The LCLD Board of Directors is a hands-on group of committed Members whose responsibilities include the long-range vision of LCLD.
Laura Stein serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Affairs, of The Clorox Company, with responsibility for the company's worldwide legal ethics and compliance, corporate secretary, corporate communications, crisis management, risk management, and internal audit matters. Laura also serves on the Clorox executive committee, chairs the Clorox women's employee resource group, co-sponsors the company's social responsibility and enterprise programs, and works closely with Clorox's board of directors on governance matters.
In addition to her service on the Board of LCLD, Laura is a director of Franklin Resources, Inc., and was previously a director of Nash Finch Company. Stein is co-chair of the Corporate Pro Bono Advisory Board, and serves on the board of Equal Justice Works. She is a member of the American Law Institute, the Association of General Counsel and the ACC Value Challenge Steering Committee. She is special advisor to the ABA Asia Rule of Law Initiative and serves on the ABA CEELI Council. Stein participates in the Diversity and Flexibility Connection of the Project for Attorney Retention.
Previously, Laura was chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence and the ABA Asia Rule of Law Initiative; vice-chair of the East Bay Community Law Center; co-chair of the General Counsel Committee of the ABA Business Law Section; and a director of Global Education Partnership, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. She also served on the advisory boards of ABA DirectWomen, the ABA Center for Human Rights, and the LexMundi Foundation, and on the State Bar of California Task Force on Lawyer Support for Legal Services and the ABA Section of International Law Council.
Laura received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she earned her undergraduate and master's degrees.
Laura has received the Legal Momentum Women of Achievement Award, the Sandra Day O'Connor Board Excellence Award, the Ted Craig Humanitarian Award, and the Corporate Board Member America's Top General Counsel Recognition Award. The National Law Journal has named Stein as one of the 20 most influential general counsel in America. The Harvard Law Bulletin has highlighted Stein as one of 50 alumnae who "have used their law degree to take them to extraordinary places." She has been named one of the Bay Area's Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times and was previously named one of Pennsylvania's Best Women in Business by the state's governor.
Laura speaks six languages and has lived in China and Italy. She and her husband Mark Conrad are the proud parents of Amanda and Christopher.
Immediate Past Chair
Brad Smith is Microsoft's President and Chief Legal Officer. He leads the company's Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA), which has just over 1,000 employees and is responsible for the company's legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, and its government affairs and philanthropic work.
He serves as Microsoft's corporate secretary and its chief compliance officer.
Brad has also played a central role in ensuring that Microsoft fulfills its corporate responsibilities. In recent years Microsoft has consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of the S&P 500 for corporate governance scores. During Brad's tenure, the company's citizenship programs have reached 280 million people in 110 countries through technology training programs that help individuals develop the skills needed to obtain jobs. Smith has also helped advance several significant diversity and pro bono initiatives, both within Microsoft and in the broader legal profession.
Smith has written numerous articles on international intellectual property and electronic commerce issues, and has served as a lecturer at The Hague Academy of International Law. Brad currently serves as chair of the Washington Roundtable, a leading Washington state-based business organization. He also chairs the Advocacy Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel, co-chairs the Board of Directors of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and serves on the board and executive committees of the Business Software Alliance and the Seattle Foundation.
Brad grew up in Appleton, Wis., where Green Bay seemed like the bigger city next door. He attended Princeton University, where he met his wife, Kathy, and graduated summa cum laude with a concentration in international relations and economics. He earned his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law and studied international law and economics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Prior to joining Microsoft he was an associate then partner at the Washington, D.C.-based firm of Covington and Burling, where he is still remembered as the first attorney in the long history of the firm to insist (in 1986) on having a personal computer on his desk as a condition for accepting a job offer. He can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#BradSmi.
Founding Chair Emeritus
Roderick A. (Rick) Palmore is a Senior Counsel at Dentons. With nearly 20 years of experience serving as a general counsel, including the role at General Mills from 2008 to 2015, and as a public company director, Rick advises public and private corporations and their leadership suites on risk management and governance issues across practices and industry sectors. He focuses on issues such as regulation, internal investigations, board responsibilities and performance, due diligence, litigation, brand protection, advertising, marketing, and labeling.
