At its 8th annual award reception, the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) named Dean Manson the 2012 Outstanding Chief Legal Officer. Manson is the executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Hughes Network Systems LLC, a global provider of broadband satellite solutions and services for home and office, and its parent company EchoStar Corporation.

WMACCA, the second-largest regional in-house bar association in this country, honored Manson because of his work integrating legal departments following the acquisition of Hughes by EchoStar in 2011.

Manson, who received a BSE in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton in 1989 and a J.D. from Columbia University in 1993, joined Hughes in 2000. He moved from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy, a law firm where he first focused on international project finance and corporate transactions, and later was promoted general counsel.