general counsel | NTT America

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Jordan Zamir

Vice president and general counsel | Minted

After making partner at Kirkland, Jordan Zamir was recruited to join Jones Day’s Palo Alto office to help grow their technology corporate practice. In addition to M&A he also spent...

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Jose Gonzalez

Chief legal officer | QBE North America

Jose Ramon Gonzalez, chief legal officer for QBE North America, began his legal career in 1995 at the New York office of Weil, Gotshal and Manges (WGM), after completing his...

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Joseph C. Alter

Vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | AK Steel

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Joseph R. Leonti

Vice president, general counsel and secretary | Parker-Hannifin

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Joseph T. Kennedy

Executive vice president, general counsel and strategic initiatives | Amarin Corporation

One year before joining Amarin, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the commercialisation and development of therapeutics to improve cardiovascular health, Joseph T. Kennedy was honoured as an Irish-American by the...

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Josh Beser

General counsel | Away

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Joshua N. Pila

General counsel, local media group | Meredith

Joshua N. Pila joined the in-house media legal industry after working in private practice in Washington DC. He moved in-house with a television broadcaster based in Providence, RI named LIN...

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Judith C. Dunn

Senior vice president and principal deputy general counsel | Fannie Mae

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Julie Gruber

Executive vice president, global general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer | Gap

Julie Gruber has amassed an extremely detailed knowledge of Gap’s operations over the course of an extremely long and successful tenure with the global clothing titan. Joining the company in...

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Julie S. Janson

Executive vice president (external affairs), chief legal officer and corporate secretary | Duke Energy

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Karen E. Shaff

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Principal Financial

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Karen King

Managing director and chief legal officer | Silver Lake

Karen King is at the vanguard of developing a more comprehensive in-house legal function at private equity firms. During her 13 years at Silver Lake, she has built a 16...

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Karen Patton Seymour

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Goldman Sachs

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Karen Roberts

Executive vice president and general counsel | Walmart

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Karen Wilson Thissen

Executive vice president and general counsel | Ameriprise Financial

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Katherine Adams

Senior vice president and general counsel | Apple

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Keith J. Nelsen

General counsel | Best Buy

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Keith Williamson

General counsel | Centene

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Kelly Mahon Tullier

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Visa

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Kelly McNamara Corley

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Discover Financial Services

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Kent Walker

General counsel | Google

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Kevin Feeney

Senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary | American Air Liquide Holdings

Air Liquide USA has a 100 year history in the US market and today has more than 20,000 employees in more than 1,300 locations across the country. Air Liquide offers...

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Kim M. Rivera

chief legal officer and general counsel | HP

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Kirkland L. Hicks

Executive vice president and general counsel | Lincoln Financial Group

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Kirsten Hewitt

Senior vice president of corporate affairs and general counsel | Whirlpool

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Kris Agarwal

General counsel | Platinum Equity Advisors

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Kristen Collier Wright

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | AutoZone

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Kristin Campbell

Executive vice president and general counsel | Hilton Worldwide Holdings

‘Kristin Campbell, executive vice president and general counsel for Hilton Worldwide, is one of the most innovative general counsels in the country. She joined Hilton in 2011 and is responsible...

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Kristin Coleman

Executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer | US Foods Holding

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Kurston P. McMurray

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | NGL Energy Partners

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Kyle Levine

Vice president of legal and general counsel | Alaska Air Group

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Larry Ferazani

NFL Management Council, general counsel | Natioanl Football League

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Laura C. Meagher

Vice president, general counsel and secretary | VF

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Laura J. Schumacher

Executive vice president, external affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary | AbbVie

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Laureen E. Seeger

Executive vice president and general counsel | American Express

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Laurence Midler

Executive vice president and general counsel | CBRE Group

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Lawrence Jacobs

Executive vice president and global general counsel | Las Vegas Sands

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Lawrence Tu

Senior executive vice president and chief legal officer | CBS

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Leila L. Vespoli

Executive vice president, corporate strategy, regulatory affairs and chief legal officer | FirstEnergy

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Leslie Zmugg

General counsel and secretary | Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

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Lewis Steverson

Senior vice president and general counsel | Corning

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Linda Friedman

Executive vice president and general counsel | Astellas

A highly respected healthcare legal mind, Linda Friedman, executive vice president and general counsel at Astellas, has over 30 years of experience to lead the global legal affairs for the...

