Gail A. Lione is a senior counsel at Dentons, where she draws upon her extensive experience as a former general counsel and as an active board member to advise executive leadership and boards of public and private companies about business strategy, innovation, risk management and ESG (environment, social/sustainability and governance). She also serves as a Fellow of the ESG Center of The Conference Board and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, teaching an advanced course on strategically managing intellectual property. In 2015, she was elected as a member of the American Law Institute.
Gail is a sought-after board member for corporations. She currently serves on the board of Sargento Foods, Inc., where she is a member of the Compensation Committee. She just completed a ten-year term on the board of Badger Meter, Inc. (NYSE: BMI), where she was a member of the Corporate Governance and Compensation Committees and formerly was the lead director. Until the end of 2017, Gail was a director of The F. Dohmen Co., a life sciences company, and a member of its Audit Committee.
Her nonprofit board experience has been meaningful including global leadership roles. She was the founding co-chair of the University of Rochester’s Global Women’s Network, where she also served on its Board of Trustees for 25 years; and she was the chair of the Women United Global Leadership Council of United Way Worldwide, which represents over 70,000 women around the globe. Today, she is on the boards of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Abramson Scholarship Foundation, the International Senior Lawyers Project and Dog Tag Inc.
Prior to joining Dentons, Gail served as executive vice president, general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc. She also served as president of the Harley-Davidson Foundation. For the seven years prior to joining Harley-Davidson, Gail was general counsel and secretary of US News & World Report and its affiliates, the Atlantic Monthly Company, Applied Graphics Technologies, Inc., and Applied Printing Technologies. Her first general counsel position was with Sun Life Group of America (SunAmerica) in Atlanta, where she managed the legal affairs and all regulatory activities of five insurance companies licensed in 50 states.
A longtime advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, Gail is on Dentons’ Global Inclusion and Diversity Council and she recently completed a five-year term as co-chair of Dentons’ US Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is also the founding co-chair of the Firm’s US ESG Task Force and a member of the Global ESG Steering Group.