Features Deputy General Counsels

Willy Hernandez – Hyundai Motor Group 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Willy Hernandez admits that he didn’t grow up wanting to be a lawyer. In fact, he saw himself going to medical school and being a doctor like his father, who worked as a gynecologic oncologist for over 40 years in Los Angeles.   However, a pivotal moment at Stanford University led him down the legal path.  […]

Amy Meyer – R.J. O’Brien 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As the senior director and deputy general counsel at R.J. O’Brien & Associates, LLC (R.J. O’Brien), Amy Meyer is an important part of the firm’s leadership. Her role goes beyond traditional legal counsel; she partners with her business colleagues on transformative projects crucial to the firm’s future trajectory.  Chicago-based R.J. O’Brien is the oldest and […]

Paul Bennett – Landmark Dividend LLC  

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Paul Bennett, the deputy general counsel at Landmark Dividend LLC, has been an important force in steering the company’s growth through strategic acquisitions. Joining Landmark in 2014 as the corporate counsel for their acquisition team, he found himself immersed in a high-volume environment, primarily involved in telecom and billboard acquisitions.  In his current role, Bennett […]

Robert Tomkowicz – GroupHEALTH 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Robert Tomkowicz, the general counsel and chief privacy officer at GroupHEALTH, plays an important role in ensuring the efficiency and compliance of the organization as it navigates the intricacies of employee group benefits administration. With a strong legal background, Tomkowicz brings expertise to his multifaceted role.  Tomkowicz’s due diligence has significantly reduced privacy incidents, showcasing […]

Sara Ivarra Juarez – Mosaic Health System 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Sara Ivarra Juarez, the deputy general counsel at Mosaic in St. Joseph, Missouri, plays an important role in shaping the legal landscape of the hospital system. Mosaic is a prominent healthcare institution serving various counties across Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa. Juarez’s dedication to employee rights, workplace safety and diversity has made her a key figure […]

Kanchana Wangkeo Leung – EasyKnock

Est. reading time: 5 mins

A still young firm that made its mark offering residential sale-leaseback solutions to homeowners, EasyKnock had thoughts about enhancing its suite of products with additional bridge options such as cash offers. However, given other priorities and a cooling housing market, the idea was put on the back burner until last year when the executives learned […]

Adriana Boudreaux – SitusAMC Holdings

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Adriana Boudreaux is quick to point out how her company, SitusAMC, provides comprehensive real estate finance services rarely offered by one company. “We provide services in every step in the life cycle of commercial and residential real estate lending,” she says. SitusAMC’s services begin with the due diligence and underwriting for lenders in support of […]

Kevin Baker – rPlus Energies

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Kevin Baker is helping rPlus Hydro provide low-cost and reliable electricity from renewable sources by managing the legal matters for 12 pumped storage hydroelectric projects. Though it would seem the company is riding the crest of a new wave of power generation and energy storage solutions, the reality is his work as deputy general counsel […]

Laurence ‘Larry’ Oleksa – Cirrus Aircraft

Est. reading time: 5 mins

“There’s a constant corporate culture of innovation at Cirrus Aircraft,” Laurence “Larry” Oleksa tells Vanguard in May from headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota. The company is the only one of its kind, he explains, that outfits all its aircraft with the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS®) – the first FAA-certified whole-airframe parachute safety system included as […]

Wade Sherman – Adobe Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Wade Sherman, vice president and deputy general counsel for Adobe’s digital experience division, has been immersed in M&A since joining the company in 2009 when it acquired the company he worked for, Omniture Inc. But the $1.5 billion acquisition of Workfront that closed in December 2020 was a new experience for him as well as […]


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.
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.
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.


Summer I 2024



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