Tom Sager

Tom Sager is the former General Counsel at DuPont Co. Mr. Sager leverages his experience steering the legal department at a heavily regulated, Fortune 100 global corporation to a broad portfolio of areas at Ballard Spahr, including litigation and trial practice, internal investigations, environmental issues, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Sager began his career with DuPont as an attorney in the Labor, Benefits & Corporate Security Group and spent more than a decade as chief litigation counsel before being named Senior Vice President and General Counsel in 2008. During his tenure, he oversaw significant litigation involving governmental investigations, product liability, environmental, toxic tort, labor and employment, securities, antitrust, and tax. 

Mr. Sager was a strong and early proponent of diversity in the legal profession and helped pioneer the DuPont Convergence and Law Firm Partnering Program, or DuPont Legal Model—an industry benchmark that has received national acclaim for its innovative approach to the business of practicing law. The program redefined the way in which law firms measure success, encourage creativity and collaboration, increase efficiency, and retain and promote women and minorities. In addition, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's Thomas L. Sager Award is given annually to law firms that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Corporate Counsel Technology Institute's Inaugural Annual Technology Lecture Series, held at Widener University School of Law, 2005
  • Ballard Spahr's Diversity and Inclusion Council

Recognition & Accomplishments

  • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, Philadelphia Business Journal's 2014 Corporate Counsel Awards
  • Recipient, The American Lawyer's 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Named in 2013 as one of the Top 50 Innovators in Big Law in the Last 50 Years, The American Lawyer 
  • Recipient, 2011 Founders' Award, Community Legal Aid Society
  • Named in 2010 as one of the 40 most influential attorneys, The National Law Journal 
  • Recipient, 2009 CPR Corporate Leadership Award
  • Recipient, American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession's 2001 Spirit of Excellence Award 

Publications

  • "The Legal Profession Needs More Givers Than Takers," The Legal Intelligencer, February 18, 2015
  • "Creating a Climate of Trust Before Crisis Emerges," The Legal Intelligencer, November 12, 2014

Board Memberships

  • Past Chairman, Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • Past Board Member, CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
  • Past Board Member, Delaware Law Related Education Center
  • Past Board Member, Atlantic Legal Foundation
  • Board of Trustees, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Past Board of Trustees Chairman, National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Foundation
  • Vice Chair, Delaware Community Foundation
  • Board of Trustees, Widener University
  • Advisory Board Member, University of Delaware Weinberg Center
  • Law Board of Visitors, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Trustee, Christiana Care
  • Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D. 1976)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A. 1972)