Nels Ackerson, JD

Chairman | Founder | Lawyer (Retired)

A Timeline of Professional Milestones

1944

Born to Ralph D. Ackerson and Mariel F. (Maze) Ackerson in Indianapolis, IN.

1967

Earns a Bachelor of Science, with distinction, from Purdue University.

1968

Serves on the board of editors of the Harvard Law Review until 1971.

1970

Is an advisor to the Harvard Advisory Mission to the Republic of Colombia.

1971

Achieves a Master of Arts in public policy from Harvard University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Harvard Law School.

1971

Is admitted to the Indiana Bar and is an associate at Barnes, Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd until 1976.

1976

Is chief counsel and executive director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments and the Constitution until 1979.

1979

Serves as a partner at Campbell, Kyle & Proffitt until 1982.

1980

Is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress for the Fifth District of Indiana.

1982

Is a partner at Sidley, Austin & Naguib turned Sidley & Austin (now Sidley Austin LLP) until 1991.

1983

Marries Sharon Carroll Ackerson.

1984

Is president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.

1985

Is admitted to the Washington, D.C. Bar.

1991

Serves as chairman of Ackerson & Bishop Chartered and The Ackerson Group, Chartered.

1997

Is a member of Purdue University’s Liberal Arts Advisory Council until 2000.

2001

Serves as chairman of Class Corridor LLC and continues in the role.

2002

Is a partner and director at Sommer Barnard Ackerson PC until retiring in 2004.

2004

Becomes the founder and chairman of Ackerson Kauffman Fex.

2006

Receives an honorary Doctor of Philosophy from Purdue University.

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