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Thursday, December 05, 2002

GCs for Tough Times
Companies are hiring attorneys who have been prosecutors
Joseph A. Slobodzian -- The National Law Journal -- 12-05-2002

Directors are increasingly hunting for lawyers with experience as federal prosecutors or who have held policy-making positions in government. Others say they want a track record as general or deputy counsel of another corporation of similar size and complexity. Consultants say there is no question that federal prosecutorial, Justice Department or business regulatory agency experience has acquired new currency these days among boards shopping for general counsel.

Jon Lindsey, managing partner in the New York office of attorney search consultants, Major, Hagen & Africa, himself a federal prosecutor for six years, said that candidates with such experience bring two things of value to companies: They know how government works and they fit the public image of being "squeaky-clean."

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