Gary Ballesteros is the General Counsel, Latin America and Vice President, Law, for Rockwell Automation. Gary is responsible for all of the company’s legal matters in South America, Central America and Mexico and the Caribbean. In his regional General Counsel role, Gary is responsible for all of the company’s legal affairs in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. As such, Gary has been instrumental in managing a wide variety of legal issues in the company’s fastest growing region. With approximately $700M in annual sales, and containing six of Rockwell’s largest manufacturing plants, the Latin America region for Rockwell presents a challenging array of legal and management issues.
As the Company’s Ombudsman, Gary serves a critical role in the Company’s culture of ethics and integrity. The Ombudsman has a direct reporting authority to the Board of Directors and is empowered to investigate any claims or allegations of misconduct within the Company. The Ombudsman maintains a variety of hotline reporting mechanisms that can be accessed anonymously by any employee worldwide; and he also manages a staff of investigative personnel and counsel who investigate any reported violations of our Code of Conduct.
Prior to taking these current roles, Gary had previously served as the company’s chief litigation counsel and had also served as the first director of Rockwell’s Global Compliance Office. Before joining Rockwell in 1997, he was a partner with the law firm of Jenner & Block in Chicago, and also served as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve.
Gary is involved in a number of civic activities where he serves as pro bono counsel; and he has served as an adjunct professor of law at both Marquette University Law School and the University of Michigan Law School.
Gary received his B.S., cum laude, from the University of Illinois in 1985 and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 1988.