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lawyer , Consumer products company executive

James Robert Jenkins, American lawyer, consumer products company executive. Bar: Michigan 1973, Illinois 1974. Decorated Bronze Star. Trustee Alma College, since 1985. Fellow Michigan State Bar Foundation; member Michigan State Bar Association, American Law Institute, American Arbtration Association (board directors), Association Corporation Counsel (Chairman, since 2005, vice chairman board directors).


Jenkins, James Robert was born on June 10, 1945 in Waukegan, Illinois, United States. Son of William Ivy and Louise Elnora (Lampkins) Jenkins.


University of Michigan (Bachelor of Arts, 1967. Juris Doctor, 1973). Member, Alma College Board of Trustees, since 1985. Member, Board of Directors, Chemical Bank of Midland, since 1988.

Member, Michigan Council for the Arts, 1990. Member, Chemical Manufacturers Association (General Counsels’ Group), 1990. Spoken languages: Chinese (Mandarin).


Law clerk to associate Koster & Bullard, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1971—1973. Law clerk to Justice Seidenfeld Illinois Court Appeals (2nd district), Waukegan, 1973—1974. Assistant defender Appellate Defender Office, Detroit, 1974—1975.

Deputy defender Federal Defender Office, 1975—1976. Vice president, secretary, general counsel, counsel secretary, corporation board directors, counsel, executive committee, member finance committee Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, 1976—2000. Senior vice president, general counsel Deere & Company, Moline, Illinois, since 2000.

Board directors HNI Corporation, since 2005. 1st lieutenant United States Army, 1967-1970, Vietnam.


  • Bar: Michigan 1973, Illinois 1974.


Illinois State, American and National Bar Associations. State Bar of Michigan. American Judicature Society.

Michigan Association of General Counsels. American Corporate Counsels Association. American Society of Corporate Secretaries.

Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation.


Married Anita Louise Horne, June 29, 1968. Children: James R. II, Andrea Louise.

William Ivy Jenkins

Louise Elnora (Lampkins) Jenkins

Anita Louise Horne

James R. II Jenkins

Andrea Louise Jenkins