Veta T. Richardson is president and chief executive officer of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a 30,000+ international membership organization, which serves as the ‘voice of the in-house bar’ and provides practical resources and extensive networking opportunities for its in-house counsel members. Previously, Richardson was executive director of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), advocating for the expanded hiring, promotion, and retention of minority attorneys by corporate law departments and the law firms. Earlier in her career, Veta played an important role at ACC, serving as vice president and deputy general counsel where she foresaw the need for more access to online resources for ACC members. Her own expertise in the in-house arena was shaped in her work as in-house counsel to Sunoco, Inc. based in Philadelphia, PA, where her practice focus was corporate governance, transactions, securities and finance.
Kim Howard, director of surveys at the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), has over 17 years of experience in publishing, communications, marketing and management. In her current role, Kim leads ACC’s expanded research division, overseeing responsibility for survey and benchmarking reports that provide insight into the in-house counsel profession. Previously, Kim served as publisher of ACC’s award-winning magazine, ACC Docket, which is the only professional legal journal written by in-house counsel for in-house counsel. Kim’s oversight of the ACC Docket ensured that the publication’s in-depth features and practical articles address those issues of vital concern to the in-house counsel community. Kim serves on the board of directors for Association Media & Publishing (formerly SNAP), and also served as the 2009 chair for SNAP’s Annual Conference and 2008 chair of the Pre-Conference Workshop for its Annual Conference. Kim is a member the American Society of Association Executives, where she was recognized as the Top Association Executive Sponsor (1999-2000). Kim also earned her certified association executive (CAE) designation in 2013.
Amar D. Sarwal is vice president and chief legal strategist of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) where he leads efforts to engage chief legal officers and other legal executives, to challenge both law firms and in-house counsel to deliver real value for their clients and to shape the legal environment in order to advance the professional interests and unique perspectives of the in-house bar. Amar Sarwal joined ACC in 2010 as associate general counsel, directing key advocacy efforts and issues of importance to in-house counsel and the bar at large. Sarwal previously served as general litigation counsel at the United States Chamber of Commerce, where he managed the Chamber’s extensive amicus curiae and party litigation docket before the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal and state courts.
Fred Krebs is senior advisor to the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), strategic advisor to Clearspire, www.clearspire.com and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School. Previously, he served as president of ACC from 1991-2011. He can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter at @FrederickJKrebs.
Susan Hackett is chief executive officer and chief legal officer of Legal Executive Leadership, LLC. She is the former senior vice president and general counsel of Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), where she earned a reputation for innovation, excellence and success in serving the specialized practice needs of in-house counsel, and the law firms and legal services providers with whom they collaborate. Susan is most widely recognized for conceiving and executing the ACC Value Challenge (to reconnect value to the cost of legal services), developing networks and benchmarking practices for chief legal officers and law department executives, driving advocacy efforts to protect the attorney-client privilege in corporate practice, promoting in-house legal ethics and professionalism, and reform multi-jurisdictional and cross-border legal regulation. Her unique vision and perspective derive from the rare access she’s enjoyed serving thousands of corporate legal leaders – in law departments, law firms, and professional associations, in every kind of practice environment – for more than two decades.
Sanjeev Dhawan is senior legal counsel for Hydro One Networks Inc. in Toronto. He advises the company on all areas of corporate and commercial law, particularly in regards to procurement contracts in the acquisition of equipment and services, and in the areas of construction, information technology, and mergers and acquisitions. Sanjeev also has a business role within the company as manager of commercial contracts with its Supply Chain Services group. Prior to joining Hydro One in 2000, Sanjeev practiced corporate and commercial law at a law firm for nearly seven years. Sanjeev received a bachelor of commerce and finance degree from the University of Toronto in 1988, a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Windsor in 1991, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Detroit also in 1991. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993, the New York State Bar in 1992, and the District of Columbia Bar in 1994. Sanjeev is active within the legal community in Ontario, and is immediate past president of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) — Ontario Chapter.
Brent Thomas is assistant editor and digital content specialist of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC) award-winning in-house publication, ACC Docket. He is responsible for gathering content, editing the publication and writing monthly articles that highlight ACC members. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest Blogger: In-house Access features blog posts from a wide scope of guest authors with varying in-house counsel backgrounds and knowledge on related legal topics. For more information on our guest bloggers please refer to the introduction of each guest blogger post. The voice, views and stories expressed by the authors below are their own and not ACC’s.