Gail Lehman is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for Noranda Aluminum. During her undergraduate years at Rutgers University she studied psychology. After graduating from Rutgers with her BA, she originally went into teaching, where she taught special education for several years while pursuing her Masters Degree.
While Gail was teaching, a friend began relating stories about his time in Law School to her. He strongly suggested that she consider attending Law School as well. Gail Lehman then spent three years attending Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. She enjoyed my time there a great deal, perhaps because she had been out of college and working for several years and could truly appreciated the chance to go back to school full time to further her education. She approached Law School like a job, spending dedicated hours to studying and completing assignments. Gail Lehman was amazed to find how well she did in the program just by putting in that extra effort and ensuring that a certain number of hours each and every day were set aside for completing the work she needed to do.
When Gail graduated from Law School she did a judicial clerkship for a year in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. It was a marvelous experience for Gail, getting to see the workings of the court from the inside. The year sheat the District Court, the judge presided over a complex and fascinating RICO trial. This was a truly unforgettable experience for Gail; getting to see that testimony and being a part of such a case.
Following her clerkship, Gail Lehman joined the law firm where she had spent my second summer during law school. Specializing in litigation, she worked on numerous matters, including environmental litigation, commercial disputes, criminal case work, and internal investigations. She stayed with that law firm for approximately five years. She had been working on a complex environmental matter for one of the firm’s clients, AlliedSignal at the time (later Honeywell International), and because she had such close interaction with the attorneys at AlliedSignal, that General Counsel called Gail at one point and asked her if she wanted to come “in house” to join the legal department there. It was a hard choice to make because Gail enjoyed work at that law firm so much. However, Gail was pregnant with my first child at the time and worried that the hours she was putting in would be difficult when the baby was born. After much soul searching, she decided to join AlliedSignal.
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW , United States , Newark, New Jersey
J.D. with High Honors , Tischler Scholar 1987 (Ranked 1st in Class)
Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary , United States , Wichita, KS , Responsible for leadership of the Legal and Contracts organizations for this $3.7 billion general aviation manufacturing company owned by private equity firms Goldman Sachs and Onex Partners (six attorneys and 50+ contracts professionals). Provided significant contribution to day-to-day management of the company on strategic business and operational issues. Managed all board of directors and public reporting matters, including drafting of forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. Developed significantly enhanced processes for ethics and regulatory compliance, with particular emphasis on FCPA, international commercial contracting, and government contracting issues. Coordinated business development activities, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances.
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