SVP, Legal Regulatory Affairs/Senior Deputy General Counsel, Comcast

Charytan gives corporate-wide legal advice on regulatory matters and oversees the company’s legal regulatory advocacy, including filings in federal and state regulatory proceedings and related litigation appeals. She also aids in compliance with regulatory requirements related to the NBCU merger. Among her accomplishments, Charytan was selected by her peers for inclusion in recent editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of communication law. “Constantly changing challenges that have to be solved creatively at an insane pace? That’s my perfect work scenario, and I get it every day here,” she says.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
Constantly changing challenges that have to be solved creatively at an insane pace? That’s my perfect work scenario, and I get it every day here. And while in some places lawyers are seen as obstacles to progress, I really feel like I’m working with, not against, the business here: it’s a great spirit of collaboration with an amazing group of people.
 
Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?
I know the right answer is “delegate, delegate, delegate,” or “don’t sweat the small things” etc., and I try! But my more honest answer is this trifecta: give up sleep; have a really great husband/partner; and find and rely on a great support team including a wonderful assistant at work and a terrific and trusted babysitter/right-hand at home.
 
Who would you want to swap jobs with for a month and why?
I would grab the chance to be an emergency room doctor—fast pace, on the spot diagnoses, a million stories (during law school I volunteered at Mass General, so it’s obviously been a longtime fantasy). I’d also love to run the beautiful inn we stayed at in Vermont last summer, so I could plant in the garden, and cook in the enormous kitchen, and be in this totally ethereal, peaceful place.

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