Bloomberg Law
Nov. 1, 2022, 7:36 PM

Musk Gravitates To Lawyers Who Share His Personality (Podcast)

David Schultz
David Schultz
Audio Producer

One thing we have learned over the years about Elon Musk is that the tech billionaire likes to surround himself with people who have personality traits similar to his own: confidence, boldness, and a total lack of fear when it comes to mass communication.

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So it shouldn’t be surprising that Musk, who famously has little patience for attorneys, is gravitating toward lawyers who possess these traits in abundance like Quinn Emanuel’s Alex Spiro. However, Musk is also known to hold grudges, and that’s bad news for Twitter firms Cooley and Perkins Coie, whom Musk has previously slammed (on Twitter, naturally).

To sort out what all this means, and why Quinn’s culture may be a better fit for Musk-world than that of other Big Law firms, we heard from Bloomberg Law’s Chris Opfer and Justin Wise. They join our weekly legal news podcast, On The Merits, to discuss the fallout from the consummated Twitter deal and what it says about the Big Law ecosystem.

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