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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 After a quarter century in-house, Lawrence Ricciardi has called it quits. Ricciardi, 62, laughs when asked why he did it and says, “Old age.” But after spending seven years as GC of International Business Machines Corporation (four more than he had bargained for), Ricciardi says that his departure “just made sense.” What’s more, he says, he was motivated to make a change because his longtime colleague CEO Louis Gerstner, Jr. (whom he previously advised at RJR Nabisco, Inc., and American Express Company) has also left. Now Ricciardi is dividing his time as a senior adviser at Jones Day and the Paris-based investment bank Lazard. He also serves as a member of the corporate boards of Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. Ricciardi, who has worked with Jones Day for over three decades, is now helping the firm develop a coherent growth strategy. He will provide similar growth guidance at Lazard. But most importantly, he plans to spend time visiting his two new grandchildren, one in Japan, and the other in San Francisco. Lucky for him, Jones Day has offices in both places. H.S. The first time Charles Ortner went to the GRAMMY Awards, he stepped out of the car with his wife into a blaze of flashbulbs; then someone hollered, “They’re nobody!” Now that he has become national legal counsel for The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., the 18,000-member association that hosts the annual GRAMMY Awards, he’s a bona fide “somebody” in the music industry. Ortner, 57, is teaming up with his longtime friend, The Recording Academy’s general counsel Joel Katz, to share legal responsibilities for the organization on a volunteer basis. Ortner is a partner at Proskauer Rose in New York, and Katz is a partner at Greenberg Traurig in Atlanta. As national legal counsel, Ortner’s job is to guide the academy’s policy and legal strategies. He will also act as a cocounsel to Katz, whose expertise lies in transactional work. Ortner, a native New Yorker, has always loved music. In the early 1980s, while he was working at the New York boutique firm of Gold, Farrell & Marks, he made his mark when he succeeded in stopping The Go-Go’s from breaking their contract with International Record Syndicate Inc. Ortner now represents people from all sides of the industry, from recording executives like Arista Records president and CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell to artists Madonna and Shania Twain. H.S. Massages, saunas, yoga classes, golf, gourmet food, resort accommodations: For Neil Kurlander, it’s all part of a day’s work. As the new GC, senior vice president, and corporate development chief of Spa Finder, Inc., Kurlander’s duties include testing the services at the luxurious properties that the New Yorkbased marketing company handles. “At the end of a tough day,” says Kurlander, “it’s nice to be pampered a little bit.” But the 42-year-old lawyer does have his work cut out for him. His mandate is to help CEO Pete Ellis transform the 17-year-old company from a booking/referral service into a travel marketing company that focuses on spas. According to Kurlander, consumers can’t seem to get enough of the spa experience. Spa Finder reports that this fast-growing segment of the hospitality-leisure market produced an estimated $12.5 billion in revenues in 2001. Kurlander, a 1985 graduate of Hofstra University School of Law, served for ten years as vice president of corporate legal affairs for Horsehead Industries, a privately held natural resources service company (now defunct), before joining Spa Finder. He says the spa segment is one of the few areas of the travel industry that has seen continuous growth since 9/11. The reason? People want to take care of themselves: “At a time when everybody is dealing with a lot of stress in their life, I think it’s important to have a chance to step back and refocus your energies.” Joan Oleck Joseph Newcomb may never need to rid his face of wrinkles or shrink his stomach. But if he does, he works at the right place. Newcomb is the new general counsel at Santa Barbara, Californiabased Inamed Corporation, which makes medical devices to battle obesity, smooth facial wrinkles, and enlarge breasts. A graduate of the law school at University of Connecticut, Newcomb, 52, is also a certified public accountant. Before joining Inamed, he provided legal, tax, and financial services to early-stage and start-up companies. Prior to that, he was general counsel for U.S. operations at Brierley Investments Limited, an international holding company headquartered in Singapore. He has also worked as general counsel at Lakewood, Coloradobased Capital Associates International Inc. Newcomb succeeds former GC David Bamberger, who will remain with Inamed as an officer. Catherine Aman It’s never too late to join a firm: After 27 years in the legal department of the oil and natural gas industry trade group American Petroleum Institute, David Deal, 58, is moving to Houston’s Fulbright & Jaworski as senior counsel in its energy practice group. He’ll be working in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Deal says he decided to leave API because he felt he was spending too much time on administrative work rather than his duties as assistant general counsel, which included working on natural resources and royalty management. But Deal isn’t making a complete break from API. In fact, he will be working with the organization in his new jobas well as with many API members who are already Fulbright & Jaworski clients. H.S. After 24 years of representing hospitals, nursing facilities, and physicians groups as outside counsel, Lorna Granger is now going for an insider’s view. In her new position as senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Milwaukee’s Cobalt Corporation Wisconsin’s largest and oldest operator of HMOsGranger now advises health insurance companies. Granger, 49, began practicing health care law in 1978, fresh out of the University of Wisconsin Law School. A veteran of the industry, she says, “I know the language . . . I know the way health care is delivered and paid for.” She came to Cobalt from Milwaukee’s Michael Best & Friedrich, where she practiced for 14 years, eventually becoming a managing partner of two of its offices. Although Cobalt was a longtime client of Michael Best’s, Granger had no personal contact with the company until a partner of hers recommended her to Stephen Bablitch, Cobalt’s then general counsel (he later became CEO of the company). In her new position at Cobalt, Granger handles an array of issues, ranging from insurance to securities to joint ventures. “What I used to do,” Granger says, “is provide specialty legal services. Now I’m going to be a generalist.” Jennifer Fried

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