Larry D. Thompson, General Counsel for PepsiCo, Speaks to FBA

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Larry D. Thompson, General Counsel for PepsiCo, Speaks to FBA
[By Brooke Heath]
This month, Larry D. Thompson, senior vice president of government affairs, general counsel, and secretary of PepsiCo, was a guest speaker at this year’s
Federal Bar Association (FBA) annual meeting and convention held in Atlanta.




As a former Atlanta federal prosecutor,             Thompson added that regardless of whether           Qaeda after September , 200-especially
Thompson has deep ties to Atlanta’s legal and       his role as a lawyer is in a government,            since Tony Fratto, a White House spokesman,
civic circles. But perhaps Thompson is best         private practice, or corporate capacity, he is      said that the president “is looking for
known as a former U.S. deputy attorney general      proud to be a lawyer.                               someone who understands the national
appointed by President George W. Bush.                                                                  security threats and the legal tools required
                                                    “That’s all I want to do,” he said.                 to address those threats.”
In his address, Thompson explained that
his responsibilities as general counsel for         Thompson was introduced by his former               However, Thompson has made it quite
PepsiCo mirrored those of a country lawyer,         employee, Assistant U.S. Attorney and               clear that he has no intention of leaving his
according to the Fulton County Daily Report.        president of the Atlanta chapter of the             position with PepsiCo, where he has been
He explained that in-house counsel, like            Federal Bar Association Amy Levin Weil.             since 2004, for a place in the White House.
country lawyers, have to work on a broad                                                                According to Cox News Service, Thompson
range of issues.                                    “Maybe if we’re lucky,” she said, according to      was quoted last month as saying that he
                                                    the Fulton County Daily Report, “he will serve      was “very happy” in his current position with
“You are more of a generalist than a                this country again as attorney general.”            PepsiCo. He even went so far as to issue a
specialist,” he said.                                                                                   press release insisting that he is satisfied
                                                    In light of Alberto Gonzales’s recent               with where he is.
According to the Fulton County Daily Report,        resignation from his seat as U.S. attorney
Thompson said that whenever possible, he            general, much speculation has been raised           On The neT
delegates tasks to the other 28 lawyers            regarding who will be his successor.
at PepsiCo, explaining that he prefers to           According to Cox News Service, Thompson             FBA 2007 Schedule
focus on “the strategic thinking that a global      is favored by many political analysts. They         www.fedbar.org/atlanta_speakers07.html
corporation needs.”                                 say that he is one of the few Republicans
                                                    who could pass confirmation hearings in the         Cox News Service
Thompson also challenged all general                Senate, the majority of which is comprised of       www.coxwashington.com/hp/content/
counsel to avoid scandals such as the               Democrats.                                          reporters/stories/
Enron scandal that he investigated for the                                                              2007/09/4/BC_AG_THOMPSON4_COX.html
Justice Department in 2002. He explained            Also, Thompson’s former position as the
that in-house counsel need to demonstrate           second person in charge of the Justice              PepsiCo
“professional courage” and confront                 Department gave him applicable experience           www.pepsico.com
companies with “rotten” management.                 as he helped to lead the war against Al-




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