Features Region: Midwest

Paul Neumann – Trinity Health

Some people approach life like a blank canvas. Paul Neumann approaches life like a fresh piece of copper. Neumann is executive vice president and general counsel for Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving more than 30 million people across 22 states, and headquartered in Livonia, […]

Arthur Gonzales – National Interstate

Every attorney has important learning moments early on that will shape the direction of his senior career. For Arthur Gonzales, that “moment” was a five year-long clerkship in the Ohio Third District Court of Appeals where he worked on cases as diverse as complex business litigation, drug trafficking and homicides with death penalty sentencing. “I […]

Shan Bhati and Peter Petros – Edelman

“At this point, we can read each other’s minds,” says attorney Shan Bhati of her co-counsel Peter Petros. The two attorneys may not have super powers, but after 11 years of working together to build the legal department of the world’s largest public relations firm, Bhati and Petros have formed a partnership that’s unique in […]

Alex Liberman – Medline Industries Inc.

It’s hard to imagine that Medline, a company that earns almost $9 billion in annual revenue and is the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies in the U.S., could have an underdog mentality. But Medline has held on to the conservative, detail-oriented ethos that helped it grow from a small manufacturer of […]

Steve Gaer – R&R Realty Group

Steve Gaer keeps his general counsel card in his back pocket, literally. Most of the time, when he goes into business meetings with R&R Realty Group, he passes out his chief operative officer (COO) business card. Gaer joined R&R Realty Group—a 30-year-old family-owned full service commercial real estate company based in West Des Moines, Iowa—in […]

Bella Sanevich – NISA Investment Advisors LLC

Sometimes the old model stops working. Case in point: the retirement savings model Americans relied on for decades. Traditionally, companies provided their employees with defined-benefit pension plans that, if the employee served for a predetermined number of years, would pay the individual some set amount of money for the rest of his or her life. […]

Carrie Hightman – NiSource Inc.

Throughout her career, Carrie Hightman has often been one of the only women at the table. Now, as chief legal officer for NiSource Inc., one of the largest gas and electric utility companies in the U.S., Hightman is working to bring not just women, but people from all backgrounds to the table through leading a […]

Jeff Cotter – G&K Services

G&K Services is one of North America’s leading uniform companies. Based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, G&K has been providing custom uniforms, facility products and services for more than 100 years. Since 2006, general counsel, vice president and corporate secretary Jeff Cotter has been helping the company maintain its stellar reputation for company culture and sustainable business […]

Marvin Levine – General Growth Properties Inc.

When Marvin Levine came to General Growth Properties (GGP) in 2011, it was a company long overdue for a change. Having recently emerged from bankruptcy proceedings that saw the real estate investment trust’s share price fall by 97 percent over a six-month period, Levine and incoming CEO Sandeep Mathrani were eager for the chance to […]

John Kahle – Kimball Electronics

Over nearly 30 years with Kimball International, John Kahle steadily rose through the ranks at the furniture and electronics company. Starting out as an associate attorney in 1987, Kahle’s vision and business-minded approach to the legal function saw the attorney add executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary to his job title by 2001. […]

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