Features November 2021

Chris Mermigas – Valid USA Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As the commercial asks, “what’s in your wallet?” It’s likely there are credit cards—according to the Experian Consumer Credit Review, the average American has four. There’s bound to be a driver’s license or other form of ID, too, and maybe an errant gift card with a balance. It’s also likely that one or more of […]

George Pauta – sweetgreen

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While attending Georgetown University in the mid-2000’s, a trio of friends—Nicolas Jammet, Nathaniel Ru and Jonathan Neman—would often lament how difficult it was to find affordable, healthy food quickly. As business students, they knew there was a demand for such fare. They just needed to create the supply. After graduating in 2007, the three opened […]

Michael Costanzo – California Academy of Sciences

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Using standard scuba diving gear, a diver can go up to about 120 feet below the surface of the ocean. Mesophotic diving, or deep diving, allows them to go far deeper, up to 450 feet under water. Because of the increased pressure and lack of light, divers need much more advanced equipment and training, as […]

Tiffany Kenyon – National Storage Affiliates Trust

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Tiffany Kenyon admits she knew little about the self-storage industry when she was contacted by Arlen Nordhagen of National Storage Affiliates Trust in 2018 about building and leading the company’s legal department. Nonetheless, she was intrigued and joined the company. Since then, it’s been baptism by fire for Kenyon at the fast-growing company. In addition […]

Jocelyn Lafond – Theratechnologies

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For Jocelyn Lafond, the best part of being an in-house counsel is not only helping Theratechnologies grow, but knowing that his work also helps patients. As a business partner, he directs his team to balance risks in activities such as research, development and the commercialization of the company’s products. “Living in the business on a […]

Shelly Shaw – Citrix

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Touring a chemical plant as an undergrad at Michigan State University, Shelly Shaw suddenly realized she didn’t want to become a only chemical engineer. Instead, as the guide discussed intellectual property during the tour, she realized that her engineering degree could propel her career in law—and decided she wanted to become an intellectual property lawyer. […]

Sébastien Guénette – Juul Labs Canada

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Quite the corporate change that Sébastien Guénette signed on for in June 2019. He just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to apply his legal and business credentials as Juul Labs Canada committed to transitioning millions of adult smokers from combustible cigarettes while combatting underage use of its products. While there would be short-term losses, the company and him saw […]

Mike Snider – Jack in the Box Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Mike Snider hasn’t made a career of flipping burgers or asking clients to pull up to the drive-thru window. But in the nearly 25 years Snider has been an attorney with Jack in the Box, he’s helped the company shift its business model and keep its menu fresh though development of a state- of-the-art research […]

Tasha Stringer Grinnell – Neiman Marcus

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It was a prophetic moment when, on January 15, 1986, an 11-year-old Tasha Stringer Grinnell stood on the steps of the Hawaiian State Capitol in Honolulu and delivered a heartfelt speech during the first celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. She remembers practicing it for hours, lining up her stuffed animals on the bed […]

Stephanie Vadasz Randall – Milestone Equipment Holdings

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Making a good thing even better is easier when you’ve done it before. Just ask Stephanie Randall.  When she joined Milestone Equipment Holdings more than four years ago, it was already one of the nation’s largest transportation equipment leasing companies. On top of that, the Missouri-based business was looking to expand its national footprint through organic growth and acquisitions.  To facilitate […]


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.
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– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants Inc.
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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
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.


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