Since April 2010, Joe Heyd has served as Director & Associate General Counsel, Global Litigation, for The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. As P&G’s head of litigation, Joe leads P&G’s efforts to pursue and protect its legal rights in disputes and litigation across global regions and subject matter areas, including product liability, consumer class actions, IP, trademark, and commercial matters. In 2014, Joe was the head of P&G’s Labor & Employment Law team, a position he held through 2015. Joe reports to P&G’s Chief Legal Officer.
Before joining P&G, Joe spent 15 years as an in-house attorney with General Electric. At GE Legal, Joe was promoted through a series of positions, including five years as the head of litigation and preventive law at GE Aviation. In that role, Joe led a team that delivered results in litigated cases, disputes, internal investigations and compliance matters for GE’s worldwide Aviation business. Before joining GE, Joe practiced law at a private law firm in Cincinnati, following an appointment as an Assistant US Attorney in Chicago. As a federal prosecutor, Joe conducted grand jury investigations and handled trials and appeals for a range of offences, from narcotics to fraud to violent crime. Joe began his legal practice by serving as a law clerk to Chief Judge William Bauer of the Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals in Chicago.
In 1989, Joe graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a Managing Board member of the Virginia Law Review, and Order of the Coif. He is an honors graduate of The Ohio State University, where he obtained a BA, cum laude, in Political Science and received a Truman Scholarship.