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Peter Williams – VEIT

Peter Williams hasn’t built an entire legal department just once or twice. Last spring, he took on the task for the third time. As the general counsel and secretary at VEIT, he created the company’s first legal department in its 93-year history. Williams joined the company as part of its new leadership team and has […]

Daniel Lorenzini – Sandvik

Merely mentioning mining in some circles can conjure up collapsed tunnels and black lung disease, ever-present dangers in one of the world’s toughest occupations of hauling raw materials from the ground. But travel to Finland and hop in the cabin of the latest technological mining equipment with a coffee and you may be relaxing or […]

Miek Harbur – The New Home Co.

Larry Webb took a gamble when he hired the first in-house counsel for New Home Co., but then he’d already started a residential construction company in 2009 at the height of the Great Recession and that was paying off. So, in 2015, on the advice of Chief Financial Officer John Stephens, hired after New Home […]

Ironclad Developments Inc. – Lauren Clemens

During her first week on the job at Ironclad Developments, Lauren Clemens remembers her boss handing her the file to an upcoming sale of five buildings for upwards of $70 million. The sale price had a lot of zeros after it—more than she’d seen on almost any other transaction. Entering the field of real estate […]

Jason Hale – Lee Company

When Tennessee Governor Bill Lee was elected in 2018, it marked a time of transition for Franklin-based Lee Company. The family-owned construction firm with deep community roots was poised for change, given this milestone. Stepping in as Lee Company’s first general counsel in 2017, on the eve of the election, was Jason Hale. Growing up […]

Chi Lam – Guardiar

Cut your legal teeth at a law firm before going in-house. Prove you can rack up those 2,000 billable hours annually and comfortably juggle cases to the satisfaction of a diverse clientele. So young lawyers are advised. While Chi Lam won’t disagree with the need for new attorneys to secure a strong foundation, he learned […]

Michael Futch – Granite Construction Inc.

Michael Futch spent much of his legal career helping companies build highways, bridges and infrastructure across the U.S. Though he accomplished everything he set out to do—both as an engineer and as an attorney—it’s the bridges he built within his professions that stand the tallest. During his time as vice president and general counsel at […]

Benoit Mallette – Pomerleau

It began, as so many success stories do, in a schoolhouse. The primary school in the town of Saint-Bernard, Quebec, was a one-story affair that was quickly becoming too small to serve the community. The contract to expand with a new two-floor wing went to Pomerleau, a fledgling construction company founded in 1964 in nearby […]

Steve Heinrichs – Mueller Water Products

When we turn on the faucet, we expect water to come out. It’s something that we—in much of North America, at least—don’t even think about; in fact, we take it for granted. And when that water does come out, there’s a good chance that it was delivered somewhere along the way by a Mueller Water Products valve, hydrant or other essential piece of infrastructure, notes Steve Heinrichs. Dating to […]

Jason Wilcock – Centuri Group Inc.

They aren’t looking over their shoulders, but construction crews at the various operating companies under Centuri Group Inc. are getting accustomed to seeing Jason Wilcock checking out the jobsite conditions, getting to know people and troubleshooting, if need be. As the company’s executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Wilcock could easily stay put […]

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.
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.
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.

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