21:35, July 25 431 0 law.com

2017-07-25 21:35:04
Snap's General Counsel Leaves Company

Chris Handman.

Snap Inc., the company behind the massively popular image and messaging app Snapchat, has lost its first general counsel, Chris Handman. Handman joined the Venice Beach-based company in 2014. He told employees in an internal email last week about his plans to leave.

In the email, as originally reported by The Information, Handman said he wanted to leave Snap for personal reasons and to spend more time with his family, but that he plans to stay on as an adviser to the company.

When asked about Handman’s specific departure date and whether the company plans to conduct an internal or external search for its new GC, a Snap representative referred ALM to the article by The Information.

That article said that Snap deputy general counsel Dominic Perella will “fill in while Snap searches for a permanent replacement.”

Snap also provided a statement to The Information, which explained that the company is “grateful for all of Chris’ hard work and contributions to Snap.”

“He has built an incredible legal team, played an integral role in taking the company public, and has been a valued member of Snap’s leadership,” the statement added.

Snap’s legal team, including lawyers and legal staff, includes over 50 people. According to California state bar records, 33 attorneys are currently registered with Snap Inc. as their employer, not including Handman.

Handman joined Snap in mid-2014, coming from a 14-year career at Hogan Lovells. He was a member of the firm’s appellate practice in Washington, D.C. While at the firm, Handman represented Fox News reporter Jana Winter, helping convince the New York Court of Appeals to overturn a Colorado subpoena against Winter that would have required her to reveal her sources in her reporting of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting. For his role in that case, The AmLaw Litigation Daily named him Litigator of the Week.

Early in his tenure at Hogan Lovells, Handman worked under now-U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Before joining the firm, Handman clerked for U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the District of Columbia, as well as Judge Patricia Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Aside from practicing the law, Handman also appears to be a fan of crossword puzzles. According to a 2014 report by The Recorder, he got a crossword he wrote published by The New York Times in 2010. “It’s 15 minutes of nerd fame,” Handman told The Washington Post at the time.