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Thomas Knapp

Thomas Knapp

General Counsel

Bethesda
Maryland
Licensed in
DC
Loyola University Chicago College of Law
About
Tom Knapp is a global strategic senior executive in the healthcare, transportation, aerospace, energy, and retail industries, providing legal and strategic business advice to Fortune 500 companies that positively affected bottom line results. He has experience serving Boards, and working with start-up, turnaround and rapidly-changing environments. Specialties include global/domestic pharmaceutical legal and regulatory matters, litigation and arbitration, corporate governance and compliance, IP matters, M&A transactions, restructuring, complex commercial transactions, licensing agreements, and financing instruments.
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Work History

SELLAS Life Sciences Group, Inc.

Consultant

Jan 2018 - Present

Provide consulting services

Jan 2018 - Present

Osiris Therapeutics, Inc.

Member of the Board of Directors

Feb 2017 - Present

Member of the Board of Directors, member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committees

Feb 2017 - Present

Galena Biopharma, Inc.

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Jun 2015 - Dec 2017

Responsible for domestic and global legal matters, litigation, corporate governance and compliance, and IP matters. Strategic business partner with all functional groups.

Jun 2015 - Dec 2017

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

EVP, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary

Nov 2009 - May 2015

Established Law Department and managed significant legal and multiple department budgets totaling $25M with staff of 11. Responsible for domestic and global legal matters, litigation, corporate governance and compliance, IP matters, and federal government affairs. Strategic business partner with all functional groups.

Nov 2009 - May 2015

Knapp Law Firm

President

Oct 2008 - Dec 2009

Provide general counsel services and governmental affairs advice

Oct 2008 - Dec 2009

Exemplar Law Firm

Counsel

Oct 2008 - Dec 2009

Provide general counsel services to start up and emerging growth companies

Oct 2008 - Dec 2009

NorthWestern Corporation

SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Mar 2003 - Sep 2008

Promoted to General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer during the Company’s restructuring. Co-responsible for leading Company through bankruptcy. Managed >$15M law department budget with a staff of eight attorneys and paralegals at two different geographic locations, along with a staff of five. Strategic business partner with all functional groups. Member of executive management team.

Mar 2003 - Sep 2008

Paul Hastings

Of Counsel

May 1996 - Dec 2002

Represented small, medium, and large companies on a variety of start-up and acquisition issues, technology transfers, M&A diligence matters for utility companies, public policy advocacy on labor and employment law and transportation issues, employment and labor (NLRA and RLA) law issues, class action employment litigation, and organizing drives.

May 1996 - Dec 2002

Boeing

Assistant General Counsel

May 1998 - Dec 2000

Reported to General Counsel. Managed >$20M budget with a staff of 16 attorneys at 3 different geographic locations; supervised outside counsel handling state and federal court employment and labor litigation, NLRB, and other federal and state agency matters. Strategic business partner with all functional groups.

May 1998 - Dec 2000

Burlington Northern

Labor Counsel

Sep 1980 - Dec 1995

Managed a $3 million budget with a staff of four attorneys. Supervised outside counsel handling of federal and state lawsuits and federal and state administrative agency matters. Personally handled major labor litigation. Provided advice and drafted purchase and sale agreements, joint ventures, many acquisitions and dispositions, stock plans, incentive compensation, board resolutions.

Sep 1980 - Dec 1995

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