We’re pleased to announce that Dane Butswinkas, Chairman of Williams & Connolly and one of the world’s top practicing trial lawyers, is joining Tesla as General Counsel. Dane comes to Tesla after serving for nearly 30 years at Williams & Connolly, where he was Co-Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Financial Services and Banking Groups.
Dane brings to Tesla truly exceptional experience as a nationally recognized trial lawyer, having tried scores of commercial cases around the country for nearly three decades. Reporting directly to Elon, Dane will oversee Tesla’s legal and government relations teams.
Dane is replacing Todd Maron, who has led Tesla’s legal department since 2013. This completes a transition plan that Todd and Tesla have worked on since July 2018, with Todd remaining at Tesla until January to continue to ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities to Dane.
“Being part of Tesla for the last five years has been the highlight of my career. Tesla has been like family to me, and I am extremely grateful to Elon, the board, the executive team, and everyone at Tesla for allowing me to play a part in this incredible company,” said Todd Maron.
“Williams & Connolly will always have been my first home. The lawyers there are the finest in the world,” said Dane Butswinkas, who will retain a relationship with the firm. “After 30 years as a trial lawyer at Williams & Connolly, I would have never imagined joining a company in-house. But Tesla presents a unique and inspiring opportunity. Tesla’s mission is bigger than Tesla – one that is critical to the future of our planet. It’s hard to identify a mission more timely, more essential, or more worth fighting for.”