Twitter’s Legal Team Loses Last Remaining Deputy General Counsel

Johnnie Pratt
Twitter’s Legal Team Loses Last Remaining Deputy General Counsel

Twitter Inc. has parted ways with Regina Lima, its former head of international legal and sole remaining deputy general counsel, as Elon Musk continues to overhaul the embattled social media company.

Lima’s departure—confirmed by four sources familiar with Twitter’s operations—comes as the company nears the two-month mark of Musk’s turbulent takeover.

Most of Twitter’s roughly 200-employee legal staff has either been laid off, resigned, or otherwise departed during that time.

Lima didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. She was based in Miami before being summoned to Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters last week.

Her exit follows the firings of former chief legal officer Vijaya Gadde and general counsel Sean Edgett shortly after Musk took control of the company.

Twitter subsequently scrapped a succession plan that would have made two deputy general counsel, James Baker and Tina Hwang, its legal leaders. Baker and Hwang have since left the company.

Musk said via tweet that Baker was “exited” earlier this month. Baker, the former FBI general counsel, had been the most senior lawyer remaining at Twitter.

Others leaving the company’s in-house legal ranks include former deputy general counsel Kevin Cope, chief privacy officer Damien Kieran, and chief compliance officer Marianne Fogarty.

Kristin Manley, a former head of legal for marketing, music, content, and creator partnerships who had been set to take over as Twitter’s top European Union lawyer, resigned last month as the company faced scrutiny from the EU’s privacy watchdog.

Musk’s new management team has moved to offset that legal brain drain by bringing in talent from the technology titan’s other companies, including the privately held Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Among the SpaceX lawyers now working at Twitter are its vice president of legal Christopher Cardaci—a former Hogan Lovells partner—and head of global business and government affairs Timothy Hughes, per a report by the New York Times, which was confirmed by two of the sources.

Ex-‘Tweeps’ Land

Amid the turnover, a few former Twitter lawyers have recently landed new jobs.

Timothy Lee, the company’s lead counsel for sanctions and export controls prior to being laid off last month, earlier this month was named senior counsel for trade compliance at Applied Materials Inc. Kapil Chaudhary, Twitter’s former India head of legal, in late November was named general counsel for San Francisco-based online gaming company Junglee Games.

“For all the Tweeps, wherever you are—if you’re in need of a referral, a recommendation, or just a friend to talk to, I’m here,” Chaudhary said in LinkedIn post announcing his new legal role.

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