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Boeing created new legal position with focus on 737 Max crashes

Boeing has given its former general counsel the new job of providing legal advice on matters related to the two recent Boeing 737 Max crashes.

Michael Luttig, who had been general counsel since 2006, has taken the newly-created role of counselor and senior advisor, a position under which he will advise chief executive Dennis Muilenburg and Boeing’s board of directors.

Brett Gerry, former president of Boeing’s Japan business, succeeds Luttig as general counsel.

Luttig “will manage all legal matters associated with the Lion Air flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 accidents", says Boeing. “He will also serve as counselor and senior advisor to Muilenburg and the Boeing board of directors on these and other special matters.”

Before joining Boeing, Luttig was a judge on the US Court of Appeals and assistant attorney general at the US Department of Justice, according to Boeing. He was also clerk to former US chief justice Warren Burger and assistant counsel in the White House office of counsel in the early 1980s.

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