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Southwest Airlines: vice president and general counsel to retire

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Staff writer | Dallas, Tx., USA | December 11, 2012
Madeleine JohnsonDecember 11, 2012, Dallas, Tx., USA - Southwest Airlines, a low-cost carrier, said that Madeleine Johnson, the company's vice president and general counsel, has announced her decision to retire, effective February 1, 2013.
Ms. Johnson joined Southwest in 2008 as the airline's Vice President and General Counsel.

She previously served as the Dallas City Attorney, as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Texas, as Chief of the Opinion Division at the Texas Attorney General's office, and as a principal in the law firm of Fish & Richardson.

She began her career as a commercial litigator at Thompson & Knight in Dallas, and received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College and her law degree from Tulane Law School.

While at Southwest, Ms. Johnson was named a Texas Corporate Counsel "Superlawyer" in 2010; was selected as one of the top 25 DFW Women in Business by the Dallas Business Journal in 2011; and received the Texas General Counsel Forum Magna Stella Award for General Counsel of the Year in 2011.

Mark Shaw, currently Southwest's Associate General Counsel of Corporate & Transactions, has been named to succeed Ms. Johnson as Vice President and General Counsel.

Mr. Shaw joined Southwest in 2000 as an attorney in the General Counsel Department and was promoted in 2008 to his current role as Associate General Counsel of Corporate & Transactions.

Prior to Southwest, Mr. Shaw worked as an attorney in the Dallas office of the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP.

Mr. Shaw received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from Loyola University Law School.

He also serves on the board of the DFW Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and on the advisory board of the Southern Methodist University Journal of Air Law & Commerce.