Features July 2021

R. Lee Allen – BRANDT Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

You might say R. Lee Allen has gone back to his roots as legal head of a go-to company for agricultural plant nutrition and plant protection operations worldwide. In some respects, he’s always been tied to the land, helping farmers in feeding the world or just passing their acreage on to the next generation. A […]

Kristina Schaefer – Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank and Trust

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For Kristina Schaefer, being a lawyer is about protecting those most vulnerable. In the financial industry, this often means addressing, and trying to prevent, scams targeting the elderly. According to the FBI, millions of seniors are victims of financial fraud every year with more than $3 billion stolen. At Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank […]

Andrew Lombardi – Crescent Real Estate

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Sometimes in life and the business world, you find yourself back where you started. Such was the case when, earlier this year, Crescent Real Estate re-acquired the landmark property and its namesake: The Crescent, a 1.3 million-square-foot mixed-use property in Dallas. According to General Counsel Andrew Lombardi, the re-acquisition was one of the largest single […]

Darryl Lewis – Universal Insurance Holdings Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

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 […]

Maria Feeley – Washington and Lee University

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Private practice had its rewards, most of which were tangible. But in her professional prime, Maria Feeley wanted something other than to simply sustain her career at an Am Law 100 firm. “At the big firms you can just be moving money from one client who has it to another client who has it,” she […]

Chris Figel – AirBoss of America Corp.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A young lawyer who had just achieved partnership in his second go-around with a prestigious Toronto firm, Chris Figel began to feel like the de facto general counsel of AirBoss of America Corp. during the late 2010s. The Canadian-based company supplies compounded and engineered rubber products to heavy industries and North America’s armed forces. It had […]

Jose Antonio Rodriguez – Acacia Network Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

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 […]

Randall V. Macchi – U.S. LawShield

Est. reading time: 5 mins

He can be one for understatements, the mild-mannered Randall V. Macchi, who applies his legal and business reasoning to one of the most emotional of contemporary issues. But he’s not tub-thumping for the Second Amendment so much as he is trying to help Americans understand and stay on the right side of the law. And […]

Eric S. Eissenstat – Continental Resources

Est. reading time: 5 mins

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 […]

Nima Seyedali – Aviation Technical Services

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For almost a decade, Nima Seyedali spent hours analyzing aircraft as a mechanical engineer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Day in and day out, he immersed himself in damage tolerance and structural fatigue analysis. By 1997, he was understandably ready for a change. After shifting to Boeing’s Customer Division, he worked as a client liaison, handling […]

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.
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.
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.
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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