Corporate Counsel of the Year
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Panasonic Corporation of North America
Damien Atkins serves as General Counsel and secretary of Panasonic Corporation of America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. He is the company’s chief legal advisor and is responsible for providing Panasonic North America and its affiliate with legal, compliance and public affairs services.
Before joining Panasonic, Mr. Atkins was Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of AOL Inc. Mr. Atkins joined AOL from Chadbourne & Parke LLP, where his practice focused on a wide variety of mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and securities law matters.
Mr. Atkins has been recognized for his extensive experience in managing in-house legal teams in securities regulation, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, employment, employee benefits, executive compensation, facilities and global compliance.
In 2016, Mr. Atkins was seleced as the General Counsel of the Year by New Jersey Business Journal and a Diverse Attorney of the Year by the New Jersey Law Journal. Mr. Atkins is a member of the Rutgers University Center for Corporate Law and Governance advisory board. He was also included on Savoy Magazine’s “Most Influential Black Lawyers 2015 List”. In 2013, he was selected as the Corporate Governance Professional of the Year in 2012.
Mr. Atkins graduated from New York University School of Law and holds a bachelor's degree in History from Stanford University.