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Lisa Iglesias

Executive vice president and general counsel | Unum Group

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Lisa J. Konie

Senior director, legal operations and chief of staff | Adobe

In 2004, Lisa J. Konie joined Adobe, the world-leading digital media and marketing solutions provider, as a licensing lawyer supporting outbound licensing. Over the course of the next four or...

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Lizette Pérez-Deisboeck

General counsel and chief compliance officer | Battery Ventures

‘Lizette Pérez-Deisboeck is one of the most professional general counsels I have worked with. She is pleasant to work with, cooperative and always willing to help. In the many years...

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Lori A. Schechter

Executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer | McKesson

1. ‘As a young lawyer, Lori Schechter’s career ambitions did not include becoming general counsel of a Fortune 500 company. She spent many years as a well-respected lawyer in private...

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Lori Marco

Senior vice president, external affairs and general counsel | Hormel Foods

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Louie Pastor

Executive vice president and general counsel | Xerox

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Louise Pentland

Executive vice president, chief business affairs and legal officer | PayPal

With over 20 years in leadership roles and the past decade spent as a C-Suite level executive, Louise Pentland brings a global understanding of business, leadership, innovation and culture to...

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Lucy Fato

Executive vice president and general counsel | AIG

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Luis Vilarin

Vice president - global head, GPS (manufacturing and product development) and EHS (environmental) law | Bristol-Myers Squibb

‘Luis Vilarin is a terrific commercial lawyer. Among other [things], he shaped an innovative temporary outsourcing model with an international law firm specialised in life sciences, providing support to its...

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Lyndon C. Taylor

Executive vice president and general counsel | Devon Energy

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Lynn Charytan

Senior vice president and senior deputy general counsel | Comcast

Lynn Charytan cites managing a team of lawyers as one of the most rewarding tasks she’s been responsible for: ‘Offering them support and recognition, along with opportunities to learn, take...

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Marc A. Alpert

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Loews Corporation

After 30 years of excelling in private practice with the law firm Chadbourne & Parke, where he was named as a “leading lawyer” in M&A by The Legal 500 for...

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Marc Kesselman

General counsel, corporate secretary and chief government affairs officer | Yum Brands

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Marc Mayo

Chief legal officer | FIS

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Marc S. Firestone

Senior vice president and general counsel | Philip Morris International

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Marcia E. Backus

Senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer | Occidental Petroleum

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Marco Pagni

Executive vice president, global chief administrative officer and general counsel | Walgreens Boots Alliance

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Marcus V. Brown

Executive vice president and general counsel | Entergy

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Margaret Kelsey

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | WEC Energy Group

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Marianne D. Short

Chief legal officer | UnitedHealth Group

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Marie Oh Huber 

Senior vice president, legal affairs, general counsel and secretary | eBay

Marie Oh Huber took on her role with eBay at a pivotal time for the company, providing an immediate challenge for her which she relished: ‘When I joined eBay, the...

#GCPowerlist United States 2019

Mark C. Schroeder

Executive vice president and general counsel | Enable Midstream Partners

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Mark Chandler

Executive vice president, chief legal officer and chief compliance officer | Cisco

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Mark E. Van Der Weide

General counsel | The Federal Reserve System

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Mark Fischer

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | PVH

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Mark Howard

Vice president and chief legal officer | Nationwide

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Mark M. McMillin

General counsel | National Airlines

Mark M. McMillin is the general counsel for National Airlines, a major aviation firm which is primarily a US military contractor. He began his career after being admitted to the...

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Mark Mendoza

Associate general counsel, global M&A | eBay

‘I have worked with Mark Mendoza in a few M&A deals [when he was] representing Yahoo! in acquisitions of Israeli companies. He is an extremely talented lawyer with strong business...

#GCPowerlist United States 2019

Mark O. Webb

Senior vice president corporate affairs and chief legal officer | Dominion Energy

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Mark R. Allen

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | FedEx

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Mark Shaw

Senior vice president general counsel and corporate secretary | Southwest Airlines

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Mark Sustana

Vice president, general counsel and secretary | Lennar Corporation

Mark Sustana joined Lennar in 2005, and was required to create ‘legal and governance functions to satisfy a board consisting entirely of newly appointed members’ following the extremely difficult situation...

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Martha B. Wyrsch

Executive vice president and general counsel | Sempra Energy

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Martin P. Akins

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Express Scripts Holding

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Mary Anne Hilliard

Executive vice president and chief legal officer | Children's National Health System (CNHS)

Mary Anne Hilliard, executive vice president and chief legal officer for Children’s National Health System (CNHS), started her career as a pediatric nurse, demonstrating a passion for children’s health and...

