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The National Law Journal spotlights leading in-house legal departments of companies based in the Chicago area. We’ve highlighted departments setting the standards for outside-counsel management, handling big deals, diversity in the profession and pro bono and community service. We’ve selected one particular ­company in the region that manages all those tasks with exceptional skill — Archer Daniels Midland Co. The legal departments presented here come from organizations focused on agriculture, technology, food services and education, and they demonstrate innovative strategies for meeting the evolving legal demands of their businesses.

CHICAGO LEGAL DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR: ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND CO.

“We are at a very exciting moment for our company and the legal department wants to be integral to the strategic changes we’re making here at ADM,” said general counsel Cameron Findlay.



OTHER CATEGORY WINNERS

Diversity: DEPAUL UNIVERSITY

Outside-Counsel Management: INGREDION INC.

Pro Bono: MCDONALD’S CORP.

Big Deals: WALGREENS BOOTS ALLIANCE INC.
ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES CORP.