Features Region: Midwest

Christina Flint – Diplomat Pharmacy Inc.

A quick Google search of Flint, Michigan, returns articles on its water crisis and its fall into destitution after automakers left. But defining the city purely by its struggles doesn’t do justice to the current efforts of Michigan-based health care companies that are revitalizing the local economy and filling the gaps left by GM and […]

Patricia Kim – Swanson

Poll any passenger boarding a flight from Los Angeles to Fargo, North Dakota, and he or she will probably tell you they’d just as soon stay put—emphatically so, should the trip occur in the dead of winter. Most, yes, but not all. And definitely not Patricia Kim. As general counsel for Swanson, one of the […]

Kristina Schaefer – Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank and Trust

At first glance, there might not seem to be many similarities between working on the family farm and overseeing the legal department of a banking company. But there are indeed, says the personable Kristina Schaefer, who’s done both on the high plains. “My upbringing prepared me very well for banking,” says Schaefer, who for the […]

Bob Robinson – RMG Networks

Bob Robinson’s first appointment to a legal role was unceremonious. While an officer in the United States Navy, he once mentioned a passing interest in attending law school. When his commanding officer heard this, he simply handed Robinson the role of legal officer. As he was already an anti-submarine warfare and nuclear weapons officer, the […]

Joshua Markus – Ardagh Group

Joshua Markus comes across as the complete package. Bright, articulate, friendly and in good humor, he makes a good first impression. Perhaps, best of all, he seems to have a lot of substance, which had to be among the reasons his services weren’t just retained, but upgraded, after his company was bought last year, fittingly […]

On cybersecurity, he means business

First and foremost a business guy with law and finance degrees, William Croutch never knows what will wind up on his to-do list each morning when he reports to Optiv Security Inc.’s largest office in Overland Park, Kansas. As senior vice president and head of the cybersecurity firm’s legal department Croutch oversees a team that […]

Abercrombie & Kent

In the words of its loquacious general counsel, Michael Ellis, Abercrombie and Kent sells dreams. “Not only are we helping our guests tick off their bucket lists, in luxury, but we are creating new bucket list trips,” he told Vanguard this past summer. The venerable tour operator has been arranging the highest of high-end vacations […]

Follett Corporation

One of the best lessons Mark Sproat ever learned wasn’t at Loyola University Chicago School of Law; it came well after establishing himself as a capable and ambitious in-house lawyer at the former Hewitt Associates, an Illinois-based human capital, outsourcing and management consulting firm that became Aon Hewitt following its 2010 acquisition by the British […]

QBE North America

Hindsight is 20/20, and in the rearview mirror Jose Ramon Gonzalez looks through, his career trajectory makes perfect sense. Always intrigued by finances and international work, the Columbia University-trained attorney found himself working in New York for AIG—then the world’s largest insurer—helping a startup in London build from scratch, and now, walking a middle path, […]

Duo Security

At a certain point in their careers, many attorneys find themselves at a crossroads. They’ve paid their dues in law firms and spent time working in large, corporate settings. Then, the job starts to feel like just that, a job. Such lawyers, a breed driven to do more, begin to look around, to question. Peter […]


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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.


Spring I 2018



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