Law School Welcomes Howard Bergman (’81) as Counsel in Residence
MARCH 23, 2011—Howard J. Bergman (’81), a 25-year member of 3M’s Office of General Counsel, will join the Law School as Counsel in Residence on April 1, 2011. “Howard’s wide-ranging experience will be an invaluable asset as the Law School expands its strong business law programs and its connections with the larger business community,” says David Wippman, Dean of the Law School.
Bergman recently retired as Assistant General Counsel for 3M’s Consumer & Office Business, where he led a team providing counsel on strategic plans, channel management, advertising, business conduct, and other issues. 3M’s Consumer & Office Business includes businesses that develop, manufacture, and market 3M’s well-known consumer products, including Post-It notes, Scotch tape, Filtrete filters, Scotchbrite sponges, and Ace braces.
As 3M’s General Counsel for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Bergman lived in Brussels, Belgium, from 2004-09. 3M’s EMEA operations included 30 national subsidiaries and 20 national branches, extending from Norway to South Africa and from Ireland to Kazakhstan. He led a team of 25 attorneys in 10 countries and hired 3M’s first in-house lawyers in Poland, Turkey, and Dubai. He also had responsibility for government affairs for the European Union.
From 2000-04, Bergman served as Assistant General Counsel to 3M’s Health Care Business, including businesses that developed, manufactured, marketed, and sold medical supplies and equipment, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery systems, software for hospitals, and related products.
Before joining 3M in 1985, he was an associate with Faegre & Benson for four years.
Among the many conferences at which Bergman has been invited to share his expertise in antitrust law are the ABA Annual Spring Antitrust Conference, the International Bar Association Competition Law Conference (in Fiesole, Italy), and the Sedona Antitrust Law & Litigation Conference. He chaired the Minnesota State Bar Association Antitrust Section in 2002-03, and at 3M, he chaired the Office of General Counsel Antitrust Practice Group in 1996-2004 and co-chaired the Office of Intellectual Property Counsel Antitrust Committee in 2001-04.
He graduated magna cum laude from the Law School in 1981. He completed an M.A. in economics at the University of Minnesota in 1978 and a B.A. in history at Cornell University in 1973.