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Max W. Laun
Vice President and General Counsel
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Max Laun is a vice president and General Counsel for Alcoa.  He oversees the day-to-day operations of Alcoa's Legal activities worldwide.  Most recently he was Assistant General Counsel, Mergers and Acquisitions. 
Max began his career as an attorney in Alcoa’s Legal group in Pittsburgh more than 20 years ago.  He has practiced law in several areas, most notably mergers and acquisitions, energy and general commercial counseling.  He has served as Alcoa's lead counsel on several highly visible mergers and acquisitions, and divestitures including the Ma’aden-Alcoa Project, the disposition of Alcoa’s Packaging business, and transactions in China, Russia, Latin America, Italy and elsewhere in Europe.  Max was named Counsel/General Attorney in 1994, progressed to Senior Counsel in 2001 and then to Assistant General Counsel in 2009. 
Max graduated cum laude in 1983 with a degree in History and Russian from Rice University in Houston, Texas.  He served as a Fulbright Scholar in Romania from 1983-1985 studying the history of World War I.  In 1988, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  While there, he served as Articles Editor of the Law Review, and was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers, two national, honorary scholastic societies recognizing high distinction for scholarly accomplishments and for excelling in advocacy programs. 
Max serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Legal Services Association.  He is a Trustee of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board, Center for International Legal Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Law.