Features Construction

Jeffrey W. Martin – Civitas Senior Living

It seemed an example of an attorney earning his stripes as Jeff Martin spent almost a decade working at several Dallas-area law firms practicing in multiple areas but specializing in commercial and complex litigation. Diligently, he researched, wrote briefs and litigated, learning all the while how businesses both large and small operate. And yet, when […]

Jill Javor – November Properties & York Investment Properties LLC

On a calm October day, Jill Javor, husband Attila and 6 1/2 year-old son, Ryan, stand beside U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman, their ribbon cutting scissors poised and ready. It’s the official opening of the 127-room Cambria Hotel Fort Mill in South Carolina. The property is just a healthy bike ride away from the sold-out, wait-listed, […]

Jim Muska – Satterfield & Pontikes Construction

Jim Muska remembers waiting in the predawn hours, the tick of the clock getting louder as time went by. The concrete finishers were supposed to have arrived an hour ago. The concrete trucks, lining the street. The challenges of construction, of working at all hours and in all conditions. The toll on the body. The […]

John Milek – Fastenal Co.

It’s a busy day on the production floor. Everyone is pitching in to fill the day’s orders. Hundreds of them, to be packaged and shipped around the globe. Suddenly, there’s a snag on the line. Maybe it’s a broken drill bit, or a machine in need of oil, or a missing pair of goggles or […]

Josh Condon – Lone Star Paving

Helping to modernize an industry that in the not-too-distant past sealed the vast majority of its deals with a handshake is something Josh Condon feels good about at Lone Star Paving. Sure, there is still a value to keeping a laid back friendly feel to the construction business, Condon, the general counsel for the five- […]

Joy (Bily) Bender – The Dutra Group

The $20 million contract awarded this past spring for The Dutra Group to dredge a channel in the Columbia River shows the depth of the company’s capabilities. Joy (Bily) Bender digs nearly as deep. General counsel of operations for the past three years and a member of Dutra’s legal team since 2012, she oversaw the […]

Kevin Freeman – Electrical Consultants Inc.

“Danger—High Voltage!” “Electric Shock Hazard!” “Live Wires Overhead!” “Electrostatic Sensitive Area!” We’ve all seen the signs tacked to chain-link fences around electrical substations and other electrical equipment. There’s a reason those warnings are there—they’re not just for show. And while the general public often needs reminders about the perils of high-voltage electricity, so, too, do […]

Kristen N. Gizzi – ECCO III Enterprises Inc.

For nearly 50 years, ECCO III Enterprises, a family owned business, has been a leading professional construction organization in the New York metropolitan area. As the company excavated, paved and poured concrete for infrastructure projects from overpasses to railroad stations, the Gizzi family simultaneously began to expand their real estate portfolio as ECCO Development LLC. […]

Mariangela Bartz – Votorantim Cimentos Brasil

Brazilian legal operations can be a challenging for attorneys, says Mariangela Bartz. Fast-changing business conditions, complex regulations and taxes, and a high number of lawsuits—especially related to labor disputes—can come on suddenly, like a tropical downpour. Given than context, Bartz wasn’t surprised to find a heavy caseload of lawsuits awaiting her on her first day […]

Melina Chaparro – Elementia USA

Long a leader in supplying the U.S. construction industry with copper pipes, cement and building materials, Mexican-based Elementia is setting an even stronger foundation now as it acquires plants and infrastructure across the country with its Elementia USA division. Expansion spread into Canada, too, says Elementia USA General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs […]

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– Kevin C. Rakowski, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Compliance with Radian Group 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.
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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
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