Amar D. Sarwal
Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Legal Services
Association of Corporate Counsel
Amar D. Sarwal is chief legal officer and senior vice president of advocacy and legal services of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) in Washington, DC. ACC is the world's largest legal association dedicated exclusively to serving the interests of in-house counsel. With an international membership of more than 43,000 in-house lawyers at more than 10,000 organizations in 85 countries, ACC serves as the "voice of the in-house bar" for corporate lawyers at 98 percent of the Fortune 100 and 51 percent of the Global 1000.
In this position, Sarwal serves as the principal legal counsel for ACC and its related entities, as well as oversees ACC's advocacy, law department services, program development, and legal resources functions. He also 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 so that it advances the professional interests and unique perspectives of the in-house bar. To accomplish those objectives, he works with ACC's leadership and members, government regulators, and other organizations.
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, such as multijurisdictional matters, corporate responsibility, attorney-client privilege, ethics, and other issues that affect the ability of in-house counsel to provide effective guidance to their corporate clients. In 2011, Sarwal was promoted to vice president & chief legal strategist.
Before joining ACC, he 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 US Supreme Court and other federal and state courts. Prior to the US Chamber, Sarwal was an associate in the Washington, DC. office of Jones Day, practicing in the Issues and Appeals Section. Earlier in his career, Sarwal served as a judicial clerk to US District Court Judge Little of the Western District of Louisiana and US Court of Appeals Judge Krupansky of the Sixth Circuit of Ohio.
Sarwal received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus on International Business. He also graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Sarwal is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, and before the US Supreme Court and various federal courts.
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