Philip Morris International Inc., has been burned many times by angry litigants, but in October the cigarette giant got singed from its own pack. D’Arcy Quinn, a 52-year-old former staff lawyer, sued the company for discrimination, claiming he was fired because he was too old.

Quinn, whose job at Philip Morris had evolved from legal to managerial over the years, worked in the company’s brand integrity department at the time of his firing. While he appears to be one of the first in-house attorneys to file an age discrimination claim, he might not be the last. Company lawyers are getting grayer. According to the Association of Corporate Counsel, the median age of in-house lawyers has risen from 42.9 in 2001 to 45.6 in 2006.

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