Features General Counsels

Nicole Harvey – Dragonfly Energy Corp.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Having served Dragonfly Energy Corp., as outside counsel, Nicole Harvey understood much about this ambitious Nevada company that’s striving to make its lithium-ion batteries a game-changer on the renewables and sustainability fronts. Only she had much to learn about her soon-to-be employer in the summer of 2021. That’s when President and CEO Denis Phares told […]

Cindy Buhr – PrimeLending

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When many of its 1,100 loan officers asked for a new mortgage refinancing product for customers, the executives at PrimeLending listened. After all, with interest rates and inflation on the rise, homebuying was on the decline. In 2022, the leading national retail mortgage lender and refinancer introduced Rate Redo for customers purchasing a loan between […]

Robin Dunson – Segra

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In business, the difference between right and wrong is usually clear. For example, most people know not to steal from their employer. However, there are many gray areas. If someone takes an Uber to a concert after work and then logs the ride as a business expense, is it really a big deal? At Segra, […]

Matt Pierce – Suntec Concrete

Est. reading time: 5 mins

While Matt Pierce knew he wanted to be a lawyer from the time he was a senior in high school, it was pure serendipity that brought him to his current role as general counsel at Suntec Concrete. “I didn’t actually look for this; the position fell into my lap,” he says. “And that’s the only […]

Rachael Ortiz – Meridian Title

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The process of purchasing or refinancing a home can be akin to a complicated Rube Goldberg machine—each step needs to occur at the right time and in the right order before a shiny set of keys can land in a new homeowner’s palm. Meridian Title puts together all those seemingly disparate pieces. Despite the name, […]

Whitney Walters-Sachs – Pine Crest School

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As a school administrator, Whitney Walters-Sachs says the actions she takes—or does not take—create ripple effects throughout the community. “We operate in a complex system with many stakeholders with different interests and viewpoints,” she says. “Every decision sends a message about our mission and values, while setting a precedent to follow when similar circumstances arise.” […]

Daryl Dorsey – American Airlines

Est. reading time: 5 mins

If there’s a thread that runs through all of Daryl Dorsey’s work as director and senior attorney for American Airlines—managing international labor, employment and pension issues; participating in diversity, equity and inclusion subcommittees; and mentoring colleagues of color—it’s his commitment to making people feel welcomed. For Dorsey, it’s all about creating what he calls a […]

Michelle Shepston – DMC Global Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Headquartered in Vernon, California, Arcadia is a supplier of architectural framing systems, windows and doors for the commercial construction and high-end residential markets.  And for about five years, Arcadia was of great interest to DMC Global, says Michelle Shepston.  “Arcadia had a long history of profitable growth and a large addressable market. It was always […]

Callana Ollie –Oakland Community Health Network

Est. reading time: 4 mins

If you’ve ever wondered how a doctor or specialist is determined in-network or out, just ask Callana Ollie. She’s the one who drafts, negotiates and finalizes the contracts between Oakland Community Health Network and its health care providers, a process that’s done all over the country.  While it may seem like a limitation to patients […]

Sarah Mack – Everett Public Schools

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Sarah Mack comes from a family of educators who believe in the purpose and potential of public schools. So, it’s only natural that she would end up working for a public school district—albeit in a different capacity. As general counsel for Everett Public Schools in Washington’s Snohomish County, Mack supports the teachers, administrators and staffers […]


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.
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.


Winter II 2023



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