After leaving Tesla a month ago, James Chen, former Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Deputy General Counsel, has joined upstart EV competitor Faraday Future as their new Vice President of Government Relations & General Counsel. Chen had taken a leading role in Tesla's ongoing and frequent battles with state governments. His hiring by Faraday would seem to indicate that the company is expecting a similar legal fight to open their own corporate stores in states like Connecticut and Michigan where car manufacturers are barred from owning car dealerships. Faraday hasn't publicly committed one way or another to how they will sell vehicles.
Prior to joining Faraday, Chen worked at the Environmental and two law firms. He joined Tesla in 2010, and was elevated to Vice President in 2013. His new position at Faraday is expected to be very much the same as his previous work at Tesla.
Chen is far from the first high profile Tesla employee to move to Faraday. He's following in the footsteps of Nick Sampson (formerly Tesla Director of Vehicle and Chassis Engineering, now Faraday SVP), Tom Wessner (formerly Tesla Director of Purchasing, now Faraday VP of Supply Chain), and Alan Cherry (formerly Tesla Human Resources Senior Director, now Faraday VP of Human Resources).