Kenneth Thompson, II
Senior Vice President, Global Chief Legal Officer
Kenneth Thompson, II is Senior Vice President and Global Chief Legal Officer for the global legal business of LexisNexis. He is a member of the Management Committee and the principal legal advisor to the Global CEO.
In his global role, Mr. Thompson not only leverages his core areas of expertise ranging from intellectual property, acquisitions and divestiture to regulatory and Internet security issues, he also has transformed the company’s in-house corporate counsel function from a distant advisory wing to a legal services organization, trusted by leadership and deeply embedded in the company's day-to-day operations. This culture shift has been accomplished by emphasizing a business perspective, which has enabled the company's lawyers to operate not just as lawyers, but also as business advisors, free to challenge and ask the right questions.
Mr. Thompson joined LexisNexis in 2001 from a highly respected Cincinnati, Ohio law firm. One of their youngest partners and a member of the firm’s executive committee, Mr. Thompson significantly built out their business in the technology sector during his 15-year relationship with the firm. In the process, he was admitted to practice in Ohio and Kentucky. He is also admitted to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. Tax Court.
Mr. Thompson is currently the co-chair of Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the International Bar Association and is a member of the Corporate Pro Bono Advisory Board, a pro bono partnership between ACC and PBI. Formerly, he chaired the Ohio State Bar Association's Computer and High Technology Law Committee, and he was a member of both the Ohio State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section Board of Governors and its Council of Delegates.
Mr. Thompson has a B.A. degree from Capital University and a JD from the University of Cincinnati, College of Law. His broad expertise makes him an authoritative and highly engaging public speaker on a range of issues: intellectual property, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate responsibility, regulatory and Internet security.
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