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Mary Carroll

Head of the Legal Operations, Technology and Strategy | Google

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Mary Holohan

Senior legal counsel | Fluor

‘Mary Holohan provides in-depth legal knowledge of engineering and construction, as well as procurement and services related to these industries, being a true asset for contracts and procurement practices within...

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Mary K. W. Jones

Senior vice president and general counsel | Deere

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Mary L. Garceau

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Sherwin-Williams

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Matthew Cooper

General counsel | Capital One

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Matthew Fawcett

Senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary | NetApp

‘As general counsel, Matthew Fawcett has led the transformation and development of NetApp legal into a cutting-edge, award-winning organisation. After leading a major change effort to overhaul what had been...

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Matthew Friedrich

Executive vice president, general counsel, chief corporate affairs officer and secretary | Cognizant

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Matthew G. Mazefsky

General counsel | Rosebud Mining

General counsel at Rosebud Mining, the third largest coal producer in Pennsylvania, Matthew Mazefsky has served in this role since June 2013. Working for a company that has 750 employees...

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Matthew Klein

Senior vice president and general counsel | Universal Health Services

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Max W. Laun

Vice president and general counsel | Arconic

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Meredith S. Jackson

Executive vice president and general counsel | TCW

An expert in banking and finance law, Meredith S. Jackson, executive vice president and general counsel at TCW, is recognised for her outstanding technical ability and leadership throughout her career....

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Mia H. Chiu

General counsel | Ebates

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Michael A. Boxer

Senior vice president and general counsel | Thermo Fisher Scientific

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Michael Bonarti

Corporate vice president, general counsel and secretary | ADP

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Michael Busch

General counsel | The Georgetown Company

‘Trained at Skadden, Michael Busch is a highly regarded general counsel. He is widely respected, and relied upon by his company in this key legal and business role. He is...

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Michael C. Ray

Chief legal officer and secretary | Western Digital

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Michael D. Hutchinson

Vice president and chief legal officer | Stryker

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Michael Holston

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | GE

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Michael J. Harrington

senior vice president and general counsel | Eli Lilly

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Michael J. O’Brien

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Omnicom Group

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Michael J. ONeill

General counsel and chief legal officer | Avnet

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Michael J. Sharp

Executive vice president and general counsel | Jefferies Financial Group

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Michael L. Gravelle

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Fidelity National Financial

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Michael McCormick

Executive vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary | Ecolab

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Michael OConnor

General counsel | Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance

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Michael R. Tyler

Senior vice president and general counsel | Jacobs Engineering Group

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Michael Rowles

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Live Nation Entertainment

Michael Rowles, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Live Nation Entertainment, a market leading live music organisation and online ticketing platform, has extensive experience in building a company...

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Michael S. Ettinger

Senior vice president, corporate and legal affairs and chief of staff, secretary | Henry Schein

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Michael Sukenik

General counsel and corporate secretary | Smoothie King

‘Michael Sukenik is a great, thoughtful lawyer who joined Smoothie King in March 2018 and, in the short time he has been there, built an entire legal department from the...

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Michael Ullmann

Executive vice president, general counsel | Johnson & Johnson

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Michael Valente

Senior vice president law and human resources, general counsel and secretary  | Versum Materials

Michael W. Valente is the senior vice president, law and human resources, general counsel and secretary for Versum Materials, overseeing the company’s law, human resources, intellectual property, corporate secretary, communications...

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Michael Zuckert

Group general counsel | Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) Financial Group

Michael Zuckert joined Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) in 2014 as general counsel after stints at Citibank, Morgan Stanley, The Street, and in private practice at Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Highlights...

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Michal Cieplinski

General counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary | LendingClub

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Michelle Fang

‎Vice president and general counsel | Turo

Michelle Fang started her career as a trademark and business litigator at Quinn Emanuel in 2000 before moving in-house in 2004, first doing litigation at NBC Universal and then at...

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Michelle H. Browdy

Senior vice president (legal and regulatory affairs) and general counsel | IBM

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Michelle Pollock

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | U.S. LBM

Michelle Pollock has served as general counsel of US LBM Holdings, since March 2016. Pollock trained in Australia before moving to New York and working in other in-house corporate counsel...

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Murray R. Garnick

Executive vice president and general counsel | Altria Group

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N. David Bleisch

Executive vice president, chief legal and administrative officer and corporate secretary | Office Depot

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Nancy Laben

Chief legal officer, executive vice president | Booz Allen Hamilton

Nancy Laben is a highly distinguished in-house lawyer with extensive Fortune 500 and private company expertise in developing, managing and overseeing risk mitigation, litigation, corporate and legal programmes. She was...

