Diana Marietti – Daikin Applied Americas, Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Words can be beneficial—or, if used incorrectly, lead to catastrophic consequences. At Daikin Applied Americas, Diana Marietti ensures people understand the impact of actions and words. She has firsthand knowledge of the power of words with over 26 years of legal experience as an associate, public defender and in-house counsel for various international companies like […]

Douglas E. Herman – Mike Hostilo Law Firm

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There’s an underserved market for quality legal services in the rural Southeast and even in its small and medium-sized cities. It’s here where insurance firms may take advantage of people who are injured by the negligence of others and lacking in competent legal representation. Personal injury claimants, sometimes of modest means, face a David-vs.-Goliath battle […]

Dennis Bailey – Merlin Law Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Dennis Bailey was beginning his career as an attorney almost 40 years ago, his father, Pat Bailey, advised him to become a legal generalist. His father’s law firm in Pompano Beach, Florida, handled cases ranging from helping set up businesses to divorces, wills and litigation. When Pat Bailey went to the grocery store, he […]

Dena Glaeser – College Ave Student Loans

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Even as a 22-year-old law student, Dena Z. Glaeser found the approximately 40 pages of her student loan documents overwhelming and overly complicated. It took her a while to parse through the various terms and to understand the nuances, like how interest accrues or that borrowers can start paying while still in school. “I struggled […]

David Zygaj — Buffalo Sabres

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The offseason came too soon for the Buffalo Sabres, which has so long been the case. The team last made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2011, only to lose a first-round series to the Philadelphia Flyers. But while players may be golfing, there’s no offseason for the front office. Quite the contrary: This is when […]

Diego Kother – AFP Capital

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Diego Kother is nowhere near retirement age, but retirement is always on his mind. That’s not because he’s looking to leave AFP Capital for new personal adventures or to sink his toes into the sand at a beach. It’s because Kother is head of legal for investments at AFP Capital, a Chilean investment firm that […]

Doug Balyeat – Pratt Industries Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

They’ve got the construction process at peak efficiency. Pratt Industries having assembled paper mills and box factories in other Southern and Midwestern locales, it broke grounds for its most recent such operations in December 2021 in Henderson, Kentucky. Everything’s on target for September’s ribbon cutting. “The nice part is we’re working with many of the […]

Deana Tillotson – InterBank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

By any measure, InterBank’s growth has been a steady success. In about a dozen years, the bank, which operates in Texas and Oklahoma, has grown from $1.5 billion in assets to more than $4 billion. Deana Tillotson, who’s an executive vice president and the general counsel, expects more success—she’s spent the past two years preparing […]

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, […]

Dave Frenzia – Student Transportation of America

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Taking a different path to becoming an attorney landed Dave Frenzia back on a school bus. Well, maybe not on a school bus itself, but close enough. Frenzia is the senior vice president of human resources and legal affairs for Student Transportation of America, a company that transports 1.3 million students in the U.S. and […]


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.
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.
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.


Fall I 2023



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