Executive Vice President and General Counsel of NBC
Rick Cotton is executive vice president and general counsel of NBC Universal. He supervises the NBC Universal Law Department, which provides legal advice to all NBC Universal business units for their ongoing operations and for new strategic plans and acquisitions. In addition, he oversees NBC Universal's global regulatory and legislative agenda, including the company's worldwide anti-piracy efforts. Previously, Cotton served at president and managing director of CNBC Europe, EVP and general counsel for NBC, and president and chief executive officer of Washington-based management company HCX. Before moving into private practice from 1980-1986, Cotton was both deputy executive secretary and executive secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare under Secretary Joseph A. Califano. Cotton also clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and to Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States. Cotton earned his undergraduate degree in 1965 at Harvard, and graduated cum laude from Yale Law School in 1969, where he was the executive editor of the Yale Law Journal.