Features Manufacturing

Claudia Trancozo – Britânia Eletrodomésticos

Est. reading time: 4 mins

What’s the key to success as an in-house attorney?   For Claudia Trancozo, it’s fluency in French.  She’s the legal manager and head of the legal department for Britânia Eletrodomésticos, one of Brazil’s largest appliance manufacturers. While the role doesn’t require her to speak French, it was her in-house experience helping the French carmaker Renault expand […]

Jennifer Motwani Hurley – Lockheed Martin

Est. reading time: 4 mins

She’s not just knocking wood over the fact Lockheed Martin hasn’t had a serious work stoppage in the past 10 years. Jennifer Motwani Hurley tries to ensure business continues under any condition. Last April, for instance, she helped the defense and aerospace contractor agreed to a new four-year, two-month contract with its machinists’ union in […]

Wahid Guirguis – HCI Systems Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As the only in-house attorney at HCI Systems Inc., Wahid Guirguis is involved in all its operations, from compliance and regulatory matters to labor and employment and human resources. With few outside counsel, he spends his days working with managers and leadership of the company’s offices throughout California. He also handles contracts, reviews legal documents, […]

Jessie Basner – Trane Technologies

Est. reading time: 4 mins

At Trane Technologies, Jessie Basner manages every stage of civil cases, which can be heard from federal courts down through state and local ones, with a goal of resolving disputes before they reach a courtroom. That’s no small task, says the associate general counsel for commercial litigation in the Americas. With its Trane and Thermo […]

Roberta Venâncio – Japan Tobacco International

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Though relatively new to Brazil and not yet one of the industry’s heavyweights there, Japan Tobacco International has been expanding in South America’s largest country. With Brazil being the world’s largest exporter of tobacco and having the ideal soil and climate for cultivating the plant, expanding there has helped the company’s grow. To sustain its […]

Maria-Gabriela Lopez Varela – Chanel

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s the role she had long been preparing for, even if it wasn’t always apparent to Maria-Gabriela Lopez Varela. “Some people at a young age know just what they want in life but that wasn’t me,” she says. Since December 2018, she’s been senior counsel in Latin America for the French-owned luxury fashion house, Chanel, […]

Ana Carolina Alcalá Wilson – Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Est. reading time: 4 mins

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, store shelves were being wiped out by people stocking up on essential supplies. Among the hardest-to-find items was toilet paper. For manufacturers, including the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, keeping up with demand was a challenge. The international company is known for the brands Cottonelle and Scott, as well as other […]

Courtland Astill – Traeger Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Ask “what’s cooking?” to someone using a Traeger wood pellet grill, and the answer could be anything from steak to ribs to wood-fired pizza. Ask Courtland Astill, and the answer will be M&A with a slathering of IPO. Astill, the company’s associate general counsel, has managed an acquisition that keeps Traeger’s technology at the forefront […]

Kimberly Murphy – Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For as long as there have been products to sell, there have been companies claiming their products are the best. But, as Kimberly Murphy explains, they actually, legally, need to prove it. She’s the global chief competition counsel for Kimberly-Clark Corporation and the general counsel for its North America Family Care Business. The Irving, Texas-based […]

Chuck Almer – Construction Specialties Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

With clients in healthcare, Construction Specialties Inc. met every definition of essential business during COVID-19. And what a greater volume of work the company had as its hospital and clinic clientele reconfigured available space into patient rooms. The company noted for making and using such specialty products as Acrovyn® wall protection and doors, as well […]


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– 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.
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.


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