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Name and title: Scott D. Chaplin, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary Age: 41 Got a passport? Stanley Inc. � which was launched in 1966, the same year its general counsel was born � sells information technology (IT) services to federal agencies including the Department of Defense, which accounted for 65% of 2007 sales of more than $409 million. Approximately 3,000 employees work out of headquarters in Arlington, Va., and outposts around the world. The company went public in 2006 and trades on the New York Stock Exchange. “We specialize in five core business areas: systems engineering, enterprise integration, operational logistics, business process outsourcing and advanced engineering and technology,” Chaplin said. “What is unique about Stanley’s business is that we offer our customers a complete lifecycle of services to assist them with their mission-critical work. Our services range from [research and development], to the development of software solutions for streamlining business processes, to deploying with our customers in the field.” Examples of Stanley’s work include making U.S. passports and applying technologies such as microelectromechanical systems and nanotechnology to improve the accuracy of missiles. Legal team and outside counsel: The law department is “just me and one other full-time lawyer,” Chaplin said. “My associate deals with securities issues.” With outside counsel, “I try and keep a nice mix of firms on the bench that I can draw from, but prefer to consolidate resources where possible to get more efficiency from firms.” Chaplin uses Cooley Godward Kronish of Palo Alto, Calif., for securities, Seyfarth Shaw of Chicago for employment, Washington-based Venable for corporate work and Wiley Rein of Washington for government contracts. Dickstein Shapiro, also a Washington firm, has served the company “in a variety of areas for many years.” Chaplin reports to Phil Nolan, the company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. Daily duties: “I deal with a wide range of issues on any given day,” Chaplin said. “I support not only our business operations but also corporate support. Our recurring issues include corporate governance and securities, and we’re active in the mergers and acquisitions area � we’ve done several deals recently. I handle labor and employment issues on a daily basis, along with government contracts issues, litigation, [intellectual property] and compliance work. I’m also the ethics officer for the company, responsible for our ethics compliance program, as well as secretary of our board of directors, where I act as legal adviser to the board.” Route to present position: Chaplin earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and music from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1989, then headed for the American University Washington College of Law, graduating in 1992. His first legal job was with Gavett & Datt, a small firm in Rockville, Md., which gave associates a lot of responsibility early. “Right away I had an opportunity to interact with clients, conduct hearings, take depositions and have first-chair responsibility,” Chaplin said. Next came a clerkship with Judge Marian Blank Horn of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. She “allowed me much more leeway in interacting with parties and even permitted me to play an active part in settlement negotiations and other proceedings,” he said. “I hope it provided more value to her by having a clerk with real-life litigation experience, and I know it provided a lot more value to me.” In 1995, Chaplin joined the Washington office of Reed Smith, then moved to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’ Washington office two years later. He moved in-house in 1999, at IT services company Getronics N.V. He became general counsel in 2002 of a company, DigitalNet, that in 2004 was absorbed by British defense contractor BAE Systems Inc. Within a year he’d been recruited by Stanley, which, though smaller, “had a really exciting growth strategy, including launching an [initial public offering]. I wanted to be a part of that and it was the right move for me. I’m glad I took the leap.” Pro bono: Chaplin steers his own charitable giving to areas outside the law, but encourages outside firms to take pro bono cases. “I think it’s very important for large law firms to make that a priority. And it is equally important for clients to let the firms they use know that we value that.” Get out more: Chaplin finds field trips helpful. “I recently completed our annual ethics training at a number of our offices,” he said. “After each training session, I would have a line of employees waiting to speak with me about various issues. That got me thinking that a lot of employees don’t feel they have a direct line of communication to me at corporate. They might not feel that the issue is important enough to bring up with the GC. It made me realize that in-house lawyers need to get out of headquarters more often and go to the employees, instead of waiting for the employees to come to us. We have to get out to the field and foster the client relationship a little bit more.” Personal: Chaplin grew up outside of Boston. His wife’s name is Stephanie. He began studying the saxophone at an early age and played in a series of bands through college and law school, alongside such well-regarded jazz musicians as Michael Brecker, Jimmy Giuffre and Dick Johnson. He sometimes misses the jazz life, but finds that his early success in music has helped his legal career. “When I was interviewing with Judge Horn, she aptly noted that she had many candidates who had much better law school grades than I did, but that she is always interested in people who have, in her words, ‘achieved greatness in something other than the law.’ ” Chaplin said. “ She still claims she made the right decision, so I’ll stand by that and assume I have not disappointed her.” He is a fan of the Boston sports teams. “I also enjoy traveling with my wife and exercising � hiking, biking, running � because it’s important to clear the mind from what’s going on in the office.” Last book and movie: The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, and Lions for Lambs. “I try to make a point of not reading anything even remotely related to law,” Chaplin said. “I use it for some escapism. I don’t even read legal thrillers � I have my own legal thrillers going on here. I’m actually working on a novel myself. It’s a comedy.”

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