Richard M. Lucas, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, is responsible for our Legal, Human Resources, Information Technology and Office Services groups, administrative oversight of our Internal Audit function and, together with the other executive officers, the overall strategic financial direction of our Company. Mr. Lucas is also a member of the Company’s executive committee. Mr. Lucas was a member of our board of directors from July to October 2010, when he joined the Company as executive vice president and general counsel, and has served as a member of the board of managers of Walker & Dunlop, LLC since January 2010.
Previously, Mr. Lucas was executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Hilton Worldwide, Inc., a global hospitality company, and served as a member of Hilton's executive committee. Prior to joining Hilton, Mr. Lucas was a partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C., where he was in private practice for 18 years. At Arnold & Porter, his practice focused on real estate transactions and litigation, primarily in the hospitality and senior living areas. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Lucas also served as an adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University Law School, where he taught a course on real estate transactions.
Mr. Lucas is also President of the DC board of directors for the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Chapter of the non-profit JDRF (JDRF is a leading nonprofit organization funding type 1 diabetes research). Mr. Lucas earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School and his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.