Legal Leaders on the Rise

Sean Johnson

Senior counsel-corporate,

Nexen Petroleum U.S.A. Inc.

Houston

Age: 39

Texas Lawyer

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When Gregg Radetsky, vice president and general counsel at Nexen Petroleum U.S.A. Inc. in Houston, interviewed lawyers last fall for an in-house position at his company, he had several requirements beyond basic legal skills: leadership; the ability to understand business risks, along with legal risks, because oil and gas exploration is a risky business; and ease in interacting with executives. Not least, Radetsky says, he also wanted to hire a lawyer with potential to lead the legal department once he retires in a few years.

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