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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Attorney Steve Roberts quoted in Bloomberg News article
Chesapeake Hired Lawyer With Stealth Record in CEO Probes
June 19, 2012 11:59 pm

Bloomberg News:

The lawyer Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s (CHK) audit committee hired to investigate possible conflicts of interest in its chief executive's loans has a record of managing probes with minimum publicity about himself or his client.

Craig Weinstock, a Houston-based attorney with Locke Lord LLP, has handled more than a dozen internal investigations of alleged corporate malfeasance since 2002, including one for a company run by Chesapeake's lead director Merrill A. "Pete" Miller Jr., a member of the audit committee, a person familiar with Weinstock's work said.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission began an investigation after the company disclosed more than $800 million in loans made to its chief executive, with some involving company financiers. Weinstock tends to resolve such matters with little fanfare, keeping his own role a secret in most cases, according to a rival Houston lawyer.


'Real Quiet'

Lubel said Weinstock, a native of Queens, New York, is known in Houston legal circles as a workaholic who has carved out a niche handling internal reviews for oil and gas companies.

"He's a big guy, but real quiet," Lubel said. "He does not have the reputation as a gunslinger."

"He strikes me as a guy who does this kind of work in a quietly competent manner," Steven Roberts, a Houston-based lawyer who represents energy companies, such as Transocean Ltd., and has litigated against Weinstock in the past. "He's not flashy and doesn't seek out the spotlight."

Sutherland attorney Steve Roberts in Bloomberg News article



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