Tesla is complementing its “hardcore litigation department” with a new experienced top lawyer who has taken on the position of General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. The main goal of the department is to seek justice.
Tesla has hired Brandon Ehrhart as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. The company said he will continue in a leadership role with Tesla Legal as the manufacturer builds a “world class team.” Ehrhart will oversee Tesla's legal department, which Elon Musk called the “hardcore litigation department” when he announced its creation in the spring of 2022. The company shared the important news via its Twitter account, which is an important move, showing its openness to investors.
Excited to have Brandon Ehrhart join the Tesla team as our General Counsel & to have Dinna Eskin continue in a leadership role in Tesla Legal, as we build a world class team!— Tesla (@Tesla) February 10, 2023
Ehrhart revealed on LinkedIn that he took on the role of General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Tesla in January after leaving Dish Network Corp. He will work at Tesla's headquarters in Austin, Texas. The information on his account was updated a week ago.
On May 20, 2022, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company is building a hardcore litigation department that will directly initiate and execute lawsuits. He said the team would report directly to him. Musk is looking for real fighters who are ready to battle for justice in the courtroom. The head of the company made two commitments about how the department would work:
- The department will never seek victory in a just case against the company, even if it will probably win.
- The department will never surrender/settle an unjust case against the company, even if it will probably lose.
Tesla has been the subject of many lawsuits in its nearly two decades of existence. The company actively resisted unfair accusations in court, defending its good name. However, now the manufacturer wants to go on the offensive and move from defense to attack. Apparently, Musk is “out for blood” and seeks to restore justice, which has been violated for years. “Looking for hardcore streetfighters, not white-shoe lawyers like Perkins or Cooley who thrive on corruption. There will be blood,” he wrote in May.
When Tesla faced a wave of unfair accusations in China in 2020, the company created a legal department. To date, most of the accusers have admitted that they lied about Tesla, some of them have been found guilty in a courtroom, and trials are ongoing in other cases. The manufacturer's aggressive self-defense has worked well, so it makes sense to repeat this strategy in the US, where the company and Musk himself are faced with a huge stream of lies often spread by the media. “We're under constant attack. It's insane,” Musk said.
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