Vice President and General Counsel, Cummins Inc. 

Sharon Barner is Vice-President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Cummins Inc., reporting to the CEO.  She is responsible for global legal matters, including support of strategic corporate initiatives, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory, and compliance issues. 

Prior to joining Cummins, she served as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where she was responsible for leading agency operations and managing a budget of over $2 billion and 10,000 employees. She led numerous foreign missions to meet with leaders in government, academia, and industry to raise awareness about the impact of intellectual property on business and innovation.

Sharon also enjoyed a distinguished career at Foley & Lardner, a global law firm, where she was a Partner (1996-2009, 2011), a member of the firm’s Executive Management Committee (2003 –2009), and Chair of the Intellectual Property Department (2006-2009).

She earned her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in psychology from Syracuse University. She has served on public and private boards including Walker Innovations (NYSE), Association of Corporate Counsel, Indianapolis Repertory Theatre, and Just the Beginning Foundation (a pipeline organization).

Read more about Cummins' 2019 LCLD Learning Experience here. 

Joined LCLD 2018 

Highlights of LCLD Participation 

Fellows Program
Hosted Leadership Lunch (2018)
Fellows Nomination:
2020: Natalie Stucky, Malene Prince; 2019: Chris Tucker, Kristen Keefe

Pathfinders Program
Pathfinders nominations:
2020: Ala'a WafaSarah Sharp 

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2019: Trezell Ragas


Member: Sharon Barner 

Diversity Professionals: Gustavo Viano, Sophie Zerbib