Former MCI general counsel surfaces at Chadbourne & Parke

MCI’s former general counsel Michael Salsbury has re-emerged at New York firm Chadbourne & Parke.

Salsbury resigned from the top legal job at MCI in June 2003 after two separate reports that claimed the MCI legal department provided inadequate safeguards against senior management’s misconduct – namely, inflating earnings by nearly $4 billion since 2001.

Despite a disappointing end to his 24 years involvement with MCI as outside counsel and as general counsel he has a wealth of experience including shepherding the company through the MCI-Worldcom merger and the subsequent chapter 11 proceedings.

“We always knew him to be one of the most prominent and respected lawyers in the telecommunications industry, but it was truly gratifying to reach out to others from MCI and elsewhere and hear their regard for his abilities and character,” said Dana Frix, co-chair of Chadbourne’s telecommunications and technology practice.

Salsbury joins Chadbourne as a partner in the firm’s Washington DC office. The firm hopes that his experience will boost the telecoms, corporate and bankruptcy practices.