John F. Schultz, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of the Hewlett-Packard Company, is the recipient of The National Legal Aid & Defender Association's (NLADA) 2015 Exemplar Award for his exceptional leadership in advancing the cause of legal representation for those unable to afford counsel. John will receive the award at NLADA’s Exemplar Award Dinner on Tuesday, June 23, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The prestigious Exemplar Awards Dinner brings together over 500 equal justice advocates, including private attorneys, general counsel and public interest lawyers, to pay tribute to those lawyers who labor tirelessly to improve the quality of representation for people who are unable to pay for legal assistance and to salute outstanding individuals who set an example by their dedication, achievement, leadership and vision.

NLADA President and CEO Jo-Ann Wallace said, “John Schultz is a guiding light in the legal profession, and we will celebrate his invaluable commitment and contributions to pro bono and public service at this year's Exemplar Award Dinner.”

Former honorees include Bruce Kuhlik, Merck & Co., Inc.; Teri Plummer McClure, UPS; Laura Stein, The Clorox Company; Brad Smith, Microsoft; Rick Cotton, NBC Universal; and Michael Holston, Hewlett-Packard.

John joined Drinker Biddle in 1991 and remained with the firm through 2004. While at the firm, John's practice focused on commercial and product liability litigation.