Rachel Barnett, general counsel of Brooks Brothers, is doing a dramatically different job than she did when she first got the top lawyer role last year. Brooks Brothers recently turned from manufacturing suits and ties to making personal protective equipment for medical workers battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
New Priorities: Along with companies like LL Bean and Eileen Fisher, Brooks Brothers is stepping up PPE production, as its normal retail business slows and brick and mortar shops shut down due to distancing guidelines. But the demands of Barnett’s job have grown, and the former Big Law associate finds herself tackling new work around government relations and supply chains.
Time to Hustle: “I have worked more during the coronavirus crisis than I have in my legal life—and that compares to working at Skadden during the early 2000s when expedited merger litigation was occurring on a weekly basis,” Barnett said.
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