Thomas L. Sager is senior vice president and general counsel, DuPont Legal. He started his career with DuPont in August 1976 as an attorney in the labor and securities group.
Mr. Sager helped pioneer the DuPont Convergence and Law Firm Partnering Program and continues to have oversight responsibility. Through his leadership, this program has become a benchmark in the industry and has received national acclaim for its innovative approach to the business of practicing law. He was named associate general counsel in 1994. In January 1998 he was named chief litigation counsel where his responsibilities included oversight of all litigation and IS support for the entire function. He was named vice president and assistant general counsel in November 1999, and to his current position in July 2008.
Born in Winchester, Mass., he received his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1976.
Mr. Sager is past chairman of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, a group that advocates for the expanded hiring, retention and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms they serve. In addition, he serves as a board member for the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution; Equal Justice Works; Delaware Law Related Education Center; Delaware Community Foundation and the Atlantic Legal Foundation. He is also a member of the Widener University Board of Trustees; Law Board of Visitors at Wake Forest University School of Law; the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and chairman of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Foundation Board of Trustees. In 2010, Mr. Sager was named to the ABA Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System.
In January 2005, Mr. Sager was the Distinguished Lecturer for the Corporate Counsel Technology Institute, at the Inaugural Annual Technology Lecture Series, held at Widener University School of Law.
In addition, Mr. Sager has received the following recognition:
The Thomas L. Sager Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. This award was established in his name and given in recognition of his individual efforts and achievements to promote diversity in the legal profession and will be presented annually. In 2001 he received the Spirit of Excellence Award, presented by the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. In 2009 Mr. Sager received the CPR Corporate Leadership Award. Mr. Sager also was recently recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the 40 most influential attorneys in the past decade, and was one of five general counsel acknowledged by the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement as a 2010 "Legends in Law" recipient. In November 2011, Mr. Sager received the Community Legal Aid Society’s Founders’ Award in recognition of his contributions to the cause of equal access to justice.