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Richard F. Ziegler, former General Counsel of the 3M Company, has joined Jenner & Block as a partner in its New York office. A former federal prosecutor and partner in a major New York law firm, Mr. Ziegler has more than 30 years of legal and management experience.
“Richard’s tremendous achievements and extensive corporate litigation background will be an important asset to our expanding New York office and to our entire firm,” said Gregory S. Gallopoulos, Jenner & Block’s Managing Partner.
“I am delighted to join Jenner & Block. Its history of excellence, its outstanding reputation in high-stakes corporate litigation and the chance to help build its office in New York make it a great choice for me at this point in my career,” said Mr. Ziegler.
As Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel for 3M in St. Paul for the past four years, Mr. Ziegler was responsible for all of 3M’s legal affairs worldwide and led a department of more than 150 lawyers. He also served on the company’s senior management Operations Committee. During Mr. Ziegler’s tenure as General Counsel of 3M – part of the Dow Jones Industrial index – he oversaw changes in its corporate governance and business conduct processes, its largest-ever acquisition, and significant litigation involving intellectual property, antitrust, product liability, employment and environmental matters.
“I learned a great deal as general counsel of one of the nation’s leading companies and look forward to bringing a deeper appreciation of our clients’ circumstances as I return to the role of outside counsel,” Mr. Ziegler said. He intends to focus his practice at Jenner & Block on complex litigation and related matters, including intellectual property, corporate governance, securities and government enforcement.
Before joining 3M, Mr. Ziegler was a partner at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York for more than two decades, serving as the Coordinator of its New York litigation practice and a member of its Executive Committee. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York and law clerk for Federal Judge Milton Pollack in Manhattan. His notable victories include landmark rulings in patent law (Honeywell v. Hamilton Sundstrand in the Federal Circuit), securities law (Ceres Partners v. GEL Associates in the Second Circuit), civil RICO (Tonka v. Luthi in the Eighth Circuit) and corporate law (Arnold v. Society for Savings in the Delaware Supreme Court and NBT Bancorp v. Fleet/Norstar in the New York Court of Appeals).
Mr. Ziegler chaired the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York State Bar Association. He has also taught a seminar on ethics and complex litigation at Columbia Law School.
Mr. Ziegler earned his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his B.A. from Yale College summa cum laude.