• Ben W. Heinemann, Senior Vice President von General Electric wird Senior Counsel bei WilmerHale

    01. November 2005


    NEW YORK, 31. October 2005. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP today announced that Ben W. Heineman, Jr., Senior Vice President for Law and Public Affairs at General Electric Company (GE), will become Senior Counsel to the firm, effective February 1, 2006. Heineman, who was GE’s Senior Vice President-General Counsel from 1987-2003, will work on a wide range of issues: globalization, public policy, corporate citizenship and governance, mediation and arbitration.  He will retire from GE at the end of this year.

    On February 1, 2006, Heineman will also become a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Program on the Legal Profession at the Harvard Law School and a Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He will research and write on a variety of topics, including globalization, anticorruption, corporate citizenship, dispute resolution and the legal profession.

    “We are thrilled to welcome a legend to the firm. Ben’s wealth of experience and keen insight into complex legal issues will serve as an invaluable resource to our clients around the world,” said Jamie Gorelick, Partner and Co-chair of both the Public Policy and Strategy Practice and the Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice at WilmerHale.
    As GE’s General Counsel, Heineman was responsible for managing a team of more than 1,000 in-house lawyers in over 100 countries around the world. As the premier corporate general counsel in the world, Heinemen helped create a culture of integrity and compliance where lawyers also play a key role in business and management. Under Heineman’s leadership, the GE law department has become world-renowned for its excellence. A number of former GE corporate counsels now head law departments at other Fortune 500 companies.

    Prior to joining GE, Heineman was Managing Partner at Sidley & Austin’s Washington office focusing on Supreme Court and test case litigation. Prior to that, Heineman served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation with the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Carter.

    “It’s a pleasure to join such a deep team of accomplished lawyers. I look forward to this new opportunity and new chapter in my legal career,” noted Mr. Heineman.
    Heineman is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University and Yale Law School. A Rhodes scholar, Editor in Chief of the Yale Law Journal, and Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, Heineman started his career as a Staff Attorney for the Center for Law & Social Policy in Washington, D.C. and then as a litigator at Williams & Connolly. Mr. Heineman serves on the boards of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Transparency International-USA and The National Constitution Center.  He is the author of books on British race relations and the American presidency.  He received The American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

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