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Ann M. Kappler

Ann M. Kappler

Prudential Financial, Inc.
Deputy General Counsel and Head of External Affairs
Newark, NJ, USA


Ann Kappler is Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Head of External Affairs at Prudential Financial.  Ms. Kappler oversees several legal functions including Litigation, Regulatory Law, Employment and ERISA, Financial Management and M&A.  In addition, she oversees the company’s investigative function and manages the company’s federal, state and international government affairs activities. 

Prior to joining Prudential, Ms. Kappler was a partner in the Financial Institutions, Litigation, and Public Policies and Strategies practice groups at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr in Washington, D.C.   Her practice focused on representing and advising financial institution clients regarding issues at the intersection of regulation, legislation and litigation.  Prior to returning to private practice in 2006, Ms. Kappler served as General Counsel at Fannie Mae.  Previously, Ms. Kappler was a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block, where her practice focused on appellate litigation and long-term representation of a coalition of insurance agent and broker trade associations on insurance and banking issues. 

Ms. Kappler serves on the Boards of Directors of several non-profit organizations, including the Pro Bono Partnership and the Council for Court Excellence, and has served on the Boards of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Appleseed Foundation and Global Rights.  She was a long time member of the Board of Trustees of the Lowell School in Washington, DC, where she served as Chair.

Ms. Kappler graduated from Dartmouth College, magna cum laude, received her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif, and was a law clerk to Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Judge Abner Mikva and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Harry Blackmun.

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