Features May 2020

David Butow – Trane Technologies

It’s called a Reverse Morris Trust, which occurs when a company spins off a division in order to merge it with another organization, the benefits including the tax-free transfer of a business. If it sounds complicated, it is indeed, assures David Butow, who for the past year has led his legal team’s efforts in such […]

David Goldwin – UATP

Imagine you are a Bulgarian citizen looking to book a flight to Texas. Going online to get your ticket electronically, you hope the airline website will allow you to pay in your native Bulgarian levs. And … it does. For that, you can thank UATP and its Chief Legal Officer David Goldwin. Based in Washington, […]

Jason Karp – Allerio

Last fall when he and a few colleagues launched the mobile technologies company Allerio in Duluth, Minnesota, Jason Karp could foresee the need to take telemedicine to a higher level. After all, it’s part of what sparked his company in the first place. What he couldn’t know was how intense that need would become. Then […]

Jeffrey Simmons – GlobalTranz

A pandemic notwithstanding, consumer goods must still be delivered by the big rigs and railroads, and some entity has got to manage the logistics for around 25,000 corporate customers throughout North America. Scottsdale, Arizona-based GlobalTranz remains open for business as a cloud-based enabler of the national supply chain. Kind of an Expedia for freight, it […]

Kamil Ali-Jackson – Aclaris Therapeutics Inc.

As a young girl growing up in the civil rights era, Kamil Ali-Jackson believed that the best way to positively impact the lives of others was through the law. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1984, she got her start as an attorney with New Jersey’s largest law firm, McCarter & English. There, she […]

Kathryn Rookes – Atticus Franchise Group

Efficiency’s at a premium when one person comprises the legal department of a company that owns or operates three very different types of franchises. Case in point: The Atlanta-based Atticus Franchise Group that at last count had interests in 121 locations of Massage Envy, Maaco and Wingstop franchises. It’s anticipating the addition of around 80 […]

Lance Morrison – Civista Bank

Lance Morrison compares the legal function at a financial institution to that of a duck gliding across a smooth pond. It may look pristine and calm from a distance, but beneath the surface those legs are constantly kicking as they work to keep things moving. This is particularly true at Civista Bank, where Morrison is […]

Lauren Schwartz – cleverbridge Inc.

When it comes to her career, Lauren Schwartz has learned to expect the unexpected. Since trading her premed studies for a law degree, Schwartz has occupied myriad positions within the law, ultimately landing as general counsel and corporate secretary for Chicago-based cleverbridge Inc., a tech startup offering ecommerce solutions for downloadable digital suppliers. For Schwartz, […]

Lily Toy – Dialpad

There’s a vital call coming through: someone’s ready to close that big sale, there’s a big deal on the line or a company-wide meeting happening that can’t be missed. But that smaller screen on your phone just won’t cut it. For something this big, it’s imperative that you be able to see who’s on the other end. If only […]

Linda Ellis – Tinker Federal Credit Union

These are things that should be learned early, says Linda Ellis. Opening a savings or checking account, building credit and understanding a credit report, and borrowing money—all are essential lessons that should be taught as early as middle school, long before any financial decisions students make as young adults. “It was something that was greatly […]

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