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James L. Chosy

U.S. Bancorp

Jim Chosy is Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of U.S. Bancorp, the parent company of U.S. Bank. He is responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal affairs and serves on the Managing Committee, comprised of the senior-most executives within the organization.

Jim rejoined U.S. Bancorp in 2013 from Piper Jaffray Companies, a middle-market investment bank and asset management firm. He had served as Managing Director, General Counsel and Secretary of Piper Jaffray since March 2001. Prior to joining Piper Jaffray in 2001, he was Associate General Counsel andSecretary of U.S. Bancorp. He first joined U.S. Bancorp (then First Bank System) in 1995, having begun his legal career with the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis.

Jim is a member of the board of directors of the Fund for Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (and chairs its Corporate Advisory Committee), and the general counsel advisory committee of the Bank Policy Institute. He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, the advisory council of Diversity Lab, the board of visitors of the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the National Council for the American Theater. He has previously served as a member and chair of the board of directors of the Clearing House Association, the University of Minnesota Law School, the Children’s Theater Company, and the Guthrie Theater. His recognitions include the University of Minnesota’s Alumni Service Award (2012), the Lead by Example Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers (2019), the In-House Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award from Minnesota Lawyer (2020), the ExemplarAward from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (2021), the shortlist for outstanding contribution to diversity and inclusion (USA in-house) from Chambers D&I Awards (2021, 2022 and 2023), and the Scales of Justice Award from Equal Justice Works (2023).

Jim received his J.D. degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1989, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as an editor of the Minnesota Law Review. He is also a 1986 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.