Author Archives: Max Siegelbaum

Round Up: General Counsel Moves

Round Up: General Counsel Moves

Big moves happened this week in the world of general counsel. FedEx chose a new GC. So did Caterpillar, the construction equipment manufacturer. Disney’s highly-compensated ($11.1 million a year) GC will stay on for two more years and two medical companies appointed top legal officers. Here are some of this this week’s highlights:   • On

FedEx Corp. signage is displayed on a store window in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

FedEx Promotes Longtime In-House Lawyer to Top Post

Mark R. Allen knows FedEx well. He started working there two years after earning his law degree from Memphis State University in 1980. Today, FedEx announced he will be taking the highest legal position in the company as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary on Oct. 1, 2017. The global shipping giant posted $60 billion in

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Plaintiffs Firm Sues for Fees in Celgene $280M Settlement

It’s a fee fight! In case you missed it, court filings this week show plaintiffs law firm Grant & Eisenhofer is suing their former client and their former co-counsel from a $280 million settlement against pharmaceutical giant Celgene Corporation. G&E claims it racked up a $7 million tab that has not been paid since the case was settled

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Engineering Company McDermott Taps GC with Energy Background

John Freeman, a veteran of the energy logistics industry, has been appointed general counsel, senior vice president and corporate secretary of the engineering company McDermott International, Inc. Freeman is making the jump to McDermott from TechnipFMC, another fossil fuels and energy extraction engineering company. He will replace Liane Hinrichs, who announced she is retiring from the

An F-22A Raptor tactical fighter aircraft, manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp., takes off during the Australian International Airshow held at Avalon Airport in Geelong, Australia, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Lockheed Martin Privacy Lawyer Takes Government Post

James Byrne, the associate general counsel and chief privacy officer of Lockheed Martin, will return to the federal government as the general counsel of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was confirmed by the Senate last week to become the agency’s top lawyer. A nearly nine-year veteran of Lockheed Martin’s legal staff, Byrne joins a group of company alums

Alan Davies, chief executive officer of diamonds and minerals at Rio Tinto Plc, speaks on the opening day of the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa, on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Dentons New Africa CEO Lays Out Firm Strategy

Big Law continues its expansion into Africa. Legal giant Dentons has designated Africa as an individual region within the firm, signifying its confidence in the continent’s corporate legal market. Newly minted chief executive officer Noor Kapdi will head the region, which split from Dentons’ Middle East & Africa region. Kapdi started practicing law in Apartheid-era

Snap Inc. signage is displayed on the exterior of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during the company's initial public offering (IPO) in New York, U.S., on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Five Facts About Michael O’Sullivan, the New GC of Snap

A week after its general counsel stepped down, Snap Inc. has a new one: Michael O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan will be taking over for Chris Handman, a veteran of Hogan Lovells and Snap Inc.’s GC since May 2014. Handman left the company last week to spend more time with his family, he said in a statement to

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The Business of Environmental Law Under Trump: Q&A

From withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord to the aggressive restructuring of environmental regulations, the Trump administration has already had a clear and strong impact on environmental law. The administration plans to revoke or weaken substantial Obama era policies like the Clean Power Plan and the Waters of the United States rule. Working with congress,