If you’re Dana Rosen, the first general counsel (and only in-house lawyer) Wenner Media LLC has ever had, what’s the coolest thing about your job? The parade of rock stars who sashay past your office on the way to owner-founder Jann Wenner’s suite? The reality TV show (I’m from Rolling Stone) filmed right on the premises by MTV? Or is it the sheer power of working for a company that’s publishing three successful magazines (including Us Weekly and Men’s Journal)?
Rosen, 40, has had a fair amount of time to answer the question; she’s 20 months into the gig. Like many colleagues at Wenner Media, she’s taken a zigzag path to get there: English major to editor to New York University School of Law; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to associate GC at Penguin Group (USA) Inc. to Wenner. Why did the autocratic Wenner decide to hire an in-house lawyer? “Fees!” says Timothy Walsh, Wenner Media’s vice president of tax and finance.