Joe Brennan combines many interests as GC of The Field Museum

A love of law, technology and evolutionary biology equipped Brennan for the role

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As a child, Joe Brennan dreamed of becoming a marine biologist, but when a post-college stint as a paralegal at Mayer Brown instead convinced him to attend law school, it appeared that his love of science would remain a personal interest, not a professional calling. Little did he know that, more than a decade later, he would find a job that combined these two passions.

Q: What are some of the most common legal issues you face?

A: We have a lot of cultural property issues, including litigation in federal district court about some Persian antiquities. We do an enormous amount of work with intellectual property. Because of our expansion into digital realms, we’ve put a lot of thought into data preservation, privacy and related issues, especially because we are dealing with children.

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