Features Insurance

Gerard Gregoire – Allstate

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Benajmin Franklin may have started the insurance industry in the U.S. in 1752, but Gerard Gregoire has been helping Allstate replace outdated traditions for over two decades. His method? Partnering with his teams for input, using more technology, cutting back on office space and incorporating artificial intelligence and automation. “I’ve invested 23 years of my […]

Andrea Palmer – Higginbotham Insurance Agency Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Andrea Palmer admits she didn’t fully understand the insurance business when she joined Higginbotham Insurance Agency Inc. in April 2018. But she’s a quick study, and as she learned the intricacies of insurance law, regulations and licensing at the brokerage based in Fort Worth, Texas, she also found ways to improve legal operations. Now the […]

Tyler Brody – Cigna

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Tyler Brody thought he understood health insurance and its nuances when he joined the Cigna legal department in January 2014. But it literally hit home the following August when his 13-month-old son was diagnosed with a rare and incurable leukemia that left him with just four months to live. Not that it eased the young […]

Christa Rapoport – Cardenas, Goldwater, Taplin Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It could be identifying how to improve cybersecurity compliance, increasing access to attorneys for low socioeconomic families, responding to regulatory inquiries, or volunteering for special education and math literacy in her town. It could even be standing up for employees who are new mothers, so they have lactation areas that are more private, sanitary and […]

Maryfrances “Fran” Cooper – Goodville Mutual Casualty Co.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s the most intangible and invaluable asset, corporate culture. Encompassing everything from corporate identity and community reputation to work environment and vendor relationships, company culture is as important as limiting liability, Maryfrances “Fran” Cooper emphasizes. As general counsel and vice president of human resources for Goodville Mutual Casualty Co., she’s responsible for both. Goodville’s distinctive […]

Francisca Larraín – Liberty Mutual Insurance

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When people encounter an ethical dilemma at work, they don’t always know who to turn to. At Liberty Mutual Insurance, they can bring their concerns to  —employees who have demonstrated a commitment to making ethical decisions. Compliance champions can help resolve issues or bring them to the attention of the compliance department. “We all have […]

Esther Grossman – Homeowners of America Insurance Company

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Not every law school student would think to hop up on a roof in the wake of a major storm. Then again, heights have not deterred Esther Grossman—especially if she’s hot on the scent of potential fraud. During her tenure as a senior claims representative with State Farm,  and while attending the University of Tulsa […]

Marilyn McClure-Demers – Nationwide

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Though she’s never wielded a lightsaber, Marilyn McClure-Demers considers herself a Jedi. In her case, though, it’s spelled JDEI—the acronym for justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, which imbues her work in and outside the office. During her career, McClure-Demers has practiced law in private firms and as in-house counsel. Now, she’s vice president and associate […]

Julie Bowling – Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In early March 2020, a couple weeks before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, Tennessee residents were dealing with a different type of catastrophe. Between March 2 and 3, tornadoes ravaged the state, leaving 25 people dead, more than 300 injured and more than 70,000 without power. With more than $1.6 billion in damages, it was […]

Courtney Welton – The Allstate Corp.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s been a ubiquitous brand image and slogan for more than 70 years—the open palms assuring Allstate customers they’re in good hands. The image and slogan endure, but the company says it’s also embracing a modern approach, expanding its traditional home and auto products to include to electronic devices, roadside repairs and online identity. For […]

Testimonials

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.
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.
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.

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