Al Eisenstat

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Al Eisenstat (born 1930) was an American lawyer and business executive. He served as general counsel, Senior Vice President and board member at Apple Computer.[1][2][3]


Eisenstat was the co-founder of United Data Centers, which was later sold to Tymshare.[4][5][6]

In 1982, Eisenstat was Apple's corporate secretary and vice president of marketing.[7] In 1985 he was vice president of investor relations[8] and also its chief legal officer.[9][10][11] During his time with the company, Eisenstat recommended that Apple buy AOL.[12] He also participated in the selection of Michael Spindler as CEO, replacing John Sculley.[13] In 1993 Eisenstat sued Apple for wrongful dismissal.[14][15]


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  3. ^ "The story behind Steve Jobs' 1985 resignation from Apple | Edible Apple".
  4. ^ Information Access Company. Datamation. Technical Publishing. p. 167.
  5. ^ Sculley, John; Byrne, John A. (1 January 1989). Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple-- a journey of adventure, ideas and the future. Stoddart Publishing. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-7737-5205-4.
  6. ^ California Lawyer. State Bar of California. 2004. p. 27.
  7. ^ Mexico update. American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico. 1982. p. 157.
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  9. ^ Computer Law Reporter. Computer Law Reporter Incorporated. 1994. p. 567.
  10. ^ Rose, Frank (1990). West of Eden: The End of Innocence at Apple Computer. pp. 300 and various pages. ISBN 978-0-14-009372-8.
  11. ^ Manes, Stephen; Andrews, Paul (21 January 1994). Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry--and Made Himself the Richest Man in America. Touchstone Books. p. 357. ISBN 978-0-671-88074-3.
  12. ^ Linzmayer, Owen W. (1 January 2004). Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company. No Starch Press. pp. 149–. ISBN 978-1-59327-010-0.
  13. ^ "Michael Spindler: The Peter Principle at Apple". Low End Mac. August 18, 2013.
  14. ^ Markoff, John. "A Search for Direction at Apple". The New York Times, October 1, 1993.
  15. ^ MacUser. MacUser. Dennis Publishing. January 1994. p. 93.