T-Mobile names Cleary Gottlieb its antitrust partner as top lawyer

A T-Mobile logo is seen on a store door in Manhattan, New York, the United States on April 30, 2018. REUTERS / Shannon Stapleton

  • Mark Nelson will take the reins of longtime GC Dave Miller
  • Miller retires in April after 26 years in the company

(Reuters) – Mark Nelson, a Washington, DC-based attorney who has long advised T-Mobile as an outside lawyer, is joining the telecommunications company next month as executive vice president and general counsel.

Nelson, a senior antitrust lawyer and partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, will join T-Mobile on Oct. 11 to take over the senior legal role from Dave Miller, who announced his retirement Thursday after 26 years with the company.

In his new role, Nelson will report directly to CEO Mike Sievert, dividing his time between DC and T-Mobile’s headquarters in Bellevue, Wash.

Miller will remain as a strategic advisor until his retirement on April 1 to help support the leadership transition, the company said as it announced the changes on Thursday.

“When Dave approached me about his retirement I knew we had some incredibly big shoes to fill and with Mark we definitely found the right legal mind for the job,” Sievert said in a statement. He added that Nelson has long been a “trusted partner and advisor” and “has been instrumental in so many defining moments” for the company.

Nelson joined New York-based Cleary Gottlieb in 1993 and became a partner in 2002. He served as legal counsel to T-Mobile for two decades and worked closely with Miller to advise the company on various antitrust matters, including its mega-merger with Sprint Corporation. last year and its 2013 acquisition of MetroPCS.

Outgoing GC Miller has worked for T-Mobile and its predecessor companies since 1995 and general counsel since 2002. He previously practiced at Lane Powell and a predecessor firm of Bingham McCutchen, now closed. He received more than $ 7.77 million in total compensation last year, including $ 5.1 million in stock options, according to the company’s annual proxy statement filed in April.

T-Mobile also said this week that its board elected Broady Hodder, senior vice president of corporate governance and strategic transactions, as corporate secretary. Hodder will report to Nelson.

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