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Veta T. Richardson is president and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the largest global bar association serving in-house counsel. Veta’s priorities as CEO involve continuing to increase ACC’s global footprint and leading the organization through a strategic plan designed to strengthen its position as the global voice for in-house counsel. Veta has held prior executive-level positions in the nonprofit association realm. She started her legal career as in-house counsel at Sunoco, Inc., where she was responsible for corporate governance, securities disclosure, finance and M&A transactions. She holds a B.S. in Business Management and a J.D. from the University of Maryland.


 James A. Merklinger is vice president and chief legal officer of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). In this role, he represents ACC on all global legal issues and advises the organization on meeting the needs of the in-house counsel community. Merklinger joined ACC in 1995 as the director of legal resources and was instrumental in making the association’s membership materials available online. In 2005, Merklinger was named ACC’s director of large law programs, where he was the liaison with ACC’s largest legal departments at companies across the country, in Canada and Europe. While in the position, Merklinger helped grow ACC’s large law membership by more than 85 percent.


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.


Tiffani Alexander is director and editor-in-chief of the award-winning journal of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), ACC Docket. Tiffani spearheads the publication’s editorial print and digital platforms and efforts to expand the ACC Docket’s global footprint. She earned her BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has a MA in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago. Tiffani can be contacted at Alexander@acc.com.


Joshua Shields is assistant editor of the award-winning journal of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), ACC Docket. He assists with all aspects of production of the ACC Docket, including coordinating articles by general counsel worldwide. He also manages ACC’s “Top 10 30-Somethings” awards program. Previously, Joshua served as editor-in-chief of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s (MCCA) Diversity & the Bar. He can be reached at j.shields@acc.com.


Michael Chang is vice president, business & legal affairs at Warner Bros. Consumer Products Inc. He can be contacted at michael.chang@warnerbros.com.

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 of ACC.