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Michael Tropea – AIA Australia

You know those health-related New Year’s resolutions that never pan out? Stop smoking, eat better, exercise more, drink less, lose weight? They have a new advocate, and it’s not your doctor. It’s called myOwn. Launched in 2017 by AIA Australia Limited, the Melbourne, Victoria-based life insurance company, it’s a new, highly interactive brand. It aims […]

Sean Hughes — Tabcorp

In Australia, the first Tuesday of every November is the Melbourne Cup, the most prestigious thoroughbred horse race in the country and a nationwide tradition since 1861. In 2017, it was also the day that Vanguard spoke with attorney Sean Hughes of Tabcorp, a major sponsor of the Melbourne Cup carnival and one of the […]

Tom Barham – SCS Engineers

When clients meet Tom Barham at a construction site, they may see a seasoned contractor licensed in 15 states in a hardhat and mud-caked work boots, discussing budgets and schedules. Other times they might encounter him at his Reston, Virginia, office and see a veteran general counsel who is comfortable navigating a spectrum of legal […]

Thomas Williams — RBC Bearings Inc.

A one-time IRS agent who later got his Suffolk University law degree, Thomas Williams’ well-rounded expertise had RBC Bearings Inc. calling upon him to fill its new role of general counsel in 2006. At the time an assistant general counsel for Ingersoll Rand, Williams would prove his worth in short order for his new employer. […]

Robin Smith – LEGO Systems Inc.

Little children worldwide are finding that playing with LEGO bricks engages both their brains and hands in ways that their video games will not, and the international toymaker could not agree more. That was among the reasons that Robin Smith, the Americas vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, found herself in Shanghai in late […]

Joshua Markus – Ardagh Group

Joshua Markus comes across as the complete package. Bright, articulate, friendly and in good humor, he makes a good first impression. Perhaps, best of all, he seems to have a lot of substance, which had to be among the reasons his services weren’t just retained, but upgraded, after his company was bought last year, fittingly […]

Ricardo Nunez — SWM International

Ricardo Nunez may have felt like a relief pitcher upon coming aboard as general counsel of SWM International late last year. The stage for a big win was set by a predecessor, as the suburban Atlanta-based manufacturer of advanced materials made from fibers, resins and polymers had an agreement in place to buy Conwed Plastics […]

American Council of Engineering Companies

Design professionals applauded a ruling earlier this year, by the Maryland Court of Appeals, upholding a lower court ruling protecting a company against claims for purely economic damages by a contractor with whom it did not have a contractual agreement. This principle, known as the Economic Loss Rule or the Economic Loss Doctrine, was championed […]

JDS Therapeutics LLC

It’s not a magic pill—nothing really is—but over 50 clinical studies have attested to the positive effects of Chromax® as a weight-management supplement as well as for cognitive function and an all-around healthy glucose metabolism. Chromax, chromium picolinate, has been affirmed as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) for use in foods and beverages, and is one […]

AECOM Technical Services Inc.

For James K. Lowe, serving as assistant general counsel and vice president of one of two federal divisions of a global engineering giant is a natural continuation of his career, his engineering career, that is. Becoming a lawyer, beginning with classes at George Mason University’s School of Law, offered Lowe an opportunity to stay connected […]


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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
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– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants Inc.


Winter II 2018



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