October 16 Wednesday

Chirelstein Colloquium: Todd A. Maron, former General Counsel, Tesla

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 12:00PM - 1:30PM
  • SLB Room 122
  • Open To The Yale Community
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Lunch will be available starting at 12:00 pm; the talk will begin at 12:15 pm.

Please RSVP to the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law by Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Sponsored by the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law, Yale Law & Business Society, and Career Development Office.


Todd A. Maron was the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Tesla’s Board of Directors from 2013 to January 2019. During his more than five years at Tesla, Todd led the company through every legal issue that it faced, including, among many others, litigation and legislative battles with franchised car dealers so that Tesla could sell its cars directly to the public, Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity so that it could grow from an automotive company to a fully-integrated sustainable energy company, the expansion of the company into China and other international markets, the raising of well over $5 billion of new capital, an extensive litigation docket, and numerous high-profile regulatory matters. During Todd's tenure, Tesla grew from a company of 6,000 employees, annual vehicle sales of 20,000, and annual revenue of $2 billion, to a company of 45,000 employees, annual vehicle sales of almost 300,000, and annual revenue of over $21 billion. Todd's leadership on the Tesla executive team extended beyond just the legal department, also having led a number of other teams, including Communications, Government Relations, Policy, Employee Health and Safety, and Security.

Prior to joining Tesla, Todd was a partner at Jaffe and Clemens, where he represented high net-worth individuals in complicated family law matters from 2006 to 2013. Todd began his legal career as a litigator at Irell & Manella, where he litigated a wide range of commercial cases, including securities and patent litigation.

Todd graduated from New York University School of Law in 2003 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 2000. While at Michigan, Todd was a student manager of the men's basketball team, serving as head student manager his senior year.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law

Yale Law & Business Society

Career Development Office