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SHERRI FELT DRATFIELD, vice president and general counsel, PR Newswire

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

THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT: Green oversees 75 attorneys at the largest port authority in the United States, which includes among its charges John F. Kennedy International, La Guardia, and Newark International airports and the World Trade Center. The legal department is divided into 12 sections that handle contracts, leases, finance, real estate and environmental law, employment and labor law, and litigation, among other matters. THE BOOK: Green recommends “Tuesdays with Morrie” by sportswriter Mitch Albom. A memoir, the book recounts Albom’s weekly visits with his old college professor who was battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. Far from being depressing, Green says, the book is an affecting story about life and death. DRAKE TEMPEST, executive vice president, general counsel, and chief administrative officer, Qwest Communications International Inc.

THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT: Tempest oversees 56 lawyers for the Denver-based company that serves 29 million customers. The legal group is responsible for employment, commercial, corporate, and litigation matters. THE BOOK: Tempest just read “Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love” by Dana Sobel. Tempest says Sobel is a “master storyteller who brings life to one of the most provoking minds of mankind.” Through 124 surviving letters, Sobel examines the complex relationship between the fabled Renaissance scientist and his illegitimate daughter, Sister Maria Celeste.

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