Features April 2023

Kate Hartshorn – Protegrity

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For Protegrity and Kate Hartshorn, ransomware attacks and cybersecurity breaches are a question of when, not if. “We assume the bad actors are going to permeate firewalls and steal customer data, so we provide fine grain protection of the data,” Hartshorn says. The attacks are costly, too. IBM estimates the average ransomware attack costs an […]

Liliana Torres – Sanctuary Cap Cana

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Contrary to appearances, a resort hotel isn’t one business but a carefully constructed puzzle of several smaller ones, like restaurants, bars, nightclubs and stores. One such tourist enclave is the gated community of Cap Cana, located in Punta Cana, on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic where hotels, golf courses, pools and other tourist […]

Jovan Richardson – HarperCollins Christian Publishing

Est. reading time: 5 mins

While music has always been her passion, law became Jovan Richardson’s primary interest. And early on, she recognized that an entertainer or author doesn’t succeed through talent alone. “You’ve got to be business-savvy and protect your rights,” she says. “I was recording and singing and writing my own material and realized I could be taken […]

Beth Rubin – PNC Bank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Beth Rubin often asks herself what she, a healthcare lawyer, is doing working at a bank, especially because she doesn’t know any other lawyer doing what she does. The answer is simple: She’s the legal bridge between the healthcare and finance worlds. “I used to think that the healthcare providers were heavily regulated, but I […]

Chris Heisler – Stantec

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Whether helping cities implement hydropower infrastructure, designing mixed-use urban spaces or advising companies on their climate risks, Stantec keeps sustainability at the forefront. The Canada-based global design and engineering firm works with clients on water, energy, transportation, architecture, environmental and community development projects from concept to completion. Stantec’s designers, engineers, architects and scientists are driven […]

Ronnie Mitra – Ingerman

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As far as Ronnie Mitra is concerned, affordable housing shouldn’t look any different from newly built, market-rate housing. And Ingerman’s properties prove his point. Take, for example, The Willows at Flemington Junction South, a three-story New Jersey housing community built of brown and grey stone and featuring white, slate and cobalt-painted wood. Or The Willows […]

Kami L. Holmes – Grinnell Mutual

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s far from a pleasant memory, but as Kami L. Holmes acknowledges, much about litigation is not pleasant. The parents across the table had just lost a young son, and this would be Holmes’ first mediation involving a fatality as a member of the Grinnell Mutual legal team. The grief-stricken parents displayed photos of him […]

Yvonne Winkler von Mohrenfels – Ashland

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The necessary transformation is over at Ashland Inc. Now the company is focused on growing through innovation and sustainable acquisitions like the personal care line from German-based company Schülke & Mayr GmbH in 2021. These personal care products are more in line with Ashland’s drive to a more environmentally sustainable portfolio, explains Yvonne Winkler von […]

Daniela Combe – IBM

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In 1981, IBM scientists Rangaswamy Srinivasan, James Wynne and Samuel Blum invented a process that became the foundation for LASIK and PRK surgery. Daniela Combe tells Vanguard this invention has improved the quality of countless lives to date—partly because IBM decided not to keep the process a secret. Instead, IBM disclosed it in a patent, […]

Jessica Leinwand – UNICEF USA

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There’s nothing like total immersion to appreciate the mission of a new employer. All the better if it enables one to make a difference at a most critical juncture. So thought Jessica Leinwand upon becoming the first general counsel of UNICEF USA in March 2022. “The war in Ukraine had begun a few weeks earlier,” […]


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.
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.
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.


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