Senior legal practitioner and executive with extensive experience in a Top 25 Global Law Firm (Squire Patton Boggs) and Fortune 1000 company (Medical Mutual).

    Pat Dugan returned to the firm in September 2014 after almost five years as Chief Legal Officer of Medical Mutual, Ohio’s largest health insurance company with US$2.5 billion in revenues, 1.5 million members and 2,500 employees. During his five years as CLO, Pat’s accomplishments included:

    • Reducing annual outside counsel costs by 70%. 
    • Dramatically improving in-house productivity while holding internal costs flat. 
    • Leading all M&A activity including managing all corporate, contractual, regulatory and other legal issues. 
    • Organizing and facilitating a 25 person interdisciplinary team in response to the Affordable Care Act. 
    • Developing and implementing the company’s first corporate compliance program. 
    • Achieving record fraud and financial recoveries.

    In 2012, he was selected as Crain’s Cleveland Business Northeast Ohio General Counsel of the Year.

    Before leaving to become Medical Mutual’s CLO, Pat was listed in The Best Lawyers in America from 2006 to 2009 in the Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions and Banking Law categories, and was coordinator of the firm’s Business & Finance Practice area. He previously had served as leader of the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group from 2005 to 2008 and as co-leader of the Corporate Practice Group from 2002 to 2005.

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    2014 to Present – Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

    • Leading M&A, corporate and regulatory counsel in healthcare and insurance.

    2009-2013 – Chief Legal Officer, Medical Mutual of Ohio

    • Directed legal affairs including counseling the Board and senior management on all strategic and tactical legal matters. Key duties included management of all contractual matters (M&A and other business transactions, provider contracting, and group and member policies and contracts), litigation, fraud and financial investigations, regulatory, compliance and healthcare reform. Reported to the CEO, managed four direct reports, a 10 person legal team and a staff of 40 professionals. Also served as Chief Compliance Officer, reporting to the Audit Committee of the Board.
      • Dramatically reduced annual outside counsel costs by keeping more work in-house and aggressively managing all litigation.
      • Significantly increased in-house productivity while holding internal costs flat by restructuring the legal function from a group of solo practitioners to a team-based model. Performed process reviews applying Six Sigma principles.
      • Achieved record fraud and financial recoveries.
      • Led all M&A activity including managing all corporate, contractual, regulatory and other issues. 
      • Led the initial companywide response to the Affordable Care Act, organizing a 25 person interdisciplinary team and transitioning to business unit leadership in 2013. 
      • Developed and implemented the company’s first corporate compliance program.

      1992-2009 – Partner, Squire Sanders

      • Leading M&A and corporate governance practitioner with more than 150 deals nationally and globally.
      • Served as outside corporate counsel to multiple publicly held and privately owned companies.
      • Served as outside corporate counsel to Medical Mutual of Ohio (1997 to 2009) including representing a board group that seized control of the company in 1997, terminated the ill-advised proposed sale to Columbia HCA, and effected a successful turnaround over the following five years, thus establishing the foundation for a decade of record profitability.

      2008-2009 – Practice Manager | Business & Finance Practice Area, Squire Sanders

      • P&L responsibility for the Business & Finance Practice Area, the firm’s largest, made up of seven separate practice groups including Corporate (M&A and Corporate Governance), Capital Markets, Financial Services (Banking and Insurance), Public Finance, Bankruptcy, Tax and Employee Benefits, and Healthcare. Managed seven practice group leaders and a staff of 350 lawyers. 
        • Instituted a robust and disciplined strategic planning process for each practice group and established accountability for execution of the plans. 
        • Notwithstanding the global financial crisis, maintained revenues and attorneys near previous levels, at a time when most major law firms were experiencing reductions.

        2005-2008 – Practice Manager | Financial Services Practice Group, Squire Sanders

        • P&L responsibility for this industry focused practice group serving banks, insurance companies, investment banks and private equity firms.
          • Grew revenue of the global firm attributable to financial services and became the largest financial services practice outside New York City.
          • Designed and implemented a virtual practice model that leveraged legal capacity across the firm’s global footprint and practice areas.

          2002-2005 – Practice Manager | Corporate Practice Group, Squire Sanders

          • Co-responsibility for leading the largest practice group in the law firm.
            • Developed and executed an integration plan to create a global unified practice from the previous decade of acquisitions in the US and approximately 10 countries around the world.
            • Created a work allocation system to shift work among offices and practices to improve utilization and productivity.

    Education

    • The Ohio State University, J.D., with honors, 1982
    • Bowling Green State University, BSBA, cum laude, Beta Alpha Psi, 1979

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 1982

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member of the Board of Directors of Ariel Corporation
    • Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Centers for Families and Children

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