Fred Krebs

Fred Krebs is a proven and effective leader with more than 35 years of success as an attorney, lobbyist and association executive. A frequent speaker and oft quoted expert source in the media, Fred lends his unique insight and commentary to help shed light on legal industry trends, emerging issues and what clients expect from their outside counsel.


Fred offers practical guidance to the legal and association communities providing strategic advice and guidance to law firms, law departments and corporate vendors. He also works with non-profit organizations assisting with succession planning, leadership transition and board governance matters.


Currently, Fred serves as:



In 2010, Corporate Secretary magazine presented Fred with its Lifetime Achievement Award for advancing Corporate Governance. In 2011, Fred received the Ally for Justice Award from the National LGBT Bar Association and the Career Achievement Award from the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association.


Fred established his consulting practice in 2011 after serving as ACC president for 20 years (1991 - 2011). Under his leadership, ACC became the premier bar association for in-house attorneys by expanding membership, benefits and services while remaining fiscally sound and substantially increasing its reserves. Notable milestones for the association during Fred’s tenure as President include:


  • Growing from 7900 to over 28,000 members;
  • Expanding overseas with active chapters in Argentina, Canada, Europe and Israel and members in over 75 countries;
  • Becoming an effective and respected advocate on issues of importance to in-house counsel (“the voice of the in-house bar”);
  • Expanding services to ACC members, including establishing ACC Online and developing resources such as InfoPAKs and QuickCounsel;
  • Increasing the ACC Docket, its award-winning magazine, from four to 10 issues annually;
  • Growing the Annual Meeting into the premier educational event for and largest single gathering of in-house counsel;
  • Promoting change in the legal profession by launching the ACC Value Challenge to drive value-based solutions and reconnect cost and value in the delivery of legal services; and
  • Developing groundbreaking work with in-house pro bono programs through Corporate Pro Bono, a collaboration with the Pro Bono Institute, and creating – and growing – the pipeline program with StreetLaw to increase the diversity of the legal profession;


Prior to joining ACC, Fred had two separate stints with the US Chamber of Commerce; first as an in-house attorney where he gained considerable experience with the legal and legislative aspects of the Federal Election Law and lobbying regulation. Fred then spent five years in private practice where he represented non-profit associations and small business clients and helped to manage a small political action committee.


Upon his return to the Chamber, he headed its labor and employee benefits lobbying and policy efforts. During this time he managed the Chamber’s response to matters such as the Plant Closing Notification Act, Minimum Wage, immigration and health care reform and the Americans With Disabilities Act (attending the signing ceremony for this ground-breaking law at the White House).


Fred is a member of the American Bar Association and American Society of Association Executives.


Fred received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Allegheny College and is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University Law School, where he was a member of Law Review. He also attended the University of Manchester in Manchester, England. Fred is admitted to practice in

Ohio, Virginia, the District of Columbia and before various federal courts.


In his spare time, Fred is an avid photographer http://fredkrebs.zenfolio.com/