Brackett B. Denniston, III, is Senior Counsel at Goodwin Procter in Boston. He served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of General Electric Company from February 2004 to November 1, 2015. Mr. Denniston was responsible for the worldwide GE legal organization and for all GE legal operations. Prior to joining GE in 1996, Mr. Denniston served as the Chief Legal Counsel to Governor William F. Weld of Massachusetts from 1993 to 1996.
He was an associate and Partner at Goodwin, Procter and Hoar in Boston, where he specialized in complex financial and securities matters and litigation from 1974 to 1982 and from 1986 to 1993. He represented parties in matters ranging from insider trading cases, pharmaceutical prosecutions, securities fraud and banking cases. From 1982 to 1986, he served as the Chief of the Major Frauds Unit in the United States Attorney’s Office, where he was in charge of prosecutions relating to securities and financial fraud and responsible for white-collar crime prosecutions.
In addition to his work at GE, Brackett is a recognized leader in promoting pro bono throughout the profession. He has received awards from the Pro Bono Institute, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and Kids in Need of Defense.
Brackett serves on the boards of the Pro Bono Partnership, a nonprofit that provides transactional pro bono opportunities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and TrustLaw, a global pro bono clearinghouse created by Thomson-Reuters’ Foundation. He was awarded the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance for his role in over one hundred successful prosecutions and was recognized by Equal Justice Works in 2015 as its Scales of Justice Honoree. Mr. Denniston is a summa cum laude graduate of Kenyon College and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the “Harvard Law Review.”