Microsoft Beefs Up Legal Team

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2001-09-27
 
 
 

WASHINGTON -- Microsoft has added trial lawyer Dan Webb to its defense team as the company prepares for a hearing tomorrow in the governments ongoing antitrust case.

Webb, a highly respected trial lawyer from the Chicago firm of Winston & Strawn, is a former district attorney who is best known for representing tobacco companies in smoker liability suits.

"We are pleased to have Dan Webb join Microsofts legal team," said Microsoft in a statement. "Dan Webb joins an experienced trial team from Sullivan & Cromwell and Microsoft that is focused on resolving the remaining issues in this case."

The Microsoft team is adding to its legal arsenal as it faces Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly for the first time tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. The hearing at the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., marks the first time Microsoft and the Department of Justice have met since an appeals court sent much of the case back to the lower court for decision on punishments.

Webb adds some gravitas to a legal team from Sullivan & Cromwell that had a very poor showing in the initial phase of the trial before Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson.

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