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Owners Expected to Approve William Neukom for Giants PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 11 August 2008 03:49
Bill NeukomFormer Microsoft general counsel William Neukom is expected to be approved at a Wednesday owner's meeting as the new managing partner of the San Francisco Giants, thus finalizing Peter Magowan’s exit from the club.

Magowan has been viewed as the man that saved the Giants from relocating to St. Petersburg, as well as the top executive named in the Mitchell Report. In his 15 years at the helm of the Giants, he turned the club into an attendance machine due to the signing of Barry Bonds, and the ability to get what is now AT&T Park online with hardly any public subsidy.

Neukom has been with the Giants for some time, and in many ways, looks and acts the part of an MLB owner. As the picture shows, the silver pompadour and bow-tie is a signature look that will make Neukom stand out.

Neukom has had successes and challenges during his nearly quarter century as the lead counsel for Microsoft. Neukom led Microsoft's efforts to establish, distribute and protect intellectual property rights around the world. He was instrumental in securing the landmark legal victory in the Apple Computer v. Microsoft Corporation case, which spanned 1988 – 1995. He also led Microsoft's defense of antitrust claims brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Justice and the European Union, which culminated in consent decrees in 1994 and in 2001. His setbacks include losing to the federal government over the Microsoft’s monopoly status, in which a judge ruled that Microsoft be split in two. Eventually, Microsoft settled out of court.

Last year, Neukom became head of the American Bar Association.



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