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Karl John Ege

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Senior Counsel

Karl Ege returned to private practice in March 2008 after serving for more than 15 years as Chief Legal Officer for Russell Investments Group. While in that role he had global responsibility for Russell's legal, compliance, internal audit and risk management functions and was instrumental in developing Russell's international business. Although retired from Russell, he remains a director of the 20-20 Investment Association.

At Perkins Coie, Karl advises senior executives and boards on matters involving corporate governance, internal controls and corporate investigations. Karl is also involved in advising the firm's investment and financial services clients and emerging companies, as well as assisting on the firm's efforts in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Karl is a former chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section and was the Business Law Section Liaison to the ABA Task Force on Financial Markets Regulatory Reform. He is also a former chair of the Washington State Bar Association Business Law Section. Karl has served in a wide variety of leadership capacities at the American Bar Association, including as chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee. He is the current chair of the Corporate Laws Committee (drafters of the Model Business Corporation Act), a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Audit, and an at-large member of the ABA Board of Governors Investment Subcommittee. He has been actively involved in the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and in 2008 participated as a delegate to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 1983 - 1991
  • "Jane T. Russell Heart and Soul Award," 2005

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Business Law
      • Chair, 2008 - 2009
      • The Business Lawyer, Editor-in-Chief, 2006 - 2007
      • Membership Committee, Chair, 1999 - 2002
      • Committee on Corporate Laws, 1983 - 1989; 2009 - present; Chair, 2013 - present
      • Committee on Negotiated Acquisitions, Chair, 1991 - 1995 
    • Special Investigative Committee, 2003
    • Standing Committee on Audit, 2010 - present
    • Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems, Chair, 2003 - 2006
    • Board of Governors Investment Subcommittee, 2012 - present
  • Pacific Council on International Policy, Member, 2002 - 2012
  • APEC Business Advisory Council, Alternate Member, 2006 - 2008
  • Washington Council on International Trade, Chair, 1998 - 1999
  • National Center for APEC, Board of Governors, 1994 - 2009
  • Japan-America Society, Board Member, 1996 - 1999
  • The Conference Board, Council of Chief Legal Officers, 1995 - 2001

Community Involvement

  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Trustee, 2001 - 2006; 2007 - present
  • International Committee, Chair, 2007 - 2009
  • Executive Committee, 2008 - present
  • Finance Committee, 2008 - present; Chair, 2009 - present
  • Seattle Opera, Trustee, 1994 - 2011; Treasurer, 1994 - 2001 
  • Seattle Rotary Club, Member, 1992 - present; President, 2004 - 2005
  • Cornell Law School Advisory Council, 1994 - 2011
  • The Rainier Club, Board of Trustees, 2006 - 2013
    • Vice President - Operations, 2007 - 2009
    • Secretary, 2009 - 2010
    • President, 2011 - 2012

Related Employment

  • 20 - 20 Investment Association, Director, 1994 - present
  • Russell Trust Company, Chairman, 2007 - 2008
  • Russell Investment Group, Board of Directors, 1992 - 1998; Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, 1992 - 2007; Vice Chairman, 2006 - 2008
  • Bogle & Gates PLLC, Associate, 1972 - 1977; Partner, 1978 - 1991
  • U.S. Marine Corps, Captain, 1965 - 1969

Education

  • Cornell Law School, J.D., with distinction, Order of the Coif, 1972
    Managing Editor, Cornell Law Review
  • Syracuse University, M.B.A., 1970
  • Princeton University, B.S., Chemical Engineering, with honors, 1965

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Supreme Court