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 […]

Robert Wollin – MeiraGTx

Est. reading time: 4 mins

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MeiraGTx, a biotechnology company headquartered in New York City and London, acquired two buildings in Ireland to expand its manufacturing capabilities. This was to ensure sufficient capacity for its clinical, pre-clinical and commercial programs upon receiving regulatory approval. In September 2022, the clinical-stage gene therapy company celebrated the official opening of […]

Rob McCulloch – WestJet

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There isn’t any airline passenger who enjoys flight delays or disruptions. And airlines don’t make money with aircraft on the ground. Safety has always been the top priority for Canada’s regulatory framework governing aviation and air travel. Unfortunately, in the recently proposed amendments to Canada’s Air Passenger Protection Regulations, or APPR,  passenger convenience and entitlements […]

Roger LeBoeuf – Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Est. reading time: 4 mins

By the time Roger LeBoeuf joined the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority three years ago, he had already built up a decades-long career in construction law. One moment stands out to him. He was sitting in a deposition where a legal counsel asked a developer about bidding wars among contractors. The developer eventually gave a wry […]

Richard Taylor – Nordic Naturals

Est. reading time: 5 mins

He’s at an age when he could retire, but the 72-year-old Richard Taylor asks what’s the sense in that. Look at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Vatican and other august organizations, and he reminds you’ll find people older than him. Furthermore, some actors, artists and musicians of that vintage are still sustaining their careers. “When you […]

Raja Khalaf – Cadence Bank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Cadence Bank has come a long way since it was founded in 1876 inside the Raymond Trice and Co. store in Verona, Mississippi.  For the past 12 years, Raja Khalaf, a senior vice president and assistant general counsel, has seen and helped guide the bank’s growth to operations in nine Southeastern states.   Cadence Bank’s growth […]

Rick Durden

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Airliners built in Canada and flown in Spain. An American air freight company president with a vision to turn four of them into freighters. And a Federal Aviation Administration regulation that threatened to derail everything. For Rick Durden, it added up to a high-stakes challenge. How do you get an airliner from Spain to Pontiac, […]

Rafael M. Villalobos Jr. – Capital Health

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There’s no shaking his faith. The adage from Matthew 7:7 about “ask and you shall receive, and your joy will be complete” worked for Rafael M. Villalobos Jr. His prayer was even answered sooner than he could have expected. Private practice simply wasn’t where he wanted to be, but that was where Villalobos found himself […]

Ryan Plachcinski – Blue Ice Pictures

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Like many teenagers, Ryan Plachcinski found that certain television shows, songs and films spoke to him. He devoured Friends and Boy Meets World alongside The O.C., One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He loved movies like The Shawshank Redemption, Scarface, Catch Me If You Can and Forrest Gump. He quickly understood […]


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.
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.


Fall II 2023



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