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Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation

The oil and gas business is risky. Very risky. There’s geological and mechanical risk associated with locating and extracting hydrocarbons from thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface. And then there’s price risk. Global economies, OPEC decisions, geopolitical events—particularly those in already unstable areas like the Middle East—and even the weather, can all dramatically impact […]

Sbarro

The owner of a casual, family-style Italian restaurant in North Canton, Ohio, Mark Inzetta knows the recipe for success in the risky endeavor of serving food to customers and hoping they’ll make a habit out of coming back often. His restaurant—Mama Guzzardi’s—is noted for its mouth-watering lasagna, but that alone won’t keep the place viable. […]

Seeing clearly in vertical markets

Some insights can only come from weathering 17 years in the legal hot seat. That, says Suzanne Niemeyer, just about sums up her role as general counsel and managing director at Actua Corporation, a Radnor, Pennsylvania-based public company that owns and operates private businesses offering cloud-based software to customers in vertical markets, or markets that […]

Shan Bhati and Peter Petros – Edelman

“At this point, we can read each other’s minds,” says attorney Shan Bhati of her co-counsel Peter Petros. The two attorneys may not have super powers, but after 11 years of working together to build the legal department of the world’s largest public relations firm, Bhati and Petros have formed a partnership that’s unique in […]

Steve Gaer – R&R Realty Group

Steve Gaer keeps his general counsel card in his back pocket, literally. Most of the time, when he goes into business meetings with R&R Realty Group, he passes out his chief operative officer (COO) business card. Gaer joined R&R Realty Group—a 30-year-old family-owned full service commercial real estate company based in West Des Moines, Iowa—in […]

Steve Sibner – NCCI

“Get in the trunk,” Steve Sibner told his client after bailing him out of jail in the early morning hours of an especially memorable day back in 1986. It was one of the first pieces of legal advice that the young attorney gave to anyone, as he had only recently graduated from American University’s Washington […]

Surveying and Mapping LLC

Modern construction relies more and more upon geospatial surveying, and that’s a concept best grasped by those with a technical background. People such as, say, Cookie Fay Munson, who since 2012 has been the savvy general counsel of the Austin, Texas-based and nationally recognized firm, Surveying And Mapping LLC (SAM) that assists a variety of […]

The Donohoe Companies Inc.

How does a two-person legal team support one of the Washington D.C. area’s largest and oldest real estate development firms? It knows when to ask for help and isn’t afraid to outsource work to other law firms. While many in-house counsel justify their positions by bringing legal work in-house, thus reducing their outside counsel expenditures, […]

Thomas G. Siciliano – Municipal Credit Union

Thomas G. Siciliano never expected to see his name in the index of a textbook, and when he joined Municipal Credit Union (MCU) as general counsel at the age of 27, he never expected he’d stay there for 35 years. When he interviewed for the job as general counsel, just a couple years out of […]

Thomas Ting – Starkey Hearing Technologies

In 1983, Ronald Regan became the first president to wear a hearing aid on TV. Less historic perhaps than authorizing a moon landing or ending a war, his decision nevertheless removed much of the stigma around hearing aids as being unsightly and a sign of frailty. Shortly after, hearing aid sales shot up, and Starkey […]

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