Mike Walsh is CEO of LexisNexis, an international law firm providing data, solutions and analytics across markets. His company currently has customers in more than 150 countries. He has hired more than 10,600 people worldwide with varying job descriptions for his company. Before LexisNexis, Walsh also worked for many companies including Home Depot. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Mike Walsh.
1. He is CEO of LexisNexis Legal Markets (since 2003)
Mike Walsh is President of LexisNexis and CEO of the US Legal Market. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Walsh was the company’s senior vice president, global strategy and business development. He joined the company after Home Depot in 2003. His main task at the time was to drive the expansion of the risk management sector. Mr. Walsh was appointed to the current position (CEO and President) in 2011. Part of his job is providing risk solutions to government agencies and businesses looking for data analysis, fraud detection, investigations, claims management, risk decision-making and work optimization.
2. Before LexisNexis, Mr. Walsh worked for Home Depot (2001 – 2003)
According to LexisNexis, as of 2001, Mr. Walsh was Strategic Business Development Director for Home Depot. The company is the world’s largest specialty retailer of home improvement products, supplying all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada and Guam. There, his role was to provide information, legal advice and solutions to streamline the company’s business processes. After two years of active service, he left the company to join LexisNexis.
3. He was Vice President at FindLaw (2000 – 2001)
According to LexisNexis, Mr. Walsh was a vice president of FindLaw in 2000 before Home Depot. Thanks to his legal training at Harvard Law School, he has worked as a consultant and legal representative for clients with legal issues. There he used his legal knowledge and experience to write informational articles on various legal topics and information on hiring an attorney and understanding your state’s specific laws. In 2001, he left FindLaw to become Strategic Business Development Director at Home Depot.
4. He co-founded Infirmation.com (1999-2000)
Mr. Walsh co-founded Information.com in 1999. It was a digital community of attorneys and legal career center that FindLaw later acquired in 2000. The free legal information site helps clients, small business owners, students and attorney professionals get legal answers and legal advice. Along with a team of lawyers, he helped create a free legal dictionary and magazine, a platform used by contributors to argue, explain and debate legal matters. Based in the Washington DC metropolitan area, the site is still active.
5. He was a consultant/project manager at The Boston Consulting Group (1996-1999)
Mr. Walsh was also a consultant/project manager at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1996 he joined the owner-managed company. The company mainly conducts labor market surveys. As a project manager, Mr. Walsh noticed that business leaders had no idea how quickly jobs were changing due to the skill evolving, leading to a skills hiatus. Mr. Walsh left the company in 1999 to co-found Information.com.
6. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School (1990-1993)
According to Comparably Employee Reviews, Mike has been named one of the best CEOs in the world of diversity. He owes that to his Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Harvard Law School. He enrolled in the school in 1990 and earned his JD in 1993. With a background in how the law works in each state, Mr. Walsh joined a network of attorneys to create a digital legal website to educate people about legal information. According to LinkedIn, he joined other virtual attorneys to launch LexisNexis Rule of Law Impact Tracker, an interactive rule of law application tool.
7. He earned his BA from Yale University (1985-1989)
Prior to Harvard Law School, Mr. Walsh was a student at Yale University between 1985 and 1989. He earned a BA from university. Thanks to his business knowledge, he worked in five companies in various positions. Today he is President of LexisNexis and CEO of the US legal market.
8. He is a board member of the Atlantic Council
Atlantic Council is the US think tank transforming leadership and engagement in international affairs to help the Atlantic community solve global challenges. Mr. Walsh is one of the board members who specializes in helping communities navigate sudden shifts in economic and political clout that are shaping the 21st century. He joins other board members to write papers and promote ideas to help regional centers and functional programs shape current policy decisions. The site was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia, DC.
9. He believes in teamwork
In an interview with Business Pandit, Mr. Walsh admitted that a cohesive teamwork approach is better than running all of the business alone. He says it’s best to ask your employer or IT department for help managing all the information that comes your way. This comes after a survey found that eight out of ten workers admit their employers have developed better solutions for better information management. Employees who took part in the survey said that after raising such concerns, their employers invested in technology and offered training and “email-free” hours. Mr. Walsh concluded that this culture should be practiced in all companies.
10. He is from Colorado and is a dedicated husband and father
Mike Walsh grew up in Colorado. He currently resides in Mamaroneck, New York with his wife (Sheila) and two children (Sophie and Deven). LexisNexis appointed him to his current position in 2011.
As more companies emerge and existing ones grow, it is imperative to have global strategies and business developers on your side to create risk solutions. Mike Walsh is one person who has proven that interactive legal platforms are essential. His legal and business background has helped him impart knowledge and provide legal services to various clients worldwide. His contribution to platforms such as the Atlantic Council also qualifies him as a role model for aspiring office workers worldwide.