Hewlett-Packard takes private practice lawyer as deputy GC

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has appointed a Drinker Biddle & Reath partner as its deputy general counsel and vice president of global government affairs.

Gregg Melinson
Gregg Melinson

Gregg Melinson will be based in HP’s Palo Alto headquarters, reporting to general counsel and executive vice president Michael Holston, and will begin his role on 19 September.

Commenting on Melinson’s appointment, Holston said: “Gregg’s an excellent leader with deep government affairs expertise, strong business acumen and a proven track record of building successful teams.

“His deep understanding of the complex issues companies encounter at the intersection of business and government will strengthen our ability to provide value across all of HP’s businesses.”

Melinson was a partner at US firm Drinker Biddle & Reath for much of the last 20 years, most recently serving as chief marketing partner where he led all strategic client development activities. He was previously chair of the firm’s government affairs practice group, where he advised clients in matters involving the interplay between business and government.

He left the firm from 1995 to 1997 to serve as deputy general counsel to governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania, representing him and other officials in federal and state court litigation and overseeing the work of several hundred lawyers in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel.