Three more ex-
Damien Kieran this week joined BeReal as the Paris-based app’s general counsel after he quit his role as Twitter’s deputy general counsel and chief privacy officer in November. Madelyn Jordan-Davis, a former global head of employee relations at Twitter, on Monday became a senior director and associate general counsel for employment and litigation at e-signature company DocuSign Inc.
Karen Colangelo is now head of litigation, employment, and intellectual property for OpenSea, a non-fungible token marketplace. Colangelo, who like Kieran announced her new job last week on social media, had most recently been Twitter’s global head of litigation, regulatory and competition.
The hires show that opportunities abound for some in-house lawyers with senior-level expertise despite a spate of layoffs in the technology sector, said P.J. Harari, a partner focused on in-house counsel recruitment at Major, Lindsey & Africa.
Harari said Twitter is an outlier among its Big Tech counterparts in that most of its lawyers exited en masse and many left if their own volition, giving them time to plan their next career steps.
Two more ex-Twitter lawyers found themselves Wednesday in another kind of new role—testifying before Congress.
Former chief legal officer Vijaya Gadde and former Twitter deputy general counsel James Baker both testified before the House Oversight and Accountability Committee. The hearing focused on Twitter’s October 2020 decision to restrict access to a New York Post story about President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
The uncertainty surrounding Musk’s Twitter takeover led lawyers to begin fleeing its roughly 200-strong legal team last summer. Others left after Musk eliminated about 3,700