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Ford GC David Leitch to Join Bank of America: WSJ

Nov. 4, 2015, 3:57 PM

David Leitch, formerly the General Counsel at Ford Motor Company, is expected to be named GC at Bank of America, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Wednesday.

If Leitch takes over as GC, he’ll replace Gary Lynch, who’s been at the helm of the company’s legal department since 2008. It was reported this summer that Bank of America was in search of a new general counsel as Lynch was reportedly stepping down in part of what Bloomberg News called a “broad management shakeup.” Two weeks ago, Ford announced Leitch would retire.

Before stepping into the GC role at Ford, Leitch served as Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration — a post he occupied on 9/11 — and in the White House as deputy counsel to George W. Bush.

A graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, Leitch was also a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P. (now Hogan Lovells), and a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.

Leitch did not respond to a request for comment, and a Bank of America spokesman declined to comment or confirm Leitch’s move.

In July, Leitch spoke on a panel at the Big Law Business Summit about the challenges facing corporate legal departments.