Boeing taps GC to work exclusively on 737 Max-related crash litigation
The embattled airliner manufacturer Boeing yesterday named J. Michael Luttig to the new position of counselor and senior advisor to Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg and the Boeing board of directors. Brett Gerry succeeds Luttig as general counsel.
Luttig (in photo, right), who’s been general counsel since joining the company in 2006, has a specific job to do. He will manage all legal matters associated with the Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 disasters. He also will serve as counselor and senior advisor to Muilenburg and the Boeing board of directors regarding these crashes, and he remains on the company’s Executive Council.
“During his 13 years of service at Boeing, Judge Luttig has built the finest legal team in the world and delivered an unparalleled record of success for the company,” Muilenburg said. “Judge Luttig is not only a brilliant legal mind, but also a critical voice on all the important issues and opportunities facing our company.”
Luttig joined Boeing after 15 years serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Before that, he was an assistant attorney general and counselor to the attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice.
As general counsel, Gerry will lead the legal department and report to Muilenburg. Gerry, has served as president of Boeing Japan since 2016. He will relocate from Tokyo to Chicago.
Prior to joining Boeing in 2008, Gerry served as chief of staff to the attorney general and deputy assistant attorney general in the National Security Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and in the White House as associate counsel to the president. He also worked in private practice at the Boston-based law firm Goodwin Procter, and as a law clerk at both the D.C. Circuit and the Supreme Court. Gerry earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Colgate University, an M.A. in political science from Yale University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
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