Katherine L. Adams

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Katherine L. "Kate" Adams (born April 20, 1964) is an American attorney and corporate lawyer, currently Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Honeywell International, the world's biggest maker of cockpit electronics. The most senior woman at Honeywell, she reports directly to its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David M. Cote.[1]

At Honeywell, Adams is in charge of the organization's global legal strategy for its 128.000 workforce in more than 100 countries. In addition, she is responsible for managing all of the company's legal affairs including Securities and Exchange Commission filings and disclosure, corporate governance, human resources and benefits, intellectual property rights, litigation, environmental compliance, government relations as well as acquisitions and divestitures.[2]

Prior to joining Honeywell, Adams was a partner in the New York City office of the Chicago-based law firm Sidley Austin LLP. Earlier in her career, she served in roles as law clerk for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Supreme Court of the United States; trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Appellate Section, Environment and Natural Resources division; and law clerk for Stephen Breyer, then Chief Justice United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and now Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.[3]

Education and academics[edit]

In 1986, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature with French and German concentrations from Brown University and, in 1990, a Juris Doctor's degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was the recipient of the Order of the Coif.

Throughout her career, Adams also held academic positions as adjunct assistant professor of law for the New York University Law School and adjunct assistant professor of environmental law for Columbia University Law School.


In September 2008, Adams and other influential New Jerseyans, including 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics winner Paul Krugman, were invited to an Economic Roundtable hosted by Goldman Sachs' former Chairman and CEO, and ex-New Jersey Governor, Jon Corzine.[4] Additionally, in 2009, she was also nominated for NJBIZ's "Best 50 Women in Business awards program" which recognizes "New Jersey's most dynamic and distinguished women in business today". The program serves to highlight their contributions to business and the community and salutes their ability to overcome obstacles in non-traditional work environments.[5]


  1. ^ "Honeywell Names Katherine L. Adams Senior Vice President and General Counsel". 1.honeywell.com. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Honeywell Leadership". 1.honeywell.com. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  3. ^ "5 Insights From Honeywell General Counsel Kate Adams". Law360. November 7, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Gov. Corzine Conducts Economic Roundtable". Cape May County Herald. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  5. ^ "Business Events". NJBIZ.com. Retrieved 2015-05-28.