Features Assistant General Counsels

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 […]

Kerry (O’Neill) Bilewski

Est. reading time: 4 mins

She sees herself as the legal equivalent of a primary care physician or quarterback. Bring her a legal concern or issue and if she can’t personally sort it out, Kerry (O’Neill) Bilewski will find someone who can. “I enjoy being the connector as well as point person when it comes to running things,” she says. […]

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 […]

Gerard Gregoire – Allstate

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Benajmin Franklin may have started the insurance industry in the U.S. in 1752, but Gerard Gregoire has been helping Allstate replace outdated traditions for over two decades. His method? Partnering with his teams for input, using more technology, cutting back on office space and incorporating artificial intelligence and automation. “I’ve invested 23 years of my […]

Viktoriya M. Shpigelman – W. R. Grace & Co.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There’s something about the rule of law for which Viktoriya M. Shpigelman might have extra appreciation having come from a country where it didn’t always exist. It’s also a country where matters have only grown worse. For she was just 8 years old in 1991 when her family fled Ukraine, then part of the fragmenting […]

Cristina Hendrick Stroh – JCPenney

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In 1973, JCPenney was operating more than 2,000 locations throughout the U.S. Its catalogs—often novel-length and featuring thousands of products from furniture to formalwear—were a fixture on many a living-room coffee table. Since its founding in 1902, the department store giant had become a bona fide icon of American commerce. But in 1974, a massive […]

Tracy Lundquist – Intelsat

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While many people steered clear of airplanes in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, others looked to them for opportunities. For instance, executives at Intelsat, one of the world’s largest satellite operators, used the slowdown of the airline industry to acquire Gogo Inc.’s commercial aviation business, one of the largest global providers of in-flight […]

Danielle Lemack – HP Hood LLC

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Danielle Lemack may not have been the creative mind behind HP Hood LLC’s latest commercials, but she played a crucial role in the lines being delivered on screen. In one, a furry blue alien named Sensa makes her first visit to Earth, arriving at the breakfast table where a little girl is pouring Planet Oat […]

Dawn Stewart Harris – Bayer Global

Est. reading time: 4 mins

If Shakespeare had asked Dawn Stewart Harris, “What’s in a name?” she’d have answered, “A lot, especially when it comes to pharmaceuticals.” With 25 years in the industry, Stewart Harris has worked with a variety of teams and provided counsel from research and development. She’s also gained approval of pharmaceutical products from the U.S. Food […]

Stephanie Felicetty – Mars Wrigley

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A world without candy—a world without chocolate—feels unfathomable. Yet, it’s something Mars Wrigley and its assistant general counsel of cocoa and global initiatives, Stephanie Felicetty, are working daily to prevent. Just consider, she says, that cocoa production in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana accounts for almost two-thirds of the world’s cocoa supply, and both countries face […]

Testimonials

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.
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.
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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