U-Haul International, which operates self-storage facilities across North America, has promoted Kristine Campbell to the position of general counsel, effective May 12. She’ll replace Larry De Respino, who’s retiring after 18 years in the position, according to a press release.
Campbell joined the U-Haul legal team in 2011. She served as assistant general counsel for nine years and has been director of litigation since 2020. She earned an undergraduate degree from Connecticut College and Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 2003. Prior to joining U-Haul, Campbell was a member of the class-action legal team at Phoenix-based Greenberg Traurig LLP.
“I’m honored and excited for this challenge. I want to continue our pursuit of representing U-Haul in the best and strongest way possible in the legal arena,” Campbell said. “I’m also motivated to grow U-Haul’s legal relationships with team members across our network, fostering open communication with the field teams caring for our customers as well as our many departments here at corporate headquarters.”
“Kristine has many years of U-Haul know-how that will serve her well in this new role. She has my total confidence to continue building on the successes that Larry and the legal team have achieved,” said CEO Joe Shoen. “I’d also like to thank Larry for his 23 years of U-Haul service. For the last 18 years as general counsel, Larry has protected the company and provided consistent, sound counsel that has advanced our objectives.”
De Respino joined the U-Haul legal team in 2000. He was appointed to director of litigation in 2002, and became general counsel three years later. He earned an undergraduate degree from Amherst College, and a law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1987. Prior to joining U-Haul, he was a litigation partner at Quarles & Brady LLP in Phoenix.
“Kristine is a tenacious advocate for the company and U-Haul customers,” De Respino said. “She is a natural leader who is well-respected by her peers and fellow team members. She approaches her job with thoughtfulness, diligence and a high level of competence. She’s a creative thinker who attacks issues and challenges with a can-do attitude.”
Founded in 1945 and based in Phoenix, U-Haul has a portfolio comprising 79.7 million square feet in 934,000 storage units.