Al Eisenstat

Al Eisenstat (born 1930) was an American lawyer and business executive. He was general counsel,[1] Senior Vice President[2] and board member at Apple Computer.[3] He participated in the selection of Michael Spindler as CEO, replacing John Sculley.[4]


Eisenstat was the co-founder of United Data Centers.[5][6] He later sold the company to Tymshare.[7]

In 1982, Eisenstat was Apple's corporate secretary and vice president of marketing.[8] In 1985 he was vice president of investor relations,[9] and was also its chief legal officer.[10][11][12]

Eisenstat recommended that Apple buy AOL.[13]

In 1993 Eisenstat sued Apple for wrongful dismissal.[14][15]


  1. Anthony Lawrence Clapes (November 1989). Software, copyright, and competition: the "look and feel" of the law. Quorum Books. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-89930-507-3.
  2. Jim Carlton (1997). Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders. Times Business/Random House. p. 216. ISBN 978-0-88730-965-6.
  5. Information Access Company. Datamation. Technical Publishing. p. 167.
  6. John Sculley; John A. Byrne (1 January 1989). Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple-- a journey of adventure, ideas and the future. Stoddart. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-7737-5205-4.
  7. California Lawyer. State Bar of California. 2004. p. 27.
  8. Mexico update. American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico. 1982. p. 157.
  9. InfoWorld Media Group, Inc. (9 September 1985). InfoWorld. InfoWorld Media Group, Inc. pp. 3–. ISSN 0199-6649.
  10. Computer Law Reporter. Computer Law Reporter Incorporated. 1994. p. 567.
  11. Frank Rose (1990). West of Eden: The End of Innocence at Apple Computer. Frank Rose. pp. 300 and various pages. ISBN 978-0-14-009372-8.
  12. Stephen Manes; Paul Andrews (21 January 1994). Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry--and Made Himself the Richest Man in America. Touchstone. p. 357. ISBN 978-0-671-88074-3.
  13. Owen W. Linzmayer (1 January 2004). Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company. No Starch Press. pp. 149–. ISBN 978-1-59327-010-0.
  14. "A Search for Direction at Apple". New York Times, By John Markoff, October 1, 1993
  15. MacUser. MacUser Publications, Incorporated. January 1994. p. 93.
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