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Ivan Fong, senior vice president for legal affairs and general counsel of 3M Company, started in an unusual place for an attorney: as a chemical engineer with undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT. He attended Stanford Law School and subsequently built a distinguished career from a big law partnership to senior in-house positions in some of America’s finest legal departments. These positions were all punctuated by stints of public service at the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. So what advice does he have to offer lawyers looking to build a successful in-house career?

In this episode of In-House Legal, Randy Milch interviews Fong about the course of his legal career, how his time in public service set him up to go in-house at General Electric, and how he charted his course internally at such a big company.

Topics include:

  • Fong’s decision to switch from engineering to legal
  • Clerkships for Judge Abner J. Mikva and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Why he started in big law after law school
  • Choosing the right company over a specific subject matter
  • Appellate work, ecommerce, and patent litigation
  • Fong’s position as Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Legal doctrines concerning unlawful conduct and the internet
  • Moving in-house at GE and then becoming GC at Cardinal Health
  • Doing pro bono work as a general counsel

Ivan Fong is senior vice president of legal affairs and general counsel of the 3M Company. In that role, he oversees all legal, compliance, legal policy, and government affairs matters for the company. He was recently named one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel by the National Law Journal. Prior to joining 3M in October 2012, Ivan served for over three years as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


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Published: January 22, 2016
Podcast: In-House Legal
Category: Best Legal Practices , General Counsel
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