Lead Counsel, Litigation, Operations and Regulatory @ The Dow Chemical Company
VP, General Counsel, Secretary and Director of Human Resources of Dow Kokam LLC @ The Dow Chemical Company
Bachlors Degree, Public Relations, Cum Laude @
Michigan State University
I am a solutions-focused attorney with a comprehensive background providing legal guidance as General Counsel for a start-up joint venture, as in-house counsel for a Fortune 50 company, and to multiple sophisticated clients as part of an AmLaw 100 law firm. I am an experienced leader and true business partner who actively participates in strategy development and
I am a solutions-focused attorney with a comprehensive background providing legal guidance as General Counsel for a start-up joint venture, as in-house counsel for a Fortune 50 company, and to multiple sophisticated clients as part of an AmLaw 100 law firm. I am an experienced leader and true business partner who actively participates in strategy development and driving business results. I am able to quickly understand complex issues, identify risks and set forth solutions that are business-friendly and compliant. I have a reputation for ethics, integrity, perseverence and results.
I have a proven record of successfully managing multiple projects by effectively defining, developing and implementing targeted action plans to maximize productivity, efficiency, and profitability. I thrive in intellectually challenging, fast-paced and ever-changing environments and I am highly versatile, quickly mastering new roles and responsibilities. I am self-motivated and continuously explore opportunities for further professional growth.
I have strong communication skills (written and oral) which enable me to build strategic partnerships and alliances and to problem solve efficiently. I am an effective people leader with an innate ability to build and maintain highly motivated and productive teams.
LEGAL EXPERIENCE: Business Counseling; Contracts; Litigation; Corporate Governance; Ethics & Compliance; Mergers & Acquisitions; Labor & Employment; Intellectual Property; Anti-trust; Advertising & Marketing; Finance; Data Privacy; Immigration; Real Estate; Government Contracts
CORE COMPETENCIES: Strategic Analysis & Planning; Project Management; Risk Identification & Mitigation; Team Leadership; Communication & Presentation; Contract Drafting & Negotiation; Relationship Building; Process Development/Improvement; Problem Solving; Training & Mentoring;
Corporate General Counsel @ From August 2014 to Present (1 year 3 months) Chattanooga, Tennessee AreaLead Counsel, Litigation, Operations and Regulatory @ Demonstrate exceptional analytical and strategic planning skills in evaluating cases, designing litigation strategies, and proficiently managing outside counsel from case initiation through resolution. Excellent success rate of obtaining dismissals and other early, favorable case resolutions. Drive business results through creative risk mitigation strategies and implementation. Identify, develop, and implement strategic initiatives to reduce litigation costs in accordance with organizational goals and objectives. From January 2014 to July 2014 (7 months) Midland, MIVP, General Counsel, Secretary and Director of Human Resources of Dow Kokam LLC @ Based on stellar performance within Dow, was selected to serve as General Counsel and Secretary for this international manufacturing joint venture with 4 subsidiaries, $400 Million in assets and 300 employees globally. Was quickly promoted to Vice President and given additional management responsibility for HR.
Successfully built and steered multiple teams to maximize performance by consistently completing projects on time and within budget in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment requiring superior strategic planning, organization, and leadership skills. Ensured compliance by the organization and Board with all governance documents, legal requirements and commercial agreements. Designed and globally integrated vigorous legal and compliance policies and procedures resulting in exceptional risk avoidance and financial benefit.
Participated in all key business decisions as member of and strategic advisor to the Executive Leadership Team, providing balanced analysis of risks and benefits aligned to the organization’s goals. Enabled the organization’s quick growth and broad commercial pursuits through the negotiation, drafting and approval of a multitude of commercial contracts, including M&A, financing, procurement, sales, joint development and non-disclosure agreements. Spearheaded the design, development, and implementation of recruitment programs, employee policies, training and development, and compensation and benefits benchmarking and strategy.
Authored and implemented the Business Code of Conduct into day-to-day operations, including establishing an ethics hot-line, steering global ethics and compliance training, and leading ethics and compliance investigations. Attended and presented at Board meetings, drafted minutes and resolutions and maintained the corporate books and records as Company Secretary. From October 2009 to December 2013 (4 years 3 months) Midland, MichiganSenior Business Counsel @ Played a key role in meeting company goals as a member of the management teams of multiple global businesses by contributing legal advisement and recommendations on business strategy and negotiating critical commercial agreements. Appointed as a member of the negotiation team responsible for a global, multiple business, multi-billion dollar joint venture. From October 2006 to September 2009 (3 years) Midland, MichiganSpecial Litigation Counsel @ Efficiently managed all aspects of complex mass tort litigation matters, including developing case strategy, working collaboratively with top-tier outside counsel, participating in trial and negotiating settlements. From August 2002 to October 2005 (3 years 3 months) Midland, MichiganLitigation Associate @ Represented numerous clients on multiple issues and in all phases of litigation. From August 1997 to July 2002 (5 years) Detroit, MIManager @ Managed all aspects of retail business operations including budgets, profits and losses, supply chain and human capital. From January 1989 to August 1994 (5 years 8 months) Various
Juris Doctor, Law, Magna Cum Laude @ Michigan State University College of Law From 1994 to 1997 Bachlors Degree, Public Relations, Cum Laude @ Michigan State University From 1984 to 1988 Douglas MacArthur High School From 1980 to 1984 Kelly L.S. Arnold is skilled in: Joint Ventures, Ethics & Compliance, Contract Negotiation, Litigation, Human Resources, Governance, Employment Law, Employee Benefits, Business Strategy, Board Relations, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Business..., Intellectual Capital..., Management, Mergers, Six Sigma, Executive Management, Employee Relations, Product Development, Manufacturing, Process Improvement, Start-ups, Strategy, Cross-functional Team..., Commercialization, Renewable Energy, Change Management, Leadership, Energy
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