Vice President and General Counsel, Pratt & Whitney
In January 2012, Joseph Santos was named vice president and general counsel of Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) and world leader in the design, manufacture and service of both commercial and military aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. Santos leads Pratt & Whitney’s Legal, Compliance and Contracts department with responsibility for all company legal matters including responsibility for contracts both government and commercial, litigation, M&A, corporate ethics, and business/government compliance and security.
Prior to his current role, Santos served as vice president and general counsel at Hamilton Sundstrand, a division of United Technologies Corp., from 2009-2012. He led Hamilton Sundstrand’s Legal Services department with overall responsibility for the company’s legal matters. From 2003-2009, Santos served as vice president and counsel for Pratt & Whitney’s Commercial Engines and Global Services division, and from 1999-2003 he was associate counsel for Pratt & Whitney’s Operations businesses. Santos was associate counsel at Otis Elevator Co. from 1997-1999, where he headed the litigation department. Prior to that, from 1994-1997, he served as assistant general counsel responsible for commercial contracts and environmental matters.
Before joining United Technologies Corp., Santos practiced law in Cleveland and Boston. In 1986, he earned a J.D. degree from Boston College Law School and a master’s in law and diplomacy (MALD) degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1982 from the College of the Holy Cross.
Santos is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts (active) and Ohio (currently inactive), and is an admitted in-house counsel in Connecticut. He belongs to the Association of Corporate Counsel, serves on the board of the Connecticut Bar Foundation, is a J.W. Cooper fellow, and is immediate past president of the Connecticut Association of Corporate Counsel. He is co-author of two chapters on Pre-Litigation Assessment, and Expert Witnesses, respectively, in Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, Thompson West (Robert Haig, editor, 2000 with yearly updates).
He was born in Obidos, Portugal, and lives in Suffield, Connecticut with his wife, Madonna, and their three children.