Nancy Etzwiler served in 3M Company’s Legal Affairs department for twenty-five years, practicing in the fields of health care law (FDA/medical devices and pharmaceuticals), as well as international law, including anti-bribery, export controls and import regulations. She helped craft 3M’s first global anti-bribery compliance program and co-designed and implemented 3M’s global US export control compliance regime. Nancy served as 3M’s general counsel for Latin America and Africa from 1996 to 2004, and again from 2004-2008.
Nancy has led multi-county internal reviews, created educational legal programs for business leaders, and worked closely with U.S. regulatory agencies, including the US Department of State, Commerce, Justice, SEC, and Defense. She has consulted with U.S. State and Commerce Departments to guide regulatory interpretation of international trade laws. She has led investigations relating to anti-bribery and export control compliance. Nancy has evaluated proposed mergers and acquisitions in the areas of US trade compliance and anti-bribery activity, as well as directed proactive antidumping petitions and anti-dumping assessments. She helped draft 3M’s Business Conduct Policies in International Law, Anti-Bribery and Trade Compliance. Nancy has taught extensively in the U.S. and abroad in the areas of business conduct and export controls.
Prior to joining 3M’s Legal Affairs Department, Nancy was a lawyer with Faegre & Benson (now Faegre Baker Daniels) in its Business Litigation and its Trusts, Estate and Non-Profits departments.
Nancy graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History, and from The University of Virginia School of Law in 1984, where she also was a Dillard Fellow—teaching legal writing to first year UVA law students. She also served from 1979-1981 as a legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN) in Washington, D. C., responsible for legislative strategy and issues development in areas of aviation, transportation, public works, highways, ports/harbors, energy, environmental issues, and water rights.
In 1991, Nancy was counsel in the Legal Affairs Department of the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland. Her pro bono work is in the field of international human rights.