Frank L. Steeves is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Emerson Electric Co. He is responsible for Emerson’s 300 person international law department, and for all legal matters arising from Emerson’s 140,000 employees and operations in 150 countries. He also is responsible for Emerson’s Global Security program and is Chair of the Company’s Ethics Committee.
Frank is a graduate of Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. He joined Emerson in March of 2007 from the Milwaukee law firm of von Briesen and Roper, where he was Chairman of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. While in private practice before joining Emerson, Steeves was a trial and appellate attorney representing Emerson and many other United States manufacturers on a range of legal issues.
Frank has been a guest lecturer at many of the United States’ leading law and engineering schools, a Special Master in the Federal Courts, a member of Best Lawyers in America, the recipient of the highest Martindale and Hubble ratings for the past 25 years, and while in private practice, appeared on behalf of clients in the courts of most states, Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Frank is currently Chairman of the United States Conference Board’s Council of Chief Legal Officers as well as an adjunct professor at the Washington University Law School. He is also on the executive committee of the Missouri History Museum, Chairman of the Missouri Humane Society’s capital campaign, and an executive board member for the Missouri Baptist Hospital Foundation and is the State of Missouri representative for the Midwest High-Speed Rail initiative.
While in Milwaukee, he founded and chaired the organization that developed and built Wisconsin’s official flagship, the S.V. Sullivan, and which later become Discovery World and Milwaukee’s lakefront. He also is an amphibious aircraft owner and pilot, and serves as a volunteer pilot for animal rescue and angel medical flights.