Kevin Burwell

General Counsel at Knight Material Technologies

Kevin Burwell is an attorney with 25-plus years of leadership experience in businesses focused on international trade. He has a track record of creating cultures of compliance, mitigating risk, and implementing processes that ensure sustained growth and stability. He is general counsel for Knight Material Technologies, a multinational engineering and manufacturing operation that provides acid- and corrosion-resistant solutions for the mining, metallurgy, chemical processing, and semiconductor sectors. Burwell advises Knight’s executive team and board members that make up its private equity ownership on acquisition concerns, employment law, international tax and trade, and all types of risk mitigation, such as commercial insurance and EH&S.

Burwell has designed and managed trade compliance and government contracts for a large US steel manufacturer and led economic development for a US port. This includes advising on export controls and sanctions and managing a foreign trade zone. He has also chaired the international practice of a large law firm, and managed his own law practice, focusing on clients with cross-border issues.

Invited to be a featured speaker at the World Free Zone Conference in Shanghai and a panelist alongside Congressional Representatives and Ambassadors at the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange in Panama, Burwell has spoken numerous times at Chamber of Commerce events, logistics conferences, legal seminars, university programs, and others.

As a graduate of Leadership Stark County, Burwell is active in several local and regional charitable and outreach organizations, including Stark County Community Moving Forward, a collection of regional senior executives dedicated to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts among all local businesses. He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the Stark County American Heart Association.

His education includes a BS in Economics from Kent State University and a JD from the University of Akron School of Law. Burwell is licensed in Ohio and admitted to the US Court of International Trade.

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