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Natalie Maciolek

Vice president general counsel and corporate secretary | Kohler

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Nathan D. Goldman

Executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary | CSX

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Neal Berinhout

Vice president and associate general counsel | AT&T Services

Following an extensive spell in private practice, in 2000 Neal Berinhout joined the Cingular Wireless legal department initially as chief litigation counsel. At the time Cingular Wireless was a joint...

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Nicholas J. Pace

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Owens & Minor

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Nicole Jones

Executive vice president and general counsel | Cigna

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Noni L. Ellison

General counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary | Carestream Dental

Noni L. Ellison is Carestream Dental’s general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary. As the leader of Carestream Dental’s legal and compliance teams, she manages legal and business professionals...

#GCPowerlist United States 2019

Norman Brothers Jr.

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | UPS

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Norman D. Finch Jr.

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Illinois Tool Works

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Otis Carter

General counsel and corporate secretary | TriMark USA

Otis Carter started his career at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago in 2006 before moving to Ropes & Gray, practicing there for approximately four years and then leaving to become...

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Paul Freedman

Senior vice president and general counsel | AES

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Paul T. Cappuccio

Executive vice president and general counsel | Time Warner

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Paula Johnson

Executive vice president, legal and government affairs, general counsel, corporate secretary | Phillips 66

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Paulette Fox

Head of legal, North America | Agoda

Paulette Fox has served as the head of legal, North America for Agoda since April 2018, where she is responsible for establishing an in-house counsel presence for worlds leading online...

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Peter Beshar

Executive vice president and general counsel | Marsh & McLennan Companies

Peter Beshar began his legal career in government, firstly for a federal judge in New York and then as special assistant to former secretary of state Cyrus Vance, as part...

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Peter Bonanno

Global general counsel | Allianz Global Investors

Peter Bonanno joined Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) as United States general counsel in 2012 when the firm was undergoing significant restructuring. In adapting the legal and compliance function, he challenged...

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Peter Carter

Chief legal officer and general counsel | Delta Air Lines

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Peter J. Millones Jr.

Executive vice president and general counsel | Booking Holdings

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Peter M. Seka

General counsel, corporate development | Mars, Incorporated

Since joining the Mars legal leadership team in 2005, Peter M. Seka, general counsel, corporate development has built a proven track record of success on many of Mars’ most complex...

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Peter T. Sadowski

Executive vice president, chief legal officer | Fidelity National Financial

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Peter Wexler

Senior vice president and chief legal and compliance officer | Schneider Electric

‘Every day, Peter Wexler deals with a different problem on a different continent as chief legal and compliance officer of Schneider Electric, a Fortune 500 global energy management company with...

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Phyllis Wallitt

Senior vice president and general counsel | Priceline Group

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R. Hewitt Pate

Vice president and general counsel | Chevron

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Rachel Gonzalez

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Starbucks

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Radha Murphy

Global chief intellectual property counsel | Imerys

‘As Imerys’ global chief intellectual property counsel, Radha Murphy leads the IP department and works with Imerys’ various business units around the world to develop and implement systems for managing...

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Randall M. Ebner

Vice president and general counsel | ExxonMobil

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Randi Booth

Senior vice president, general counsel | IPG - Intertape Polymer Group

Randi M. Booth, senior vice president and general counsel, oversees the legal function for the Intertype Polymer Group. Her remit includes governance matters, corporate contract matters, litigation, securities and regulatory...

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Rashida La Lande

Senior vice president, global general counsel and corporate secretary | Kraft Heinz

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Raymond J. Manista

Executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary | Northwestern Mutual

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Rebecca House

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Rockwell Automation

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Reggie Hedgebeth

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | Marathon Oil

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Rena Reiss

Executive vice president and general counsel | Marriott International

Rena Hozore Reiss, executive vice president and general counsel of Marriott International, rejoined Marriott as general counsel in December 2017. She had served as executive vice president, general counsel and...

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Rhonda S. Ferguson

Executive vice president and chief legal officer | Union Pacific

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Rhonda Taylor

Executive vice president and general counsel | Dollar General

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Rich Rothberg

Senior vice president and general counsel | Dell Technologies

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Richard Boskey

Senior vice president and general counsel | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

‘I have had the honour and pleasure of working with Richard S. Boskey of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (“DFCI”) on a significant number of matters. Boskey is a fantastic general counsel...

