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When you wish upon a star, sometimes you move into the GC seat. That’s what happened to Alan Braverman, 55, who recently assumed the top legal spot at Burbank’s The Walt Disney Company. Braverman succeeds Louis Meisinger, who recently retired from his position as executive vice president and general counsel. Prior to his promotion, Braverman was the company’s deputy GC, as well as senior vice president and general counsel at Disney subsidiary ABC, Inc. In his new post, Braverman oversees almost 300 lawyers worldwide (half are in California). With so many attorneys spread far and wide, Braverman says he hopes to visit the offices in Asia, Europe, and Latin America frequently. “Physical presence is an important component to management,” he says. Braverman started his career at Washington, D.C.’s Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering; he later joined Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. When Disney acquired ABC in 1996, Braverman retained his role as general counsel for ABC, putting him in charge of the legal affairs of not only the ABC broadcasting group, but also ESPN, Inc., and ABC Cable Networks Group. Given the close working relationship he shared with Meisinger, a prominent entertainment industry attorney, Braverman does not anticipate any bumps in the transition. As for his desire to put his own stamp on the legal office, he would say only, “I think the world of Lou (Meisinger) . . . my goal is to hope to do almost as well.” For someone who grew up watching The Mickey Mouse Club, he’s earned his ears. — Heather Smith

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