Rick also is a nationally recognized advocate for diversity in the legal industry. He is the author of A Call to Action: Diversity in the Legal Profession, a legal industry manifesto urging general counsel to drive diversity by demanding results in the law firms with which they work as well as in their departments. The initiative later grew into the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a collaboration between general counsel and managing partners, which was formed in May 2009 and now includes more than 225 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners. Rick was the founding chair of the LCLD and continues to serve on its executive committee.
From 1996 to 2008, Rick was an executive and counsel at Sara Lee Corporation, where he was general counsel from 1999 to 2008; he ultimately held the titles of executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary for the consumer food giant from 2004 to 2008. Rick was executive vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance and risk management officer of General Mills Inc. from 2008 to 2015.
Rick received the Corporate Exemplar Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association in 2007, the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in 2006, the Scales of Justice Award from the Equal Justice Works Foundation in 2005, and the Excellence in Corporate Practice Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel in 2003. He also has been recognized by The National Law Journal, Inside Counsel magazine, and Corporate Board Member magazine as one of the most influential general counsel in America.
Rick attended Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
Anastasia D. (Stasia) Kelly is the Managing Partner (Americas) at DLA Piper. She is former Vice Chairman of American International Group (AIG), a role she held until the end of 2009. In this role, she was responsible for the global legal, compliance and regulatory functions, government relations, communications, corporate affairs and human resources.
Stasia joined AIG in September, 2006 as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer. She assumed her additional responsibilities in January, 2009. Prior to AIG, Stasia was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MCI/WorldCom, where she served as the Chief Legal Officer in the restructuring of the company from 2003 until its acquisition by Verizon in 2006.
Prior to MCI, Stasia was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Sears, Roebuck and Co. While at Sears, she restructured the legal and compliance teams in the wake of the company’s compliance issues in one of its divisions. Before her tenure at Sears, Stasia served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Fannie Mae. At Fannie Mae she centralized the company’s legal and compliance function and upgraded the talent across Fannie Mae’s five offices nationwide.
Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Stasia was a partner and associate with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Hale) where her practice spanned several areas of law, including regulation of financial institutions and securities firms, corporate and securities and intellectual property. She was also associated with Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, of Dallas, where her practice encompassed general and business litigation.
Stasia received her law degree magna cum laude from George Washington University, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and the George Washington Law Review, and her undergraduate degree cum laude from Trinity University in Washington, DC. She serves as a director of O-I, the world’s largest manufacturer of glass packaging, and Huntington Ingalls Industries, builder of more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder.
She is on the Advisory Board of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. She is a Director and past Co-Chair of the Washington Lawyers' Committee (WLC), past Chair of Equal Justice Works, and a Director of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR).
Michael W. Blair
Michael W. Blair is Presiding Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. In his 37 years at the firm, Michael has served as lead counsel in a host of major M&A transactions, advised senior executives and boards of directors on governance matters, and handled securities transactions for clients across a range of industries.
Since becoming Presiding Partner in 2011, Michael has furthered the firm's long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. For ten consecutive years, Debevoise has received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" and, for two years in a row, Debevoise has been recognized as "Best for Diversity" by Chambers Associate in their annual rankings. Additionally, the firm has been named to The American Lawyer's "A-List" every year since its inception and has also been recognized ten times by Working Mother as one of the "Best Law Firms for Women" for utilizing best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers, including offering flexible work arrangements and targeted sponsorship programs.
Michael joined Debevoise in 1981 and became a partner in 1989. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1977 and his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1981. Michael is a Director of The Partnership for New York City, a Trustee of the Smith Richardson Foundation, and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a former Director of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and The Legal Aid Society.
Alan Braverman is Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the Walt Disney Company. As chief legal officer, he oversees the attorneys and practices of an international legal department. Alan also oversees the company's pro bono practice, which works through various nonprofits to bring legal services to children and families. In 2014, Alan accepted an award from the Southern California chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel for Disney Legal's pro bono activities.
