Office Depot, Inc., has announced that its executive vp and chief legal officer Elisa Garcia was named as one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel by The National Law Journal. Recipients of the national honor run in-house legal departments for top companies in the United States.
In selecting honorees, The National Law Journal’s criteria included excellence in obtaining legal results, closing big deals, innovating department operations, serving as leaders in the profession, promoting diversity and inclusion, and encouraging pro bono contributions during the last five years.
All of the honorees have “mastered the multitude of skills demanded of today’s in-house counsel,” said Leigh Jones, senior editor of The National Law Journal, in announcing the award winners. “These attorneys, who head legal departments at some of the most important companies and organizations in the world, serve as models inside their companies and out in their communities.”
Garcia stated, “This honor is a reflection of the strength, talent and accomplishments of the entire Office Depot legal team. We’ve made concerted efforts to integrate ourselves deep into the organization as business partners and to think critically from different perspectives beyond just the legal considerations. This approach has helped us to provide greater value across the organization.”
In her role as chief legal officer, Garcia oversees regulatory, compliance and government-affairs matters, Office Depot noted. She serves on the boards of the America Arbitration Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and as an Advisory Board member for the Corporate Pro Bono Institute.