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ACC Awards MassMutual’s General Counsel Mark Roellig with the 2012 “Excellence in Corporate Practice Award"

Nov 2, 2012

(Springfield, MA) - The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) awarded the 2012 “Excellence in Corporate Practice Award” recipient as Mark Roellig, executive vice president and general counsel for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). The award was presented at the ACC’s Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., in October.

Established in 1996, the award recognizes an outstanding senior in-house lawyer who has made significant business and legal contributions to the success of their client, including legal advocacy and counseling, service to the legal profession, law department management, and cost control processes.

“This award reflects our Law Department’s commitment to our tradition of excellence and the critical role it plays in proactively supporting and advancing our company’s strategies,” said Roger Crandall, chairman, president and chief executive officer of MassMutual. “We are pleased that Mark is being recognized by the ACC, as it speaks to his leadership and the exceptional work our legal team does each day in providing best-in-class in-house counsel that benefits our business and, most importantly, our policyholders.”

“Mark personifies excellence,” stated ACC’s President & CEO Veta T. Richardson. “He has been a champion for innovative fee arrangements, led his team to successes in litigation management, and developed effective diversity and pro bono initiatives that have become business imperatives for MassMutual.”

Under his leadership, the Patent Initiative Program was launched and the law department’s use of alternative fee arrangements have grown significantly, the Dispute Resolution team has been recognized as a leader in litigation management, and the department has implemented a document management system, matter management and electronic billing system to help ensure optimal efficiency. In efforts with diversity, Roellig and his team developed and implemented a successful four-step diversity: creating the environment, building the brand, developing the pipeline and hiring, and developing and promoting. He also oversees a strong pro bono program and has most recently committed MassMutual to $15,000 and additional volunteer support for the Hampden County Legal Clinic.

“It is such an honor to be recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel, especially among so many impressive and deserving industry colleagues and previous award recipients,” said Mark Roellig, executive vice president and general counsel at MassMutual and the 2012 Excellence in Corporate Practice Award recipient. “Although I am the recipient, this award is truly the result of the work and accomplishments of the many talented individuals and teams of professionals whom I have had the privilege of leading, working and partnering with throughout my career.” Roellig’s innovative practices, advancement of business objectives, and achievements in service to the in-house profession are a testament to his commitment to public service and civic and community contributions.

Previous award winners include: Bill Mordan, Reckitt Benckiser Group plc; Jeffrey W. Carr, FMC Technologies; David Allgood, Royal Bank of Canada; Michael Fricklas, Viacom Inc.; Stacey Mobley, DuPont; Gloria Santona, McDonald’s Corporation; Kenneth C. Frazier, Merck & Co.; Roderick A. Palmore, Sara Lee Corporation, and Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr., General Electric Company. For additional information on the ACC’s awards, visit

About MassMutual
Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyholders every year since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.

About ACC’s 2012 Annual Meeting
The Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC) Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of in-house counsel from around the world. The Annual Meeting serves as the premier professional event for corporate lawyers, where attendees are offered more than 105 courses to complete their continuing legal education, meet with legal service providers and network with their peers. Updates will be broadcast via Twitter (#ACCAM12) and on the In-house Access blog. For more information, visit

About ACC
The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a global bar association that promotes the professional and business interests of in-house counsel through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives. The association, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, has over 30,000 members employed by over 10,000 organizations in more than 75 countries. ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for personal and professional growth. For more information, visit and follow ACC on Twitter By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.®

Editor’s Note: For more information or to speak with ACC’s Veta T. Richardson, please contact Marthea Davis at or +1 202.349.1519. To speak with MassMutual’s Roger W. Crandall or Mark Roellig, please contact Karen Lavariere-Sanchez. Photographs will be available upon request.

ACC Awards MassMutual’s General Counsel Mark Roellig with the 2012 “Excellence in Corporate Practice Award"


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