Legal Concerns in Business (ft. Michael Gadbaw, Jack Welch’s Legal Counsel)

Summary: What does  it take to be part of a legendary, high growth enterprise? Explore both the growth and missteps from the perspective of Michael Gadbaw, a senior executive at General Electric under both neutron Jack Welch and Jeff Immelt for almost 3 decades. This is especially intriguing for those who envision pursuing careers as a corporate legal counsel.

Executive Summary:

R. Michael Gadbaw’s career covers over four decades in Washington as an international economic lawyer, starting as a summer intern at USTR in 1973. He is currently a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law and is dedicated to research and teaching international economic law, including the interaction of international trade, monetary, financial, investment, competition, tax and anticorruption. His practice included five years as a government attorney in the US Treasury and the Office of the US Trade Representative (1975-1980), an associate and partner in private practice at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard and McPherson (1980-1985) and Dewey Ballantine (1985-1990) and as a Vice President and Senior Counsel at General Electric (1990-2008) where he had responsibility for global government relations and transactions support, company compliance with the FCPA and export controls during one of the greatest decades in the companies existence and under the storied leadership of neutron Jack Welch.

What You Will Learn in this Interview:

7:00 –Globalization in the 90’s- Jack’s Boundary-lessness

11:40 – Financial challenges for Jeff Immelt, Jack Welch Successor

16:30– The Ideal General Counsel: Benjamin Heineman

19:57 – Michael’s Gadbaw’s Overseeing of GE’s Global Government Relations

23:09 – The Fundamental Challenge of Our Time- Managing Globalization by changing the Architecture

28:54 – CEO Larry Culp’s Positive Influence on GE

32:49 – Connect on Linkedin- Mentorship: The Gadbaw Fellows Program at GE


Jason Dodier & Jaret Grossman
Michael Gadbaw
VP & Senior Counsel at General Electric
45 Minutes