Ivan Fong is Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel of the 3M Company. In that role, he oversees all legal, legal policy, compliance, and government affairs matters for the company. He was recently named one of “America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel” by the National Law Journal, and under Ivan’s leadership, 3M’s law department was recently recognized by Corporate Counsel as one of the Best Legal Departments of the Year.
Prior to joining 3M in October 2012, Ivan served for more than three years as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Before that, he was Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Cardinal Health, Inc., where he was selected to be one of the “Twenty Most Influential General Counsel” by the National Law Journal. He was also previously Senior Vice President and General Counsel of GE Vendor Financial Services; Chief Privacy Leader and Senior Counsel, Information Technology of GE; and Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Ivan has also been a partner with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.; an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center; and a law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court.
He serves on the boards of directors of Equal Justice Works and Minnesota Public Radio, and he is a member of the Association of General Counsel and the Twin Cities United Way Tocqueville Society Cabinet. He has received, among other honors, the Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; the Justice-in-Action Award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.; and the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association.
Ivan holds a B.C.L. with first class honors from Oxford University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He received his J.D. (with distinction) from Stanford Law School, where he was president of the Stanford Law Review, and an S.B. in chemical engineering and an S.M. in chemical engineering practice from MIT. He is a registered patent attorney.