Matthew Morgado – NFL

Est. reading time: 5 mins

He’s grown his game in the past 15 years. Initially hired by the National Football League to help structure debt deals, Matthew Morgado has gone on to do much more than bring parties together for long-term investments. While that will always be among his primary responsibilities, he’s got other strategies to game-plan. There’s the emphasis […]

Michelle Orr – KeyBank

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Transitioning from USD LIBOR is one belaboring process. That’s the acronym for the London Interbank Offered Rate for U.S. Dollars, which is used to approximate the average interest rate banks pay on unsecured loans from each other. LIBOR historically has been used for many types of financial products. London label notwithstanding, the index is used […]

Millie Lukose – Tabacalera USA

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Though the art of hand-rolling premium cigars has changed very little over time, Millie Lukose says managing legal affairs as Tabacalera USA sells them online or in more than 15 cigar lounges in the U.S. presents her with evolving challenges. For instance, she can go from managing the trademarks for Altadis brands, reviewing a lease […]

Mauri Aven – Kyocera AVX Components Corp.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

What capacitors do is pretty complex, especially given the components’ dimensions are often less than half a millimeter. Suffice it to say, they store electrical energy in an electric field in a microchip—which means they’re found in a lot of devices. “Anything with a chip in it will have a capacitor,” Mauri Aven says. As […]

Michael D’Alessandro – Building Hope

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The learning experience that Building Hope creates isn’t just for students. Michael D’Alessandro has learned so much during his nine years as general counsel of this Washington, D.C. non-profit foundation that provides financing and logistical support to help get charters school facilities up and running where they are most needed. “I’ve gone from having little […]

Maureen Frangopoulos – Uber

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Maureen Frangopoulos graduated law school and moved to Chicago, it was mid-2009 and America had plunged into a recession. Legal jobs had dried up, so she was working at the River North hotspot Hub 51, carrying sushi rolls and blue-cheese burgers across the dimly lit wood-paneled restaurant.  Still, Frangopoulos had a plan, albeit one […]

Mathilde Cantin – Rudsak

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Comparisons with Reese Witherspoon from “Legally Blonde” have been many since Mathilde Cantin earned her law degree from the University of Montreal in 2004. Cantin does bear some resemblance to the actress playing Elle Woods and, like the character, is a fashionista with pink her signature color.  But unlike Woods, who dropped her fashion career […]

Michael Klerer – AECOM

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In hockey, there’s a name for when a player scores a goal, tallies an assist and gets in a fight in the same game: the Gordie Howe hat trick. Howe, one of the best players in NHL history, not only wowed fans and mesmerized opponents with skill and grace, but also with toughness—he played his […]

Mark Radoff – Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation Tribe

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The Sycuan Band was living on land in the Dehesa Valley in San Diego County in Southern California for about 12,000 years before President Ulysses Grant’s executive order set aside 640 acres for a reservation in 1875. One of 13 bands in the Kumeyaay (pronounced KOOM-yai or KOOM-uh-yai) Nation, the Sycuan (pronounced si-kwaan) Band is […]

Miguel Angel Morales – Huawei

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Miguel Angel Morales worked for a major auto manufacturer, it was a challenging time for the industry. Toward the end of Morales’ tenure there, auto sales decreased across the sector for the first time since the financial crisis of 2008. As if that weren’t enough, his company’s sales had dropped the year before. Having […]


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.
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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises 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.
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