Nick Wenker

Nick Wenker is Deputy General Counsel and SVP of Legal at Young Living Essential Oils (YL), a multi-billion-dollar global consumer goods company based out of Lehi, Utah. He is the primary attorney responsible for a wide variety of YL’s legal workstreams including domestic contracts and other transactional matters, legal disputes such as litigation, mediations, and arbitrations, environmental and water law, CBD and hemp law, non-profit law, branding and product launch strategy issues, and more. He also previously worked as a Vice President in YL’s Operations department running a global business division of over 150 personnel across YL’s farms, sourcing, global security, and safety teams.

During his more than seven years at the company Nick has reviewed and negotiated contracts large and small for almost every department within YL. He has seen good agreements and bad agreements ranging from logging contracts to software purchases to mergers and acquisitions to sourcing contracts to warehousing arrangements and much more. Nick also has extensive experience in the difficult art of re-negotiating and revising agreements that were already previously signed, under the specter of potential litigation or damaged business relations between the parties.

Prior to joining YL Nick worked as a transactional corporate attorney at the Houston office of Kirkland and Ellis, a major global law firm. He also previously worked in various political and legislative roles including working for a US Senator, a US House Majority Leader, a Texas Supreme Court Justice, a member of the German Federal Parliament, and a member of the Bavarian Parliament. Nick has a B.A. in German and Humanities as well as a J.D. (law degree) from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in Political Science from U.N.C.-Chapel Hill, and an M.B.A. from the University of Utah. Nick and his family originally immigrated to Houston, Texas from Zurich, Switzerland in 1993.

Nick Wenker will be speaking in the Performance Track.