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Michael Roster: Attorney and Golden West Financial General Counsel

Interviewee(s):
Roster, Michael
Interviewer(s):
Meeker, Martin
Title:
Michael Roster: Attorney and Golden West Financial General Counsel
Abstract:
Michael Roster was general counsel for Golden West Financial Corporation from 2000 through 2006. Before joining Golden West, Roster worked with Marion and Herb Sandler while at the law firms of McKenna & Fitting and Morrison & Foerster. He was general counsel of Stanford University and Stanford Medical Center from 1993 to 2000. Roster also has served as director and chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel, chair of the Stanford Alumni Association, and a director of the California Bankers Association and the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. In this interview, Mr. Roster discusses the following topics: the state of the Savings and Loan industry in the 1970s and 1980s, including crises within the industry; working with Marion and Herb Sandler as an outside attorney, getting to know the Sandlers and the status of Golden West Financial; tenure as general counsel for Stanford University; working at Golden West as general counsel; the sale of Golden West to Wachovia.
Subject area(s):
Politics, Law, and Policy
Interview date(s):
2018
Project:
Marion and Herbert Sandler
Rights:
Michael Roster, “Michael Roster: Attorney and Golden West Financial General Counsel,” Marion and Herbert Sandler Oral History Project, conducted by Martin Meeker in 2018, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2019.