Features August 2019

Kate Proctor – Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care

When Kate Proctor sat down with the CEO of Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in 2014 to discuss becoming the organization’s first in-house counsel, her commitment was far from set in stone. Her private practice career was thriving, and besides, she was already serving as Seasons’ dedicated outside counsel. After a three-hour conversation, buoyed by […]

Katie Norton – ASRC Federal Holding Company

It’s a career path that runs from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to above the Arctic Circle—with a cameo on the “Jimmy Fallon Show” thrown in for good measure—but Katie Norton says it’s not hard to follow. “There’s a lot about my story that’s nontraditional in the legal industry,” she says. “I wasn’t a person […]

Kyle Stone – Concerto Renal Services

Kyle Stone remembers his world changing on a Friday in November 2014. Working as a young litigator in Illinois, he was preparing to take a deposition that afternoon when the phone rang. His trusted mentor told him that the new governor-elect was looking to fill high-ranking legal positions in the new administration, and that Stone’s […]

Ling-Ling Nie – Georgia Institute of Technology

You don’t have to let your career define you—in fact, your profession shouldn’t be the most important or interesting thing about you. So stresses Ling-Ling Nie, the general counsel and vice president for ethics and compliance at the Georgia Institute of Technology, who spends a lot of time outdoors, mountain bikes whenever she can, supports […]

Lynda Godkin – WEX Health

While working for Holyoke-Chicopee Home Care Services in Chicopee, Massachusetts, Lynda Godkin conducted entire conversations with one of her clients—an elderly woman who’d been removed from her home by the local department of public health—by kneeling on the doorstep and talking to her through the front door mail slot. After much gentle coaxing, the woman […]

Matías Hercovich – Selina

As Matías Hercovich rises from his chair to shake hands with the landlord and his attorneys on the other side of the table, he knows the pact he just negotiated—on a beautiful property in Lima’s most vibrant neighborhood—will be a great one for the company. Just like the 49 other deals he and his team […]

Michael Sauer – MERRILL Technologies Group

Mike Sauer has never strayed far from home, yet a small move has made a huge difference in his professional life. “I have one client, and instead of being just a lawyer, I play a role in the execution of the business of the company,” he says about serving as executive vice president and chief […]

Mike Johnson – DigiCert Inc.

Sometimes the minnow swallows the whale. Metaphorically that is, which was the case in 2017 when DigiCert Inc. absorbed a couple of segments of a company four times its size. Quite the complex transaction with minimal indigestion, says Mike Johnson, the general counsel and corporate secretary who had come aboard one year earlier. At that […]

Mira Wolff – Venbrook Insurance Services

When her company acquired the New Jersey-based Brooks Insurance Agency in 2016, Mira Wolff knew just what to do on the opposite coast in her complementary roles as general counsel and chief human resources officer at Venbrook Insurance Services. On the legal side, she would identify potential issues and nip them in the bud. Also, […]

Nicholas Dalmaso – M1 Finance

More than once, he went into the startup’s office at 2 or 3 a.m. to check on gas lines. He helped set up and maintain electrical systems; washed desks and did other janitorial work; accompanied salespeople out in the field as they pitched products. “The thing about startups is you wear a lot of hats,” […]

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