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Richard Buchband

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | ManpowerGroup

Joining ManpowerGroup as general counsel in 2013 after a private practice career on Wall Street, and an in-house career operating both with start-up firms and a large multinational in the...

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Richard C. Allendorf

Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary | General Mills

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Richard Frecker

Executive vice president and general counsel | Hertz

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Richard Luskin

Global general counsel | POC

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Richard M. Jones

Executive vice president, general tax counsel and chief veteran officer | CBS

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Richard M. Levine

Executive vice president and chief legal officer | Belmond USA

Before joining the hotels industry, Richard M. Levine established his in-house credentials in the private equity sphere having started his in-house career as general counsel for Credit Suisse’s private equity...

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Richard McGee

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Plains GP Holdings

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Richard N. Baer

Chief legal officer | Liberty Interactive

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Richard Parr

Chief legal officer | Aspen Dental Management

After clerking for the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, Richard Parr spent six years in private practice with major law firms before...

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Richard R. Dykhouse

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Charter Communications

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Richard Rew

Senior vice president, legal, general counsel and corporate secretary | Luminex Corporation

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Rick Kulevich

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | CDW

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Rick Statile

General counsel | PrecisionHawk

‘Previously general counsel at RedHat for 12 years, Rick Statile is now general counsel at PrecisionHawk, a leading provider of drone technology for the enterprise. PrecisionHawk’s client list includes Fortune...

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Robb L. Voyles

Executive vice president, secretary and general counsel | Halliburton

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Robert B. Sari

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Nordstrom

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Robert Bostrom

Executive vice president, chief legal and compliance officer and corporate secretary | Pier 1 Imports

Robert Bostrom has been at the forefront of the New York City legal scene for many years, having practiced in the finance sector both privately and in-house during the boom...

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Robert Harmon Jr.

Deputy general counsel and director | Tesla

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Robert J. Johnson Jr.

Senior executive vice president, general counsel, secretary and chief corporate governance officer | BB&T

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Robert Katz

Executive vice president and general counsel | Jabil

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Robert L. Vitale

General counsel and managing director | EIG Global Energy Partners

After a strong private practice career, and proving that he could successfully organise and grow project finance departments at three different law firms, in April 2008, Robert L. Vitale left...

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Robert Scott Weber

Vice president and general counsel | Lumina Networks

Robert Scott Weber, vice president and general counsel at Lumina Networks, started his career as a litigator in private practice and made the move in-house over 20 years ago. He...

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Robert Waterman

Senior vice president, general counsel and chief labor relations officer | HCA Healthcare

‘Robert Waterman, senior vice president and general counsel of HCA since 1997, is a legal pioneer in the healthcare industry. Waterman oversees the 116-lawyer legal department at Nashville-based HCA Healthcare,...

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Roger Franks

General counsel, vice president law and human resources | KLX

‘As general counsel and vice president, law and human resources of KLX, Roger Franks serves as a key member of the company’s senior management team. KLX is the world’s leading...

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Roger N. Batkin

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | AGCO

Having joined AGCO in 2000, Roger Batkin has extensive knowledge of the world-leading agricultural solution provider’s operations, which he draws upon as the company’s senior vice president, general counsel and...

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Rohan Weerasinghe

General counsel and corporate secretary | Citigroup

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Ron Hauben

Global vice chair and general counsel | EY

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Ronald M. Sanders

Executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary | Colony NorthStar

Having previously been an associate, and then a partner, at Rogers & Wells, which merged into Clifford Chance, working primarily on M&A and private fund formation, Ronald M. Sanders, joined...

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Ross W. McCanless

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Lowe's

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Russell F. Coleman 

Executive vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and government affairs | Dean Foods

A Fortune 500 company, Dean Foods is a food and beverage company with 16,000 employees and annual sales of approximately $8bn. In 2016, the firm hired the highly experienced Russell...

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Russell Libby

Senior vice president and general counsel | Sysco

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Ryan Opeka

Executive vice president and general counsel | Jackson Square Aviation

Ryan Opeka began his career in private practice at Veddar Price, working in its global transportation finance division. There he organised aircraft and railcar transactions and developed his skill in...

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Samrat S. Khichi

Executive vice president and general counsel | Becton Dickinson

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Sandra Leung

Executive vice president, general counsel | Bristol-Myers Squibb

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Sara Moss

Executive vice president and general counsel | Este Lauder

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Sara Yang Bosco

Senior vice president, secretary and general counsel | Emerson Electric

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Sarah Bittner

General counsel executive vice president and secretary | Healthsmart

As an administrator of health plans for self-funded employers, HealthSmart provides care management solutions, electronic information services and prescription solutions. General counsel Sarah Bittner joined HealthSmart initially as associate general...

