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James Chosy, general counsel of U.S. Bank, left, and Mary Baker, director of legal operations at U.S. Bank, right.

Legal departments in most companies had been doing the work of legal operations for decades, but just not giving it a name. However, in 1995 with a new general counsel, First Bank System, now U.S. Bank, brought on its first director of legal operations. Mary Baker has helped grow the legal department and expand the scope of legal operations to other parts of the business.

Dan Clark

Dan covers cyber security, legal operations and intellectual property for Corporate Counsel. Follow him on Twitter @Danclarkalm.

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