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 […]

Richard Armstrong – PRMI 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Richard Armstrong, the executive vice president and general counsel at Primary Residential Mortgage Inc. (PRMI), brings a wealth of experience to his role at this independent mortgage bank. Armstrong thrives as a jack of all trades, overseeing litigation, employee issues, compliance, regulatory matters, and advising the board. He sits on various committees, including risk oversight, […]

Rafael Del Monte – Takeda 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

With his extensive experience and expertise, Rafael del Monte serves as the growth and emerging markets head of tax at Takeda, a leading pharmaceutical company renowned for its commitment to patient-centered healthcare. Drawing on a rich background in tax management and pharmaceuticals, Del Monte brings a unique perspective to his role, understanding that success in […]

Robyn Mckeefrey – Stony Brook Southampton Hospital 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Robyn Mckeefrey, the vice president of quality, risk management, patient safety, and legal at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, takes her responsibilities seriously. After all, she works for a community hospital delivering around 700 babies annually with a busy emergency room and provides medical and surgical specialties that serve diverse communities on the east end of […]

Ricky Fong – Terraformation 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Ricky Fong, the general counsel at Terraformation, is important in advancing the company’s mission of reforesting the planet to enhance its carbon capture capacity. While forestry experts and operators focus on assessing sites and developing biodiverse native forests, Fong oversees the legal aspects, ensuring compliance and facilitating partnerships across Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia.  […]

Robin Lampkin – Ashland 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Growing up in Ohio, Robin Lampkin was an average girl who enjoyed school and learning and figured she would have a bright career in whatever field she entered. Her father was a CPA and worked for the Internal Revenue Service, and as the epitome of a daddy’s girl, Lampkin wanted to follow in his footsteps—so […]

Robert Tomkowicz – GroupHEALTH 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Robert Tomkowicz, the general counsel and chief privacy officer at GroupHEALTH, plays an important role in ensuring the efficiency and compliance of the organization as it navigates the intricacies of employee group benefits administration. With a strong legal background, Tomkowicz brings expertise to his multifaceted role.  Tomkowicz’s due diligence has significantly reduced privacy incidents, showcasing […]

Rick Kuhlman – Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s a financial solutions firm that its larger counterparts covet for their own folds, but Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. (Cambridge) has been saying “no” to such come-ons. Instead, this Fairfield, Iowa based operation continues to acquire broker-dealers, registered investment advisors and other asset-management firms; for that, it needs someone to mind the details.  Rick Kuhlman’s […]

Raul Tellez – Luminex Home Decor & Fragrance

Est. reading time: 4 mins

“Burning the candle at both ends” is an old saw used to describe someone who’s intensely busy with their careers or in their personal lives. Were it possible, Raul Tellez would be burning the candle at three ends and doing so for one of the oldest candlemakers in the U.S. Serving as the chief legal […]

Rafael Arnoldo Gómez Salazar – Grupo Cassa

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Rafael Arnoldo Gómez Salazar has found the sweet spot in his legal career. Gómez, the legal and environmental manager for Grupo Cassa, El Salvador’s largest sugar producer, says at age 42, has been able to advance further professionally than he anticipated when he was younger. He’s enjoying a breadth of duties and responsibilities ranging from […]


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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– 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.
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.


Summer I 2024



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