Features December 2019

Alejandro Capitto Velasco – Prudential Financial

As an in-house counsel, Alejandro Capitto Velasco knows his role is to add his legal expertise to a company’s bottom line by understanding the business and the legal environment it inhabits. How a company does its business means just as much to him, a lesson he looks to impart every day and in every way […]

Allen Chiu – Genesys

When you got the Google Calendar invite a few months ago—the one for 11 a.m. titled “Meet with Genesys Chief Compliance Officer Allen Chiu”—you figured the call would take 30 minutes. An hour, tops. Right at 11, the phone rings. It’s your assistant. “Allen Chiu is here,” she says. “Great!” you say. “Patch him in.” […]

Ben Kwakye – Legal Counsel

If there’s one word that comes to mind when talking to Ben Kwakye, it’s resiliency. From surviving a coup d’état with his family in his native Ghana—and the life-changing circumstances that followed—to a 25-year legal career full of twists and turns, Kwakye has—excuse the cliché—seen it all. Now, this veteran attorney and published author is […]

Brendan Malley – QBE North America

The very nature of the insurance business is about mitigating the risk of clients, and Brendan Malley takes that approach in his role with the regional division of the Australian-based company that is his sole client. A member of the legal staff at the top 20 global insurer QBE North America since 2011, and senior […]

Brett Pailet – adMarketplace

For in-house attorney Brett Pailet, it’s not a question of if artificial intelligence (AI) will eventually take his job, but when—and how much of it. Rest assured, Pailet isn’t envisioning a brave new world with hyper-intelligent computers taking over a company’s legal department (much less an army of robot lawyers). Rather, he sees technology as […]

Brian Kirk – ExteNet Systems Inc.

Walk into any large office building in Chicago and it’s easy to assume the space’s signal strength and wireless network will be robust and reliable. That’s why companies pay AT&T and Verizon the big bucks, after all. But with thousands of cellphones gobbling bandwidth, dropped calls and slow connections are far more common than one […]

Charlie Bingham – Microsoft

Legal ninja, blue sky visionary, trusted business advisor, contractual gunslinger and out-of-the box thinker. These are just some of the titles Charlie Bingham, attorney at the American multinational technology giant Microsoft prefers. Working from a field office in Atlanta, he provides innovative legal support for a billion-dollar sales team in a territory that covers half […]

Chris Branch – ACell

Gunshot wounds. Flesh-eating diseases. Car accidents and efforts to salvage damaged limbs. In the world of emergency medicine, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Thanks to cutting-edge technology companies like ACell, the chances of a full recovery—and living a normal life—are greater than ever. ACell, a regenerative medicine company based in Columbia, Maryland, leverages […]

Christina Steiner – Adeptus Health

When your first job out of law school disappears because the firm goes under before you can even start, your career path gets bumpy. Such was the case for Christina Steiner, who thought she was all set as she graduated law school in 2009. She had a foot in the door at a firm, the […]

Christine Kurek – Activision Blizzard

The Golden State among the most litigious, it might become even more so come the new year when a host of new laws in California go on the books. Christine Kurek, vice president of legal at Activision Blizzard Inc., a publicly traded interactive entertainment company focusing on video games and esports, will be among those […]

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