Bloomberg Law
Nov. 13, 2018, 10:53 AM

Tesla Loses a High-Ranking Lawyer Just as SEC Tightens Grip (1)

Dana Hull

An experienced securities lawyer has left Tesla Inc. just as the company needs one under its fraud settlement with U.S. regulators.

Phil Rothenberg, a vice president in Tesla’s legal department, became general counsel at Sonder, a hospitality startup, on Nov. 5, Rothenberg wrote in a message to Bloomberg News. Tesla representatives declined to comment.

Rothenberg, 48, joined Tesla in May 2011. He was previously an attorney-adviser for the Securities and Exchange Commission and has extensive securities law experience.

“It’s been a privilege to watch firsthand as Tesla grew from a niche automaker to having one of the top-selling vehicles in ...

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