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Thomas LaFrance

General Counsel , GE Transportation

Thomas LaFrance was named Senior Executive - General Counsel of GE Transportation in February 2012.  From GE Transportation’s Chicago headquarters, he leads a global team providing legal, compliance, regulatory, government, and enterprise risk advice to the business and serves on the senior executive staff of the business.  He also serves on GE’s Global Law & Policy team’s General Counsel Advisory Board and its Legal Corporate Executive Council. 

Tom began his career in General Electric Company in September 1999 in the role of Senior Counsel, Litigation and Compliance for GE Industrial Systems.  He had responsibility for managing global litigation, investigations, and compliance programs.  He subsequently was named Senior Counsel, Litigation and Compliance, for GE Infrastructure.

In March 2005, Tom was promoted to Senior Executive - General Counsel for GE Security, a security technology business providing homeland protection, commercial, and residential security and life safety products.  In this role, Tom managed a global legal, compliance, risk, and government relations team and served as a member of the business leadership team.  In connection with GE’s exit from the security technology business, Tom spent 15 months as Vice President and General Counsel for United Technologies Corporation’s Global Security Products business, where he was responsible for leading a global legal team while integrating the GE Security business into UTC.

Prior to joining GE, Tom was in private practice in Boston for 12 years, where he was a partner in the litigation department at Goodwin Procter and specialized in intellectual property, trade regulation, product liability, environmental, and commercial matters.  He represented clients in trials and appeals before various federal and state courts and agencies, as well as arbitration tribunals.  He was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in connection with certain election law and redistricting matters.

Tom graduated from Boston College with a B.A. with high honors in economics and earned his J.D. with honors from Georgetown University Law Center. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia and is an authorized In-House Counsel in Illinois.

Tom is active in the Chicago community and in various pro bono and diversity and inclusion initiatives.  Among other activities, he serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Prep Charter Academy and of the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago.  Tom and his wife Lynn have two children.   

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