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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe.

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Distinguished past Presidents of ACC Southern California (and their employers at their times of service) include the following:

  • 1985 Oscar Glass – Burroughs Corporation
  • 1986 Kenneth Bornholdt – Bixby Ranch Company
  • 1987 Charles “Chuck” Axen – TICOR Title Insurance Company
  • 1988 Timothy Conley – Nissan Motor Corporation USA
  • 1989 Kenneth Kaufmann – First Interstate Bancorp
  • 1990 Harriet Burns Feller – Western Financial Bank
  • 1991 Larry Steckmest – Occidental Petroleum Corporation
  • 1992 Eugene Erbstoesser – Ernst & Young LLP
  • 1993 David Henri – California Federal Bank
  • 1994-95 Daniel Hedigan – California Pacific Homes, Inc.
  • 1996 Michael Cahill – Trust Company of the West
  • 1997 Jess Womack – Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO)
  • 1998 Trischa O’Hanlon – Kaiser Permanente
  • 1999 Hayward “Dan” Fisk – Computer Sciences Corporation
  • 2000 Robert Lindquist – Ingram Micro, Inc.
  • 2001 Timothy Wahl – The Geneva Companies, Inc.
  • 2002-03 Michael Dwyer – NMB Technologies Corporation
  • 2004 Julie Pierce – Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.
  • 2005 Vincent Gonzales – Sempra Energy
  • 2006-07 Jonathan Block – Salem Communications
  • 2008 Zachary Zaharek - The First American Corporation
  • 2009 Renée D. Benjamin - CalPortland Company
  • 2010 Bernard A.Gaffaney - Cisco Consumer Products LLC
  • 2011 William Davis Harn - City National Bank
  • 2012 Teigue Thomas - ACER/Gateway
  • 2013 Manisha Merchant - Union Bank N.A.
  • 2014 Peter Ching - Tealium
  • 2015 Melanie Sims Frank - Panavision Inc.
  • 2016 Lily Hughes - Public Storage
  • 2017 Shawn Murphy - Mazda North America
  • 2018 John Lee - Douglas Emmett

The countless hours of hard work and selfless devotion of these and hundreds of other volunteer leaders have contributed to both ACC and ACC Southern California evolving into, in the words of one ACC Southern California member who is the General Counsel of a Fortune 100 company, "the best professional association choice that any in-house counsel could ever make." With the continuing efforts of in-house attorneys of similar character, leadership, and vision as those who came before them, ACC and ACC Southern California will continue to grow to better serve our profession, our companies, and our communities, and to be the best professional association available to all in-house counsel.

In nine out of the last fourteen years (1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015), ACC Southern California was recognized by ACC as the “Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year” due to its exemplary leadership, outstanding programs, and great service to its members.


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