Features Agri-Business

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 […]

Valyncia Saunders – Altria Client Services

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Valyncia Saunders told her cousin—a lawyer—that she wanted to become an attorney, her cousin said the first step was to become a confident, persuasive writer. That’s what Saunders did. While attending Howard University and working toward a journalism degree, she also took classes in legal communications. After graduating, she interned at the media company […]

R. Lee Allen – BRANDT Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

You might say R. Lee Allen has gone back to his roots as legal head of a go-to company for agricultural plant nutrition and plant protection operations worldwide. In some respects, he’s always been tied to the land, helping farmers in feeding the world or just passing their acreage on to the next generation. A […]

Angela Olsen – AquaBounty Technologies Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Angela Olsen isn’t a chef or a food critic, but thanks in part to her Scandinavian heritage, she knows good salmon when she tastes it. General counsel and corporate secretary at AquaBounty Technologies, she is in the middle of an effort to provide a new protein source to a global population projected by the United […]

Pierre-Etienne Boin – Inari

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Drive across parts of the U.S. heartland—in the open spaces between the cities and towns—and you’ll be met with oceans of corn, soybeans and other commoditized food crops stretching in every direction. It’s a big money business—one of the biggest, in fact. Agriculture contributed $1.09 trillion to the U.S. GDP in 2019—more than five percent […]

Kimberly Pryor – JBS USA Food Co.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It seems easy enough to sit down for a cheeseburger, whether at home, in a favorite brew pub or from a fast food place right down the street. Kimberly Pryor begs to differ, and as general counsel for JBS USA Food Co., she ought to know. Whether complying with state and federal regulations governing meat […]


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.
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.
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.


Summer I 2024



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