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Thomas G. Siciliano – Municipal Credit Union

Thomas G. Siciliano never expected to see his name in the index of a textbook, and when he joined Municipal Credit Union (MCU) as general counsel at the age of 27, he never expected he’d stay there for 35 years. When he interviewed for the job as general counsel, just a couple years out of […]

Thomas Ting – Starkey Hearing Technologies

In 1983, Ronald Regan became the first president to wear a hearing aid on TV. Less historic perhaps than authorizing a moon landing or ending a war, his decision nevertheless removed much of the stigma around hearing aids as being unsightly and a sign of frailty. Shortly after, hearing aid sales shot up, and Starkey […]

Tiffany Walden – Olaplex

Marie Claire magazine calls it “the biggest new hair-treatment technology for years.” Kim Kardashian says it enabled her to go platinum and back without making a mess of her famous tresses. Molly Sims, she of Sports Illustrated swimsuit and NBC “Las Vegas” fame, also lauds the stuff. The miracle products limit damage to hair during […]

Tim Pratt – Boston Scientific

Eight years ago Tim Pratt left his position at a globally renowned defense litigation law firm to start a new chapter in his extensive legal career, taking a senior position at Boston Scientific, a medical device company. Pratt has gained ample experience in commercial litigation, intellectual property, mediation and product liability throughout the course of […]

Tina R. Patel – Irving Independent School District

Ask Tina R. Patel who her clients are and she’ll tell you “the kids,” all 35,000 of them. Then, she’ll pause, take a breath, and list all her other clients: the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jose L. Parra; the board of trustees, the campus principals, the teachers and the executive cabinet. Patel is the chief […]

Tish Berard – Hearts on Fire

Hearts On Fire, the brand behind “The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond,” draws on a vast array of resources to produce its high quality gemstone jewelry. Skilled members of the company’s research and design, production, finance, marketing and distribution/retail arms perform the day-to-day functions that keep the business competitive and growing. When it comes to […]

Todd Hanna – Sovos Compliance

Todd Hanna is as good a salesman as he is a lawyer, and he’s a damn good lawyer. When his company, Sovos Compliance, came to a roadblock while negotiating with a new customer, a large shoe company, Hanna went online and ordered a pair of their shoes. “After I made my pitch for them to […]

Tony Trevino – Lewis Energy Group L.P.

When representatives of Lewis Energy Group visit landowners of potential gas extraction sites, they often give the following reassurance: “We’re not going anywhere.” In an industry filled with fly-by-night operations trying to make a quick buck, those words make a difference. Tony Trevino, general counsel for LEG, knows this. He’s been in the Texas energy […]

Value-driven GC oversees 23 acquisitions in seven years

It’s a well-known perk of the construction industry: workers get to see the fruits of their labor. That’s not limited to the field staff driving nails or the superintendents watching buildings rise, though. The benefit is true for general counsels in the construction and engineering realm, as well. General counsels, like Richard Tong, see the […]

Vee Leonard – Florida Gulf Coast University

Short of founding your own firm, being able to grow in tandem with a legal-backed institution—through all the triumphs and pitfalls that follow—is something of a rarity. Then again, there’s a lot about Vee Leonard’s story that seems unlikely. Married at 18, mother at 19, law degree some quarter-century later and myriad life trials, Vee […]

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