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Despite predictions in these pages that Peter Lieb was likely to get the GC spot at International Paper Company ["The Shortlist," October 2002], the associate GC did not get the top legal job when William Lytton went to Tyco International, Ltd., last year. IP decided to look outside for Lytton’s replacement � and Lieb moved up into the GC ranks by going to Symbol Technologies, Inc. Like his former boss, Lieb, 47, has joined a company with very public legal problems. Symbol, the New York-based manufacturer of bar code scanners, is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice for irregular accounting. The company also faces a docket jammed with intellectual property litigation. Given this, it’s hardly surprising that Symbol chose a consummate litigator, not a dealmaker as GC. Lieb has been mentored by some of the greatest courtroom minds around. As the son of Kronish Lieb, founding partner at Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman, his legal education started early. “I learned the art of cross-examination when I was 3 years old, at the dinner table,” he says. When the junior Lieb announced plans to attend medical school, his father added a stipulation: Law school first. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School (and giving up on medicine), Lieb clerked for Warren Burger. The U.S. Supreme Court chief justice was very attentive to young lawyers’ ideas, says Lieb. He, in turn, was influenced by Burger’s passions, particularly criminal procedure cases. After Burger, Lieb was schooled by Rudolph Giuliani. As a federal prosecutor for six years in the New York U.S. attorney’s office, then headed by Giuliani, Lieb prosecuted white-collar criminals. “Giuliani stressed that we were not to seek an indictment unless we were convinced that someone was guilty,” Lieb says. His prosecutions included that of Eugene Laff, the first person sentenced for penny stock manipulation. After a stint at Jones Day, Lieb met his next mentor, William Barr, then GC at GTE (now Verizon Communications Inc.). Lieb spent two years at GTE, but decided not to follow when the company moved from New York to Texas. Barr, however, introduced Lieb to Lytton, a fellow ex-prosecutor. The two became close friends. “Bill and I have fairly similar backgrounds, and maybe that’s why we were attracted to companies with some similarity,” says Lieb. “I’m tickled to death that I have the opportunity to do this right now.”

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