Millions rely on accurate weather reports. Now, one of the biggest private providers of weather warnings and forecasts relies on an Albany Law School alumna.
AccuWeather has named Jennifer Chung ’01 its general counsel and chief legal officer.
“Jennifer has an impressive background in all of the issues that affect a global digital business,” Dr. Joel N. Myers, founder and CEO of AccuWeather, said in a statement on November 11. "From protecting intellectual property rights to negotiating complex international contracts, her demonstrated leadership and expertise in handling the wide range of legal issues business must address in today’s technology and data-driven environment will make her an excellent addition to our leadership team as we continue to innovate and grow."
AccuWeather provides weather updates to media, businesses, and governments around the world, including more than half of Fortune 500 companies.
Chung will serve on the company’s executive committee, advise AccuWeather executives on all legal matters affecting the company, and provide legal support, including in intellectual property, regulatory compliance, ad sales, emerging technologies, media, and data privacy. She will also serve as secretary to the AccuWeather board of directors.
“Because weather literally affects the lives of everyone in the world, serving as AccuWeather’s General Counsel is an opportunity to further the company’s goal of providing the best, most useful weather information to benefit people and companies in every country,” Chung said in a statement. “It’s exciting to be a part of a global organization that truly makes people’s lives better every day.”
Chung, an accomplished intellectual property law attorney, joined AccuWeather in May 2018 as associate general counsel. Previously she served as assistant general counsel for Time Inc. (now Meredith Corp.), where she managed the global trademarks for publications such as Time, Sports Illustrated, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, People, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. She also worked on other issues involving IP, brand management, and the company’s patents.
She held a variety of public and private legal positions before joining Time Inc., including assistant counsel at the New York State Department of Economic Development, associate at several law firms, and assistant district attorney in Manhattan. She also worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Gabriel W. Gorenstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
At Albany Law School, Chung was an associate editor with the Albany Law Review and a participant in several moot court competitions. She has continued to stay involved as an alumna. In 2018, she traveled to Italy for the inaugural Innovation and Technology Law Summer Academy, a partnership of Albany Law School and Università di Padova Law School.
She earned her bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Asian Studies at Cornell University, and is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York, N.Y.