Major, Lindsey & Africa Announces the Placement of Panasonic North America’s New General Counsel

HANOVER, Md. (July 29, 2015) — Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), the world's leading legal search firm, announces the placement of Damien Atkins as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Panasonic North America. He is the company's chief legal advisor and is responsible for providing Panasonic and its North American affiliates with legal and regulatory compliance services.

Mr. Atkins, who held numerous roles in his 10 years with AOL, Inc., most recently served as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, where he oversaw securities regulation, corporate governance, labor & employment and global compliance matters. He joined AOL from Chadbourne & Parke LLP, where his practice focused on a wide variety of mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and securities law matters.

Mr. Atkins has been recognized for his extensive experience in managing in-house legal teams in securities regulation, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, employment, employee benefits, executive compensation, facilities and global compliance.

Mr. Atkins was named to Lawyers Of Color' 2015 "Power List" representing the nation's 100 most influential attorneys of color. He was also named to Savoy Magazine's 2015 list of "Most Influential Black Lawyers." In 2013, Mr. Atkins was selected as the "Corporate Governance Professional of the Year (small - mid cap)" by Corporate Secretary Magazine. Mr. Atkins is a graduate of Stanford University and New York University School of Law.

Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and solutions for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations.

About Major, Lindsey & Africa

Founded in 1982, Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) is the world's largest and most-experienced legal search firm. Combining local market knowledge and a global recruiting network, MLA has earned recognition for its track record of successful General Counsel, Corporate Counsel, Partner, Associate and Law Firm Management placements. MLA also provides law firms and companies with highly specialized legal professionals on project, interim and temporary-to-permanent hire basis. Committed to providing full service in response to the talent needs of its clients, MLA offers executive search services through its affiliate, Allegis Partners. With offices worldwide — in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney and cities across the U.S. — and three strategic alliances — in Beijing, Moscow and Seoul — MLA recruiters are dedicated to understanding and meeting client and candidate needs while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and confidentiality. MLA considers every search a diversity search and has been committed to diversity in the law since its inception. For these reasons, MLA was voted "Best Legal Recruiter" by readers of The National Law Journal. To learn more about MLA, visit To learn more about Allegis Partners, visit


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