Features October 2020

Michael Futch – Granite Construction Inc.

Michael Futch spent much of his legal career helping companies build highways, bridges and infrastructure across the U.S. Though he accomplished everything he set out to do—both as an engineer and as an attorney—it’s the bridges he built within his professions that stand the tallest. During his time as vice president and general counsel at […]

Natalia Gaspar – Philip Morris International

Not only is it a shrewd business move; it’s the right thing to do. So says Natalia Gaspar, senior counsel for Philip Morris International’s Central American arm. The Marlboro Man as we knew him has dismounted from his steed. Cigarettes are fast becoming yesterday’s product and Gaspar—a nonsmoker—has joined many colleagues in saying, “So be […]

Neil Rosenhouse – The Daily Beast

You’ve written it and somebody doesn’t like it. Actually, somebody really doesn’t like it, and now those words are headed to a courtroom. Neil Rosenhouse has seen his share of libel suits during more than 15 years working in media law for daily newspapers, Condé Nast and online publications. And they are still one of […]

Peter Castelli – POET

“A leader is only as good as his team.” It’s a phrase you hear a lot in sports and entertainment, when a star player credits his teammates after winning a championship, or an Oscar winner heaps praise on her colleagues during an acceptance speech. But for Peter Castelli, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary […]

Peter Mastrostefano – PUMA Group

When his parents bought him his first pair of white and blue PUMA suede sneakers with the trademark leaping cat logo on the tongue and heel of the shoes, Peter Mastrostefano was just eight years old. He never imagined that he’d one day become the senior vice president and general counsel for the North American […]

Pia Norman Thompson – LoanMe

While lawyers are focused on serving other people and the businesses they work for, they don’t often invest in themselves, says Pia Norman Thompson. “For some reason, investing in one’s self and betting on one’s self seems difficult for people to do—which is an absolute shame,” she posits. Another excuse and hurdle: People think they […]

Priya Huggett – Brixton Capital

As the first woman of color nominated for vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris has given working women of color across the country a boost—including Brixton Capital’s General Counsel Priya Huggett. Not that other women of color haven’t achieved career distinction while raising a family, it’s just a hard fought process, says Huggett, […]

Renata Cunha Giuliani – Akamai Technologies

When Renata Cunha Giuliani joined Akamai Technologies, there was no welcoming bouquet on her desk or procession of new colleagues stopping by to wish her well. That happens these days when people onboard in a pandemic, although like other Akamai employees working remotely, she was given a budget for establishing her home office. Giuliani’s joining […]

Rodrigo Bustos Deaza – Efecty

Financial inclusion: It’s a necessity for bringing people and companies into the socioeconomic mainstream. Especially in countries where much of the citizenry dwells in remote areas and thus lacks access to traditional banking. In Colombia, that inclusionary effort is largely spearheaded by Efecty, a Bogota-based company that for nearly a quarter-century has melded technology with […]

Roxy Bargoz – Avant

For a general counsel operating in one of the country’s most demanding industries, the work was about as high stakes as it gets: a protracted legal battle between two Colorado fintech companies (and their respective banking partners) and the state’s attorney general. At the heart of the dispute was whether the plaintiffs, Avant and Marlette […]

Testimonials

As promised in advance, my feature in Vanguard has increased my visibility within the profession and prompted more than a few people I have not communicated with recently to reconnect. One of the Italian law firms I have used in the past is now in the process of interviewing me for an article on their website and tweeting out the feature story. Activity and the number of people connecting with me on LinkedIn has soared, which is great. The Vanguard writers and editorial staff were great to work with—highly professional and made the effort to make the experience both fun and rewarding (they were also respectful of the time pressures and demands all lawyers face). I was very pleased with the experience and the final outcome. Needless to say, I have been very pleased. All in all working with Vanguard has been a very positive experience which generated good publicity for both Shawcor and myself. My sincere thanks.
– Tim Hutzul, General Counsel, ShawCor Ltd.
It was a great honor to be featured in Vanguard Law. Working with every member of the team, from the initial interview with Erin Clark, through production with Victor Martins, writing the article with Taryn Plumb and creating the final content with Dave Gushee, was a true pleasure. Everyone was very professional, enthusiastic and supportive, and their creative approach and positive attitude clearly came through in the final product.
– Kevin C. Rakowski, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Compliance with Radian Group Inc.
The piece highlighting my company, Bob Baker Enterprises, Inc., came out fabulous. Our company is in the new and used car sales and service industry. Everyone was great to work with and extremely professional. They produced a high-quality product and have provided expert assistance and guidance post-production of the article.
– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
I was honored to be the subject of an article. I enjoy reading Vanguard articles and seeing how other attorneys got to their positions and see their jobs. It's also interesting to see how different law firms partner with the subjects of the articles.
– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants Inc.

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