The Wall Street Journal: Tesla general counsel leaving, replaced by veteran trial lawyer

Tesla Inc. is replacing its general counsel with a seasoned trial lawyer who has decades of experience defending corporate interests.

Todd Maron, Tesla’s TSLA, +0.93%   top lawyer and confidant to Chief Executive Elon Musk, is departing the company after more than five years, the company said in response to questions from The Wall Street Journal. He will stay on to help with the transition until January.

The Silicon Valley electric-car maker plans to replace Maron with Washington, D.C. trial lawyer Dane Butswinkas, who is chairman of Williams & Connolly. He will report directly to Musk.

A Tesla spokesman confirmed the plan and issued a statement on Butswinkas’s behalf: “Tesla’s mission is bigger than Tesla — one that is critical to the future of our planet.”

An expanded version of this report apperas on WSJ.com.

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