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 Gerald E. Gilbert
Gerald E. Gilbert

Gerald E. Gilbert has served as a Class I Director since June 2003. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney, from 1968 until his retirement in January 2009, Mr. Gilbert practiced law with the international law firm of Hogan & Hartson L.L.P., now known as Hogan Lovells. His legal and business expertise includes international trade, national trade associations, and various areas of consumer products. From 1968 to 1999, Mr. Gilbert served as General Counsel to the Direct Selling Association, a national trade association of leading firms that manufacture and distribute goods and services directly to consumers. Mr. Gilbert was the recipient of the “Hall of Fame Award,” which is the Direct Selling Association’s highest honor. He also served as General Counsel to the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations and the Tropical Forest Foundation. Mr. Gilbert served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1956 to 1992 and was promoted to Rear Admiral (Two Stars), the top ranking officer in the Naval Reserve JAG Corps. During his distinguished military service, Mr. Gilbert received numerous awards, including the “Legion of Merit.” He is also a Past National President of the Federal Bar Association. He received a B.A. degree in English from Denison University, in Granville, Ohio and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mr. Gilbert is a member of the State Bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.