Alec Wightman

Partner

Columbus
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Overview

Alec Wightman has a strong background of management experience that he brings to his role as counselor for major corporations. He served as an Executive Partner of BakerHostetler from January 2004 to June 2008, spent more than 10 years as the firm’s Legal Services partner and served for more than 20 years on the firm’s Policy Committee, experiences that deepen his understanding of the challenges faced by his corporate clients. For many years, Alec’s principal practice focus was in the general corporate area, as well as bankruptcy and reorganization. Later in his career, he developed a niche practice of assisting public company boards with their self-evaluation processes.

Alec has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of corporate law and bankruptcy and creditor rights/insolvency and reorganization law since 1997, and was named a Columbus “Lawyer of the Year” in 2012.

Select Experience

  • Served for more than 20 years as a lawyer-in-charge of BakerHostetler’s relationship with a Fortune 20 healthcare services company, consulting with senior management and supervising legal services performed throughout the firm for the client.
  • Has facilitated the board self-evaluation processes for multiple Fortune 500 public companies, interviewing each director and reporting results on a confidential basis to the board.
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Experience

  • Served for more than 20 years as a lawyer-in-charge of BakerHostetler’s relationship with a Fortune 20 healthcare services company, consulting with senior management and supervising legal services performed throughout the firm for the client.
  • Has facilitated the board self-evaluation processes for multiple Fortune 500 public companies, interviewing each director and reporting results on a confidential basis to the board.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America® (1997 to Present)
    • Ohio: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
      • Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" (2012)
    • Ohio: Corporate Law
  • Columbus CEO, "Top Lawyers in Central Ohio" (2020 and 2021)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Ohio "Super Lawyer" (2004 to 2013)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association

Community

  • Cleveland Rock and Roll, Inc. (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum)
    • Board of Trustees
    • Executive, Finance and Compensation Committees
    • Past Chair
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
    • Board of Trustees
  • The Ohio State University Foundation
    • Board of Directors
  • Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital Foundation
    • Board of Trustees
    • Past Chair
  • National Council of The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law Alumni Society
    • Member
    • Past Chair
  • Ohio State Health, Inc.
    • Board of Directors
  • Columbus Music Commission
    • Board of Directors

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1983
  • Ohio, 1975

Education

  • J.D., The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 1975, cum laude
  • B.A., Duke University, 1972, cum laude