George Pain is a partner in Jenner & Block's Chicago office with deep transactional, litigation and negotiation strategy, and board-level advisory experience. He joined the firm after 15 years as the general counsel of Olin Corporation, which is now a Fortune 500 chemical and ammunition company. During his tenure as Olin’s general counsel, Olin’s portfolio also included a $2 billion copper alloy manufacturing business which was divested in 2007. Prior to becoming Olin’s general counsel in 2002, Mr. Pain was general counsel of a publicly traded aerospace and ordnance company. At Jenner & Block, Mr. Pain will assist clients in developing and implementing their legal and business strategies as well as provide seasoned guidance on transaction structuring, litigation and negotiation counseling and interacting with public boards.
As general counsel, Mr. Pain was integrally involved in the divestiture and acquisition of many business units, including most recently a multi-billion dollar merger in which Olin acquired The Dow Chemical Company’s U.S. chlor-alkali and vinyl, global epoxy, and global chlorinated organics businesses. The acquisition resulted in Olin becoming the global leader in the production of chlor-alkali and many chlorine-derivative products. While at Olin, he oversaw all legal, environmental remediation, ethics and compliance, and government and public affairs functions with more than 60 professionals reporting to him. Mr. Pain also was deeply involved in advising and counseling the company’s senior management team, as well as its board of directors and committees, while contributing substantially to the formulation and implementation of business strategies in the chemicals sector.
Mr. Pain received an LL.M. in corporation law from New York University, earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Connecticut School of Law and received both a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in civil engineering, cum laude, from Bucknell University.