Macgillivray’s Twitterati motto

Here’s some advice for the day: goof around a bit more.

It comes from one of America’s highest-profile in-house lawyers. Like us, we trust you’ll heed the wise words of former Twitter general counsel Alexander Macgillivray as he waves goodbye to his role in the firm’s top legal job. If you still don’t fancy loosening your tie, there’s no hope for you.

Announcing his surprise exit in a personal blog post on Friday, Twitter’s free speech defender said he was looking forward to seeing friends and family and basically mucking around for a bit.

“We should all do more of that,” he wrote, as he passed the general counsel baton to Twitter’s legal director Vijaya Gadde.

Indeed, this hard working chap – known as “amac” on Twitter – certainly deserves some time off. Having joined Twitter from Google in 2009, he’s been at the centre of some of the world’s highest-profile legal disputes. But his step away from the micro-blogging site surprised the social media sphere, given that Twitter is a year away from its expected initial public offering (IPO).

As legal to-dos are likely to pile up before the IPO, fellow Wilson Sonsini lawyer Gadde will be pressed to make time for goofing. But she and the inevitably busy partners at Simpson Thacher, Covington & Burling and Skadden – three of the US firms advising on Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia – should hold Macgillivray’s motto tight as the demands climb on.

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