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Paul Cappuccio, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis’s new D.C. office, has been appointed general counsel of America Online. The 38-year-old Harvard Law graduate boasts two Supreme Court clerkships and experience representing companies like GTE and Bell Atlantic; at Kirkland, he served as head of the firm’s telecommunications and appellate groups. While Cappuccio and AOL decline to discuss compensation, SEC filings reveal that his predecessor, George Vradenburg III, was paid $870,000 in 1998, not including stock options worth more than $4 million. Kirkland hopes to benefit from Cappuccio’s new position. “Not only are we very proud of Paul, but we’re very excited about the relationship we will have with the largest Internet provider in the business,” says partner Steven Bradbury.

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