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2016 Employer of Choice Honorees

MCCA recognizes outstanding law departments that progress in changing the legal profession. The Employer of Choice Award is designed to spotlight industry leaders who have a commitment to and succeed at creating and maintaining an inclusive corporate legal department.

Northeast Region

  David G. Leitch
Global General Counsel

Bank of America
 

David G. Leitch is Global General Counsel for Bank of America, responsible for overseeing the company’s legal functions and its relationships with regulatory and law enforcement authorities around the world. Based in Charlotte, he is a member of the executive management team. Leitch joined the bank from Ford Motor Company, where he was general counsel and group vice president. Previously, he served in the White House as deputy counsel to President George W. Bush; as chief counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration; as deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel; and as a partner with Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P. (now Hogan Lovells). Leitch is a former chair of the Supreme Court Fellows Commission, a position to which he was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. He served as law clerk to William H. Rehnquist, Roberts’ predecessor as chief justice, as well as to federal appellate judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III. He graduated first in his class from the University of Virginia School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Duke University. Leitch is a member of the board of directors of the National Chamber Litigation Center and a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society; he also serves on general counsel advisory committees for the National Center for State Courts and the Civil Justice Reform Group.

Mid-Atlantic Region

  Darryl Bradford
Executive Vice President and General Counsel,

Exelon Corporation
 

Darryl Bradford is the primary legal advisor to Exelon’s senior management and oversees the company's legal and corporate governance departments. Exelon Corporation is the leading U.S. competitive energy provider with approximately $27 billion in annual revenues. Exelon Generation is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 32,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to more than 2.5 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to approximately 7.8 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO). Prior to his current appointment, Bradford served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Exelon. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Energy and Regulatory Policy and General Counsel for Commonwealth Edison, a subsidiary of Exelon. Before joining ComEd, Bradford was a senior partner at the Chicago office of Jenner & Block, where he served on the firm’s Management Committee, as co-chair of the firm's Litigation Committee, and co-chair of the telecommunications practice, advising clients on issues associated with the transition to a competitive marketplace. He practiced at Jenner & Block for more than 20 years where he tried both civil and criminal cases and argued numerous cases before the United States Courts of Appeals and state appellate courts.

Bradford serves on the Board of Directors of Energy Insurance Mutual. He is also a Trustee for the Kohl’s Children Museum, the Ravinia Festival and the Constitutional Rights Foundation. He serves as Chair of the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Subcommittee on Corporate Issues and on EEI’s Legal Planning Committee. Bradford is a member of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and the North Shore General Counsel Association. Bradford graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1980 where he served as an editor on the Law Review. He received his bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa in 1977.

Midwest Region

  Gary H. Pilnick
Vice Chairman, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer

Kellogg Company
 

Gary Pilnick has been Vice Chairman, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Kellogg Company since 2016. Mr. Pilnick is also a member of the company’s Global Leadership Team. Mr. Pilnick assumed the role of Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in 2003 and assumed the responsibility of Corporate Development in 2004. He joined Kellogg Company in 2000 as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Prior to joining Kellogg, Mr. Pilnick was affiliated with the Chicago law firm of Jenner and Block from 1989 to 1995, which included corporate legal assignments in Chicago and Tokyo, Japan. He served as Vice President and Chief Corporate Counsel for Specialty Foods Corporation from 1995 to 1997 when he joined Sara Lee Corporation as Chief Counsel, Corporate Development, and Finance. He was named Vice President and Chief Counsel, Sara Lee Branded Apparel, North and South America in February 1999. Mr. Pilnick received a Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctorate with Honors from Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina.

South Region

  Teresa Wynn Roseborough
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary

The Home Depot
 

Teresa Wynn Roseborough is responsible for all of The Home Depot’s legal functions worldwide, including securities, litigation, employment, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, store operations, risk management and intellectual property. As corporate secretary, Teresa serves as a liaison between the board of directors and the company and is responsible for all corporate governance matters. She also is responsible for the company’s government relations. Before joining The Home Depot in 2011, Teresa held several positions in the legal department of MetLife, including deputy general counsel and senior chief counsel for litigation and compliance. Prior to MetLife, Teresa was a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, where her practice focused on complex litigation matters at both the trial and appellate level, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. Teresa’s more than 25 years of legal experience also includes government service as deputy assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice, where she provided legal counsel to the White House and all executive branch agencies; law clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge James Dickson Phillips of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; an employee of the Department of Defense in West Germany.

Teresa was named one of 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal and as one of America’s top black attorneys by Black Enterprise. Her civic involvements include serving as a public member of the Administrative Conference of the U.S., a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a member of the boards of directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and of the Board of Overseers of the RAND Corporation Institute for Civil Justice. Teresa earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in education from Boston University, and a juris doctor with high honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Law Review.

West Region

  John Schultz
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary

Hewlett Packard Enterprise
 

John Schultz is Executive President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He held the same role at HP, prior to the company’s separation into two companies—Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. John joined HP in 2008 as Deputy General Counsel for Litigation, Investigations and Global Functions, managing all major litigation filed against the company globally, including intellectual property, government investigations, and commercial and employment disputes. Before joining HP in 2008, John was a partner in the litigation practice of Morgan Lewis focusing on complex litigation, including defending consumer class-action, fiduciary liability, and technology-related commercial litigation. He also worked at Drinker Biddle & Reath for 14 years, where he specialized in commercial and product liability litigation. John holds a bachelor’s degree from Albright College and a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

The Employer of Choice Award is designed to spotlight industry leaders who have a commitment to and succeed at creating and maintaining an inclusive corporate legal department.

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