Jonathan Gottsegen followed his goals all the way to the top legal spot at United Rentals

This GC knew he wanted a life and business, and law was the perfect gateway

A native of New Orleans, Jonathan M. Gottsegen made his mind up when he was a child that he would never leave. So it was no surprise when—after spending four years in Atlanta studying political science in undergraduate school at Emory University—he made his way back to the Big Easy.

By then, Gottsegen knew he wanted a life in business, and he also knew law school was the perfect gateway to achieving that goal.  

Q: You’ve been in-house at Time Warner Inc., The Home Depot Inc. and now United Rentals. How did all of this play out?

A: I had spent roughly four or five years with the firm, and you kind of know when you’ve reached a point when you want to go in a different direction. For me, stepping forward was working for a business in-house.


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