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William N. Letson

William N. Letson is a lawyer who practices in the areas of business law, estate planning and tax law, pension and profit sharing law, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy organization law, employment law, antitrust law and general contract law.

Mr. Letson graduated from Harvard College with honors and a concentration in government. He graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude and was a member of the Board of Editors of the Harvard Law Review for two years. He is admitted to practice law in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and the District of Columbia as well as several federal courts and the United State Tax Court. Mr. Letson started his practice in 1955 in New York City with Shearman & Sterling. In 1962 he left New York to return to his home city of Warren, Ohio and established the firm of Letson & Letson with his brother. That firm prospered and grew.

In 1971, Mr. Letson was appointed general counsel of the United State Department of Commerce by President Richard M. Nixon. In that post he not only was in charge of the legal affairs of the department but was the spokesman for the department in a wide variety of legislative and administrative matters throughout the government. He also served as a member of the United States delegation to the United States – Union of Soviet Socialists Republics Science and Technology Commission. During the period of détente he negotiated or assisted in negotiating three agreements with the Union of Soviet Socialists Republics, the maritime agreement, the commercial agreement, and the agricultural agreement.

On leaving government service in 1973, Mr. Letson was elected vice president, general counsel , and secretary of Westinghouse Electric Corporation headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He left Westinghouse in 1977, and became a partner in the Chicago law firm of Schiff, Hardin & Waite. In the capacity, he established, and was resident partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. In 1979, Mr. Letson rejoined his brother in the practice of law in Warren, Ohio, with the firm of Letson, Griffith, Woodall & Lavelle. He is now of counsel to Letson, Kragalott & Swader Co., L.P.A., where he continues his practice.

Mr. Letson is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law. Among community and governmental activities in which Mr. Letson has engaged of the following: A member of President Gerald Ford’s Commission on Personnel Interchange for the United States government; a member of the Task Force on Economic and Monetary Issues for the 1980 Republican Convention; a member of the Counsel on Economic Affairs of the Republican National Committee and the Tax Policy Subcommittee of the Council; a member of the Board of Governors of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Ohio Bar Association; general counsel and member of the Board of Directors of Egyptian-American Chamber of Commerce; member of the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania YMCA; member of the Committee on University Resources of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University; lecturer at various tax and antitrust institutes; and a member of the Board of Trustees of the foundation of the church to which he belongs. Mr. Letson is a founder and the first president of One Hundred for the Future of Trumbull County.

For recreation Mr. Letson enjoys golf, tennis, skiing and the study of history.

Email Mr. Letson at wletson@lks-law.com


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