Denver, January 8, 2001 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today named Richard N. Baer deputy general counsel and senior vice president in charge of Qwest's legal affairs department.
Baer previously was chair of the litigation department at the Denver law firm Sherman & Howard. He will report to Drake Tempest, Qwest executive vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer.
"Rich is a great counselor and terrific litigator. He already knows the company well because he's worked for us as outside counsel for years. Now we get him full time," said Tempest. "Rich will help grow Qwest as a leader in the broadband Internet communications industry."
At Sherman & Howard, Baer represented many of the largest companies in the Rocky Mountain region in a variety of complex lawsuits and arbitrations around the country. His experience includes defending and prosecuting significant commercial disputes, defending numerous class actions and defending companies in employment related matters, among other things. Baer also managed a department of 35 attorneys and approximately 40 staff people.
Baer holds a juris doctorate from Duke University and a bachelor of arts in economics from Columbia University.
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