Roderick (Rick) Palmore is a Senior Counsel at Dentons, advising public and private corporation leaders on risk management and governance issues.
Recognized as a visionary and champion for diversity in the legal industry, Rick is the author of A Call to Action: Diversity in the Legal Profession, a groundbreaking manifesto urging general counsel to drive diversity in the law firms they hire and within their own legal departments. The initiative continues as Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), and includes more than 300 chief legal officers and law firm managing partners.
Rick was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance and Risk Management Officer of General Mills Inc. from 2008 to 2015. Previously, he was General Counsel and ultimately Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for consumer food giant Sara Lee Corporation. Prior to his move to Sara Lee in 1996, he was in private practice.
Among the many awards Rick has received are The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award; National Law Journal’s 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade; American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award; and the National Bar Association’s Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement.