James P. Stephenson

Former Chair at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

James P. Stephenson

James P. Stephenson

Former Chair at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Overview
Career Highlights

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

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2127

Number of Boards

6

Number of Awards

4

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Director at Guthrie Theater Foundation

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Of Counsel at Briggs & Morgan PA

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Director at Guthrie Theater Foundation

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Senior Executive Vice President & General Counsel at U.S. Bancorp

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Former Executive Vice President & General Counsel at The Travelers Cos., Inc.

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Senior Fellow at Harvard University - Harvard Business School

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Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Ecolab, Inc.

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Former Chief Executive Officer at General Mills, Inc.

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Northwest Airlines Corp.

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Founder at Wisefellows Consulting LLC

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James P. Stephenson
Former Chair at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Education
J.D.

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

B.S.

West Point's role in our nation's history dates back to the Revolutionary War, when both sides realized the strategic importance of the commanding plateau on the west bank of the Hudson River. General George Washington considered West Point to be the most important strategic position in America. Washington personally selected Thaddeus Kosciuszko, one of the heroes of Saratoga, to design the fortifications for West Point in 1778, and Washington transferred his headquarters to West Point in 1779. Continental soldiers built forts, batteries and redoubts and extended a 150-ton iron chain across the Hudson to control river traffic. Fortress West Point was never captured by the British, despite Benedict Arnold's treason. West Point is the oldest continuously occupied military post in America. Several soldiers and legislators, including Washington, Knox, Hamilton and John Adams, desiring to eliminate America's wartime reliance on foreign engineers and artillerists, urged the creation of an institution devoted to the arts and sciences of warfare. President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the United States Military Academy in 1802. He took this action after ensuring that those attending the Academy would be representative of a democratic society. Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, the "father of the Military Academy," served as Superintendent from 18l7-1833. He upgraded academic standards, instilled military discipline and emphasized honorable conduct. Aware of our young nation's need for engineers, Thayer made civil engineering the foundation of the curriculum. For the first half century, USMA graduates were largely responsible for the construction of the bulk of the nation's initial railway lines, bridges, harbors and roads. After gaining experience and national recognition during the Mexican and Indian wars, West Point graduates dominated the highest ranks on both sides during the Civil War. Academy graduates, headed by generals such as Grant, Lee, Sherman and Jackson, set high standards of military leadership for both the North and South. The development of other technical schools in the post-Civil War period allowed West Point to broaden its curriculum beyond a strict civil engineering focus. Following the creation of Army post-graduate command and staff schools, the Military Academy came to be viewed as the first step in a continuing Army education. In World War I, Academy graduates again distinguished themselves on the battlefield. After the war, Superintendent Douglas MacArthur sought to diversify the academic curriculum. In recognition of the intense physical demands of modern warfare, MacArthur pushed for major changes in the physical fitness and intramural athletic programs. "Every cadet an athlete" became an important goal. Additionally, the cadet management of the Honor System, long an unofficial tradition, was formalized with the creation of the Cadet Honor Committee. Eisenhower, MacArthur, Bradley, Arnold, Clark, Patton, Stilwell and Wainwright were among an impressive array of Academy graduates who met the challenge of leadership in the Second World War. The postwar period again saw sweeping revisions to the West Point curriculum resulting from the dramatic developments in science and technology, the increasing need to understand other cultures and the rising level of general education in the Army. In 1964, President Johnson signed legislation increasing the strength of the Corps of Cadets from 2,529 to 4,417 (more recently reduced to 4,000). To keep up with the growth of the Corps, a major expansion of facilities began shortly thereafter. Another significant development at West Point came when enrollment was opened to women in 1976. Sixty-two women graduated in the class of 1980, to include Andrea Hollen, Rhodes Scholar. Just as women are a vital and integral part of the U.S. Army, so they are at West Point. In recent decades, the Academy's curricular structure was markedly changed to permit cadets to major in any one of more than a dozen fields, including a wide range of subjects from the sciences to the humanities.

Memberships
Member - Business Law Section
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Member
Prior

Minnesota Business Partnership, Inc. engages in helping the Minnesota residents maintain a high quality of life ensuring that the state's economy remains strong and globally competitive. The firms works with elected officials, state agency staff, and others on a range of public policy issues relevant to all Minnesotans such as education, jobs, economy, and health. The company was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN.

Career History
Chair
Prior

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP is a full-service international law firm, and one of the 75 largest law firms headquartered in the United States. The firm, which has a strong presence in the Midwestern United States, was formed in 2012 by the merger of Faegre & Benson LLP and Baker & Daniels LLP. The two firms merged on January 1, 2012 and began business operations as Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. As a full-service international law firm, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP provides legal counseling and litigation to a wide range of practice areas. In addition, FaegreBD Consulting, the firm's national advisory and advocacy practice, advises clients public and private clients with interdisciplinary consulting services. The combined firm employs more than 800 lawyers and consultants in offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Counsel
Prior

In 1969, the Detroit-based J.L. Hudson Company merged with the Dayton Corporation to form the Dayton-Hudson Corporation

Boards & Committees
Member-Management Committee
Prior

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP is a full-service international law firm, and one of the 75 largest law firms headquartered in the United States. The firm, which has a strong presence in the Midwestern United States, was formed in 2012 by the merger of Faegre & Benson LLP and Baker & Daniels LLP. The two firms merged on January 1, 2012 and began business operations as Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. As a full-service international law firm, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP provides legal counseling and litigation to a wide range of practice areas. In addition, FaegreBD Consulting, the firm's national advisory and advocacy practice, advises clients public and private clients with interdisciplinary consulting services. The combined firm employs more than 800 lawyers and consultants in offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Trustee
Prior

MJK Clearing, Inc., part of Stockwalk Group, Inc., is a company headquartered in the United States. The firm provides security brokerage services.

Member, Board of Directors
Current

Founded in 1963, The Guthrie Theater is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. The Guthrie Theater engages exceptional theater artists in the exploration of both classic and contemporary plays, connecting the community we serve to one another and to the world. Through its extraordinary artists, staff and facility, the Guthrie is committed to the people of Minnesota and, from its place rooted deeply in the Twin Cities, influences the field as a leading 21st-century arts organization.

Chair
Prior

In October 1979, 35 law firms pooled $1 million in capital to found Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society (Bermuda) Ltd. (ALAS Ltd.), a mutual insurance company located in Bermuda and owned entirely by its insured member firms. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society, Inc., A Risk Retention Group (ALAS, Inc.), domiciled in Vermont, with its principal office in Chicago, Illinois, was formed in 1987 to act as the primary insurance company, providing direct underwriting, policy issuance, member relations, claims management, and loss prevention services to the ALAS Ltd. membership. On November 30, 2013, ALAS (Bermuda) Ltd. discontinued as a Bermuda company and redomiciled to Vermont as a Vermont captive insurance company. Upon redomiciliation, the company’s name changed to “Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society Ltd.,” and the company is referred to as “ALAS Ltd.” on this Web site.

Trustee
Prior

Since 1939, the Minnesota Medical Foundation has been raising and managing private gifts that expand what's possible in health and medical research, education, and care at the University of Minnesota. MMF also provides philanthropic counsel to the University of Minnesota Medical Center on matters related to the partnership between the University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicians, and Fairview Health Services.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the Minnesota Bar
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Banking & Finance Law
Court Admission: US District Court, District of Minnesota
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