Brad Lerman

executive vice president and general counsel

Brad Lerman is executive vice president and general counsel for Starbucks, leading legal and regulatory affairs, global security, and ethics and compliance for the company.

Prior to joining Starbucks, Brad was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Medtronic in Minneapolis, where he led the global legal function, government affairs and the office of ethics and compliance across the U.S., South America, Europe and Asia. He also served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae).

During his legal career, Brad spent ten years working for the Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney and an Associate Independent Counsel. He was a partner at two law firms while in private practice as a litigation and intellectual property attorney advising leading consumer brands, and also served as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where he taught trial practice.

Brad currently serves as a Director on the Board of McKesson Corporation, a global leader in healthcare supply chain management solutions, retail pharmacy, community oncology and specialty care, and healthcare information technology.   

Brad and his wife Rita have five children and one grandchild. They are both natives of Chicago and love biking, hiking, and traveling together. 

Brad loves coffee and prides himself on his home brewing capabilities. His favorite Starbucks whole bean coffees are Veranda, and more recently, Starbucks Odyssey Blend. But when he is not drinking his own brew, he especially enjoys a Caffè Misto or a Cold Brew.