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Name and title: Wayne Lovett, executive vice president, general counsel, secretary Age: 58 Gas ‘er up: Mercury Air Group Inc. comprises three subsidiaries geared to the aviation industry. Mercury Air Cargo is the largest independent cargo handling company at Los Angeles International Airport. Besides cargo handling, the company offers airmail handling, space brokerage and bonded warehousing through international airports there and in Atlanta, Toronto and Montr�al. The company’s fuel sales operations, MercFuel, manages and distributes approximately 290 million gallons of aviation fuel per year. Through its Maytag Aircraft subsidiary, the company provides contract services at U.S. military bases located in 18 countries on five continents, including aircraft refueling, base operating support and weather data services. “The company is a niche company,” Lovett said. “We basically get between the fliers and the users and provide a service.” The company was public for a number of years but returned to private ownership in 2006 and is owned by Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Czyzyk and director Frederick Kopko through CK Partners, a general partnership in Illinois. Legal team: “At this point, I am the legal department, along with two paralegals,” Lovett said. “I have a plethora of outside counsel, all over the place. Basically, what I do is work through outside counsel. The legal portion of my job has to do with reviewing contracts and things of that nature, but the substantive work tends to be done by outside counsel who I manage.” Outside counsel: Lovett was not exaggerating when he said “plethora.” Chicago-based McBreen & Kopko, in which Mercury Air Group co-owner Kopko is a named partner, has handled all work with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is at the center of Mercury’s corporate dealings. Kenney & Markowitz of San Francisco represents Mercury in litigation, particularly insurance defense. “We’ve certainly had our share of litigation over the years,” Lovett said. “We try to avoid it but we certainly have it.” The Law Offices of George S. Burns of Newport Beach, Calif., oversees creditor’s rights for Mercury. Los Angeles-based Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp deals with the U.S. Department of Justice whenever investigators ask for documents or other materials related to wide-ranging investigation of alleged price-fixing by at least 16 international cargo airlines. “We are not a cargo airline, we are not directly involved, but we do business with cargo airlines, we have records and we may be a witness, so you deal with that,” Lovett said. New York-based Stroock & Stroock & Lavan assists with SEC and regulatory matters. “There are others,” Lovett said. “We have local counsel on litigation in Massachusetts, Arizona and Texas. Where we have something going on, we’ll have counsel in those locations. You cannot do business today without somebody suing you for something, particularly in the United States.” Mercury has counsel in several overseas locations. The London office of Bryan Cave represents Mercury in the Middle East, where among other matters the company is pursuing a deal in Kuwait. Von Wobeser y Sierra of Mexico City represents Mercury in Mexico. “In South America, we are dealing with regulatory authorities in the various countries to get licensed, to get things approved, to do this deal or that deal,” Lovett said. “I have counsel in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador; counsel in Mexico, where we have a very substantial presence. We are always doing something with overseas lawyers somewhere.” Daily duties: “One of the great things about this job is [that] when I get up in the morning I don’t know what I will do that day,” Lovett said. “The phone rings and somebody has an issue and I have to deal with it.” Staffing at Mercury can be generously described as lean-as demonstrated by Lovett’s range of duties. “I do a number of things, some of it very traditional lawyer work, some of it more executive type of work,” he said. “I am in charge of insurance, I am in charge of the guy who does purchasing, I’m in charge of the disaster recovery plan. [Information technology] is very fundamental to litigation these days, so lawyers today always have their fingers in the IT department. In my particular case, all the people who work in the information technology department-all two of them-report to me. It’s another one of the cases where we have a small number of people in-house and we outsource the business.” Route to present position: Lovett graduated in 1972 from Northeastern University in Boston with his B.A. in management. He took his law degree in 1977 from South Texas College of Law in Houston, where he studied at night while working as an internal auditor for Houston Lighting and Power (now CenterPoint Energy Inc.). Lovett began his law career in solo practice doing general trial work. In 1982, he went in-house at Centurion Petroleum Corp., where he remained until joining Communications Transmission Inc. (now know as Broadwing Corp.), as corporate counsel and secretary. In 1993, he left Broadwing to serve as presiding judge of the Lakeway, Texas, Municipal Court. Lovett joined Mercury in 1997 as general counsel, was named corporate secretary in June 1999 and was promoted to executive vice president in May 2001. Personal: Lovett and wife of 38 years, Margaret, have one son, David, 25, a professional pilot; and a newborn grandson, Charlie, aged 9 months. “Margaret has been with me through college, law school and early private practice. In all the years we have been together she has never complained about my job, the long hours, the travel.” Lovett counts as hobbies reading history, studying flags-particularly Civil War flags-and touring battlefields. “I have lots of hobbies,” he said. “How much time I get to spend on them is another matter.” Last book: Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West, by Tom Holland. Lovett is currently reading The Thirteen Gun Salute, by Patrick O’Brien. “It’s fiction, but fiction based on real episodes,” he said. Last movie: Apocalypto. “The human sacrifice was very tastefully handled but I’m not so sure about the way they killed the pig,” Lovett said.

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