General Counsel, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.
Louise Firestone is the senior vice president for legal affairs and general counsel for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc., where she is responsible for legal matters affecting the French luxury group’s operating companies in the US. She joined LVMH in August 1999. Prior to that, she was general counsel at Credit Suisse’s New York branch and a director at Credit Suisse First Boston after the merger of Credit Suisse and CS First Boston in January 1997. Before joining Credit Suisse, Firestone worked in the legal department at Citibank, focusing on US bank regulatory advice to Citibank’s international units. She began her legal career at Cole & Dietz, now the New York office of Winston & Strawn.
Firestone received her BA from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a JD from Fordham University School of Law. Firestone coteaches a course at Columbia Law School called Exploring the Role of the General Counsel that teaches students how to combine practical business sense with legal knowledge to achieve commercial objectives.
She lives in New York City with her husband, son and daughter.