Mariani returns; named deputy general counsel

Randy Mariani liked the University community so much the first time he was here, he’s back for another stint.

Mariani, who taught legal writing and research in the School of Law from 1996-97, was recently appointed as assistant vice chancellor and deputy general counsel after spending 20 years practicing law for Bryan Cave LLP and Monsanto Co.

Randy Mariani
Randy Mariani

For the past five years, Mariani was a senior litigation and business counsel at Monsanto and closely managed a substantial volume of complex intellectual property (patent and trademark infringement), antitrust, business, environmental, products, employment and class action litigation.

In the course of that work, Mariani negotiated elaborate cross-licensing deals among the principal competitors in the global agri-business industry.

Born in Spring Valley, Ill., Mariani earned a bachelor of science degree in political science from Bradley University in 1978, and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1981.

After graduating from Notre Dame, Mariani clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Susan H. Black in Jacksonville, Fla., before joining Bryan Cave in St. Louis in August 1983.

There he rose to become a highly regarded partner in the firm’s commercial litigation practice group. He litigated cases involving bankruptcy, professional malpractice, municipal financing, real estate and commercial contract claims, as well as aviation and general products liability claims.

“Randy offers Washington University a marvelous array of legal and administrative talents,” said Michael R. Cannon, executive vice chancellor and general counsel. “He’s a remarkably astute and thoughtful negotiator, a wise and experienced litigator, and he brings an exceptional and especially welcome depth to the University’s important technology transfer efforts.

“He’s already made a deep commitment to the multiple missions of the University, and we are fortunate indeed to have his sage counsel and outstanding expertise ‘just down the hall.'”

Mark Eggert serves as the University’s deputy general counsel for health-care operations and litigation management. Mariani will concentrate his efforts on the non-health-care operations of the University, including litigation management and technology transfer.

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