Features July 2021

Darren Moore – Appriss

Darren Moore left his previous position as an in-house M&A attorney because he wanted to return to be a generalist again. Naturally, one of his first big projects for his new employer was a transformative acquisition. “Shame on me for trying something new,” Moore says with a laugh. As chief legal officer for Appriss, he […]

Darryl Lewis – Universal Insurance Holdings Inc.

Mind-boggling as the statistic may sound—74 percent of the nation’s property and casualty litigation being in Florida—it’s not that hard to fathom. Population-wise, it’s among the fastest growing states and, next to Alaska, has the longest coastline. That coastline also heavily built up—and not always according to code—and prone to increasingly severe weather and tidal […]

Eric Gross – Sapphire Digital

Few things frighten Americans like unexpected health care expenses. A 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation poll found 67 percent of respondents worry about unexpected medical bills more than they worry about prescription drug costs, insurance deductibles, or even paying for rent, food and gas. Though Eric Gross can’t prevent those bills from occurring, he’s helping people […]

Eric S. Eissenstat – Continental Resources

Though oil and natural gas companies had been mired in the Great Recession, along with so many other industries, an energy renaissance of sorts seemed to be dawning when Eric S. Eissenstat was approached by his friend and longtime client, Harold Hamm, in late 2010. A self-made billionaire and executive chairman and founder of Oklahoma […]

Greg Kerr – Wolseley Canada

It never hurts to retain an outsider’s perspective, even when one is an in-house lawyer. Maybe especially so. So says Greg Kerr who’s held in-house positions with Wolseley Canada since 2013, his most recent promotion being to general counsel and vice president of legal, risk and compliance in July 2019. That’s put him in charge […]

James Gallegos – Alliant Energy

It’s an ambitious goal shared by the state of Wisconsin and an investor-owned public utility: Generate only carbon-free electricity by 2050; gradually move from coal-fired power plants in favor of wind, solar and other renewable sources; and electrify public transit while giving residents plug-in points for electric vehicles. For all this to happen, a creative […]

Jeffery DeArman – Ram Tool Construction Supply Co.

In baseball, a five-tool player is someone who rates above the norm in speed, throwing, fielding, hitting for average and hitting for power. It’s a term reserved for the greats of the game, like Mike Trout and Mookie Betts, or Barry Bands and Willie Mays. Jeffery DeArman may not be a big baseball fan, but […]

John Zieser – Meredith

John Zieser has never been interested in being “just a lawyer.” In fact, he couldn’t imagine only reviewing contracts or managing litigation. For him, the goal has always been bigger. As the chief development officer and general counsel at Meredith, Zieser says he leads major initiatives. In his 21 years there, he’s transformed the media […]

Jose Antonio Rodriguez – Acacia Network Inc.

It’s a cycle that can be mentally taxing, Jose Antonio Rodriguez acknowledges. Chief legal officer and executive vice president of New York’s largest Hispanic-led nonprofit, Acacia Network Inc., he’s aided some of the most underserved communities statewide and beyond. “At least we know we’re making a dent,” he tells Vanguard in April from Acacia’s headquarters […]

Jose Roberto Salvini – banco BV

In Brazil, a country NPR called “the land of many lawyers and slow justice,” fewer lawsuits has got to be a good thing. Certainly, it’s been good for Banco Votorantim, or banco BV, which had been the bank with the most litigation against it before using data science and predictive models to take off that […]

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