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Veta T. Richardson

President & CEO
Association of Corporate Counsel

Veta T. Richardson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). Headquartered in Washington, D.C., 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 40,000 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.

With more than 57 chapter operations around the world, Richardson's top priorities as CEO involve continuing to increase ACC's global footprint and charting the organization through a strategic plan and vision designed to strengthen its position as the global voice for in-house counsel. Members look to ACC to advocate in support of their rights and interests as in-house counsel, as well as to offer the practice resources, education, global legal and regulatory analysis and networking opportunities needed to advance their professional development.  

Previously, as executive director of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) from 2001-2011, Richardson raised the bar on the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through the establishment of a multi-pronged platform that consisted of groundbreaking research and white papers; thought provoking publications, such as Diversity & the Bar; and best-in-class programs, services and networking events. Under her leadership, the MCCA emerged as a thought leader on diversity, recruitment and retention and pipeline initiatives for multinational corporations around the world. 

Earlier in her career, Richardson served as vice president and deputy general counsel at ACC, where she oversaw the development of online resources and continuing legal education for in-house lawyers.  Her own expertise in the in-house arena was shaped through her work for more than a decade as in-house counsel at Sunoco, Inc. based in Philadelphia, where her practice focus was corporate governance, transactions, securities disclosure and finance.

She received a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maryland at College Park and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

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ACC Sends Condolences in Wake of Paris Tragedy

On behalf of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), board of directors, staff and entire ACC community, our heartfelt sympathies go out to the victims and families of the tragic events in Paris.

Paris is the home of many of our chapter leaders, members, country representatives, sponsors and the in-house community at large. We share in the grief and sadness of those that have lost loved ones or suffered physically or emotionally.

At this time we are not aware of anyone from the ACC network of families and friends that have been injured or lost. Our hearts go out to our colleagues and friends and family of loved ones in Paris. We pray for your safety and security.

– Veta T. Richardson, ACC President & CEO Continue