Greg Landis’s legal career spans over 35 years and includes a wide range of commercial litigation as a law firm partner in San Francisco as well as general counsel and executive positions in the telecommunications, patent, and energy fields.
From 1985 to 1995, Greg was a partner at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen in San Francisco, where he specialized in antitrust, securities litigation, telecommunications, and regulatory work for clients including AT&T, Pacific Gas & Electric, KPMG Peat Marwick, Chemical Bank, Promus Corporation, and Philippine Export and Foreign Loan Guarantee Corporation. In 1995 he joined AT&T Wireless as its general counsel, later becoming executive vice president in charge of all legal and government affairs activities. He supervised the negotiations leading to the company’s split-off from AT&T in 2001, led the steering team in developing all functions of a publicly traded company, managed the legal activities in connection with the sale of the company for $41B in 2004, and supervised the company’s efforts to obtain DOJ and FCC regulatory approval.
In 2005 Greg became the executive vice president and general counsel of Vulcan Inc., Paul Allen’s flagship company that oversees his commercial, philanthropic and personal ventures. In addition to managing legal activities in these areas, he advised the executive team on strategic issues in acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, board relations, internal investigations, and executive compensation and benefits issues. He also served on the boards of Vulcan Energy and Vulcan-Plains All American Gas Storage, Inc., as well as on Vulcan’s Executive Council, Retirement Committee, and Ethics Committee.
From 2007 to 2011 Greg served as the general counsel of Intellectual Ventures, Nathan Myhrvold’s invention investment firm, and supervised patent licensing transactions, acquisitions, and litigation as well as all governmental and regulatory affairs. In 2011 he transitioned to Senior Legal Advisor for the company, principally focusing on government relations and advocacy work in connection with the America Invents Act and its aftermath. In 2012 he began managing the legal and regulatory affairs of TerraPower LLC, a spin-off of IV chaired by Bill Gates, and then became TerraPower’s first general counsel in January 2013. His primary responsibilities involved export control and other regulatory compliance, intellectual property strategy, board and investor relations, federal government relations, governance matters, and strategy and negotiations regarding research, testing, supply chain development, and collaborations. He transitioned to part-time consulting work for the company in 2015, concentrating on NRC licensing strategy and support for TerraPower’s nuclear innovation activities.
Greg has also devoted many hours to pro bono and public interest law work over the years. He has been a board member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights since 2004, and co-chaired its Strategic Planning Committee from 2010 to 2014. He also served on the Board of Equal Justice Works, formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law, for thirteen years, and was the board chairman from 2000 to 2003.
Greg’s other non-profit board work includes Seattle Children’s Theater and San Francisco’s Children’s Garden. He has also been a board member for the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association in Washington DC and Unwired Planet, a publicly traded patent licensing firm headquartered in Nevada.