11 noteworthy in-house career moves

Charting some of the most recent GC and in-house appointments

GC Appointments

Lucy Lee Helm was named executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Starbucks Corp. after 12 years with the company. In her new role, she will lead the company’s law and corporate affairs department and support its board of directors. Helm has served as interim GC since April, when former GC Paula Boggs left her post to join President Obama’s re-election campaign.


Gigamon, a provider of traffic visibility solutions, appointed Paul Shinn as general counsel. Shinn previously served as vice president and associate general counsel of Hewlett-Packard’s enterprise group. He previously was senior counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Grant Burns joined fiber optics provider AFL as vice president and general counsel. In this capacity, he will be responsible for corporate governance, intellectual property, human resources, litigation, securities compliance and government affairs. Burns’ prior work experience includes a 10-year stint at Nexsen Pruet and a shareholder position with Ogletree Deakins.


Legal outsourcing provider Clutch Group named Brian Flack general counsel and vice president of client services. Flack joins the company from CPA Global, where he was the senior counsel and global practice head of the litigation and investigations practice. Flack also worked in white-collar criminal defense as a partner at Venable.

Michelle Culligan is the new general counsel of CSM Corp., a Minnesota-based real estate company. She has more than 23 years of legal experience, most recently as a principal and general counsel at Manchester Companies. Culligan also was a partner in the financial services/real estate department of Briggs and Morgan.


American Transmission Co. named Catherine Heigel vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective June 25. Heigel joins the company after 12 years with Duke Energy Corp., where she most recently served as president of Duke Energy South Carolina.

Other In-House Career Moves

Scott Packman, general counsel of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) will also assume the titles of senior executive vice president and secretary. Packman joined MGM in 2002 and took on the GC role in 2005. After starting his career at Rogers & Wells, he also served as general counsel, EVP of business and legal affairs and corporate secretary at Creative Planet, Inc.


Go Daddy’s inaugural general counsel Christine Jones announced her retirement after 10 years with the company. During her tenure, Jones regularly represented the domain name registrar at congressional hearings, notably during last year’s hearings on the Stop Online Piracy Act. Deputy General Counsel Nima Kelly will serve as Go Daddy’s acting GC.

Tom DePaso was promoted to general counsel of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). He joined the NFLPA in 1984, mostly recently serving as associate general counsel. DePaso is a former football player himself, having played linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1978 to 1979.


Aqua America appointed Christopher Luning senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Luning joined the company as assistant general counsel in 2003, and he was subsequently promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel in 2005. During his time at the company, he has negotiated numerous acquisitions and growth ventures.

Law Firm News

Michael Krimminger joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton as a partner in its banking and financial institutions practice. Krimminger has more than 20 years of experience in the financial and regulatory spheres, most notably as general counsel of the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission (FDIC). During his tenure at the agency, he was the principal legal advisor in the development and implementation of regulatory reforms, including the Dodd-Frank Act.

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