Susan Hackett founded Legal Executive Leadership, in the fall of 2011 after serving for 22 years as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) in Washington, DC. Susan’s practice is designed to help legal executives successfully lead law departments and law firms: she helps clients assess and implement best or leading practices, leverage internal and external knowledge, demonstrate and increase value to clients, and deliver results (rather than just lots of hard work).
Over the course of her career with ACC, Susan worked with thousands of law departments, hundreds of law firms, and most major professional organizations and legal service providers around the world. This experience offered her rare insight and trusted access to the diverse and day-to-day strategic and operational workings of the widest range of legal leaders; her extensive network affords her (and her clients) an unusual advantage in her consulting practice.
Susan has addressed more than 800 legal audiences as one of the industry’s most sought-after speakers, and has been quoted by most every major US legal and business publication and media outlet covering legal issues. She’s served on the boards of several major legal public interest organizations, and has been awarded numerous honors, including, most recently, election into the fellowship of the College of Law Practice Management.
Susan also led ACC’s pro bono and diversity initiatives for corporate law departments, partnering with the Pro Bono Institute to create and implement Corporate Pro Bono (CPBO), and with Street Law to create and implement the ACC/Street Law Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline program. She instituted and led ACC’s efforts to partner with the diverse bars to create new legal leadership opportunities for women, lawyers of color, and other groups promoting diversity in the legal profession.
Susan is a 1983 graduate (dual B.A. in political philosophy and international relations) of James Madison College at Michigan State University, and a 1986 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to joining ACC, Susan served as a transactional associate at Patton Boggs LLP.