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Conan Grames, Former Pharmaceutical Executive, to Discuss Ethics and International Business at USU on Feb. 13

Attorney and Lobbyist Grames Also Helped Coordinate LDS Relief Efforts After 2011 Japan Earthquakes

Editor's Note: The following is a press release issued by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business that has been picked up by 165 media outlets including the Boston Globe, Newsday and Moneyshow.com.

LOGAN, UT – An attorney and lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry, Conan Grames, will talk about lawyers, ethics and international business at a Feb. 13 dean’s convocation at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.


The event is free and open to the public and will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Orson A. Christensen Auditorium (Room 215) in the George S. Eccles Business Building at Utah State University. Grames is a founding principal of Grames, Cunningham and Associates, a Washington, D.C. law firm with expertise in international business and issues impacting the pharmaceutical industry.

Grames was serving as the director of public affairs for the Asia North Area for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when the 2011 earthquakes hit Japan and will also talk about his role in coordinating relief efforts after the earthquakes and tsunami.

“Conan Grames has vast experience in the international marketplace and has demonstrated how someone with high ethical standards can have a positive impact on many levels,” Dean Douglas D. Anderson said. “He’s also witnessed the huge organizational challenges that came as the world tried to help the thousands of people impacted by the Japan earthquakes. I believe his experiences he has had and the insights he has to offer will make him a memorable dean’s convocation speaker.”

Grames graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Utah in 1972 and with a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1975. After law school he went to work for what was at the time the largest law firm in the world, Baker & Mackenzie. There he became the firm’s youngest partner in 1982.

He has also served as a senior vice president at Bristol-Myers Squibb, a global biopharmaceutical company, where he headed up the legal work for all of the firm’s international business, supervising 30 in-house attorneys and hundreds of outside lawyers who worked with the firm’s subsidiaries in more than 70 countries.

From 2006 to 2007 he served as the general counsel for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the trade organization that represents the world’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies. He said the pharmaceutical organization is an “incredibly ethical organization” and one of his jobs when he was general counsel was to keep it that way.

“I was always proud to be a part of the pharmaceutical industry in its efforts to save lives,” he said. “I plan to talk about my experiences and challenges in that role and to talk about the extensive relief effort I saw unfold after the massive earthquakes of 2011.”

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University seeks to inspire and equip students to become innovative, ethical leaders with refined analytical skills that will help them understand and succeed in the global marketplace. The Huntsman School of Business is one of eight colleges at USU, located in northern Utah. More information on the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business may be found on the web (www.huntsman.usu.edu).