- Published on Monday, September 29, 2014 00:00
Professional Association: Vice Chairman (Retired) of Latham and Watkins LLP.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Albion College, 1977. Doctor of Jurisprudence, Harvard Law School, 1981. Master in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1981.
Mark Newell received his A.B. degree from Albion College in 1977, majoring in Economics and Political Science. He graduated summa cum laude with honors in Political Science and was an Albion Fellow and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as an editor and as Treasurer of the Harvard Law Review. He also received a Master of Public Policy degree in 1981 from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Following graduate school, Mr. Newell served as a law clerk to Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1981-82) and to Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., of the United States Supreme Court (1982-83).
From 1983 to 2011, Mr. Newell worked as an attorney at Latham and Watkins LLP, a full-service international law firm with more than 2,000 attorneys in more than 30 offices in 14 coun-tries. He became a partner in 1989. Mr. Newell's practice centered on complex business litigation, with a particular focus on insurance coverage, tort, environmental, and appellate matters. He represented Ford Motor Company, Siemens Corporation, 3M Company and other major companies in litigation matters. Mr. Newell spent much of his career at Latham & Watkins in leadership roles. He was Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington D.C. office from 1993-2000; he served on the firm’s Executive Committee from 1999-2011; and he was the firm’s Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Partner from 2002-2011. He retired at the end of 2011.
Mr. Newell has served on the Albion College Board of Trustees since 2008. He previously served as Chair of the Board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee, and now chairs the En-rollment and Marketing Committee. In addition, in 2013 he served as Chair of the Presidential Search Committee that conducted the search process that culminated in the selection of Dr. Mau-ri A. Ditzler as the 16th President of Albion College. Mr. Newell also currently serves on the Ex-ecutive Committee of the United States Golf Association, where he is a member of several com-mittees and currently serves as Chair of the Rules of Golf Committee.
Mr. Newell serves as an Albion College Trustee because…
of his deep gratitude for the challenging, intellectually rigorous education he received at Albion from its brilliant and dedicated faculty. He is the third member of his family to attend Albion College, following his mother Janet Albaugh Newell (’53) and his sister Nancy Newell (’75).