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Kamika McLean – WeShall Investments

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Originally from the East African republic of Cameroon, Gilles Tchianga had taken well to Ontario. It’s where he furthered his education at Centennial College and the University of Ottawa before settling in the Toronto area and becoming a teacher.   Only something seemed missing.  Though the city is home to ethnic grocers and restaurants, Tchianga couldn’t […]

Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan – California Institute of the Arts

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan didn’t aspire to be an attorney as she grew up. She didn’t expect to wield her pen to write briefs, motions or contracts because she wanted to be an animator. “I love to draw,” she says. “Art is a beautiful way of storytelling, and I enjoy storytelling in a visual medium.” While a […]

Mark Pasko — QBE North America

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The complexities unique to being an international insurance and reinsurance carrier necessitate specialized legal counsel. So reasoned Mark Pasko after his 2019 promotion to chief legal officer and corporate secretary at QBE’s North American division. A stickler for organization, Pasko divided his team of 50 into five groups: corporate and shared services, litigation, regulatory, state […]

Angela Shirrell Head – Minitab

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Minitab is the market leader in providing software and services that enable organizations to make better data-driven decisions that drive business excellence. With a growing demand for its proprietary Solutions AnalyticsTM portfolio, Minitab is investing in innovation and its infrastructure. To support its growth, Minitab appointed Angela Shirrell Head as general counsel in October 2022. […]

Christine Fazio – Hudson River Park Trust

Est. reading time: 5 mins

A four-mile stroll through the middle of Manhattan can take someone from the Flatiron Building, one the first skyscrapers in the U.S., past the Empire State or Chrysler buildings, through the bustle of Times Square or past the grandeur of Grand Central Station and on to the entrance of Central Park. But if one walks […]

Raul Tellez – Luminex Home Decor & Fragrance

Est. reading time: 4 mins

“Burning the candle at both ends” is an old saw used to describe someone who’s intensely busy with their careers or in their personal lives. Were it possible, Raul Tellez would be burning the candle at three ends and doing so for one of the oldest candlemakers in the U.S. Serving as the chief legal […]

Kyle Colin – Elliott-Lewis Corp.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Kyle Colin knew a fair bit about the varied operations at Elliott-Lewis Corp. from providing outside counsel to the company on worker’s compensation and insurance defense cases. Then he joined the company in May 2022 as its first general counsel and really learned the extent of the services the Philadelphia-based company offers throughout the tri-state […]

Maria Reit – VOSKER

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Where legal intricacies meet the fast-paced business world, Maria Reit perfectly embodies strategic leadership. As the senior vice president of legal affairs and corporate secretary at VOSKER, her journey is woven with resilience, strategic acumen and a genuine passion for connecting legal complexities with the heartbeat of the business. Reit believes in creating a robust […]

Kerry Burke – The Nexxus Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

How quickly can 10 weeks become 10 years? Ask Kerry Burke, the vice president of operations and general counsel for The Nexxus Group. Burke was studying for his J.D. from New England Law Boston when he joined Beverly, Massachusetts-based Nexxus Group as a summer intern in 2013. He was promised the opportunity to practice various […]

Jeff Miller – Haskell

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As Jeff Miller’s children were growing up, he liked to ask them about their career aspirations. Not just “What do you want to be when you grow up?” but “What’s your plan to become what you want to be?” too. It’s a sage approach to help anyone understand the work and sacrifice they’ll need to […]


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.
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.
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.
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.


Fall II 2023



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