Dow’s Lorne O’Reilly relishes being a one-person show

He’s the only in-house lawyer involved in the construction of the world’s largest ethylene cracker

By Julius Melnitzer | April 5, 2023

When you think of Dow Chemical, you think big, which makes it somewhat surprising that Lorne O’Reilly is the only lawyer in Dow Chemical Canada’s legal department. But he relishes the opportunities his job presents.

“Being the only counsel for Dow in Canada allows me multiple perspectives, ranging from regulatory dealing with Canada and Alberta, the environment, fisheries, and daily operations involving things like contracts and human resources,” O’Reilly said. “Dow also has excellent legal departments around the world, and if something unique arises, I have access to internal counsel in the US and elsewhere.” MORE . . .

Julius Melnitzer is a Toronto-based legal affairs writer, ghostwriter, writing coach and media trainer. Readers can reach him at [email protected] or


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