Features Region: Midwest

Dan Happe – TSI

For Dan Happe, saying that his company had a busy and successful past 18 months would be a huge understatement. In fact, during that time, the company probably did its most important work ever, he says. Shoreview, Minnesota-based TSI Incorporated makes respirator testing devices that gauge the fit of N95 masks—one of the most reliable […]

Dan Dillon – Novel Energy Solutions

While some solar companies only serve one function, Dan Dillon says the one he works for is a little more, well, novel. Aptly named, Novel Energy Solutions develops land for solar infrastructure, constructs solar gardens and facilities, and oversees their operations by maintaining equipment and managing subscribers. Dillon, the company’s general counsel, says this vertical […]

David A. Hitchens – JLL

David A. Hitchens has been through industry downturns before, having joined the legal staff of JLL in the midst of the Great Recession. By revenue, the Chicago-based JLL is the world’s second largest commercial real estate company, and its properties endured higher vacancies and lower leases as so many industries cut back between 2007 and […]

David Murgio – Ranpak

It’s a role where David Murgio doesn’t often need to consult his law books, working for an Ohio-based global manufacturing company that specializes in protective paper-based packaging. Chief sustainability officer and corporate secretary of Ranpak since last year, Murgio was general counsel and chief operating officer of One Madison Group, the acquisitions firm that purchased […]

DeeDee Drays – Bellisio Foods Inc.

From a young age DeeDee Drays has always followed her sense of adventure, be it to the jungles of Sumatra or the mountains of Tibet. While a law student at the University of Texas, she even considered joining the Peace Corps after graduation. So it comes as no surprise that her legal career became just […]

David Kenzer – HERE Technologies

He may not always win points for diplomacy, but David Kenzer gets his message across in a manner that deliver results. Such was the case at a HERE Technologies leadership summit a couple years ago when CEO Edzard Overbeek asked the still-new general counsel to get up and say a few words. “I said, ‘we’re […]

Divya Mehta – KONE

Getting her foot in the door was Divya Mehta’s first step toward a new job at KONE, allowing this marathoner to run with a new opportunity. Admittedly, Mehta says she wasn’t the ideal candidate for at the $8.9 billion global engineering company that manufactures elevators and escalators in 60 countries worldwide. She had no experience […]

Derek Hawkins – Harley-Davidson Motor Co.

His professional responsibilities include maintaining the Harley-Davidson trademark portfolio in emerging markets, worldwide trademark clearance, and, if necessary, coordinating legal action against trademark infringers throughout Latin America and Europe. Only when it comes to enforcement, Derek Hawkins has learned that protecting the brand value of the seminal motorcycle manufacturer presents challenges he did not encounter […]

Detra Lynn Mills – Round Room LLC

Detra Lynn Mills is in love with a red brick, century-old former elementary school in Indianapolis, but not because of its artful floor-to-ceiling windows or its placement on the National Register of Historic Places. Instead, it’s what happens inside the repurposed school building at an agency called Coburn Place Safe Haven that caught her attention. […]

Deb Steiner – RR Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD)

Ask Deb Steiner what inspired her to become a lawyer, and you’ll get a response quite different from the range of clichéd answers you’re used to hearing. In fact, she was initially turned off by the idea; a devout Anabaptist, the career path felt contrary to the values she espoused. But she couldn’t shake the […]

Testimonials

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.
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.
I was honored to be the subject of an article. I enjoy reading Vanguard articles and seeing how other attorneys got to their positions and see their jobs. It's also interesting to see how different law firms partner with the subjects of the articles.
– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants Inc.
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.

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