August 11, 2006 |
The former general counsel of Apple Computer Inc. has retained two criminal defense lawyers amid an investigation into the company's timing of stock option grants. Nancy R. Heinen left the company in May, after nearly a decade running its legal department. Apple offered no explanation for her departure Thursday, and Heinen did not return a phone call seeking comment.
May 5, 2006 |
David White, general counsel for the Screen Actors Guild, announced he would step down when his contract ended in June. White, a four-year guild executive, said in a statement that he was leaving to pursue other endeavors. "He will be truly missed," guild President Alan Rosenberg said. -- Richard Verrier
April 7, 2006 |
Experts in national security law say a decision by President Bush to authorize the leak of classified information to a reporter probably would not be illegal. But if Bush did so -- as a former top White House aide has testified he did -- there could be significant damage to the credibility of a president who has repeatedly and publicly expressed his abhorrence of leaks.
March 2, 2006 |
Blockbuster Inc., which is moving to cut corporate costs, dismissed General Counsel Edward Stead. Stead will be paid $1.05 million in severance, the Dallas company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Stead's responsibilities are to be divided among several attorneys.
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February 15, 2006 |
The new general manager of the Metropolitan Water District will earn at least $210,000 a year, officials said Tuesday. Jeffrey Kightlinger, 46, won the agency's top job during a closed session of its directors last week. Kightlinger outpolled former Democratic Assemblyman Richard Katz, who had been Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's choice for the job. In addition to his base salary, Kightlinger, the agency's former general counsel, will be eligible for performance bonuses.
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February 8, 2006 |
Despite intense lobbying by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, directors of the Metropolitan Water District voted Tuesday to offer the agency's top job to its general counsel, Jeffrey Kightlinger, according to sources familiar with the decision. MWD officials declined to publicly disclose the outcome of the vote until a contract is negotiated. But the sources said former Assemblyman Richard Katz, Villaraigosa's choice for chief executive of the agency, came in second to Kightlinger.
January 4, 2006 |
As expected, Los Angeles attorney Brian Cartwright was named general counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, becoming the first senior-level staff appointee of SEC Chairman Christopher Cox. The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday reported the anticipated appointment of Cartwright, 58, who led the public company practice at law firm Latham & Watkins. "Brian Cartwright will be a relentless and powerful champion for investors," Cox said in a statement.
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December 22, 2005 |
An investigation by the University of California's general counsel found that the system's former second-in-command, M.R.C. Greenwood, had violated conflict of interest rules in a hiring decision involving an administrator with whom she owned real estate, according to a report released Wednesday. Nevertheless, the university announced that Greenwood will take a 15-month leave with an annual salary of $301,840 before starting a new, lower-paid faculty position at UC Davis.
June 15, 2005 |
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed one of its former lawyers, Thomas B. Griffith, to sit on the U.S. appeals court -- the sixth person it has elevated to the federal appellate court in the last month. With a 73-24 vote, Griffith becomes the newest judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, taking a seat that the Bush administration originally wanted for filibustered lawyer Miguel A. Estrada. Estrada dropped out in September 2003 after being blocked by Democrats.
March 10, 2005 |
Biogen Idec Inc.'s top lawyer, who sold shares at near-record prices on the day the company told regulators that patients in a clinical trial had fallen ill, resigned Wednesday. A Biogen spokesman declined to comment on the abrupt departure of its executive vice president and general counsel, Thomas J. Bucknum. Attempts to reach Bucknum were unsuccessful. Biogen Idec and Elan Corp. pulled the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri off the market Feb.