Damien Atkins serves as General Counsel and secretary of Panasonic Corporation of America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. He is the company’s chief legal advisor and is responsible for providing Panasonic and its North America affiliates with legal and regulatory compliance services.
Before joining Panasonic, Mr. Atkins was Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of AOL Inc. Mr. Atkins joined AOL from Chadbourne & Parke LLP, where his practice focused on a wide variety of mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and securities law matters.
Mr. Atkins has been recognized for his extensive experience in managing inhouse legal teams in securities regulation, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, employment, employee benefits, executive compensation, facilities and global compliance.
This year, Mr. Atkins was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine and recognized as a finalist for NJBIZ Magazine’s General Counsel of the Year awards. In 2015, Mr. Atkins was appointed to the Rutgers University Center for Corporate Law and Governance advisory board. He was also included on Savoy Magazine’s “Most Influential Black Lawyers 2015 List”. In 2013, he was selected as the Corporate Governance Professional of the Year.
Mr. Atkins graduated from New York University School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.