Mary Ellen Kleiman is Senior Vice President, State Government Affairs/Deputy General Counsel for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. In her role as senior vice president of state government affairs, Ms. Kleiman actively directs and manages NACDS state advocacy and policy advancement pursued by NACDS across the states. In doing so, she and her team work jointly with NACDS policy staff, members and in-state partners.
As deputy general counsel, Ms. Kleiman serves as in-house legal counsel to NACDS and as a legal resource to NACDS members on matters related to pharmacy compliance, liability, and enforcement matters, among others. Prior to joining NACDS, she was with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld, L.L.P. in their DC office. Ms. Kleiman is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America. From 2008-2013, she served on the Board of the American Society for Pharmacy Law.