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Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
McDonald’s Corporation

Focused on protecting the McDonald’s brand and values across the globe, Jerry Krulewitch oversees the company’s global legal, compliance and regulatory teams. He also works closely with McDonald’s independent Board of Directors as their liaison to senior management.  Known as a strategic partner passionate about protecting our brand and growing the business, Krulewitch challenges his teams to use their legal expertise to enable the business.


Before becoming Corporate General Counsel and Secretary in 2017, Krulewitch spent fifteen years becoming well-versed in the challenges facing McDonald’s in various leadership positions with increasing responsibilities, including: Vice President, Litigation (2002-2005), Senior Vice President, General Counsel – Americas (2005-2011), and, most recently, Senior Vice President, Global Legal Operations (2011-2017).

During his tenure with McDonald’s, Krulewitch has leveraged his significant litigation experience to lead McDonald’s through various brand challenges related to McDonald’s core business.  In addition, he played a leadership role for two of the most significant franchising transactions in McDonald’s history by driving the strategy, selection of and negotiation with key strategic partners to franchise almost 4,000 restaurants in China, Hong Kong and Latin America.  Krulewitch provides thoughtful insight based upon his positions on the Boards of Directors for various organizations, including the Board of Metropolitan Family Services as well as the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago.

Krulewitch was a litigation partner at Winston & Strawn and spent a decade as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois prior to joining McDonald’s.

Krulewitch earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Illinois in Accounting and a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern School of Law.



For its transformative work with the Legal Aid Society’s Elder Help Desk at the Daley Center, we are pleased to honor longstanding supporter Aon for its exceptional contribution through pro bono services.

Malou Roth

We are pleased to honor Malou Roth, Principal at People First, for the invaluable pro-bono management training she has provided to LAS staff attorneys for the past year.


Malou Roth has spent her human resources career divided between the corporate and consulting worlds. Currently she is a consultant concentrating on human resources work including, creating the right HR strategic plans, designing an effective organization, assessing executive and management training needs and delivering customized workshops, strengthening the human resources staff and implementing a workable performance management system.

Her recent clients include McDonald’s Corporation, Runzheimer International, The Nielsen Company, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, West Monroe Partners, Employee Relocation Council, Northern Illinois University, Fragomen, Ginsberg, Jacobs LLC and Manifest Digital.

Malou served as Vice President, Human Resources, for Molex Incorporated, a $3 billion high tech company with over 18,000 employees in 21 countries worldwide. She established HR functions in many countries, developed consistent global HR program with implementation tailored to the local countries, created a comprehensive expatriate program, developed global communication programs and introduced management and supervisor training on a global basis.

In 1999 Molex received the Optimas Award for Global HR by Workforce magazine.  In 2000 Malou was named one of the top 50 Global HR leaders by HR Global magazine.

Prior to Molex, Malou was a partner in Boyle Kirkman Associates, a Human Resources consulting firm working with Fortune 100 corporations to help develop effective HR policies and programs. Clients included Mobil, Chase, Roche, Fireman’s Fund, Citigroup, Bank of Boulder, Central Banks of Denver, World Bank, Hercules and the Norton Simon companies.

Malou has been working with not-for-profit organizations for over fifteen years offering a variety of Human Resources services on a pro bono basis.  She served on the Unicef Midwest Regional Board for four years and has worked with Wellness House, a cancer care organization, Orchard Village, an organization serving the developmentally disabled and is currently very active with the Chicago Bar Foundation working with Legal Aid Agencies in Chicago.