Brackett Denniston is Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel for General Electric Company. He was named General Counsel in 2004 and Senior Vice President in December 2005. He is a director of GE Capital Corporation and the GE Foundation, and is a member of GE's Corporate Executive Council. Mr. Denniston also serves as Chairman of the Company's Policy Compliance Review Board, the governing compliance board of GE.
Mr. Denniston previously served as GE's Vice President and Senior Counsel for Litigation and Legal Policy from 1996-2004.
From 1993 to 1996, he was Chief Legal Counsel to Governor William F. Weld of Massachusetts. From 1986 to 1993 and from 1974 to 1982, Mr. Denniston was a partner, and earlier an associate, at Goodwin, Procter in Boston, where he specialized in complex litigation, securities matters and white collar crime matters.
From 1982 to 1986, Mr. Denniston was Chief of the Major Frauds Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office, responsible for white collar crime prosecutions. He was a member of the Attorney General's White Collar Crime Operations Committee and was awarded the Department of Justice's Director's Award for Superior Performance for his role overseeing numerous successful prosecutions.
Mr. Denniston served as a law clerk to the Honorable Herbert Y. Choy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1973-74. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Kenyon College and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Mr. Denniston has been active in a number of civic and charitable pursuits. He is a Trustee (and Secretary) of Kenyon College and a member of the Board of the Pro Bono Partnership. He is a former Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals of Duxbury, Massachusetts and a former member of the Board of the American Arbitration Association.