Features March 2017

Melissa Frugé – Spredfast

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There are many differences between technology and law; high among them is that the former may change almost daily, while the latter is at the convenience of the lawmakers. It’s a hare versus tortoise race, only it’s the hare—the technology—that wins. You won’t catch technology taking a breather, and in its dust can be a […]

Kathryn Stalmack – BioScrip

Est. reading time: 5 mins

By 2015, Kathryn Stalmack had reached a comfortable place in her career. She had made partner at a prominent healthcare practice in Chicago, Polsinelli PC, earning the firm’s trust and building her own client base. “I loved my job and I was working for one of the best healthcare firms in the country,” she says. […]

John K. Lines – National HealthCare Corp.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When John K. Lines met with his team on a recent morning, it was his turn to address the promise of the day to the six people on his floor at National HealthCare Corp. in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Promise No. 3, “Address your needs with a sense of urgency,” the senior vice president and general counsel […]

Joe Slavens – Northwest Bank & Trust Company

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In 1988, when Joe Slavens joined the family business, Northwest Bank and & Trust Company, there were more than 15,000 small, community banks in the U.S. Today, Slavens estimates there are closer to 5,000. Since Slavens joined, Northwest Bank & Trust Company has gone through a labyrinth of challenges in order to survive and serve […]

Kindel Elam – Mattress Firm

Est. reading time: 5 mins

A bedding company bent on expansion is no place to rest easy, something Kindel Elam knew from the outset in 2012 when she became Mattress Firm’s first and only general counsel. As an in-house lawyer with the Houston affiliate of the Fulbright & Jaworski international law firm, Elam assisted with the company’s previous acquisitions. She […]

Masha Trainor – Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation

Est. reading time: 5 mins

A worldly background can be indispensable when it comes to international commerce and law, and Masha Trainor got her start early. General counsel and vice president of Ampco-Pittsburgh since June 2015, the Russian-born daughter and sister of doctors came to the United States as a high school student on foreign exchange and never left for […]

National Legal Research Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There’s no such thing as run-of-the-mill legal research, says John F. Buckley IV, who knows a thing or two about the subject. Buckley is the president of the oldest and largest legal research firm in the U.S., the National Legal Research Group (NLRG). The firm, founded in 1969, offers what it calls “specialized legal research […]

Sonny Cave – ON Semiconductor Corporation

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Nothing moves faster than technology, but geopolitics is picking up speed. In today’s world, a tweet by President Trump can cause a company’s stock to jump or plummet. A trade agreement can change everything. An executive order can leave employees stranded. Global companies, then, would be wise to do as Sonny Cave has done. Cave […]

Bob Temple – NuScale Power LLC

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For almost 10 years, NuScale Power LLC has been developing safer, smaller, scalable nuclear power technology. But the company, which has more than 450 employees and receives hundreds of millions of dollars in funding each year, has only a trickle of revenue. The technology NuScale is developing grew out of a Department of Energy (DOE) funded […]

Heather Bush – Bureau Veritas

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When you stay in business for nearly 200 years, you’re bound to grow. And growth, while a sign of success, has its risks—new markets have pitfalls that can swallow underprepared companies whole. In the case of Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services to over 400,000 businesses in 140 countries, […]

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