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Scott Askins

Head of legal and compliance | Kabbage

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Scott Smith

Senior vice president and general counsel | Genuine Parts

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Scott Stengel

General counsel | Ally Financial

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Scott Wilensky

Executive vice president and general counsel | Xcel Energy

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Sean Major

Executive vice president and general counsel | Air Products & Chemicals

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Sean Martin

Senior vice president, general counsel | Baxter International

As the senior vice president and general counsel of Baxter, one of the world’s largest medical technology companies that operates in over 100 countries with annual revenues in excess of...

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Sean N. Markowitz

General counsel and corporate secretary | Cheniere Energy

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Seth Krauss

Chief legal officer | William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

After a career in private practice including in-house positions at Morgan Stanley and a stint as a general counsel of a public company, Seth Krauss joined William Morris Endeavor Entertainment...

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Shana C. Smith

General counsel and corporate secretary | NII Holdings

Shana C. Smith, vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of NII Holdings, is responsible for advising senior management and the board of directors on all legal matters for the...

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Shane M. Spradlin

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Penske Automotive Group

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Sharon A. Cheever

Senior vice presidentand general counsel | Pacific Life

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Sharon Barner

Vice president and general counsel | Cummins

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Sharon Carmeli

Chief compliance officer and general counsel | Blue Vine

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Sharon R. Ryan

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | International Paper

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Sheila C. Cheston

Corporate vice president and general counsel | Northrop Grumman

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Sheila K. Davidson

Executive vice president, chief legal officer and general counsel | New York Life Insurance

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Sheilah Stewart

Senior vice president, general counsel | Land OLakes

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Shelby Walker

Head of intellectual property | CRISPR Therapeutics

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Sheri Edison

Senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary | Bemis Company

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Simon Leung

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Synnex

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Stacey Friedman

General counsel | J.P. Morgan Chase

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Stacey W. Goff

Executive vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer | CenturyLink

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Stacy Fox

General counsel and secretary | DowDuPont

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Stanton Dodge

Chief legal officer | DraftKings

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Stephanie Brecher

General counsel | New Enterprise Associates

Stephanie Brecher, general counsel of New Enterprise Associates (NEA), began her career as a federal court law clerk and in private practice at several top law firms after graduating from...

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Stephen H. McElhennon

Vice president and interim general counsel | Fannie Mae

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Stephen J. Perisutti

Vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant secretary | Sherwin-Williams

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Stephen Johnson

Executive vice president corporate affairs | American Airlines Group

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Stephen Sitley

General counsel | Sears Holdings

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Stephen W. Beard

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Adtalem Global Education

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Stephen W. Gauster

Executive vice president and general counsel | MetLife

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Steve Reynolds

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Aramark

Steve Reynolds is highly distinguished in the US in-house legal market having been named the global general counsel of two Fortune 200 companies in his career. Prior to taking his...

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Steve Weinstein

General counsel | Farmers Group

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Steven Harmon

Vice president and deputy general counsel | Cisco

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Steven L. Fasman

Senior vice president and general counsel | Catalent

Steven L. Fasman operates as the senior vice president and general counsel for Catalent, working within a highly regulated industry with over 30 factories spread across five continents. This has...

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Steven R. Rodgers

Executive vice president and general counsel | Intel

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Sumeet H. Chugani

Senior counsel, vice president | Citizens Bank

‘As a litigator turned regulatory consultant turned business line attorney, Sumeet H. Chugani has worked tirelessly to sharpen his legal craft and increasingly add skill sets. Presently, Chugani is the...

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Susan Alexander

Executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary | Biogen

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Susan L. Lees

Executive vice president and general counsel | Allstate

Susan L. Lees offers an almost unparalleled level of experience to her company Allstate, having been with the company for approximately 30 years straight after finishing law school, originally in...

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Suzanne Gagle

Vice president and general counsel | Marathon Petroleum

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Suzette M. Long

Chief legal officer, general counsel and corporate secretary | Caterpillar

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T. Lane Wilson

General counsel and chief legal officer | Williams

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Tamara L. Linde

Executive vice president and general counsel | Public Service Enterprise Group

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Tammy Moss Finley

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Advance Auto Parts

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Teresa Wynn Roseborough

Executive vice president - general counsel and corporate secretary | The Home Depot

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Terry Larkin

Executive vice president, business development and general counsel | Lear

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Thad Miller

Executive vice chairman and chief legal officer | Calpine

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Thomas F. Larkins

Senior vice president, general counsel | Applied Materials

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Thomas J. Sabatino Jr.

