The Association of Corporate Counsel Promotes Amar D. Sarwal to Vice President and Chief Legal Strategist

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The In-house Organization Develops New Executive Role to Focus on Advocacy, ACC Value Challenge and Engagement with Chief Legal Officers

ACC's Vice President and Chief Legal Strategist Amar D. Sarwal

“In-house counsel are at the vanguard of the most exciting developments in the legal world, handling some of the most difficult and challenging issues their corporate clients and other stakeholders throw at them,” says Sarwal.

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the world’s largest association of in-house counsel, has promoted Amar D. Sarwal to vice president and chief legal strategist. In this new role, Sarwal will lead the organization’s efforts to engage chief legal officers (CLOs) and top legal executives. He will also focus on enhancing services and programs related to the ACC Value Challenge, while continuing to advocate on behalf of in-house counsel.

“Amar is a brilliant lawyer and will continue to lead the success of ACC’s advocacy agenda,” explains ACC President & CEO Veta T. Richardson. “This promotion acknowledges his hard work and commitment to the in-house community. I am confident that Amar will take this new role to the next level and bring the common concerns of corporate counsel to the forefront of the legal industry.”

Joining ACC as associate general counsel in October 2010, Sarwal directed key in-house counsel advocacy efforts, focusing on multijurisdictional matters, corporate responsibility, privilege protection, ethics and more. And, within two months, he had spearheaded the campaign in which ACC filed comments with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on its Dodd-Frank whistleblower-bounty proposal, which resulted in 270 CLOs and compliance officers joining ACC to argue that the SEC’s rules would undermine valuable internal compliance and reporting systems.

In his new role, Sarwal will work with ACC’s leaders and membership to: (1) advocate on behalf of the in-house bar on issues of immediate concern; (2) continue to challenge in-house and outside lawyers to deliver real value for their clients; and (3) engage CLOs and other senior legal executives through Think Tanks and other tailored services.

“In-house counsel are at the vanguard of the most exciting developments in the legal world, handling some of the most difficult and challenging issues their corporate clients and other stakeholders throw at them,” says Sarwal. “I am honored to have the opportunity to engage these first-rate lawyers about cutting edge issues and then to represent them before the government and others in order to advance the unique perspective of in-house counsel.”

Earlier in his career, Sarwal served as a judicial clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Little of the Western District of Louisiana and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Krupansky of the Sixth Circuit of Ohio. He later joined the Washington, D.C. office of Jones Day, practicing in its Issues and Appeals Section. This position led him to the United States Chamber of Commerce, where he served as general litigation counsel, and managed the Chamber’s extensive amicus curiae and party litigation docket before the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal and state courts.

Sarwal is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and University of Michigan Law School, and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, before the U.S. Supreme Court, and in front of various federal courts. He and his wife Stephanie have three children: Job (10), Louis (8) and Margaret (5).

About ACC:
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 and other private-sector organizations around the globe. ACC promotes the common interests of its members, provides resources to help save time, money and effort, contributes to their continuing education and provides a voice on issues of global importance. With more than 28,000 members in more than 75 countries, employed by over 10,000 organizations, ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth. By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.® For more information, visit


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