Features Assistant General Counsels

Steven Spalding – Ashland Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

By the time Steven Spalding was 17, there was one thing he knew for sure: He wasn’t going to become a lawyer. Spalding’s father was a lawyer. So was his older brother. The last thing he wanted to do was to follow in their footsteps. Besides, Spalding was interested in attending medical school with an […]

Emily Schlesinger – Microsoft Health & Life Sciences

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Unlike many of her peers, Emily Schlesinger hasn’t always wanted to be a lawyer. In fact, after spending years as a commercial litigator, she realized that defending big companies in court wasn’t her cup of tea.  But then Schlesinger began working with tech clients, delving into litigation around early internet regulation—including cases focused on Google’s […]

Corey Biller – Sanofi U.S.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As a diversified global healthcare company, Corey Biller’s former employer was constantly addressing critical medical needs. As one of the legal leaders for the North American division of Paris-headquartered pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, Biller made a difference in critical areas. Hired in January 2008 to address both employment and benefits law concerns, Biller also took on […]

Joanna Rotgers – Marsh McLennan

Est. reading time: 4 mins

COVID-19. Climate change. The war in Ukraine. For Marsh McLennan, a global professional services firm based in Manhattan, developments like these present challenges to continued growth. But such issues also create opportunities to show the firm’s expertise, says Marsh US Chief Compliance Officer Joanna Rotgers. “Every front-page headline issue is an issue somehow touched by […]

Julia Belagorudsky – Dotdash Meredith

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It amuses—and bemuses—Julia Belagorudsky when colleagues from other departments speculate how she mustn’t bore easily. They wonder, what’s an in-house lawyer to do other than review contracts. Only that’s not what she does all day at Dotdash Meredith. To be sure, there’s fine print to pore over, but Belagorudsky finds it as intellectually stimulating as […]

Lara Hajjar Ayoub – Universal Weather and Aviation

Est. reading time: 4 mins

By the time a business jet reaches a cruising altitude of 41,000 feet, many passengers are counting down to two things: landing at their destinations and the arrival of their in-flight catering. While Lara Hajjar Ayoub has little control over how quickly the pilots go “wheels down,” she does play a major role in appeasing […]

Lesleigh Hall – St. Tammany Health System

Est. reading time: 3 mins

On a blustery Friday afternoon in 2022 when most people were thinking fondly of the weekend, Lesleigh “Les” Hall was pouring over 150 medical charts. She was auditing the charts to ensure St. Tammany Health System remained in compliance with the regulations of the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Administered under the Health Resources and Services […]

Michael Kessler – MISO

Est. reading time: 5 mins

From his office in Carmel, Indiana, Michael Kessler is around halfway from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Louisiana to the plains of Manitoba. There’s not much in common between these regions, which include 13 U.S. states and a southern portion of Canada, except the need for electricity. Kessler has a hand in energizing these […]

Vicki Goodman — Exelon Corp.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Vicki Goodman knows a lot about power—specifically the utility industry and how power is distributed. As assistant general counsel for Exelon Corp., Goodman helps manage litigation for the largest utility company in the U.S. The company owns Atlantic City Electric, Baltimore Gas and Electric, Commonwealth Edison, Delmarva Power, PECO and Potomac Electric Power Company. Those […]

Don Cepiel – IBM

Est. reading time: 5 mins

After years of reactive regulatory response on data privacy and cybersecurity, the pendulum seems to be swinging the other way. Last year, President Biden issued an executive order for the federal government to “make bold changes and significant investments in order to defend the vital institutions that underpin the American way of life.” He also […]

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