THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT: Dratfield heads a two-lawyer legal department for the New York-based media company that distributes news releases to media outlets and financial institutions worldwide. An intellectual property and media law expert, she handles editorial issues, mergers and acquisitions, human resources, and real estate law.
THE BOOKS: For sheer escapism, Dratfield recently read all four Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. A science fiction buff, she says the Potter books satisfy her love of fantasy. They are also full of unexpected adult humor, she explains, with plots that take clever turns.
LOUISE FIRESTONE, vice president and general counsel, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.
THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT: As head of LVMH’s two-person legal division, New York-based Firestone supervises a variety of legal matters for the French luxury goods company in the United States, including employment, corporate governance, general corporate work, litigation, trademark, training, compliance, and transactions.
THE BOOKS: With her daughter, Firestone is reading “The Staircase” by Ann Rinaldi. Set during the U.S. western expansion, the novel details the plight of a 13-year-old girl who is left by her father at a convent school in Santa Fe after her mother’s death. Firestone is also reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s “When We Were Orphans” about an English boy orphaned in Shanghai who becomes a detective in England and returns to China to retrace his past. She calls it a compelling story about the power of memory.
JEFFREY GREEN, general counsel, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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