Bob Weber is IBM’s Senior Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, and General Counsel. He joined IBM in January 2006 and reports to IBM’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty. Bob is responsible for IBM’s global legal, security, privacy and compliance activities and policies, as well as IBM’s government programs and environmental affairs functions.
In 2011, IBM’s law department was recognized by the Financial Times as the Most Innovative In-house Law Department in the United States in the FT’s first-ever review of corporate law departments. In addition, the IBM law department’s pro bono program has been repeatedly recognized for its excellence, including the American Bar Association’s National Public Service Award (2010), the New York State Bar Association’s President’s Pro Bono Service Award (2009) and the Pro Bono Partnership’s Outstanding Corporate Volunteer Award (2008).
Prior to joining IBM, Bob practiced law in Cleveland, Ohio for more than 29 years. In private practice he represented many substantial international businesses, including IBM, in highly visible and complex controversies. While in private practice, Bob was listed in The Best Lawyers in America, The Chambers Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and was recognized on two separate occasions by The National Law Journal for having won one of the top ten defense verdicts of the year.
Bob is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of the American Law Institute and the Council for the United States and Italy, and sits on the boards of the United States Chamber of Commerce and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. In 1995-96, he served as President of the Cleveland Bar Association, and established the Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Initiative, a project for which he and the Cleveland Bar received the Ohio State Bar Association’s highest award for public service. He is a former treasurer and trustee of United Way Services of Cleveland. Bob is a graduate of Yale College (1972) and Duke Law School (1976), and is a member of the New York and Ohio bars.