2018 Annual Dinner Co-Chairs

David G. Leitch
Global General Counsel
Bank of America

David G. Leitch is Global General Counsel for Bank of America and a member of the bank’s executive management team. Based in Charlotte, Leitch is responsible for overseeing the company’s legal functions around the world.

Leitch joined the bank from Ford Motor Company, where he was General Counsel and Group Vice President from 2005 through 2015. Previously, he served as Deputy Counsel to President George W. Bush; Chief Counsel for the Federal Aviation Administration; Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel; and Partner with Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P. (now Hogan Lovells) in Washington, D.C. Leitch served as law clerk to former Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist, as well as to Federal Circuit Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III. He graduated first in his class from the University of Virginia School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Duke University.

Leitch is a member of the American Law Institute, the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy Board of Visitors, the George W. Bush Institute Military Service Initiative Advisory Council, the Clearing House Association Board, the Corporate Pro Bono Advisory Board, and the United Way of Central Carolinas Board of Directors. He is also a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society. In 2017, Leitch was recognized as a “Legend in the Law” by the Burton Foundation.

Bank of America’s legal department, a Corporate Pro Bono Challenge®charter signatory, comprises nearly 1,000 attorneys, paralegals, and legal administrative paraprofessionals.  Since the 2005 formation of its Pro Bono Committee, the department has been a steady and dedicated supporter of pro bono service. Because of its robust commitment to service and variety of opportunities presented, hundreds of attorneys, paralegals, and administrative staff have contributed their time, resources, and talent to a wide variety of pro bono opportunities.  Examples of their volunteer activities include:

  • Naturalization Workshops
    Since June 2017, attorneys, legal interns, and other volunteers from the department have partnered with the Latin American Coalition of Charlotte and the Central America Resource Center of Washington, D.C. to assist almost 75 clients in completing naturalization paperwork for permanent citizenship.
  • Justice Bus/Pro Bono Clinic for Veterans
    In partnership with Public Counsel, OneJustice, and Bryan Cave, volunteers traveled on the “Justice Bus” in August 2017 to rural Los Angeles County, where they conducted intake sessions with veterans concerning benefit claims and misdemeanor criminal record expungement issues.
  • Supportive Housing Communities Legal Relief Day
    In October 2016 and November 2017, the legal department partnered with McGuireWoods and the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy to sponsor a legal clinic at an apartment complex for homeless people transitioning to permanent housing. Legal department lawyers and other employee volunteers assisted more than 100 clients with estate planning, veterans’ benefits issues, low-income taxpayer assistance, criminal expunctions, and benefits assessments. The third annual Legal Relief Day is scheduled for October 2018.
  • Court Volunteer Attorney Program
    Legal department volunteers staff family court clinics throughout numerous counties several times per month. Volunteers provide legal advice on custody, visitation, child support, paternity, and similar issues. The legal department coordinated trainings in the fall of 2015 and winter of 2016 hosted by New York State Court System staff attorneys and Proskauer Rose.
  • Volunteer Lawyers for Veterans (VLV)
    Legal department volunteers staffed a clinic organized by VLV that provided a full range of legal services to low-income and homeless veterans in New York City. Between August 2013 and March 2015, VLV volunteers counseled nearly 250 veterans on more than 350 legal issues.

The dedication of the members of the Bank of America legal department to pro bono service is one example of the company’s commitment to making a positive impact through volunteerism and building thriving communities as part of responsible growth.

David McAtee
Senior Executive Vice President
and General Counsel

David McAtee is responsible for all legal matters at AT&T as well as for AT&T’s public policy organization. He was appointed General Counsel in October 2015 and Chair of the AT&T Foundation in May 2018. McAtee previously served as Senior Associate General Counsel with legal responsibility for all non-HR litigation matters and all antitrust issues.

Prior to joining AT&T in January of 2012, McAtee was a partner of Haynes and Boone, LLP, where he specialized in complex litigation matters, antitrust, and government investigations, and was the Administrative Partner of the firm’s Dallas office. McAtee also served as Senior Law Clerk to United States District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer, then Chief Judge of the Northern District of Texas.

McAtee is a former Executive Committee Member of the State Bar of Texas, Chair of the Board of Editors of the Texas Bar Journal, and Chair of the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. He has twice received a Presidential Citation by the State Bar of Texas for leadership in the bar and received a Leadership Award from TexasBarCLE for his contributions in support of continuing legal education.

He is a former President of The Dallas Assembly and the Trinity Commons Foundation, the coordinating organization for local, state and federal government initiatives in the Trinity River Corridor Project in Dallas, Texas. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of St. Mark’s School of Texas, Methodist Health System, and the Alcuin School.

Born in Dallas, Texas, McAtee graduated from Duke University with honors and The University of Texas School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of The Review of Litigation.

Corporate Pro Bono Challenge® 100 signatory, AT&T has a long-standing tradition of supporting pro bono legal services in the many communities where they live and work.  As General Counsel, McAtee has empowered AT&T’s legal staff to build on the legal department’s commitment to pro bono.  Under his leadership, the pro bono work of AT&T attorneys has been recognized through awards such as the 2018 Champion Award from the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, the 2017 Beacon of Justice Award from the NJ Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, the 2016 Corporate Partner Award from the Chicago Center for Disability and Elder Law, and the 2015 Corporate Pro Bono Award from the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

Examples of AT&T’s current pro bono projects include:

  • Veterans and First Responders
    As a company, AT&T has made a broad commitment to support veterans and first responders, including hiring 20,000 veterans by 2020. As part of this commitment, AT&T attorneys across the U.S. work with veterans legal clinics to provide pro bono legal support to veterans with respect to their VA federal benefits, social security and other legal needs, such as guardianship, wills and estate planning.In addition, AT&T’s Legal Department co-sponsors with Akin Gump two-year Equal Justice Works fellowship to support the provision of legal services to veterans. Under this program, the fellow collaborates with the Veterans Resource Commission to help upgrade the discharge status of veterans who wrongly received Other Than Honorable discharges due to PTSD or traumatic brain injury, and therefore are ineligible for VA federal benefits and State benefits. In numerous instances, attorneys from AT&T staff these cases, helping veterans obtain discharge upgrades and access much-needed benefits.
  • Immigration and Human Rights
    AT&T lawyers, paralegals, and assistants are active in immigration-related cases through the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Georgia Asylum Immigration Network and the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas. AT&T lawyers have helped obtain asylum for a transgender woman from Vietnam, a gay man from Lebanon, and a man from Eritrea who fled his country after being beaten, imprisoned, and tortured because he supported the democratic process in that country.
  • ABA Pro Bono Week Celebration
    Since 2016, as part of an effort to continue to expand its pro bono efforts, the AT&T legal team has celebrated ABA Pro Bono Week. Underscoring the theme of “Increasing Access to Justice for All” during the 2017 Pro Bono Week nearly 100 AT&T attorneys and staff participated in over 25 events where they provided pro bono legal services in their respective communities on issues such as housing, consumer affairs and veterans issues.
  • Volunteering Globally
    AT&T also encourages the 20 percent of its attorneys who work outside the U.S. to develop pro bono initiatives in support of their communities. For example, AT&T Mexico’s legal team provided pro bono legal support to earthquake survivors in 2017 and established a pro bono program in Mexico City that teaches underrepresented and low-income women about legal and business concepts. In Argentina, AT&T attorneys have partnered with “Teach for Argentina” to visit local schools to teach civics and other relevant legal topics like labor law to Argentine high school students.