Features October 2020

Evan Howard – CAAT Pension Plan

Sitting at his desk in Toronto, Evan Howard can honestly say success breeds success. When Howard began working at CAAT Pension Plan in 2012 as its first in-house lawyer, he remembers it being poised for growth, with 60 employees and 30 participating employers. Assets under management were just under $6 billion. Fast-forward eight years and […]

Jen Nichols – Harsch Investment Properties

Growing up as one of seven Black and biracial children in the outskirts of Detroit, Jen Nichols witnessed racism toward her family firsthand, something she’d also experience later as a real estate attorney. In a genetic twist of fate, Nichols never “looked” Black with her green eyes and long, straight brown hair—a far cry from […]

Jeremy M. Evans – California Sports Lawyer

For Jeremy Evans, it’s as much a case of being everywhere deals can be made as it is about being there for his clients. As founder, chief entrepreneur officer and managing attorney for California Sports Lawyer, Evans is leveraging his clients’ fame and visibility for something indelible, not just endorsements and acclaim. When founding the […]

Jessica Norman – Independence Realty Trust Inc.

When Jessica Norman joined Independence Realty Trust in 2013, her early days were focused on supporting the company’s growth—specifically representing the 2-year-old public company in transactional deals to acquire multifamily apartment properties. Now, as IRT’s executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, Norman’s work benefits the public real estate investment trust across the board: culturally, […]

Josefina Hernandez – American Tower

You’re living in a remote region of Paraguay and a family member is sick—perhaps with COVID-19—and you need to call an ambulance. Or you need to research symptoms on a smartphone and contact a mother or brother. But you can’t. Cell phone service in parts of this region—as well as in portions of Argentina—is nonexistent, […]

Kazuko An Wachter – Prism Financial Products

She would’ve rather not been quarantined, but Kazuko An Wachter has been putting the time to good use while holed up in her Manhattan home. Chief legal and strategy officer since last October at Prism Financial Products, orPrismFP, Wachter is in a distinctly unique role which was created for her at the much-vaunted securities brokerage […]

Kelly M. Slavitt

You’ve been working from home for weeks or months, with no indication of when—or if—your company will reopen its offices. You’ve got the routine down, the boundaries in place and the home office set up and modified to your liking. But what happens if you slip and fall in your home office? What if you […]

Kimberlee (Kim) Bogen – EIS

Processing reams of paper is no longer the norm when it comes to selling and servicing insurance policies. Call it a new paperless age, given the global acceptance and availability of communication technologies. Insurance companies are increasingly offering a more sophisticated customer experience with the latest digital technologies available to agents, brokers, employers and consumers. […]

Lara Pitaro Wisch – Major League Baseball

The slap of a fastball into a catcher’s mitt, the thock of a bat connecting with the ball and the roar of the crowd as the ball sails into the stands are things Lara Pitaro Wisch has long loved. And though her love of the game has never waned, she’s hasn’t lost sight of the […]

Mark Brannum – Jonah Energy

Not all energy is created equal—or sustainably. That’s according to Mark Brannum, Jonah Energy’s first general counsel and a leader in the company’s push to document and publicize its environmental, safety and corporate governance program. As part of this, the company created a flip book to show stakeholders and other interested parties that Jonah Energy […]

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