As General Counsel of Hagerty and related entities, Barbara Matthews is responsible for the overall legal and compliance strategy for the enterprise. Barbara provides legal advice to executive management and the Board of Directors regarding matters with significant company-wide impact including major transactions and contracts. In addition, she oversees corporate governance and serves as Hagerty’s corporate secretary. She offers leadership and guidance to a staff of lawyers, legal paraprofessionals and support staff that provide legal, compliance, corporate security and licensing services to support the achievement of Hagerty’s strategic objectives.
Before joining Hagerty, Barbara was General Counsel for Priority Solutions. She previously served Chicago-based Heller Financial, Inc. as its Chief Regulatory and International Counsel and Chief Counsel for its Global Vendor Finance Group. She was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Sears Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Sears, Roebuck and Co. Prior to joining Sears, Barbara was an attorney with Hopkins & Sutter where she primarily represented federal bank and savings and loan regulatory agencies.
With over 25 years as a practicing attorney, Barbara has represented public and private companies, and their domestic and international subsidiaries, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, human resources matters, intellectual property matters and general corporate matters. She has provided legal counsel and documentation in connection with supply chain management services, pharmaceutical distribution and fulfillment, domestic and international commercial finance transactions, domestic and international equipment leasing programs and transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances. She has represented federal regulatory agencies as well as banks and savings and loans in connection with deposit taking, lending, loan purchase and sale activities, asset/liability management and bank regulatory matters. Additionally, Barbara has provided legal services in connection with residential mortgage loan production and servicing and the formation and operation of consumer credit businesses. Barbara’s international experience extends to Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
Barbara currently serves on the board of TraverseCONNECT and is past president of the Board of Governors for the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association as well as past president of the Great Lakes Children’s Museum. She is a member of the Women Lawyers Association, the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Barbara obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Ferris State University and a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law.