David McCraw, the primary litigator for The New York Times, whose letter rebutting demands from Donald J. Trump’s lawyer went viral last year, was promoted on Monday.
Mr. McCraw, previously assistant general counsel, will become vice president and deputy general counsel, Diane Brayton, the company’s top lawyer, said on Monday in an email announcing several appointments in the legal department. Ms. Brayton, who previously held Mr. McCraw’s new title, became general counsel of The Times on Jan. 1, a promotion that was announced in November.
Corporate lawyers often toil in obscurity. But a letter that Mr. McCraw wrote in response to Marc E. Kasowitz, Mr. Trump’s lawyer, was widely viewed and shared in October for his sharp defense of the news organization’s reporting. Mr. Kasowitz had requested an apology and the retraction of an article featuring two women who accused Mr. Trump of touching them inappropriately years ago. Mr. McCraw, 62, informed the Trump team that there would be no retraction or apology, saying the women had spoken on “an issue of national importance.’’
Ms. Brayton, in her email, described Mr. McCraw as “one of the best media lawyers in the country and a tireless defender of the First Amendment.”
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