Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that senior litigation partner Audrey Strauss has been named Chief Legal Officer of Alcoa (NYSE: AA), effective May 1. Ms. Strauss will also hold the titles of Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, and will serve on the Alcoa Executive Council, the senior leadership group that sets strategic direction for the company. Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world's largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina.
At Fried Frank, Ms. Strauss has represented corporations and individuals in a wide range of matters and led the Firm's White Collar Criminal Defense practice. The Firm recently named William F. Johnson to lead the White Collar practice going forward. Mr. Johnson served as Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force in the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York before joining Fried Frank in 2009.
"For more than two decades Audrey has excelled at serving our clients with regard to their most critical and highly sensitive legal matters," said Valerie Ford Jacob, Fried Frank's Chairperson. "We will always be grateful for her contributions and look forward to continuing our relationship with her."
Ms. Strauss is highly regarded among peers and has received numerous awards from organizations such as the Federal Bar Council and the New York Council of Defense Lawyers. She has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation, and serves as president of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and vice president of the Federal Bar Council.Ms. Strauss earned her Juris Doctor degree at Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Kent Scholar. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from Barnard College.