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Altria’s Keane ranked nation’s best-paid GC

A Virginia-based lawyer has been recognized in a recent survey as the nation’s highest paid general counsel.

Denise Keane, executive vice president and general counsel of Richmond-based Altria Group Inc., earned $6.5 million in total compensation last year, according to ALM Corporate Counsel’s 2011 GC Compensation Survey. The survey ranked the 100 best-paid in-house lawyers at large public companies, based on salary plus bonus/nonequity incentive compensation.

She received a salary of $731,817 and a bonus of $5,724,000.

Keane is the first woman to top the list in the survey’s 17-year history. She moved up 33 spots from last year.

In addition to Keane, four other Virginia corporate counsel made the list:

  • #13 – Robert Bostrom – Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. – $2.6 M
  • #45 - Brian Miller – AES Corp – $1.5 M
  • #89 – William Deckelman Jr. – Computer Sciences Corp – $1.07 M
  • #98 - Stanley Baldwin – Amerigroup Corp – $1.03 M

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