Leslie Cascone Rohrbacker, J.D. ’95
Vice President and Chief Human Strategy Officer
The Medicines Company - Parsippany, New Jersey
In fifth grade, Leslie Cascone Rohrbacker rewrote the Declaration of Independence because she felt it should focus more on women's rights. “I wanted to change the world,” she says. As an undergraduate, she knew she wanted to be a lawyer.
At age 21, Rohrbacker obtained a full-time position with then-Congressman Robert Torricelli and enrolled at Seton Hall Law as an evening student. Following graduation, she joined the firm of HannochWeisman PC, and then Wolff & Samson PC. One of her clients was The Medicines Company, which in 2005 asked her to come on board as Associate General Counsel.
Today, as Vice President and Chief Human Strategy Officer, Rohrbacker is responsible for a 13-person team overseeing 450 employees worldwide. She credits her success in large part to the education she obtained at Seton Hall Law and the mentoring she received from Dean Kathleen Boozang, for whom she worked as a research assistant.
“The discipline of thinking and problem-solving that my law school education provided is an asset to me every day,” says Rohrbacker. “It helps to organize your thinking and be an effective advocate.
Kathleen Boozang was also a great mentor — it was so motivating and inspiring to work with her. She’s top-notch and her work ethic is tremendous.” Leslie considers herself fortunate to have established a career in an area that fulfills her early desire to make a difference. She is part of an organization that is committed to providing life-saving, cost-effective drugs to critical care patients, and is charged with sustaining a culture that values its employees. “The human element is a very important part of our company,” she says.
The mother of three-year-old twins, Rohrbacker maintains a busy schedule. She also serves on the Advisory Board of The Alzheimer’s Association, is a Board Member of the Pediatric Philanthropy Counsel for Morristown Memorial Goryeb Children’s Hospital, and has taught as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law. “I’m not going to lie and say it’s not challenging,” says Rohrbacker, “but if you’re passionate about what you do, you can succeed on multiple levels. It’s a cliché to say you get more than you give, but it’s true. Giving back makes your life incredibly meaningful.”