Features Women in Law

Christal Fenton – Ascensus

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A young couple just started a family. Though there’s so much to do in the present as they adapt to parenthood, they’re also concerned about the future. Specifically, how will they pay for higher education? Another couple is raising a child with a life-altering disability. While health insurance plans pay for medical care and devices […]

Fabiola Nabuco Leva – Trane Technologies

Est. reading time: 5 mins

So much heavy industrial manufacturing under one corporate entity, it seemed prudent to split Ingersoll Rand and allow two separate business divisions to proceed with what they could do best. Prudent, however, is not to be confused with simple. Nothing is when overhauling a multinational. But the process was consummated in 2020 with Trane Technologies […]

Jennifer Lawrence – NEXT Insurance

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s opening night for your restaurant. You’ve reviewed the menus, posted the specials, set the tables, lit the candles and prepped the kitchen. So how’s your insurance coverage? Do you offer outside seating, serve alcohol or have dancing? Those are among the factors to consider to properly insure a restaurant, says Jennifer Lawrence, general counsel […]

Mariana D’Andrea – Roku

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, cable TV reigned supreme as a source of information and entertainment. So, when given the chance to work with new media, Mariana D’Andrea was excited. Still in law school at the time, she was one of the youngest employees at an Argentinian media conglomerate. She was also one […]

Susie Wu-Dare – Mercer

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Susie Wu-Dare knew early on that the contracting process at Mercer needed a digital facelift. With significant numbers of global clients—many in the U.S.—she and her legal colleagues were inundated with contract reviews. “Streamlining and digitalizing this process is imperative not only to reduce risks and human error but also to optimize team performance,” she […]

Regina DeIulio – Florida Polytechnic University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As the proverb goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day—but bricks were laid every hour. While a university campus isn’t quite as large as the capital of Italy, it is like a small city, says Regina DeIulio, who’s been laying legal bricks at Florida Polytechnic University for a decade. Created in 2012 as an independent […]

Tiffany McMillan-McWaters – Franchise Group Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Tiffany McMillan-McWaters relocated to Southeast Virginia from England with her husband in 2013, she encountered a difficult in-house legal market saturated with attorneys—and next to no job opportunities. Despite being well-versed in contract law, she applied for a job as a paralegal at Liberty Tax, a tax-preparation service company based in Virginia Beach. While […]

Carrie Benedict – KeyBank

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Imagine being asked how to build a bridge so it meets state and federal regulations—after the materials and contractors have been chosen and the construction has already begun. That, says Carrie Benedict, is precisely what she and her team at KeyBank try to avoid when it comes to merger or acquisition deals. In the seven […]

Meg Cavanaugh – Commvault

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For anyone without a law degree, it can be hard to understand most of what’s written in product terms and conditions. Meg Cavanaugh has set out to change this, at least at Commvault, a publicly held data protection company. As associate general counsel, her goal is to write terms and conditions that are user-friendly and […]

Mary Chapin – National Student Clearinghouse

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As the first in her family to graduate college and attend law school, Mary Chapin says education was life-changing for her. So, after earning her undergraduate and law degrees, she joined the education law boutique of O’Hara & O’Connell in 1992, representing school districts and colleges in state and federal courts for nearly three years, […]

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