Welcome to our comprehensive roundup of the most influential General Counsel (GC) lawyers in the USA. In the unstoppable force that is today’s legal landscape, these individuals navigate complex corporate law, oversee significant undisclosed funds of private equity, and spearhead transformative trademark law litigation.
From lucrative sports merchandise ventures to controversial voting rights litigation, these lawyers are immersed in riveting legal debates at the highest levels of the US justice system. Our list shines a spotlight on the GCs making a difference in diversity, inclusion, and corporate world.
Read on as we recognize each remarkable lawyer for their unique contribution to the industry, providing insight into their illustrious careers, their legal expertise, and their influence in cornerstone cases. As we honor each GC, follow the links to their respective firms website to learn more about their areas of legal practice and corporate affiliations.
Paul Gauron of New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc has been pivotal to the company’s evolution into a renowned footwear brand, demonstrating leadership in both legal department management and high-stakes trademark disputes. His legal prowess extends to transactional and corporate law work, marked by a successful tenure leading the business law practice at Goodwin and practicing at Hinckley Allen.
Working for State Farm Insurance Companies, Steve McManus has dedicated over three decades to State Farm’s legal department, overseeing its unprecedented growth and addressing a broad range of legal and regulatory issues. Passionate about diversity within the legal profession, McManus has helped lead the State Farm legal team in supporting minority and women-owned law firms.
David C Vigilante
As a distinguished legal figure at Cable News Network, Inc, David C Vigilante has an immeasurable influence in navigating complex legal matters.
Donald J Rosenberg
Providing invaluable expertise at Qualcomm Incorporated, Donald J Rosenberg has made significant strides in shaping Qualcomm’s legal successes.
Appointed as the NAACP’s General Counsel in 2015, Bradford Berry impressively heads a national legal team of five. With notable cases in voting rights, immigration, and governmental disputes, Berry has been instrumental in enforcing civil rights issues.
Breck Hancock brings a refined blend of legal and financial acumen to DST Global. Her expansive role encompasses fund administration, compliance concerns, and transaction strategy, proving to be invaluable in steering the fund’s investments in high-profile technology companies.
Denise Cade of Idex Corporation is celebrated for her strategic thinking, fostering a collaborative and inclusive atmosphere at IDEX. Having held previous in-house roles at SunCoke Energy and PPG Industries, her legal experience and commitment to workforce diversity continues to shape the legal, regulatory, and compliance pursuits of the industrials company.
Marc Ellenbogen has proven instrumental in defining legal practices at Foursquare Labs, Inc.
John G Finley
At The Blackstone Group, John G Finley’s corporate law skills are pivotal to the management of its colossal asset investments. With significant acquisitions, including Thomson Reuters’ Finance & Risk unit and Gramercy Property Trust, his deft handling of transactional complexities stands testament to his legal intelligence.
Lori Schechter of McKesson Corporation has proven instrumental in successfully driving McKesson’s corporate legal strategies.
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