As General Counsel for Transurban North America, Lakshmi Williams has responsibility for managing all legal work related to Transurban’s operating assets, development efforts and M&A. In addition, she oversees the risk and compliance functions for the North American business and has responsibility for all litigation. Lakshmi plays a key role in structuring, negotiating and financing new project developments from project inception, proposal development and financing through delivery, launch and operations. She supervises all aspects of IP portfolio and strategy as well as streamlining U.S. and Canadian corporate legal entities to optimize tax outcomes and support future development efforts. She has managerial and Board responsibilities for Transurban’s North American assets.
Lakshmi has served in a number of advisory positions including her role on the Board of Directors, representing Transurban’s interests in Bluedot - a technology company enabling geofencing for the GoToll mobile tolling app. She also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. She was recently awarded “Top Corporate Counsel, Washington, DC” and named a “Leader Among Us” by the Asian Pacific Bar association. She is a sought-after guest lecturer at a variety of law schools and the Virginia Bar Association and is a frequent presenter at industry forums. Lakshmi brings extensive experience to the role gained in a legal career that spans over 25 years. Prior to joining Transurban in 2012, she worked as Deputy General Counsel at GridPoint, an energy tech company, as well as Deputy Counsel at MicroStrategy, a public software company. Prior to going in-house, Lakshmi practiced as a corporate and securities associate at a few large Washington, D.C. law firms, including Hogan Lovells (formerly Hogan & Hartson).
Lakshmi received her JD from the University of Chicago Law School and her BA with a double major in Economics and English Literature from Rice University. She also received a Certificate in Executive Management and Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management.