After making partner at the former Gray Plant Mooty firm (now Lathrop GPM), Ben Omorogbe found his services in demand.
He eventually settled on what was then the St. Paul Companies, now known post-merger as Travelers Companies.
“I like the stability of the company,” says Omorogbe, who has been practicing law for more than 26 years. “The people are great, and I enjoy the role I have here.”
As group general counsel, Omorogbe has several roles at Travelers, including leading lawyers and legal professionals in product development, coverage analysis, risk control and an area that’s been in the news a lot lately: trade and economic sanctions.
“It’s a wide range of issues we deal with,” he says. “A good example is what we’re going through now with Russia and Ukraine. As a U.S. company with a global footprint, we have to navigate a lot of laws and regulations to make sure that we are in full compliance with the laws of the United States and other regions.”
Omorogbe has mentored more than 100 lawyers and students, some of whom have become law firm partners, district court judges and business executives. He is the benefactor of a scholarship at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and has offered scholarships to about a dozen law students in the past decade.
Omorogbe also was a founding corporate executive member of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice as a representative of Travelers. And he’s on the board of the Economic Club of Minnesota, which offers a nonpartisan platform for leaders in business, government and public policy on how Minnesota can better compete in the global economy.
“I love my work, but mentoring young lawyers and law students is the activity I’m most proud of,” Omorogbe says.
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