Before coming to Disney, Alan worked in the legal department of ABC, Inc., rising quickly through the ranks as he handled cases on news gathering, labor and employment, government relations, and many other issues. Before coming to ABC, Alan specialized in commercial litigation at the Washington, D.C., firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.
Alan graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in 1969 and received his J.D. summa cum laude from Duquesne University in 1975. While at Duquesne, Alan was editor-in-chief of the Law Review.
Ellen Dwyer is Chair of the Executive Committee at Crowell & Moring LLP. In 2012, she was named one of America’s most innovative managing partners, in part for increasing the numbers of women and minorities in leadership positions at her firm. Her initiatives included a sponsorship program that pairs young lawyers with partners for mentoring and professional development.
Ellen serves on Crowell & Moring's Management Board. She is also a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group and represents employers on a variety of employment matters. Part of her work includes providing training to her clients on employment issues like diversity and sexual harassment.
Ellen is a fellow of the American Bar Association and director of the nonprofit Focus on the Children. She graduated cum laude from Cornell Law School with a J.D. in 1985 and received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1982.
Eric J. Friedman has served as Skadden's Executive Partner since 2009. Under his leadership, Skadden has been the only firm to be named one of the nation's two most innovative law firms in the Financial Times' "U.S. Innovative Lawyers" Report for each of the five years the report has been published.
Eric has been involved in a number of significant transactions in the financial services industry. For example, he has represented Citigroup Inc. in many of its most important M&A deals over the past decade. He is also experienced in matters involving financial exchanges. He represented The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. in its initial public offering and its acquisition of the Nordic exchange operator OMX and the related sale of a 19.9 percent interest in NASDAQ to Borse Dubai; and the New York Mercantile Exchange in its sale of a 10 percent stake to General Atlantic Partners, and its initial public offering.
As Executive Partner, Eric has reinforced Skadden’s long-standing commitment to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse group of talented lawyers and staff. In recognition of Skadden’s diversity, inclusion and public service efforts, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund presented Skadden with its first-ever Law Firm of the Year Award in 2011. In 2012, Eric received a Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award from the New York City Bar Association in recognition of his commitment to initiating and sustaining change at Skadden.
In 2011, The National Law Journal acknowledged Eric's accomplishments since becoming Skadden’s Executive Partner by naming him as one of its three “Most Influential” law firm leaders. He has been listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America and the Directorship 100. Under his leadership, Skadden ranked as a top firm in the Financial Times’ “U.S. Innovative Lawyers” Report (2010 and 2011).
Andrew has been Hanson Bridgett’s Managing Partner for more than 10 years. Under Andrew's leadership, Hanson Bridgett has grown to be in the top 10 firms in San Francisco and expanded its operations to Sacramento, Silicon Valley, and the East Bay.
As a practicing attorney, Andrew is an experienced trial lawyer who has served as lead counsel on numerous eight figure construction and real estate claims for major public and private owners, "ENR Top 50" designers, developers and contractors, along with regional architectural, engineering, development and construction firms, including: the University of California, The City and County of San Francisco, the Modesto Irrigation District, URS Corporation and its subsidiaries, Prologis and its subsidiaries, Catellus Development Corporation and its subsidiaries, Intracorp, Swinerton, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Environmental Chemical Corporation.
Andrew devotes a substantial amount of time and energy to leadership in the community. He is currently the president of Legal Aid of Marin and a member of the Executive Committee for the Bay Area Council, as well as the Chair of its Government Relations Committee. He has also served as a board member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the San Francisco Education Fund.
Andrew has been named to the Northern California Super Lawyers list (2006–2012) and to the Legal Aid of Marin’s Marin Justice League Hall of Fame (2011). He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1991) and his B.A. from San Francisco State University (1988). Andrew is admitted to practice in California.
Mike Harrington is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Eli Lilly and Company.
Since joining Lilly in 1991 as an attorney in product liability litigation, Mike has served in a number of other business and legal positions, including managing director of the New Zealand affiliate and as associate general counsel for Lilly’s operations in the Asia-Pacific region. Mike most recently held the role of vice president and deputy general counsel of global pharmaceutical operations. In this capacity, he was responsible for legal issues related to Lilly’s five global business units.
