WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stephen T. Kaminski, J.D., has been appointed General Counsel and Senior Vice President at American Humane Association, the nation's voice for the protection of children and animals. Kaminski joins the historic national nonprofit organization from Discovery Communications, LLC, where he was Vice President, Legal Affairs.
"At this time of renewed growth and increasing impact of American Humane Association, Steve Kaminski's legal, regulatory and business expertise will be a valuable asset to our organization," said American Humane Association President and Chief Executive Officer Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D. "Our executive team and board of directors are pleased to have his extensive experience and expert counsel as we move ahead with our exciting new endeavors."
As General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Kaminski is assigned to the Executive Office and is based in American Humane Association's national headquarters in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities include providing legal counsel and guidance; participating in the development of board of directors policies and organizational policies, procedures and programs; serving as the key lawyer/legal advisor on all major business transactions; overseeing general corporate governance matters, such as preparation of resolutions, bylaws, articles of incorporation, tax laws and other corporate activities; overseeing agreements and licenses pertaining to matters such as independent contractors, copyrights, product endorsements, sponsorship arrangements and publishing; assuming ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the organization conducts its business in compliance with applicable laws and regulations; and providing legal assistance in areas such as trademarks, copyrights, insurance, annuities, and trust and estate issues.
"I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to join American Humane Association and its dynamic leadership team," said Kaminski. "I look forward to partnering with individuals at all levels and providing sound guidance to ensure the success of American Humane Association's groundbreaking activities."
Kaminski served in Legal Affairs at Discovery Communications since 2005, first as Director and then as Vice President. His responsibilities included developing and implementing corporate strategy and policy to assess and minimize risk associated with new business ventures, technological innovations, and sales and marketing initiatives; structuring, drafting and negotiating complex distribution agreements for television networks; managing contract compliance, legal department processes, and joint-venture relationships; developing budget forecasts; and ensuring regulatory compliance. Previously, he was an Associate with the law firm of Covington & Burling, LLP, of Washington, D.C., where he advised nonprofit organizations and corporations on corporate governance matters, corporate transactions and intellectual property matters. Earlier, he was a Judicial Clerk to the Hon. Arthur J. Gajarsa of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.
A member of the bar in Washington, D.C., and Virginia, Kaminski is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
About American Humane Association
Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation's voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.
SOURCE American Humane Association