Audrey H. Rubin is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Law Department of Aon Corporation, the global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Audrey is responsible for all financial, technology, personnel, strategic planning, and other business matters of that department, which has over 250 lawyers worldwide and provides strategic legal counsel to all Aon business lines.
Prior to joining Aon, Audrey was President and Founder of Rubin Solutions, Ltd., advising professional service firms and corporate law departments on finance and operations. Rubin has also been COO for the large Chicago firm Wildman Harrold Allen and Dixon. Prior to that, she was General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Human Resources for three global companies: Orbitz, Grant Thornton, and Apollo Travel Services, and before that a business litigation partner in private practice. She has also served as Corporate Secretary and board member of the international boards of directors of Apollo Travel Services (U.S. based), Premier Meetings (U.S. based), Gemini (Canada based), Apollo de Mexico (Mexico based), Apollo Nihon (Japan based), and Galileo (U.K. based).
A successful head of operations for law departments and firms, a General Counsel, Vice President of Human Resources, board member and law firm partner, Rubin understands all facets of business. She excels in creating practical business efficiencies, assessing and improving budgets and systems, negotiating profitable fee arrangements, and developing teams and leaders. Aon’s law department was awarded the ACC Value Challenge Award in 2016 largely for achievements under her direction. Aon’s Law department also received awards from PEX (process improvement) for Rubin’s work, and several public interest legal providers for pro bono services that she sponsors. She was the focus of a cover story in Inside Counsel on “How to Cut Legal Spending.” She was also featured in Crain’s Chicago Business, March 2016, in “How Lawyers are like Office Supplies.” She is a highly regarded speaker and columnist on operational improvements in the legal industry.
Rubin received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law where she was on the Dean’s List. She graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. and was a Yale National Scholar. She has received certification as a mediator/arbitrator by DePaul University School of Law. She was certified in Business Finance for Executives at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
In addition to her for-profit board Rubin is Past President of Yale Chicago, and has served on many boards, including the Association of Yale Alumni and the Chicago Bar Association.
She was honored by Illinois Legal Aid Online, receiving its “Early Adopter” award, and by the Anti-Defamation League, receiving its prestigious “Women of Achievement” award.