Before joining Lilly, Mike was a litigator at the law firm of Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis.
Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Albion College and a law degree from the Columbia University School of Law.
Mike currently serves as the board chair for the Indiana Repertory Theatre and the co-chair of the Civil Justice Reform Group (CJRG). He is also a member of the board of trustees and executive committee of Albion College.
Marie Oh Huber
Marie Oh Huber is the Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs, General Counsel & Secretary at eBay Inc. and heads the global legal and government relations function for eBay. She and her team partner with the businesses to drive the purpose and success of eBay and its buyers and sellers. Her responsibilities include overseeing the company's global legal department, risk management program, and its policy group. She is responsible for interactions with content regulators, law enforcement, IP, corporate governance and SEC compliance, contracts, and other legal and government relations matters.
Marie's passion for eBay's purpose of creating opportunity by empowering small and medium businesses is what compelled her to join the eBay family as it enters its next chapter.
She has 25 years of strategic business and legal experience in global Fortune 500 companies. She has an extensive track record as a business leader and advising boards of directors and executive leadership on global strategy, M&A, corporate governance, legal and compliance, IP, and operational matters.
Marie joined eBay in May 2015 from Agilent where she served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary since 2009. She was responsible for communications, regulatory affairs and quality assurance, government affairs, and philanthropy at Agilent. For the previous ten years she also held positions of increasing responsibility at Agilent and prior to that at HP.
She has a B.A. in economics cum laude from Yale, studied at the London School of Economics and received her J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law. She serves on the boards of the James Campbell Company LLC and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Marie is a strong champion for diversity and inclusion, paying it forward, and giving back to the community. She has received a Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund’s 2015 Women of Achievement Award, a 2014 National Diversity Council's Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology distinction, and an Inside Counsel Transformative Leadership Award in 2013.
Her passions outside of work include her husband and two children, cycling (and coffee with friends afterwards), great food, sports, and reading.
Kim Koopersmith is the chairperson of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Kim guides the strategic direction of the firm, heads the firm’s management committee and plays a leading role in ensuring the firm's continued commitment to the highest levels of client service and in strengthening its dedication to diversity, pro bono work and attorney excellence. She has played a key role in the enhancement of the firm’s overall performance, earning recognition for her innovative and transformative approach to law firm leadership.
Prior to her role in management, Kim was a partner in the firm’s litigation practice, where she handled complex commercial litigation matters and served as relationship partner to several of the firm’s largest clients.
Throughout her career, Kim has taken on a substantial role in pioneering many of Akin Gump’s efforts to enhance diversity and attract and retain the best talent. She has been instrumental in the firm’s diversity efforts, including the firm’s participation in numerous scholarships and pipeline efforts. She is also an active participant in legal industry efforts to address diversity.
Kim has received much recognition for her efforts and accomplishments in making Akin Gump a dynamic organization. In 2015, she was named to The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” list of the most noteworthy legal performers of the year for her role in Akin Gump’s historic hire of Bingham McCutchen’s London office. She was named an “agent of change” by Women of Influence magazine in 2014 for her efforts to promote a diverse work environment and flexible work schedules. In 2011, she was the recipient of InsideCounsel magazine’s Pathmaker Award, presented annually to a law firm leader whose “courage, unyielding vision, integrity, conviction and authenticity [have] carved a groundbreaking path and laid a new foundation to accelerate the economic empowerment of attorneys of color or women.” Additionally, Law360 selected her as one of its “2012 Most Innovative Managing Partners,” citing “almost two decades creating and expanding advancement opportunities for women and minorities both inside and outside of the firm, making her among the most innovative leaders at U.S. firms.”
Kim is involved in numerous community, civic and charitable activities, including serving on the board of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She has also chaired the board of Equal Justice Works, which facilitates opportunities and financial support for law students and law school graduates who seek to pursue a career in public service. She also co-chairs the Pro Bono Institute Law Firm Committee and sits on the board of Her Justice, an organization dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence.
Deborah Platt Majoras is the Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for The Procter & Gamble Company, which she joined in 2008. In that position, she oversees a legal department that includes more than 500 lawyers and other legal professionals around the globe and is responsible for the broad scope of legal functions for all of P&G and its 127,000 employees.
