Larissa Ordoñez – Kantar 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Specialized as her role might seem, Larissa Ordoñez still can be a generalist at the Latin American division of London-based marketing data behemoth Kantar. While her letterhead describes her as director of legal, privacy and compliance, she’s just as likely to weigh in on the commercial side.  Such was the case when Kantar supported a […]

Leslie Shaunty – Skyward Specialty Insurance 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Learning on the fly is essential when an insurance company delves into new areas. Fortunately for Skyward Specialty Insurance Group, Inc., General Counsel Leslie Shaunty relishes self-education and learning by doing, which is critical for a company that innovates and creates solutions for niche markets.  So, when the Houston-headquartered specialty carrier wanted to enter the […]

Lynda Nguyen – Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For those immersed in the life sciences, it can be hard to contain enthusiasm when a potential game-changing therapy goes through the pipeline after years of research and no guarantee of return on investment. But that’s when Lynda Nguyen must be especially vigilant, appropriately advising her colleagues at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals to avoid claims that can’t […]

Lorrie Litzinger – Bell Bank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Lorrie Litzinger, the vice president and senior legal counsel at Bell Bank, is an important figure on a unique legal team that plays a crucial role in the expansive growth of the bank.   Originating in the Midwest, Bell Bank has not only witnessed regional expansion but has also achieved unprecedented success on a national scale. […]

Luis Gerardo Ramirez Villela – Müggenburg, Gorches y Peñalosa S.C.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

He can’t say too much about one of the major items on his agenda because some sensitive matters still need to be addressed, but by midyear, Luis Gerardo Ramirez Villela expects to have finalized another heavyweight acquisition. This one involves a foreign pharmaceutical company that’s long targeted a Mexican company whose products it uses but […]

Louis Pretekin – Imperial Realty Co.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In the compendium of household terms, it’s safe to say Section 1031 is on very few lists. However, U.S. Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 is crucial to some of the legal work done by Louis Pretekin, the general counsel for Chicago-based Imperial Realty Co. The code section enables real estate sellers to defer capital gains […]

Liesel Carvajal – AXA XL

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In June 2021, Liesel Carvajal got some sobering news. As she was raising two young boys and hitting her stride career-wise, doctors diagnosed her with Stage 2 breast cancer. Over the following six months, Carvajal would undergo a double mastectomy, reconstruction surgery and chemotherapy before doctors declared her cancer-free. “I utilized scalp cooling treatments during […]

Liliya Donovan – Del Monte Foods

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As associate general counsel for Del Monte Foods, Liliya Donovan knows she’s helping manage legal affairs for a very visible portfolio of food and beverage products. In fact, she estimates those products can be found in more than half of the cupboards and pantries in the U.S. But what’s made her work at the company […]

Lane Verlenden – e.l.f. Beauty

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Jennifer Coolidge being a noted vegan and advocate for animal rights, the star of “The White Lotus” seemed an ideal partner for e.l.f. Beauty. The beauty company, after all, touts its products as vegan and cruelty free. But there still was a maze of legalities that had to be crossed before her commercial could air […]

Linda Moore – Maury Regional Health

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Linda Moore says she knew her career path when she was in elementary school. “A teacher said I should go into a professional career, either a doctor or a lawyer,” she says. “I didn’t want to be a doctor but had no idea what a lawyer did. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s […]


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