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Shearman & Sterling Eliminates GC Position

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Date: 05/14/2008

Shearman & Sterling Eliminates GC Position
Shearman & Sterling has eliminated the job of general counsel at that firm, leaving current incumbent John Shutkin without work. This comes at a time when many firms are creating general counsel positions, not eliminating them. Shutkin was hired in 2004. Many observers are slightly taken aback since the job of general counsel was to oversee risk management, and now that job will be done part-time at the almost billion-dollar firm with well over 800 lawyers.

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