Rich Baer serves as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of Qwest Communications. In addition to leading the company’s law department, Rich oversees human resources, corporate communications, risk management and compliance efforts, public policy, federal relations and corporate social responsibility. Rich, who joined Qwest in 2001, previously served as chairman of the litigation department at the Denver law firm of Sherman & Howard.
Under Rich’s leadership, the Qwest Law Department was named the law department of the year in 2008 by Corporate Counsel magazine and one of the Ten Most Innovative Law Departments in 2010 by Inside Counsel magazine. Rich has been recognized as a Diversity Trailblazer by a joint committee of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations and as a Top General Counsel/In House Counsel by Ethisphere magazine. Rich was appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. as the co-chair of the Information Technology transition team and as chairman of the Colorado Workforce Development Counsel, a position Rich held until 2009. In addition, Rich serves on the boards of the National Jewish Medical Center, the Colorado Legal Aid Foundation, the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, the Daniels College of Business Executive Advisory Board, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, and the Duke Law School Board of Visitors.
Rich holds a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia University in 1979 and a juris doctorate degree from Duke University in 1983.
Rich and his wife, Anne, have two daughters and reside in Littleton, Colorado.
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