Meet Our 2012 Annual Dinner Co-Chairs

David S. Williams
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

David S. Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services (FAS) LLP.  He has more than 25 years of experience providing advice and counsel to clients engaged in business transactions or facing critical business events.

During his tenure with Deloitte FAS, Williams has served in various leadership roles spanning Deloitte FAS’s two major business arms: Forensic & Dispute Services and Advisory Services.  Most recently, Williams was the national leader of the Advisory Services practice.  Previously, he was the national leader of the Valuation Services practice and a principal in the organization’s Forensic & Dispute Services practice.  Since 2004, he has been a member of the executive committee of Deloitte FAS and the boards of both Deloitte FAS and Deloitte LLP.

Williams has testified as an expert in litigation, arbitration, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution matters; served as an arbitrator/mediator; and consulted with management, executives, and boards of directors. Williams has experience in the calculation of damages in commercial disputes involving breach of contract, financial and securities fraud, wrongful termination, adjustment of purchase price, regulatory noncompliance, and other causes of action. He has provided consulting services to various industries on business and financial issues, including strategic planning and analysis, new business development and pricing, manufacturing and service delivery, cost measurement and control, performance measurement, financial accounting and reporting, and the associated compliance requirements.

Williams earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a member of the American Bar Association. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Pro Bono Institute and Teach For America New York.

John F. Schultz
Hewlett-Packard Company

John F. Schultz was named Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) in April 2012.

Prior to his role as General Counsel, John was the Deputy General Counsel for Litigation Investigations and Global Functions where he managed all major litigation filed against HP globally, including all intellectual property, government investigations, and commercial and employment disputes.

Before joining HP in September 2008, Schultz was a partner in the litigation practice of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP focusing on complex litigation, primarily defending consumer class-action, fiduciary liability, and technology-related commercial litigation.  Schultz was previously at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP for 14 years, where he also specialized in commercial and product liability litigation.

Schultz holds a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an undergraduate degree from Albright College.

Jonathan J. Oviatt
Mayo Clinic

Jonathan J. Oviatt is Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of the Mayo Clinic. Mr. Oviatt’s responsibilities include the Legal Department, International Personnel Office, Human Research Subjects Protection, and other administrative functions.

Oviatt is passionate about the growing value of in-house practice and the importance of developing effective relationships between in-house and outside counsel.  He is the 2012 Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel, which has more than 30,000 members worldwide and is the “In-house Bar Association”.  He is a recognized leader in nonprofit governance and was named to the National Association of Corporate Directors “Directorship 100” in both 2011 and 2012 as well as the 2011 National Law Journal’s “Most Influential Lawyers”.

The Mayo Clinic Legal Department models in-house best practice including its extensive pro bono activities. An original signatory of the Corporate Pro Bono ChallengeSM, Mayo Clinic’s legal department achieved 100 percent participation of its 57 attorneys and paralegals in pro bono activities in 2012.  Oviatt began pro bono work during law school and has been personally active every year of his career.  Additionally, he has served in leadership positions of three Minnesota-based pro bono organizations and is a member of the Corporate Pro Bono Advisory Board.  He has held numerous other positions in professional and social action organizations and is currently a member of the advisory board of the Salvation Army, Northern Division.

Prior to joining Mayo Clinic in 1991, Oviatt was a shareholder in the Minneapolis office of Moss & Barnett, P.A.  From 1976-1978, he served on the Congressional staff and campaign staff of U.S. Senator Larry Pressler.  Oviatt is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Augustana College.