Features June 2024

Katie Johnson – Match Group 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Match Group, through its portfolio companies, is a leading provider of digital technologies designed to help people make meaningful connections. Match Group’s global portfolio of brands includes Tinder, Hinge, Match, OkCupid, Plenty of Fish, and The League. With an impressive legal background and a deep commitment to user safety and privacy, Katie Johnson is a […]

Felipe Mendez  –  Seattle Sounders FC 

Est. reading time: 6 mins

Felipe Mendez is moving up in the soccer world, like a player who proves he’s good enough to share the field with the elites. Only Mendez will continue making his mark off the field.  Having distinguished himself for the past three years as general counsel of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders, Mendez debuts on the […]

Willy Hernandez – Hyundai Motor Group 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Willy Hernandez admits that he didn’t grow up wanting to be a lawyer. In fact, he saw himself going to medical school and being a doctor like his father, who worked as a gynecologic oncologist for over 40 years in Los Angeles.   However, a pivotal moment at Stanford University led him down the legal path.  […]

Anthony Dafonseca  — Best Roofing 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s a precarious undertaking, roofing and reroofing for mostly commercial clientele in South Florida, where strong winds, heavy rains and furnace-blast sun can threaten the integrity of projects that fall short of perfection.  Substandard performance might have plaintiff lawyers filing intents to sue against the contractor, but at least since Anthony Dafonseca’s been overseeing legal […]

Susan Abernathy – Cedar Falls Utilities 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Susan Abernathy’s elevation to the position of general manager (CEO) at Cedar Falls Utilities signifies a significant milestone in the utility’s journey and her career. Drawing from her extensive public service and law background, Abernathy brings a depth of experience and a forward-thinking perspective to her new role. As the company’s first female general manager, […]

Iñigo Riestra – Mexico Football Federation 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

He’s a man constantly in motion. Such was the case when Inigo Riestra Facetimed with Vanguard early one May morning while burning calories on a treadmill at his Mexico City home. A busy day awaited him as the next two years will pass quickly, and he said he needed to make the most of every […]

Amy Meyer – R.J. O’Brien 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As the senior director and deputy general counsel at R.J. O’Brien & Associates, LLC (R.J. O’Brien), Amy Meyer is an important part of the firm’s leadership. Her role goes beyond traditional legal counsel; she partners with her business colleagues on transformative projects crucial to the firm’s future trajectory.  Chicago-based R.J. O’Brien is the oldest and […]

Vince Castiglione – Tata Consumer Products US 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There’s something ironic about how lawyers can passionately advocate on everyone’s behalf except their own. So noted Vince Castiglione after yet another reminder, this one at a bar association get-together last year in New York City.  Now in the backstretch of his distinguished career, the bulk of it in-house with corporations that understood the need […]

Maria Camila Morilla Arriaga – IBM Mexico 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Maria Camila Morilla is leading a groundbreaking endeavor to revolutionize legal operations at IBM Mexico by strategically integrating innovation and technology. With nearly two decades of dedicated service to IBM, Morilla’s trajectory is a testament to her commitment to embracing change and spearheading initiatives that drive organizational growth and success.  Throughout her tenure, Morilla has […]

Russell Berger – Offit Kurman 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Someone might wonder why a law firm might need its own in-house general counsel, what with the organization being led by attorneys with decades of combined legal experience and a team of junior and senior lawyers providing counsel when necessary.   But as Offit Kurman’s general counsel, Russell Berger is crucial in driving the firm’s legal […]


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.
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.
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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