Corporate Connections

Corporate Connections

A Villanova University School of Law education not only launches careers at the country’s most prestigious law firms, but also the world’s most successful corporations. The broad knowledge, skills and practical experience a Villanova Law education affords gives you the opportunity to pursue a wide range of careers in law and business.

Recognizing that today’s highly competitive job market demands lawyers who possess both legal and business skills, Villanova Law redesigned its core curriculum to align it further with the demands of professional practice. Under the umbrella of the new Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, week-long modules on business-related issues—including Financial Literacy for Lawyers and Business Aspects of Law—have been added to the core curriculum for law students. The Law School also expanded its externship program to include placements at for-profit organizations, including Wawa, GlaxoSmithKline and Stuart Weitzman.

At Villanova, you can follow in the footsteps of our notable alumni who continue to achieve remarkable success as leaders in corporate law. More than 150 graduates currently hold General Counsel positions in the world’s top businesses, including:

  • Julia Conover ’77, Vice President and General Counsel (PA & DE), Verizon Communications Inc.
  • Jerry Flannery ’82, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Hyundai Motor America
  • Doug Gaston ’92, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Comcast Cable
  • Christina Gmiterek ’03, Vice President and General Counsel, Credit Suisse Group AG
  • Mark Hacker ’99, Vice President and General Counsel, Motorola
  • Patricia Henry ’88, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, ACE INA
  • Sara Lee Keller ’81, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Clear Channel Outdoor
  • Edward Mahon ’75, Vice President and General Counsel, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • Louis Minella ’80, General Counsel and Vice President of Labor Relations, Stroehmann Bakeries
  • Kenneth Mortensen ’95, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, CVS Caremark Corporation
  • Jeffrey Pott ’90, General Counsel, AstraZeneca
  • Douglas Trump ’79, Vice President and Chief Counsel, AT&T Corporation
  • Paul Tufano ’86, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and President of Government Markets, Independence Blue Cross


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Kate Johnston
Director of Communication
(610) 519-8333