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Name and title: Marian Block, vice president and associate general counsel Age: 51 The company: Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. is headquartered in Bethesda, Md. According to Block, “Lockheed Martin is the product of the defense industry consolidation that took place in the mid-to-late ’90s. Lockheed Martin is made up of employees and business units that were once part of 17 other companies, including the Martin Marietta Corp., the Lockheed Corp., the Loral Corp., IBM, the Ford Co., Unisys, Honeywell, General Electric, RCA, General Dynamics, LTV, the OAO Corp., Goodyear Aerospace, Affiliated Computer Systems Inc., the Comsat Corp. and the Orincon Corp., among others. Portions of our company date back to the early days of flight.” Regulatory oversight: “The biggest legal issue for Lockheed Martin is responding to what seems to be constant change in the regulatory environment for public companies,” Block said. “For me personally, that means making sure that regulatory changes are communicated across the corporation in a coherent manner and implemented to the letter of the law.” In-house lawyers: Block said that “Lockheed Martin has approximately 135 lawyers, the majority of whom are located throughout the United States at individual business sites. At corporate headquarters in Bethesda, there are about 15 lawyers. The lawyers in the field handle day-to-day operations of their specific businesses, such as government contracts, litigation, employment issues. The lawyers at corporate headquarters tend to be specialists in areas such as securities, export control, benefits, environmental work and so on. “All of the lawyers report directly or indirectly to Frank Menaker, who is the senior vice president and general counsel. Mr. Menaker, in turn, reports to Robert J. Stevens, the CEO and president. I report directly to Mr. Menaker. Five lawyers report to me.” Outside firms: “Lockheed Martin has relationships with many, many law firms,” Block said. “In my practice, in the last year, I’ve worked closely with King & Spalding; O’Melveny & Myers; McDermott, Will & Emery; and Piper Rudnick,” now part of DLA Piper Rudnick Gary Cary. Role of women: “Women have been significantly represented in Lockheed Martin’s legal department throughout my career here,” Block said. “The person I replaced when I took a job at Martin Marietta (Lockheed Martin’s predecessor in Bethesda) in 1990 was a woman. Currently, at corporate headquarters, we have three women in vice president positions within the legal department (two appointed vice presidents and one elected by the board). A fourth woman who was a vice president within the legal department was recently elected vice president for ethics. We haven’t reached 50% of the lawyer population at Lockheed Martin, but, overall, my experience has been that women are better represented at the higher levels in-house than in law firms, banks or investment banking firms.” WMACCA: Block is also the new president of the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA). “This year should be a watershed year for WMACCA,” she said. “It’s our 25th anniversary, and we passed the 1,000-member mark last year and hopefully will pass the New York City chapter this year in membership. That will make us the largest chapter in the country. Our membership is diverse and includes large in-house departments, solo-practitioner general counsel shops, trade associations, charitable organizations and educational institutions. The challenge for us is twofold: to make sure we are addressing the needs of a diverse membership and to educate the public about the role corporate counsel play. “As part of our 25th anniversary celebration, we want to publicize that role more fully. For instance, we’re the first line of defense in legal advice to our clients. We see the issues first and we are expected to respond with correct and practical advice. To give the public a better understanding of this role, we intend to host a 25th anniversary dinner where we will recognize some of the outstanding corporate counsel in our community. “On the education front, we will have a full series of luncheons, early morning and late afternoon programs that focus on issues of interest to corporate counsel and practical response. “On the social front, we are planning gatherings for our membership in each of the jurisdictions we encompass-Northern Virginia, Montgomery County and the District of Columbia. Working in-house: “I was drawn to in-house practice originally because I liked having a lot of client contact,” Block said. “That remains the case. When you work in-house at a large company like Lockheed Martin, you frequently use an interdisciplinary approach to working problems. By this, I mean that most issues are worked by a team that may include representation from a variety of departments in addition to legal, such as accounting, treasury, human resources, corporate communications, tax, etc. Working through problems on a team with other employees at Lockheed Martin who bring other specialties and perspectives to a problem remains the part I like best. “At WMACCA, I like meeting and sharing experiences with other in-house counsel. In particular, I think WMACCA’s educational programs, which focus on the practical approach required of in-house lawyers, are great.” Route to the top: Block was born in Dayton, Ohio, and grew up in Pittsburgh. She received a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College (1975); a master’s degree in history from Brown University (1976); and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law (1981). Before joining Lockheed Martin, she worked as an associate at Reed, Smith, Shaw and McClay (now Reed Smith) and at Washington’s Arnold & Porter. She also worked for the special litigation division of the Department of Labor. Personal: Block is single. In her spare time, she said, “I like doing things outdoors, from gardening to golf to biking.” Recent books and movie: The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon, Blacklist, by Sara Paretsky, Reversible Errors, by Scott Turow, and Million Dollar Baby.

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