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Kate Adams

When Katherine Adams settles in as Apple Inc.’s new general counsel, a small part of her legal tool kit will include skills she nurtured at the U.S. Supreme Court years ago as a clerk to then-Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

“Kate was among other things, the peacemaker—she moderated clashes among Justice O’Connor’s clerks, and often served as emissary to other chambers,” recalled Mark Perry, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and fellow O’Connor clerk with Adams in the 1993-94 term. “Kate was—and is—thoughtful, respectful, careful, and mature. As a result, she could find a path forward when others were at odds.”

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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