Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that W. Breck Weigel has joined the firm’s global Litigation Practice Group in Cincinnati after spending the last 11 years at GE Aviation, where he most recently served as Chief Compliance Officer & Deputy General Counsel.
“Breck is a seasoned business leader and lawyer with a career spanning senior in-house roles and private practice,” said John A. Burlingame, global co-leader of the Litigation Practice Group. “His extensive experience gives him a unique lens through which to mitigate risk and resolve disputes for clients. We look forward to having him on our team.”
Cincinnati managing partner and Litigation partner Scott Kane added, “We are thrilled that Breck has decided to join the firm. The perspective he has from serving in senior in-house roles, coupled with his experience litigating complex disputes and handling internal investigations, will be of great value to clients. Breck’s focus on pro bono service also aligns with our firm’s core values.”
At GE Aviation, Mr. Weigel led a global team of more than 300 full and part time compliance professionals and had responsibility for more than 90 facilities globally, overseeing export control, privacy and US Government audits, and conducting risk assessment, including cybersecurity and insider threats. Previously, Mr. Weigel served as General Counsel – Military Systems & Government Business, the chief legal officer of the company’s military business unit, with a key focus on the mitigation of regulatory risk, acquisition strategy and government relations. He began his career at GE Aviation in 2010 as Chief Global Litigation Counsel, overseeing all global litigation and sensitive investigative matters with an emphasis on commercial disputes, trade secrets and intellectual property, aviation accidents, FCPA, fraud and qui tam cases. He also served for two years as International General Counsel, based in London, where he was responsible for all of the company’s global legal operations outside North and South America.
Commenting on his move to the firm Mr. Weigel said, “Squire Patton Boggs’ collegial culture, extensive platform and leading global practice make the firm a perfect place to reenter private practice. I have been well acquainted with the firm and especially the Cincinnati team for years and am honored to be a part of such a strong group. I look forward to contributing to the success of the firm and supporting my new colleagues globally.”
Prior to his roles at GE Aviation, Mr. Weigel was partner in large law firms where he litigated and tried commercial cases throughout the United States. A graduate of the University of Colorado – Boulder and University of Cincinnati College of Law, he is also Past President of the Cincinnati Bar Association.
He is also Founder, President & Board Chair of the Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, a nonprofit providing free business and transactional legal services to nonprofit social service organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas.