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Author(s): Katherine L. Adams, Brackett B. Denniston
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, International Law
Published: Nov 2017
ISBN: 9781402430251
PLI Item #: 185536
CHB Spine #: B2366

Kate Adams is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Honeywell. She is responsible for managing all of the company's legal affairs including Securities and Exchange Commission filings and disclosure, corporate governance, human resources and benefits, intellectual property rights, litigation, environmental compliance, and acquisitions and divestitures. In this role, Kate is also responsible for Honeywell’s Government Relations and Global Security organizations.

From 2005 through September 2008, Adams was Vice President and General Counsel for Performance Materials and Technologies, one of Honeywell's three strategic business groups. Prior to joining the Performance Materials and Technologies leadership team, she served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel - Litigation for Honeywell.

Before joining Honeywell, Adams was a partner at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP in New York City. Earlier in her career, Adams served in roles as law clerk for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Supreme Court of the United States; trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Appellate Section, Environment and Natural Resources division; and law clerk for Stephen Breyer, then Chief Justice United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and now Justice of the Supreme Court.

Throughout her career, Adams has held academic positions as adjunct assistant professor of law for the New York University Law School and adjunct assistant professor of environmental law for Columbia University Law School in New York City.

She earned a bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature with French and German concentrations from Brown University and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago, Illinois.


Brackett Denniston, senior counsel in Goodwin’s Litigation Department, advises clients on matters involving corporate governance, complex litigation and regulatory issues. He has extensive senior leadership experience, in both the public and private sectors.

In 2016, Mr. Denniston rejoined Goodwin from General Electric Company, where he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for more than a decade. In this position, he was responsible for leading a global legal, environmental and safety, and government affairs team of more than 3,000 professionals worldwide in matters involving compliance, corporate governance, IP protection, dispute resolution, government affairs, pro bono and diversity. During his time at GE, it was named best legal department by Corporate Counsel magazine and he was named among the most influential lawyers by the National Law Journal. He joined GE in 1996 as Vice President and Senior Counsel of Litigation and Legal Policy.

Prior to his work with GE, Mr. Denniston served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor William F. Weld of Massachusetts from 1993-1996. His public sector work also includes service as Chief of the Major Frauds Unit in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, where he led prosecutions relating to securities and financial fraud, and was awarded the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance for his role overseeing numerous successful prosecutions.

Mr. Denniston was a partner at Goodwin from 1986-1993, and also practiced as an associate at the firm from 1974-1982, where he focused on complex civil litigation, securities matters and white collar crime cases.

Professional Activities

Mr. Denniston is Chair of the Board of Kenyon College, Chair of the Institute for Legal Reform of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Chamber’s board and Executive Committee, and a board member of Transparency International (U.S.), Equal Justice Rights and the Pro Bono Partnership.

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1973 (magna cum laude)

A.B., Kenyon College, 1969 (summa cum laude)