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Brett Dakin – Child Mind Institute

Depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder. Abuse. Anxiety. Under “normal” circumstances, many of today’s young people struggle with mental health and learning disorders. Now, add to the mix COVID-19, school closures, civil unrest.   It’s a lot for a child to process, says Brett Dakin, general counsel for the Child Mind Institute, noting that the number of […]

David Foster – National Basketball Players Association

When you’re prosecuting organized crime rings by your mid-30s, representing one of the most visible districts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, it’s worth wondering how much higher the lawyer’s ceiling can get—let alone the daily adrenaline rush. Fearing his career might never split from its current track, David Foster did what any hungry young lawyer […]

David Marrone – Ducks Unlimited

As general counsel for Ducks Unlimited, David Marrone is responsible for helping the nonprofit achieve its mission of conserving, restoring and managing wetlands and associated habitats for the continent’s waterfowl. An avid sportsman, Marrone shot his first deer at 13 and was introduced to the world of duck hunting when he was a young law […]

Debbie Liu – The Wilderness Society

While Debbie Liu has always known it’s important to protect the earth, in recent years she’s become passionate about the environment. In addition to taking everyday actions, like recycling and conserving water, she uses her legal expertise to fight climate change. As vice president and general counsel for The Wilderness Society, Liu ensures the organization’s […]

Guy Billauer – American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Guy Billauer isn’t the only attorney who gets calls at all hours of the day and night. It’s just that he gets them from more time zones, and that’s only part of his job as general counsel and chief compliance officer for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which is better known by its JDC […]

Jennifer Lohse – Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Call it a sign of the times. This past May, Sesame Street introduced a new character to its neighborhood: a bright green Muppet with bursting pigtails named Karli. Viewers learned early on that Karli had spent time in foster care. Recently, America learned why: Karli’s mother was in treatment for addiction. Helping to mold the […]

Joel Stern – NAMWOLF

It’s a question he’s often asked, and one that Joel Stern seems to enjoy every time it’s posed—how he, a 60-year-old, heterosexual white man—was selected in 2014 as chief executive officer of NAMWOLF, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms. “You’ve just called out the elephant in the room,” Stern says with […]

John Muckelbauer – VFW

All too often, those who’ve served and put their lives on the line all over the world come home to discover that needed support and benefits are hard to find—or even unavailable. John Muckelbauer, general counsel for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, knows he’s one of the fortunate ones. Since leaving the Marine Corps in […]

Jose Antonio Rodriguez – Acacia Network Inc.

It’s a cycle that can be mentally taxing, Jose Antonio Rodriguez acknowledges. Chief legal officer and executive vice president of New York’s largest Hispanic-led nonprofit, Acacia Network Inc., he’s aided some of the most underserved communities statewide and beyond. “At least we know we’re making a dent,” he tells Vanguard in April from Acacia’s headquarters […]

Lisa Gasbarre Black – Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland

Being evicted, unemployed, or left hungry are what some Ohio residents faced in the wake of COVID-19. Here to combat the plight of the downtrodden, however, is Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland. Founded in 1912, the nonprofit charitable organization in recent times delivered more than 150 services at 60 locations to more than 400,000 individuals […]

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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
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– Kevin C. Rakowski, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Compliance with Radian Group 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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