Executive vice president and general counsel, law and regulatory affairs | Aetna

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Thomas Kingsbury

Chief counsel, intellectual property | Bridgestone Americas

‘Thomas Kingsbury is a very busy man. As chief IP counsel for Bridgestone, he is charged with protecting and enforcing some of the world’s best-known and respected brands (including BRIDGESTONE,...

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Thomas M. Moriarty

Executive vice president, chief policy and external affairs officer and general counsel | CVS Health

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Thomas P. Mason

Executive vice president and general counsel | Energy Transfer Equity

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Thomas S. ONeill

Senior vice president and general counsel | Exelon

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Thomas Zielinski

Executive vice president and general counsel | Anthem

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Tim Murphy

General counsel and chief franchise officer | Mastercard

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Timothy G. Lynch

Vice president and general counsel | University of Michigan

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Timothy Harris

Executive vice president and general counsel | Prudential Financial

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Timothy Messner

Senior vice president and general counsel | DISH Network

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Timothy S. Ernst

Executive vice president, general counsel and secretary | Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc

‘The best way to achieve success as an in-house lawyer’, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Bio-Rad Laboratories Timothy S. Ernst believes, ‘is to be seen as a...

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Todd K. Hanna

Vice president and general counsel | Sovos Compliance

After graduating from Syracuse University College of Law, where he was an executive editor of the Syracuse Law Review, Todd K. Hanna spent five years in private practice before determining...

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Tonit Calaway

Executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary | BorgWarner

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Tonya Robinson

General counsel | KPMG US

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Trecia Canty

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | PBF Energy

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Trish Walsh

Chief legal officer | Voya Financial

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Tristan Higgins

Director, law department | Sony Electronics

‘Tristan Higgins is a seasoned in-house counsel who handles complex commercial, litigation and corporate matters at Sony Electronics. She is a diligent and bright attorney with vast experience in corporate...

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Vanessa L. Allen Sutherland

Executive vice president and chief legal officer | Norfolk Southern

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Victor M. Casini

Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | LKQ

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Walter Siegel

Senior vice president and general counsel | Henry Schein

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Wanji Walcott

Senior vice president, general counsel | PayPal

Beginning her career – slightly unusually – in an in-house role rather than with a law firm after completing her legal education, Wanji Walcott made a fantastic impression at Lockheed...

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William A. Old Jr.

Chief legal officer and corporate secretary | Dollar Tree

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William Marsh

Chief legal officer | Baker Hughes

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William McDavid

Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary | Freddie Mac

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For over 30 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world. The GC Powerlist is the latest publication from The Legal 500, turning its attention to the in-house function, and recognising those corporate counsel who are driving the legal business forward. The latest edition is the GC Powerlist: United States, which identifies an array of the most influential and innovative in-house counsel working in the region…read more

We have canvassed opinions from law firm partners and in-house counsel across the US, to identify corporate counsel that have been instrumental in changing or forming opinions within their company or industry; developing brilliant technical solutions to complex issues; creating innovative structures to ensure that the in-house function is driving the business forward; or providing a business working model that other corporate counsel should follow. Our team of experienced researchers assessed the nominations, speaking both to general counsel and nominating lawyers to finalise each list. The GC Powerlist: United States features not just information on why that individual has made the list, but also comment from those in-house lawyers about how they have helped shape innovation in the legal industry.

If you have feedback on the 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.

We hope that this listing will stimulate debate around the role of the in-house lawyer and help corporate counsel with possible improvements and efficiencies in running their departments.

David Burgess
Publishing Director

Linklaters

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Corporate sustainability is increasingly important for business success; but the GC’s role in helping to drive corporate sustainability is less well understood. Members of the Powerlist drive some of the world’s best legal teams. I would like to take this opportunity not only to congratulate them on their recognition in the Powerlist, but also to share my excitement at the great opportunity they have to learn from each other and to drive the corporate sustainability agenda in their businesses, with corresponding benefits for themselves, their businesses, and the wider world.

 

What is sustainability, and why is it important?

The United Nations Global Compact defines sustainability as a company’s delivery of “long-term value in financial, social, environmental and ethical terms.”

