June 7, 2010 / 8:59 PM / in 10 years

UPDATE 1-Schlumberger director leaves board due to BP ties

* Jamie Gorelick’s law firm representing BP in hearings

* Had served on Schlumberger board since 2002

SAN FRANCISCO, June 7 (Reuters) - Washington D.C. insider Jamie Gorelick has left the board of Schlumberger Ltd (SLB.N) because of her law firm’s representation of BP Plc (BP.L) in its oil spill response, the company said on Monday.

Gorelick, a former U.S. deputy attorney general under President Bill Clinton, notified Schlumberger of her resignation on June 3, the world’s largest oilfield services company said in a statement.

Gorelick, a partner at D.C. law firm WilmerHale, cited her firm’s representation of BP in connection with congressional hearings related to April’s Deepwater Horizon accident that led to a blown-out well and oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. [ID:nN07147206]

Media reports last week said Gorelick would head BP’s legal efforts.

Listed as 59 years old in the latest corporate filing, she had served on Schlumberger’s board since 2002. Gorelick is just the latest lawyer to depart the board, which lost its longest-serving member, Linda Stuntz, in April after 17 years.

Nearly a month after the April 20 fire that preceded the Horizon’s sinking two days later, Schlumberger revealed it had a crew on the rig that departed only hours before the explosion that triggered the disaster. [ID:nN19270822]

Schlumberger’s crew had been performing well measurement services known as wireline. (Reporting by Braden Reddall; editing by Andre Grenon)

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