Features March 2017

John K. Lines – National HealthCare Corp.

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 […]

John Scheib – Norfolk Southern

On his first day at the Washington, D.C., office of the Covington & Burling international law firm, little did John Scheib know he was on track—literally—to eventually being a vice president of one of the nation’s major railroad operations. Having distinguished himself while clerking under a federal appeals judge and as a magna cum laude […]

Joseph Ferraro – International Securities Exchange

The boom in connectivity over the last 20 years has left a significant impact on economic systems across the globe — with securities trading no exception. Gone are the days of the printed ticker tape and the trading floor, as a mounting wave of high-tech applications and programs accelerate the speed of  trading, with transaction […]

Kathryn Stalmack – BioScrip

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. […]

Kindel Elam – Mattress Firm

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 […]

Mallory Garner – PennyMac Financial Services

Growing up, Mallory Garner remembers her parents encouraging her to become an attorney. Her father was a small business owner and wanted her and her brother to pursue professions that would always be in demand. “I was a strong writer and had a flair for the dramatic, so I chose law school,” says Garner, who […]

Masha Trainor – Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation

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 […]

Melissa Frugé – Spredfast

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 […]

Michael Rispin – Tecogen Inc.

Michael Rispin remembers a time—not so long ago for the 31 year-old attorney—when he was working a fulltime job as an investigative paralegal for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) during the day and attending classes at New England School of Law at night. Rispin’s never been a stranger to hard work. He wrestled […]

Michelle Fang – Turo

There are over one billion cars on the planet, and each one spends a majority of its time idle in parking lots, driveways and alongside ticking parking meters. Turo’s founders set out to solve this inefficiency. The car sharing company, originally known as RelayRides, was launched in 2009 and initially focused on providing hourly, peer-to-peer […]

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