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Michael J. Holston

Michael J. Holston

Merck & Co.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Kenilworth, NJ, USA


Michael J. Holston is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Merck.  In addition to the Office of the General Counsel, he oversees the Company’s Global Security and Global Safety & the Environment organizations and is a member of Merck’s Executive Committee.

Before coming to Merck, Mike served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Board Secretary for the Hewlett-Packard Company. Prior to his role with Hewlett-Packard, Mike was a partner in the litigation practice at Morgan, Lewis. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mike practiced at Drinker Biddle & Reath from 1993 to 2005 and was a managing partner of the firm from 1999 to 2005.  From 1990 through 1993, Mike served as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice.  He began his career as an associate at Drinker Biddle.

Mike has a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and a B.S.M.E. from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the Pennsylvania bar, a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute.  In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and Equal Justice Works and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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