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Robert L. Herst Lawyer Profile

Biography

After a long and rewarding career with Kraft Foods during which I held several positions (including Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Chief Counsel for a major business division), I now have my private practice, the Law Office of Robert L. Herst, LLC.  My firm provides services in the following three areas: commercial contracts, corporate compliance, and general counsel services. In regard to commercial contracts, I provide counsel on purchase and sale agreements across a broad range of products and services. In the area of corporate compliance, I assist companies with the development of risk assessment procedures, company policies, and compliance programming. For small and medium size companies which do not employ a General Counsel on staff, I can fill the void by providing these business counsel services. Specifically, I will oversee and evaluate legal matters for proper handling, coordinate with outside counsel, and handle other sensitive company matters.  I have received a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of 5.0 out of 5.0 (AV® Preeminent™).  If you would like to read some of these peer reviews, please use this link:  http://www.martindale.com/Robert-L-Herst/958947-lawyer.htm?view=cr

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Vice President & Associate General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
April 1982 - April 2013 Kraft Foods
In my role as Vice President & Associate General Counsel, I managed the Business Unit Counsel who supported the business divisions’ leadership teams. As the Chief Compliance Officer, I led the company’s global Compliance and Integrity team, achieving the top consumer packaged goods sector score for compliance in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In addition, I launched significant compliance initiatives, including a simplified Code of Conduct and improved comprehensive investigation procedures. Together with the Internal Audit Department, I coordinated the company’s Risk and Compliance Committee, which provided oversight for enterprise risk management and other key compliance risks. I also reported frequently to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors on compliance-related matters. While serving as the Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the Corporate and Legal Services group, I managed the general legal support for most of the corporate and supply chain functions, and also served as a member of the company’s Global Supply Chain Executive Leadership Team. The corporate functions that I supported included: marketing, information systems, finance, human resources, purchasing, manufacturing, distribution, and transportation. In addition, I led the internal legal team that handled all major contracts with key suppliers. While doing so, I developed and implemented global automated “plain language” contract templates which shortened and simplified contract negotiations with business partners. I also served as Chief Counsel for a business division with annual revenues exceeding $4 billion.
Real Estate Associate
June 1980 - April 1982 Rudnick & Wolfe (now DLA Piper)

Education

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Bar Associations

American Bar Association
September 2013 - April 2017
Illinois State Bar Association
November 1980 - April 2017

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