Features Women in Law

Laurie A. Pinard – Manson Construction Co.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It always helps for a company’s legal boss to visit the site of a major project, ideally in person but at least virtually. Among other benefits, it serves to humanize the lawyer. “Sometimes people think an attorney is holier than thou and condescending,” quips Laurie A. Pinard. “It’s important for others to see me as […]

Lauren Mastro – AVI-SPL

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Ask Lauren Mastro what it was like to go from a post-college, entry-level position to upper management at the same company, and she’ll call it a pleasant surprise. Like finding a $100 bill in the pocket of a jacket you haven’t worn in a while. It’s a humble perspective, but her rise—like that of AVI-SPL, […]

La Dell R. Diaz – ACI Worldwide

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Though best known as a company that provides real-time payment software for clientele such as banks, merchants and billers, ACI Worldwide has long nurtured a foothold in higher education. There being a need to simplify campus payments, the company late last year rolled out a technology platform that could make it the industry heavyweight in […]

Leila Burden Nixon – Verve Senior Living

Est. reading time: 4 mins

By September 2020, Verve Senior Living had undergone a transformation. It went from being a management company for senior living centers to one that could purchase a piece of property and develop a new residence for seniors. Now, VSL owns and operates 32 senior-care communities across four Canadian provinces. Buoyed by that growth, the company […]

Leisa Talbert Peschel – Jackson Walker

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For Leisa Talbert Peschel and Wasif Qureshi, partners at the Texas-based law firm Jackson Walker, no two cases are ever the same. Then again, there aren’t many massive lawsuits between two, multibillion-dollar companies. In February of 2019, ESW Holdings, a private equity company, filed a lawsuit against digital streaming giant Roku for allegedly infringing on […]

Laurie Robinson Haden – CCWC

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Laurie Robinson Haden and 10 of her friends gathered around a dinner table in New York City in 2004, they couldn’t have known how much influence these women of color attorneys would one day wield—in the Big Apple and beyond. What was clear was that, in a city of 57,000 practicing attorneys (according to […]

Lisa Gasbarre Black – Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland

Est. reading time: 3 mins

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 […]

Lisa Stephenson – CRST

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Hungry truckers. Civil unrest. Forest fires. Derechos, hurricanes and a pandemic. The only thing that might be missing in 2020 are the locusts, but Lisa Stephenson still maintains she’s the luckiest lawyer in Iowa with the best job in the world. As the vice president and general counsel at CRST International—one of the nation’s largest […]

Loretta Cecil – Change Healthcare Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As she helps Change Healthcare inspire a better healthcare system, General Counsel Loretta Cecil is also guiding its new approach to addressing legal and compliance issues. Conventional models for public companies separate the legal and compliance teams. However, when Change Healthcare was created in 2017, Cecil insisted on following her vision of a single organization […]

Lauren Schwartz – cleverbridge Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When it comes to her career, Lauren Schwartz has learned to expect the unexpected. Since trading her premed studies for a law degree, Schwartz has occupied myriad positions within the law, ultimately landing as general counsel and corporate secretary for Chicago-based cleverbridge Inc., a tech startup offering ecommerce solutions for downloadable digital suppliers. For Schwartz, […]

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