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Tesla lawyer leaves following SEC settlement

SAN FRANCISCO — An experienced securities lawyer has left Tesla Inc. just as the company needs one under its fraud settlement with U.S. regulators.

Phil Rothenberg, a vice president in Tesla’s legal department, became general counsel at Sonder, a hospitality startup, on Nov. 5, Rothenberg wrote in a message to Bloomberg News. Tesla representatives declined to comment.

Rothenberg, 48, joined Tesla in May 2011. He was previously an attorney-adviser for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and has extensive securities law experience.

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