Features Region: Midwest

Robert Lev – IMC

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Robert Lev says he works in a lesser known—but exciting—area where financial trading and technology intersect. He’s the U.S. general counsel for IMC—a “market maker”—which means the company can buy or sell financial products at any time, facilitating the transfer of risk for market participants. “What we do is just a sliver of the fairly […]

Callana Ollie –Oakland Community Health Network

Est. reading time: 4 mins

If you’ve ever wondered how a doctor or specialist is determined in-network or out, just ask Callana Ollie. She’s the one who drafts, negotiates and finalizes the contracts between Oakland Community Health Network and its health care providers, a process that’s done all over the country.  While it may seem like a limitation to patients […]

Janet Nash – American Century Investments

Est. reading time: 5 mins

She’s winding down her career of a quarter-century-plus on the legal staff of American Century Investments. Only the rocking chair doesn’t await Janet Nash—this energetic and adventurous 54-year-old has years, if not decades, left to make an impact in other areas. While she can’t say what will follow her Feb. 28 retirement party, Nash will […]

Jon M. Canty – DENSO

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The road to progress can’t be blocked by legal uncertainties. Just slowed, at times, with cautionary signs posted. So explains Jon M. Canty who oversees risks that, not too many years ago, few could have anticipated. Autonomous and even airborne cars once seemed so sci-fi. “Urban air mobility or ‘Jetson’ cars,” the affable Canty says, […]

F. Willis (Bill) Caruso Jr. – DeVry University

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There are times when Bill Caruso might sigh at the regulations a private, for-profit college must adhere to. Case in point: No more than 90 percent of its revenue can come from federal financial aid. The underlying theory is that a private, for-profit school should be of sufficient quality to garner more than 10 percent […]

Tajanae Mallett – Arjo

Est. reading time: 4 mins

One day during a middle school computer class in Naperville, Illinois, Tajanae Mallett took a skills and knowledge test that predicted her ideal career would be as a corporate attorney. For the last 10 years, she’s followed that path, but not in the traditional sense. Typically, a lawyer spends time honing their legal skills in […]

Dan Lantry – Sonova Group

Est. reading time: 5 mins

With three decades of experience as a lawyer—22 years spent in the healthcare industry—Dan Lantry has learned one universal truth of the industry: Time is never enough. “I’ve been an in-house lawyer at seven different health-focused companies, and one of the biggest—and most consistent—challenges we face is how and when to give back to the […]

Robert W. Karr Jr. – Fuji International and Blommer Chocolate Co.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For cocoa farmers in the Ivory Coast, the day begins early. They work plots averaging 10 acres while producing more than two-thirds of the world’s cocoa supply. Many of the beans they grow and harvest, then dry and ferment, will be made into chocolate half a world away each year in Chicago’s West Town. The […]

John Cheek – Tenneco

Est. reading time: 5 mins

At the start of 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic began, leaders at Tenneco decided to pause a  major company restructuring. The plan had been to split the company in two and create a spinoff called DRiV Incorporated, which would have specialized in ride performance and aftermarket solutions for cars and trucks. Tenneco manufactures automotive components […]

Michael Kessler – MISO

Est. reading time: 5 mins

From his office in Carmel, Indiana, Michael Kessler is around halfway from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Louisiana to the plains of Manitoba. There’s not much in common between these regions, which include 13 U.S. states and a southern portion of Canada, except the need for electricity. Kessler has a hand in energizing these […]


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– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants 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.
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.


Winter II 2023



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