From 2004-2008, Deborah served as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, where she focused on ensuring data security and protecting consumers from emerging frauds, such as identity theft and spyware, and served as co-chair of the President's Identity Theft Task Force. She also worked to implement sound antitrust policy regarding intellectual property, increase the efficiency and transparency of the merger review process, and strengthen cooperation among antitrust agencies around the world. Prior to the FTC, she was the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, where she served from 2001-2003. After clerking in federal court in D.C., in 1991, she joined international law firm, Jones Day, where she ultimately became a partner in the firm's antitrust practice.
Deborah is the recipient of the International Association of Privacy Professionals' 2007 Privacy Leadership Award and RSA's 2007 Award for Excellence in the Field of Public Policy. In 2006, SC Magazine named her one of the Top Five Influential IT Security Thinkers, and Washingtonian Magazine listed her among the "100 Most Powerful Women in Washington." In May 2011, Legal Momentum honored her with the Aiming High Award.
Today, she serves as Co-Chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Competition Policy Working Group and as an advisor to the International Competition Network. She also serves on the Boards of the Cincinnati Legal Aid Society, the Georgetown Law Corporate Counsel Institute, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Westminster College, from which she has a B.A. (summa cum laude). She is a member of the Association of General Counsel and the CLO-NA Roundtable. She earned her J.D. (Order of the Coif) from the University of Virginia in 1989.
Louise Pentland is the Executive Vice President, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer at PayPal Inc. She brings a global understanding of business, leadership, innovation, and culture to her role as PayPal’s Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer. Having spent more than 20 years serving in leadership roles, and the past decade as a C-Suite level executive, at innovative global technology companies, Louise has established herself as a key stakeholder in driving digital transformation and ecommerce. Leveraging this experience and her innate strengths as both a key problem solver and strong contributor, Louise brings deep expertise and passion for transforming companies through change leadership, driving results, creating a culture of collaboration and innovation, and building high performing functions to the PayPal leadership team.
In her role as Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer, Louise is responsible for PayPal’s global People, Legal, Communications, Intellectual Property, Government Relations, and Social Innovation functions. In this position, she drives focus on PayPal’s financial, regulatory, and legal requirements across all global markets and engages stakeholders to promote PayPal’s reputation globally through corporate affairs initiatives. She is also responsible for PayPal’s People function, which leads and drives leadership excellence, culture, training, workforce planning, employee relations, compensation, benefits, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Under her leadership, PayPal has expanded affinity group offerings and employee engagement opportunities aligned with the company’s mission, vision, and values, including the legal team’s international pro-bono initiative, which serves the needs of global communities. This initiative is of personal importance to Louise, who was recently recognized for her efforts in this area as the recipient of the 2016 National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) Exemplar Award.
In addition to her pro bono contributions, including volunteer work with human rights organizations and supporting at-risk children seeking asylum, Louise dedicates her time to offering legal support to women and children victims of domestic violence, and serves as an active supporter of diversity in the workplace. She works enthusiastically to mentor women, both at PayPal and beyond, and is a strong advocate for women in senior leadership and board roles.
Louise was recognized by the California Diversity Council as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology in 2017. In 2016, she was named one of the world’s Top 30 General Counsels by the Financial Times, and one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsels by the National Law Journal. Louise was also named General Counsel of the Year of a Public Company over $1 Billion category at the 2016 Bay Area Corporate Counsel Awards, presented by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times. In 2015, she was named as one of sixty top Women Leaders in Tech Law by The Recorder.
Before joining PayPal, Louise served as executive vice president and chief legal officer at Nokia Corporation where she managed a team of 400+ lawyers, IP experts, government relations professionals and support staff working in more than 30 countries. During this time, she led M&A integration and ran an IP P&L in excess of one billion euros annually. Consistently cited for its excellence in IP management, the Nokia legal team she managed was named Europe’s most innovative in-house legal team by the Financial Times in 2011.
