Features Assistant General Counsels

Jovan Richardson – HarperCollins Christian Publishing

Est. reading time: 5 mins

While music has always been her passion, law became Jovan Richardson’s primary interest. And early on, she recognized that an entertainer or author doesn’t succeed through talent alone. “You’ve got to be business-savvy and protect your rights,” she says. “I was recording and singing and writing my own material and realized I could be taken […]

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 […]

John Geffert – CBIZ Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Having helped secure around 250 acquisitions in his two decades-plus as associate general counsel at CBIZ Inc., John Geffert can’t be expected to recall every one. But he’s sure to remember a couple groundbreaking deals sealed in the past two years. CBIZ, a Cleveland-based professional services provider that primarily serves small and medium-sized companies, had […]

J. Scott Melton – Denny’s Corp.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s a well-deserved retirement for J. Scott Melton, who in December wound down nearly 27 years of counseling with what’s now Denny’s Corporation. Though he reduced his work week to around 30 hours and moved back to his native Arkansas with his wife in 2019, he still helped transition the legal team for a new […]


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.
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 I 2023



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