Jean Gazis, Communications Specialist
NEW YORK, March 13, 2018— Michelle Leetham, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary at Rodan + Fields’, the #1 skincare brand in the U.S. and one of the fastest-growing disruptors in beauty,will be honored with a 2018 Women of Achievement Award by Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, at its Women of Achievement Awards Dinner on March 21, 2018 in San Francisco. Legal Momentum leads action for the legal rights of women through education and advocacy. The award recognizes women who have achieved distinction in law, business, and public service.
“Michelle’s experience as a strategic business and legal advisor with expertise in compliance, dispute resolution, product claims, and corporate governance demonstrate her tenacity in advancing to the highest levels of the legal and business worlds. She is an inspiring figure to all women and girls,” said Carol Robles-Román, Legal Momentum’s President and CEO.
As Rodan + Fields’ Chief Legal Officer, Michelle directs all aspects of the Company's legal affairs and provides strategic advice on business matters to ensure the Company is operating within the law. Prior to joining Rodan + Fields, Michelle served as Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Chief Litigation Counsel at First Solar, was Of Counsel for Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart, and was Vice President, Principal Counsel and Manager of Global Litigation for the Bechtel Corporation, where she led the effort to develop Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") Programs. Michelle teaches a course on Mediation at U.C. Berkeley School of Law and is an Advisor to the American Law Institute project to develop a Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. Michelle also serves on the Legal Executive Committee of the Personal Care Products Council.
The 2018 Women of Achievement Honorees include general counsels of leading companies, partners at top law firms, and a leading lawyer from government. These distinguished women represent a wide range of business knowledge and experience in their industries, and inspire all women and girls to seek the highest levels in their careers.
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About Legal Momentum
Legal Momentum is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1970 to advance the rights of women by using the power of the law and creating innovative public policy in three broad areas: economic justice, freedom from gender-based violence, and equality under the law. For more information visit www.legalmomentum.org.
About Rodan + Fields
Founded by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, Rodan + Fields' dermatology-inspired skincare products and proprietary, technology-driven social enterprise platform are changing the way people engage in the skincare category, shop for products, and care for their skin. In 2007, the Company made the unprecedented move out of department stores and into the world of community commerce in order to realize the doctors' vision for providing the closest alternative to a professional skincare experience outside of a medical office and, in the process, empowering entrepreneurial opportunity. Products are available through Rodan + Fields Independent Consultants and at www.rodanandfields.com.