Jennifer “Jen” Ryan – U.S. Venture, Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

From the day in 1951 when brothers Art and Ray Schmidt bought a fuel oil route in Kimberly, Wisconsin, and founded Schmidt Brothers Oil Co., what’s now U.S. Venture has been supplying energy products to customers throughout the U.S. Working for U.S. Venture—a distributor of renewable and traditional energy products, lubricants, tires and more—has energized […]

Jeff Miller – Haskell

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As Jeff Miller’s children were growing up, he liked to ask them about their career aspirations. Not just “What do you want to be when you grow up?” but “What’s your plan to become what you want to be?” too. It’s a sage approach to help anyone understand the work and sacrifice they’ll need to […]

Jared Wood – Sellmark Corp.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

With its wide array of accessories and equipment, such as thermal and night vision technology, daytime optics, tripods, laser sights, flashlights and ballistic protection products, Sellmark Corp. helps hunters and outdoor enthusiasts make the most of their days spent in tree stands, out in the field or on the shooting range. To help demonstrate how […]

Jembaa Mai – Wind River Systems

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For over two decades Jembaa Mai has practiced law, and in the past few years she has noticed the mergers and acquisition landscape has evolved dramatically. “It has been undeniably impacted by the geopolitical environment, such as increased activity and scrutiny from government regulators in the United States and across the globe,” she tells Vanguard. […]

Julia Tat – Fluor

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Julia Tat went against the grain of her family’s tradition when she became an attorney. Not only are her parents engineers, she has aunts and uncles who are, too—enough to make someone think the field is a genetic trait. Tat, who emigrated with her family from Romania more than 30 years ago, says that while […]

Jana K. Law – Entergy Arkansas

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Renewable and clean energy sources are not a new phenomenon. American inventor Charles Fritts created the first commercial solar panels in the early 1880s. However, as people become more aware of the importance of sustainability and the positive impact of relying on clean energy resources, many companies, especially those in the energy industry, are working […]

Julien Polk – American Tire Distributors Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As Hurricane Katrina roared its way toward New Orleans in late August 2005, Julien Polk’s mother had a hunch. This would not be like the year before when the city was threatened by Hurricane Ivan until the storm veered east to the Florida Panhandle. As Ivan approached, the Polk family left to ride out the […]

James Commodore – K&A Engineering

Est. reading time: 5 mins

On a sunny afternoon in June, James Commodore was in his backyard in Schenectady, pushing his toddler son on a swing as he detailed why he loves his company’s culture. At K&A Engineering, a White Plains, New York-based engineering firm specializing in electric power, there is a strong emphasis on work-life balance, he explained. “We […]

Joshua Bird – Hawkins Way Capital

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Eight years into his legal career, Joshua Bird had met very few clients who’d even consider anything beyond a very cautious, low-risk tolerance—until he worked with the young men who started Hawkins Way Capital. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, California, the private equity real estate firm manages investments for family offices and institutions.    Bird recalls, the […]

Jim Buckley – Azusa Pacific University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In 2018, Jim Buckley, who had worked as a chemical engineer, an attorney and consultant, made a faith-based decision about his life and career. “I felt called to understand God’s word more deeply,” says Buckley about taking a sabbatical to earn a master’s degree in theological studies at The Master’s University. His decision required obedience […]


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.
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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