November 05, 2014
Ilan Hirschfeld, Partner-in-Charge of the New Jersey Offices, Quoted in Reuters Article, "In Oil Baron's Divorce, Company Lawyer Plays Star Role."
By Joshua Schneyer and Brian Grow
During the divorce trial of oil baron Harold Hamm and wife Sue Ann, an unusual relationship took shape in the Oklahoma courtroom as the marriage was being dismantled.
From the bench, Special Judge Howard Haralson playfully tossed red and white peppermints to a lawyer sitting alone in the jury box who didn't represent either of the Hamms in the case.
The man, Eric Eissenstat, serves as general counsel, senior vice president, secretary and chief risk officer for Continental Resources, the publicly traded oil company founded and run by Harold. And during a trial that could result in one of the largest divorce judgments in U.S. history, Eissenstat emerged as one of the most important people in the courtroom.
"A corporate counsel would have a legitimate role in trying to keep confidential information about the company from being disseminated," said Ilan Hirschfeld, head of the marital dissolution practice at the consultancy firm Marcum LLP in New Jersey.