Innovative Corporate Counsel: Elpidio 'PD' Villarreal

Law360, New York (October 14, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT) -- Today, deciding early on whether to settle a dispute in order to save litigation costs and corporate reputation seems fundamental to in-house lawyering — thanks in large part to Elpidio "P.D." Villarreal of GlaxoSmithKline PLC, whose continuing ingenuity in systematizing early dispute resolution helped land him a spot on Law360’s list of Most Innovative Corporate Counsel.

Just a decade ago, early intervention and out-of-court settlements weren't as widespread as they are now. Villarreal, however, established his first Early Case Assessment program when he was with General...
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