Case Studies Corporate Counsel

Hyundai Capital America – Carol Moore

The financial crisis in 2008 didn’t do great things for the public’s perception of automakers. When gas prices rose, car companies struggled to sell the SUVs that had been their bread and butter. The lost profits, compounded by the burst of the housing bubble, had a worldwide ripple effect. In the wake of the crisis, […]

Michael Bregenzer – Ranir LLC

Nothing risked, nothing gained, believes Michael Bregenzer, who’s celebrating his fifth anniversary as the first general counsel of Ranir LLC, the Michigan-based manufacturer of value-brand oral and personal health-care products. “I’m comfortable with risk,” says the personable 47-year-old attorney who cut his teeth handling Ranir’s patent issues, in 2006 as an associate with the Chicago […]

Cindy Williams – 1-800 Contacts

Some 41 million Americans use contact lenses, and a growing number do so by downloading 1-800 Contacts’ five-star app that submits their order in just three clicks. Yet those customers have no idea how hard the Utah-based company has had to fight to provide such easy shopping, the company says. The fight continues today, led […]

Randi Cigelnik – Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

Necessary as they are, insurance companies tend not to be on anyone’s list of favored institutions, and that can make them targets for the arguably political agendas of those who regulate them. Case in point: the Multistate Insurance Diversity Survey. Randi Cigelnik, general counsel of the Chicago-based Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), describes […]

Joseph Perkins – NIBCO Inc.

When general counsels retire after decades at a family-run, longstanding company, who do they possibly ask to fill their shoes? Attorneys like Joseph Perkins, whose fresh perspective can help modernize a legal department. In 2015, Perkins was recruited to NIBCO Inc., a global manufacturer of valves, fittings and flow control products, so the company’s former […]

Brian Burke – Calgary Flames

When Brian Burke was a senior at Providence College and captain of the hockey team during the 1976-1977 season, his coach, Lou Lamoriello, called the driven, hard-nosed young man into his office and told him he had to take the upcoming Law School Admission Test. Though an excellent student who would be a Rhodes Scholar […]

Heidi Young – Publicis Re:Sources USA Inc.

Somewhere in her files Heidi Young has a copy of the now defunct British music magazine “Melody Maker,” with a photo of The Ramones on the cover—a photo that she shot. Today, Young is executive vice president and deputy general counsel for Re:Sources USA Inc., a shared services group that supports Publicis Groupe, the third […]

Melissa Frugé – Spredfast

There are many differences between technology and law; high among them is that the former may change almost daily, while the latter is at the convenience of the lawmakers. It’s a hare versus tortoise race, only it’s the hare—the technology—that wins. You won’t catch technology taking a breather, and in its dust can be a […]

Kathryn Stalmack – BioScrip

By 2015, Kathryn Stalmack had reached a comfortable place in her career. She had made partner at a prominent healthcare practice in Chicago, Polsinelli PC, earning the firm’s trust and building her own client base. “I loved my job and I was working for one of the best healthcare firms in the country,” she says. […]

Joe Slavens – Northwest Bank & Trust Company

In 1988, when Joe Slavens joined the family business, Northwest Bank and & Trust Company, there were more than 15,000 small, community banks in the U.S. Today, Slavens estimates there are closer to 5,000. Since Slavens joined, Northwest Bank & Trust Company has gone through a labyrinth of challenges in order to survive and serve […]

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