Successful legal executive with 17 years of boardroom experience as the corporate secretary and counsel to the board of a large public company, plus 17 years prior experience representing boards and companies in complex commercial litigation.
Multi-unit Operation Management
The Progressive CorporationMayfield Village, OHChief Legal Officer11/2000 to 02/2017Responsible for all legal affairs for public holding company and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Managed a department of over 750 people. Served as a member of the Company's Executive Team and as counsel to the Board of Directors. Managed company-wide Compliance and Ethics program. At various times, served as interim Chief Human Resources Officer and managed Corporate Communications and Public Relations.
BakerHostetlerCleveland, OHPartner06/1986 to 10/2000Litigation associate and then partner representing companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation with a subspecialty in intellectual property matters including trade secret, trademark and patent litigation.
Choate Hall & StewartBoston, MAAssociate03/1984 to 06/1986Litigation associate working on various commercial trial matters, including antitrust, copyright infringement and insurance coverage cases.
Education and Training
J.D.:law1983University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MIMichigan Law Review - Associate Editor
Bachelor of Arts:Government1980Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Magna Cum Laude
Activities and Honors
Up with People, Inc. - Chairman of the Board
OhioGuidestone - Board member
Orange High School Mock Trial Legal Advisor
Orange High School Varsity Baseball Assistant Coach
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Crain's Cleveland Business Lifetime Achievement Award