Avoiding and managing risk are keys to protecting the continued success of business. Leo P. Dreyer has been instrumental in developing Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s emerging and strategic issues management philosophy and standards, working to predict and minimize risk exposure by analyzing emerging issues and future trends that could affect the capacity of business to adapt to changing legal environments. Such proactive efforts are invaluable in the timely formulation of responsive actions.
Emerging issues and future trends by definition offer a constantly shifting matrix that now embraces the issues of:
- sustainability, including climate change, global water crisis, alternative energy and waste management;
- biotechnology, genetics and robotics;
- supply chain risk management and vulnerability assessments;
- terrorism, security and crisis management and business resiliency;
- product stewardship;
- product warnings, statements and recalls;
- protection of confidential commercial information;
- recourse to national and international standards; and
global dispute resolution.
Leo has also been involved with complex issues management in support of litigation and regulatory matters. Issues management reflects an integrated approach that addresses documents, witnesses, expert witnesses, scientific literature and data, future trend analyses, current developments monitoring, legal analyses, data utilization, and website management in a coordinated fashion across litigation, regulation, public relations and dispute resolution.
Leo has been involved with mediation, arbitration, litigation and appellate review in both federal and state courts regarding regulatory and administrative matters, as well as administrative rulemakings. He has presented at CLE and professional programs and has published on current law-related issues. Leo also served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.
- J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 1973
- Order of the Coif
- Kansas Law Review, Board of Editors
- B.A., University of Kansas, 1966
- U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Tax Court
- American Arbitration Association
- American Bar Association, Section of Environmental Law; Section of Alternative
- Dispute Resolution
- Defense Research Institute
- Kansas Bar Association
- The Missouri Bar
- University of Kansas School of Law Kansas Law Review, Board of Governors
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