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LinkedIn Finds Its New General Counsel in Blake Lawit

[caption id="attachment_14017" align="alignleft" width="245"] Blake Lawit, general counsel of LinkedIn. HANDOUT. [/caption] Three months after Michael Callahan announced he was be leaving LinkedIn's general counsel post for a position at Stanford Law, the professional networking platform has a new legal leader. In May, Blake Lawit took the reigns as Sunnyvale, California-based LinkedIn's general counsel. Lawit joined LinkedIn in 2010 as director, legal. Before becoming general counsel, he also served as senior director, legal and vice president, legal, at the company. According to his personal LinkedIn profile, he was one of the first in-house lawyers employed by the networking platform. "We are thrilled to have Blake Lawit, who has been with the company for 8 years, join the executive team as our new General Counsel. We look forward to his continued leadership in this new role and deep expertise across the legal and policy world," the company said in a statement. Lawit was not immediately available for comment. In previous roles at the tech company, Lawit. who holds a JD from Harvard Law, led teams responsible for litigation, regulatory disputes, antitrust, patent, employment and legal department operations, according to his LinkedIn profile. Past highlights of his work at the company include spearheading the team that obtained worldwide antitrust approvals for Microsoft Corp's acquisition of LinkedIn and assisting LinkedIn on its initial public offering. Lawit also worked on a project along with former LinkedIn GC Erika Rottenberg and top in-house lawyers at Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Yahoo to push for more transparency around government demands for company data in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks. The group filed complaints that helped them obtain the right to disclose information about national security letters and orders from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, an initiative that won the tech companies' legal departments honors from the Recorder in 2015. Lawit started his legal career at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, where he worked for ten years,  specializing in IP and litigation and eventually becoming partner. In 2009, the Recorder chronicled Lawit's journey to law firm partnership, which included a major emergency arbitration victory on behalf of Rebecca Soni, an Olympic swimmer.  Lawit successfully argued in favor of Soni's ability to qualify for the Beijing Games in 2008 just days before the Olympics began.