Holly Gregory, Trailblazing Lawyer, the Calm at the Centre of Corporate Crises, on Repotting, HBO’s “Succession” and Mastering the Mandolin.


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Holly Gregory is at the pinnacle of America’s top corporate lawyers. She co-chairs law firm Sidley Austin’s global Corporate Governance practice and also co-leads its Chambers-recognized ESG and Crisis Management teams.

She’s won just about every honor available to her. She chaired the American Bar Association’s Corporate Governance Committee. The National Association of Corporate Directors named her one of the hundred most influential people in corporate governance 16 straight years. Ethisphere calls her one of the Attorneys Who Matter. She’s been recognized by Euromoney and by Legal 500. The National Law Journal says she was a “white collar regulatory and compliance trailblazer”. Corporate Secretary Magazine gave her a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Holly played a key role in drafting the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and advised the Internal Market Directorate of the European Commission on corporate governance regulation. And while most service assignments at Sidley are confidential, those that have been made public are eye-opening.

She advised the Business Roundtable on its 2019 Statement on the Purpose of the Corporation, advised ICANN, the international Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (so you can thank her for the fact that your URL still works). She advised the Board of The Pennsylvania State University on governance reforms in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal.

Holly always has a sharp eye for current culture and a wicked sense of humor. Her video breakdowns of the law and corporate governance practices underlying HBO’s “Succession” have made her a social media star, and on top of all that, she plays a mean Bluegrass mandolin.

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