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Attorney John H. Stout was recently elected a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel, an organization of leading corporate governance lawyers  including prominent general counsel and respected academics from the U.S. and Canada.

“The College promotes high level professional standards among governance practitioners, and a better understanding and broader adoption of best governance practices,” said John F. Olson, Chair of the College.

“Fellows are elected following a rigorous selection process that considers the candidates’ professional accomplishments as well as their contributions to the field of governance through speaking, writing or other thought leadership activities,” added Frank M. Placenti, President of the College.

In August 2014, Stout completed a three-year term as Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section. In April 2014, he was appointed to the Governing Council of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section. In May 2014, he was named a Vice Chair of the Business Law Section’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility (the focus of which includes business sustainability matters).

Stout advises executives, boards, and individual directors and officers of for-profit and nonprofit organizations on a variety of domestic and international governance, matters including sustainability and corporate social responsibility, risk assessment, internal investigations, board and director evaluations, and the legal implications of business strategies and decisions. Stout co-chairs Fredrikson’s Corporate Governance and Business Sustainability & Social Responsibility Groups. He has served as an expert witness on governance in litigation/arbitration proceedings.

Stout serves as a director of several nonprofit and for-profit corporations, including a large, family-owned business headquartered in Minnesota. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Center for International Private Enterprise, Washington, D.C., a director of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and a trustee of Carlton College. He has served on several NACD Blue Ribbon Commissions, and is a co-founder and Chair Emeritus of NACD’s Minnesota Chapter. He teaches a course in governance in the Law School of the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, and frequently writes and speaks on corporate governance matters.

Fredrikson & Byron is a 275-attorney law firm based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, St. Paul, Monterrey, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Fredrikson & Byron has a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet”. Our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients, and operate as business advisors and strategic partners, as well as legal counselors. More information about the firm is available at Follow us on LinkedIn and on Twitter @FredriksonLaw.


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