This definition makes it clear that sustainability is not about abandoning profits – on the contrary, businesses need to make sufficient profits to ensure their continued flourishing.

It is more a recognition that the business, economic and societal landscape has changed significantly in the last few years, and that these changes – ranging from the ongoing fallout of the Global Financial Crisis, the increasing anxiety about climate change, the renewed focus on diversity in the light of movements such as #MeToo, and many more – have resulted in governments, shareholders, consumers, employees and other stakeholders placing greater emphasis on concepts such as governance, accountability, transparency, compliance and the “social licence to operate”. In addition, despite the political rhetoric in the US, business continues to be global and interconnected – and this interconnectivity means that risks to sustainability can come from an ever-increasing number of sources.

Managing these increasing stakeholder expectations has obvious benefits in relation to managing downside risk from litigation, negative publicity, and so on. But managing these expectations is also increasingly a source of upside, too: witness the increasing focus on “ESG” measures in stock screening, or the importance of corporate culture and responsibility for attracting the best and brightest young recruits.

 

Why should GCs be involved in driving sustainability?

Managing stakeholders’ increasingly demanding expectations in the area of sustainability will require leadership and knowledge. I believe that GCs are extremely well placed to offer that leadership and knowledge, for several reasons.

Firstly, many issues in relation to sustainability are couched in terms of risk management and risk mitigation: both key parts of the fundamental skillset of the GC.

Secondly, sustainability is an issue that touches every part of business strategy and operations – and GCs’ remit already makes them extremely conversant with all parts of the business, whether in relation to regulations, contracting or dispute resolution.

Finally, we are seeing a trend whereby “soft law”, voluntary standards and best practice in sustainability are increasingly becoming enshrined in “hard law”, meaning that managing sustainability is increasingly becoming an issue for legal counsel to consider in any case.

Over the last few years, my colleagues and I, in collaboration with the United National Global Compact, have spoken on the subject of sustainability to dozens of GCs in businesses operating in all sectors across the world. These conversations uncovered a plethora of ways in which GCs can and will drive corporate sustainability – ranging from tying compliance programmes to business ethics and values, using big data tools to track trends and risks and take preventative action, conducting human rights and supply chain due diligence, establishing redress mechanisms via strengthening traditional judicial institutions alongside tailored private alternatives, and many more.

This wide range of activities not only drives the sustainability agenda, but also showcases the value that the GC brings to the table in the boardroom. I invite all participants in this year’s Powerlist to talk to their teams, their wider businesses and each other on the subject of corporate sustainability: this will help GCs to create and protect value within their organisations, and also align corporate strategy with corporate sustainability which will ultimately benefit us all.

Elevate

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You’ve made the GC Powerlist! Incredible and so well-deserved. We salute you and all those who helped you get to this place, because regardless of how amazing you are individually, we know that no one succeeds alone. It takes partnership, collaboration, mentoring and a strong support network.

Celebrate for sure, but please, don’t rest on your laurels. Always remember the definition of power:

pow ● er; /’pou(ₔ)r/

“the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.”

That’s an incredible responsibility and we urge you to not take it lightly. As a member of the GC Powerlist, you have in your hands the ability to facilitate, not stifle, the benevolent disruption of the legal industry. How? You and your company can choose innovation rather than stagnation; diversity rather than uniformity; globalisation rather than isolationism. You can embrace new models, the intelligent use of AI and technology, operational efficiencies and the abolishment of the eight most dreaded words in our industry: “Because that’s how we’ve always done it before.”

We formed ElevateNext in 2018 with all of these principles in mind. ElevateNext (www.elevatenextlaw.com) is a woman-owned, new model law firm that sits alongside the award-winning global law company, Elevate Services (www.elevateservices.com). We took everything we learned from our decade-long experience running Valorem Law Group (nationally known since 2008 for starting the conversation on using Alternative Fee Arrangements) and joined forces with Elevate to give customers a one-stop solution for any law department or law firm need. Elevate provides the technology, consulting, managed services, staffing, and legal operations, while ElevateNext handles all aspects of the practice of law. The right people doing the right thing at the right price – and always at a fraction of the traditional law firm price.

Are you worthy of this award? You better believe you are. But the better question is: what will you do with it? How will you live up to the power of the Powerlist? What will you do to further the profession and those in it? We have faith in you, and we are inspired by you. We can’t wait to see how you harness your power, and we hope that ElevateNext Law and Elevate Services will be right there with you, pumping our fists in the air as you flourish and thrive and achieve.

GC Powerlist: Australia Rising Stars 2022