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Author(s): Anne T. Madden, Brackett B. Denniston
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, International Law
Published: Nov 2018
ISBN: 9781402432682
PLI Item #: 221857
CHB Spine #: B2454

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.


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

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

 Anne T. Madden became Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Honeywell in October 2017, where she has responsibility for the Company’s global Legal function, and serves on the senior leadership team and as a Company officer.

Starting in 2002, Anne became Vice President, Corporate Development and Global Head M&A for Honeywell, leading Honeywell’s acquisition and divestiture activities on a global basis. During her 15-year tenure in that role, Honeywell made about 100 acquisitions representing approximately $15 billion in revenues and divested about 70 businesses representing $9 billion of non-core revenues. Anne joined the former AlliedSignal in June 1996 as General Counsel, Fluorine Products. In December 1996, she became Vice President and General Counsel of Specialty Chemicals. In July 2000, she became Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, responsible for all of the legal affairs for Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group.

Anne received Honeywell’s Premier Achievement Award in 1997 and received Honeywell’s Senior Leadership Award in 2005. She was recognized as a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Magazine in 2011, received the NJ Biz “Best Fifty Women in Business” award in 2012, and was named by Treasury and Risk Magazine as one of the Top Females in Finance in 2012. Anne currently serves as a member of the Investment Committee for Honeywell Ventures, an early stage investment vehicle. Anne is a member of the Association of General Counsel and a member of the Board of The Institute for Legal Reform.

Prior to joining Honeywell, Anne was in private practice at the New York law firm of Shearman & Sterling, focusing on M&A and Corporate Finance. Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Anne was an auditor in the Financial Services Group of KPMG Peat Marwick in New York.

Anne received an A.B. in English and American literature from Brown University, an M.S. in accounting and an M.B.A. in finance from the NYU Stern School of Business, and a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law, where she was Managing Editor of the Law Review.