Milwaukee Business Journal honors Jim Stern in Top Corporate Counsel awards program Nov. 21

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Milwaukee, Wis. — A. O. Smith Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, James Stern, was honored by the Milwaukee Business Journal in the Best Corporate Counsel (Public Company) category at an awards ceremony at the Pfister Milwaukee on Nov. 21. The Milwaukee Business Journal solicited nominations over recent months, with winners being selected by a judges panel comprising attorneys from the Milwaukee area.

Stern was nominated by Patrick G. Quick from Foley & Lardner LLP and Dan Jones from Michael, Best and Friedrich. 

In his nomination, Patrick Quick says, “Jim is very well-respected by the A.O. Smith Board and is considered an important contributor to the company’s transformation. Besides being a strategic, business-oriented and crucial member of the executive team, Jim is also a likeable, energetic, pragmatic and highly ethical individual." 

The awards program featured a special section that profiled the nine corporate attorneys from across the state, including Stern, who is making a difference within their companies or organizations, the legal profession and in their communities. The program was designed to recognize the important work corporate attorneys do in making Wisconsin companies successful. The profiles were published in the Nov. 21 issue of the Milwaukee Business Journal.

“I see this as an acknowledgement for the whole legal team.  The outside lawyers who nominated us observe how well the legal department works with our business colleagues.  It is a nice honor for our department,” Stern says.

Stern joined A. O. Smith Corporation as executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary on June 1, 2007.  He is responsible for overseeing the corporation’s legal, governance, compliance, securities law, and government relations functions.  Stern currently serves on the Board of Directors of publicly-traded Jason Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:JASN) and the National Association of Manufacturers.

In addition to his work with A. O. Smith and corporate boards, Stern's also committed to his community and serves on the Boards of the Fleck Foundation, a Milwaukee-based charitable organization that focuses on inner city schools and transitional housing, and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and was recently asked to join the Board of the Milwaukee Water Council.  

Stern graduated from the University of Notre Dame (BA), Northwestern University School of Law (JD), and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.