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George K. H. Schell, Chief Marketing Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company, to Deliver Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law’s 2016 Commencement Address May 13

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George Schell, Chief Marketing Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company, holds a commemorative can celebrating Villanova University's 2016 NCAA Championship Men's Basketball Team.

Villanova, Pa. – John Y. Gotanda, Arthur J. Kania Dean of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, announced that George K. H. Schell, Chief Marketing Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company, will address the Class of 2016 as the School’s commencement speaker and will also receive the Villanova Law Medallion Award in recognition of his achievements.  Schell’s selection serves as fitting bookend for the Class of 2016 as he first addressed the class as part of its orientation three years ago. Commencement will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016, in The Pavilion on the campus of Villanova University.


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George K. H. Schell is Chief Marketing Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia where he leads Coca-Cola North America’s marketing and advertising legal team’s support of the marketing function in the U.S.  Prior to joining the Coca-Cola Legal Division in 2003, Schell spent seven years in the Coca-Cola Marketing Division working as a Director of Business Affairs where he was responsible for leading the negotiations for various sports and entertainment contracts including the Company’s relationships with the IOC, FIFA, the NBA, Rugby World Cup and numerous Major League Baseball, NFL and NBA team sponsorships. Prior to his tenure at Coca-Cola Schell was Vice President and General Counsel for the Oakland Athletics Baseball Company and Chief of General Litigation for the City of San Francisco.  Schell began his legal practice as a litigation associate for Steinhart & Falconer in San Francisco after serving as a Staff Attorney for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He received his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1984.

Schell is also currently Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Council of Better Business Bureaus in Washington, D.C. and was recently selected as one of the inaugural members of the California Minority Counsel Program’s Hall of Fame.


About Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law: Founded in 1953, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law provides broad-based legal education that is grounded in academic rigor, practical hands-on training and a foundation in business that prepares graduates for diverse and rewarding legal careers. The Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association, offers six in-house clinics and more than 150 externship opportunities that immerse students in the real-world application of their legal skills. Villanova is home to Centers of Excellence—the Center for Law and Religion; the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance; the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship; and the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law—which provide students the opportunity to pursue innovative, interdisciplinary legal fields through study, practical experience and mentorship.


About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit