- After just two months as Tesla’s top lawyer, Dane Butswinkas will return to the law firm Williams & Connolly full time, according to The Wall Street Journal.
- Butswinkas said he would continue to work for Tesla outside the company.
- Jonathan Chang, who has been at Tesla for nearly eight years, will replace Butswinkas.
- Last week, Tesla’s vice president of global recruitment also left the company, another in a yearlong string of departures.
Tesla’s general counsel has stepped down after just two months with the company, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
Dane Butswinkas, who joined the electric-car maker in December, will return to Washington to work for the law firm Williams & Connolly. He told The Journal he would continue to work for Tesla as an outside counsel.
Butswinkas will be replaced by Jonathan Chang, an attorney who has spent almost eight years at Tesla. He was reportedly instrumental in negotiating Tesla’s repayment of government loans in 2013. He also worked on Tesla’s controversial merger with SolarCity.
Tesla is the subject of investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department into whether Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, misled investors and the public about the company’s production numbers.
Butswinkas is yet another name to add to a long list of executive departures from the company over the past year. Tesla’s vice president of global recruitment left last week. Last month, the company announced that its chief financial officer would step down for the second time. In September,Tesla’s accounting chief, Dave Morton, left the company after only a few weeks, citing the intense pressure and scrutiny of the company.
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