Louise has served as a member of Hitachi’s Board of Directors since 2015. She was named to the Board of Directors of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley in May 2016, an organization with the mission to advance the rights of under-represented individuals and families through legal services, advocacy and educational outreach. Louise also served on the Board of the Nokia Siemens Networks, a joint venture between Nokia and Siemens, from 2012 to 2014, and played a leading role in the sale of Nokia’s handset business to Microsoft.
Louise is licensed to practice law in England, Wales, and a licensed attorney admitted to New York and California bars.
Kim M. Rivera
Kim M. Rivera is the Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel for HP Inc. In this role, she manages the worldwide legal department, responsible for all aspects of legal, government affairs, compliance, and ethics.
Kim has more than 20 years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies on significant corporate transactions, governance matters, securities, compliance, risk management, audit, and litigation matters.
Most recently, Kim served as the chief legal officer and corporate secretary for DaVita HealthCare Partners, a Global Fortune 250 healthcare services company. Previously, Kim was the chief compliance officer and head of International Legal Services at The Clorox Company, where she also oversaw labor and employment counseling and litigation. Before joining Clorox, Kim served as chief litigation counsel for Rockwell Automation as well as general counsel for its $2B Automation Controls and Information Group.
Kim is passionate about giving back to the community. She has served on numerous non-profit boards including the California Latino Community Foundation and the Denver Metro Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Kim is a frequent speaker on diversity and inclusion in corporations and the legal profession, with emphasis on women in leadership.
Kim is based in Palo Alto, California.
Karen Roberts is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart). In this role, she oversees the legal department, which is responsible for handling all legal matters affecting the company in its domestic and international markets.
As the leader of Walmart Legal, Karen ensures the company’s compliance with the laws and regulations in the regions it operates, forecasts possible issues and works ahead of them to ensure the company’s readiness and heads department initiatives such as its Medical-Legal Partnership Program and its diversity and inclusion efforts.
Karen was previously executive vice president and president of Walmart Realty, where she was responsible for Walmart’s real estate operations and a portfolio of close to 1 billion square feet. In this role she ensured the company fulfilled its commitment to be a good neighbor by working with communities to generate jobs, spur economic growth and continue its mission to save people money so they can live better.
Prior to her move to Realty, she served as senior vice president and chief compliance officer for Walmart. She managed operations and pharmacy compliance, environmental compliance, immigration and financial services compliance, product safety compliance, food safety and quality assurance and the privacy office. Since joining Walmart in 1995 as a real estate manager, Karen has held various positions within the company, including vice president and general counsel for real estate and construction.
Karen obtained her bachelor of science in public administration from Harding University and her juris doctor from the University of Arkansas. She is currently a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Ben is Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., a 100-lawyer firm focused on environmental, sustainability, and natural resource law and litigation. He serves as lead counsel in several complex litigation matters for major corporations and developers, and represents cities and local government agencies on Clean Water Act enforcement, wetlands development, Superfund, and Environmental Justice matters.
An ardent advocate for diversity and inclusion, Wilson received a 2014 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, and a 2013 Dedication to Diversity and Justice Award from the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. In 2012 and 2013, Wilson was named as a Top 100 Black Attorney by On Being A Black Lawyer. In 2012, Wilson established the African American General Counsel and Managing Partners Network. In 2008, Wilson founded the Diverse Partners Network.
Wilson graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College (A.B., History, 1973) and from Harvard Law School (J.D., 1976). He serves on the Board of Directors of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and on the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Law at the Howard University School of Law.
Robert J. Grey Jr.
Elected President of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity in 2012, Robert J. Grey Jr., is a retired Partner with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, where he served as Vice Chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee and represented businesses in administrative, regulatory, and legislative matters.
In 2010, Robert was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the Board of the Legal Services Corporation.
From 1998 to 2002 he served as chair of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. He was elected President of the ABA in 2004, the second African American to hold the position.
During his term as president of the ABA, Robert worked to improve the nation’s justice system by launching the America Jury Project, which led to the adoption of the ABA Principles for Juries and Jury Trials.
He continues to serve on the Board of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative and as chair of its Middle East/North Africa Council.
He received his B.S. in 1973 from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree in 1976 from Washington and Lee University, where he served on the Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2014.
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