Thursday, December 3, 2015
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Lucy Helm has been a partner (employee) at Starbucks for fifteen years. She was appointed as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary in May 2012. In her role, Lucy leads the global Law & Corporate Affairs department, including 210 legal and compliance partners (employees) in 16 offices around the world. She also serves as a member of Starbucks senior leadership team and supports the company’s board of directors.
In addition to her work at Starbucks, Lucy is a member of the board of directors of the global humanitarian agency MercyCorps. She also serves on the board of the Washington YMCA Youth & Government Program and the advisory board of Disability Rights Advocates, a non-profit disability law center in Berkeley, California. Lucy serves as the co-chair for the 2013-14 Campaign for Equal Justice and is an active volunteer with Parkview Services, a Seattle based non-profit providing housing and other services to persons with disabilities. In 2014 Lucy was a recipient of Legal Momentum’s Woman of Achievement award, and was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Lucy was a principal at Riddell Williams P.S. in Seattle, where she was a trial lawyer specializing in commercial, insurance coverage and environmental litigation. She was also an assistant director and advocacy director at the Center for Accessible Living in Louisville, Kentucky and an instructor with the University of Louisville paralegal program. Lucy received her B.A. in political science, with highest honors, from the University of Louisville and is a cum laude graduate of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. She was recognized as a 2008 Alumnae Fellow of the University of Louisville School of Arts and Sciences and a 2010 Outstanding Alumnae of the Brandeis School of Law.