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Ex-SEC Lawyer Elon Musk Tried to Get Fired Heads to Robinhood

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A Big Law associate who drew the ire of Elon Musk for his prior work at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has left Cooley for an assistant general counsel position at the online trading platform Robinhood Markets Inc.

Walker Newell, a former senior counsel at the SEC, was part of an investigation of Musk that saw the self-proclaimed “technoking” of Tesla Inc. agree to a $40 million settlement. The case stemmed from tweets Musk made in 2018 about taking the electric automaker private.