Features Deputy General Counsels

Sara Ivarra Juarez – Mosaic Health System 

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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

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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

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“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.

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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 […]

Alison Haney Bruck – ServiceMaster(R) Brands

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There’s a certain high one gets from litigating. Alison Haney Bruck thrived on it during her more than six years as a Miami-Dade prosecutor and then the nine years that followed as a litigator for Allstate staff counsel. How satisfying she found it to secure a conviction against a criminal or to turn the tables […]

John Palmerini – Orange County Public Schools

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As the number of violent incidents at public schools has increased over the past decade, many states, counties and districts have taken steps to avoid such tragic events.  The devastating 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School led to the Florida Legislature passing and the governor signing a public safety act. Through this, the […]

Jonathan Bush – Modivcare

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For broken bones, heart attacks or severe allergic reactions, most people know of only one mode of transportation to receive urgent medical attention: ambulances. However, non-emergency transportation for preventative care, life-sustaining dialysis, chemotherapy or post-operative follow-ups isn’t quite so simple, particularly for people who don’t have access to reliable transportation. That’s where Modivcare’s non-emergency medical […]

Mauri Aven – Kyocera AVX Components Corp.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

What capacitors do is pretty complex, especially given the components’ dimensions are often less than half a millimeter. Suffice it to say, they store electrical energy in an electric field in a microchip—which means they’re found in a lot of devices. “Anything with a chip in it will have a capacitor,” Mauri Aven says. As […]


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– 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.
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.


Winter II 2024



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