Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Edward Lazarus Named General Counsel by Tribune Company
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Tribune Company, owner of the Los Angeles Times and other media properties, said yesterday it had named Edward Lazarus as the company’s executive vice president/general counsel, effective immediately.
Lazarus served from 2009 until last year as chief of staff to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, after previously heading the national litigation practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Prior to entering private practice, Lazarus served as federal prosecutor in Los Angeles.
“Eddie has an incredibly sharp mind, broad legal experience, and he played an important role at the FCC,” Peter Liguori, Tribune’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “He is the perfect fit as our general counsel and will be a tremendous asset to the company and its media businesses.”
Lazarus succeeds David Eldersveld, who joined Tribune in 2005 and has served as general counsel since 2010. Eldersveld will remain with the company as a special advisor, Tribune said.
Lazarus has also served as the chairman of the board of AbilityFirst, a provider of housing and vocational services to people with disabilities, and of the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, where he helped oversee the transition to a new executive director in 2007.
“I am deeply honored to have been selected as Tribune’s new general counsel,” Tribune quoted Lazarus as saying. “This is a company with a storied past and an exciting future, and I’m grateful for the chance to work with Peter, the Board of Directors, the management team, and my fellow employees to help shape Tribune’s future.”
Lazarus received his B.A. summa cum laude in 1981 and his J.D. in 1987 from Yale University, where he was note editor of the Yale Law Journal. After receiving his law degree, Lazarus served as a law clerk to Judge William A. Norris on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and thereafter to Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In addition to his career as an attorney, Lazarus is the author of two books: Black Hills/White Justice: The Sioux Nation Versus the United States, 1775 to the Present and Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court.
Black Hills details the long history of political and legal battling between the Sioux and the government. The author’s father, Arthur Lazarus, was principal attorney for the tribe in decades of litigation, culminating in a Supreme Court decision, awarding more than $100 million to the Sioux. Closed Chambers drew both praise and criticism for its exposure of the inner workings of the court.
In addition to the Times, Tribune owns or operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable, the national multicast network Antenna TV and Chicago’s WGN-AM, as well as the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press.
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