Features Region: Northeast

Dan Lev – Intellia Therapeutics

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Ten years ago, genome editing was still science fiction—and often not the good kind. From rogue dinosaurs in the “Jurassic Park” series to a cancer treatment that became a zombie apocalypse in “I Am Legend,” it was the tool of villains and mad scientists. Not so in reality, and not so today. “It amazes me […]

Sheedeh Moayery – Barnes & Noble

Est. reading time: 5 mins

A good tale takes time to develop. In the case of Sheedeh Moayery, it’s taken a decade and a half to help write the story of Barnes & Noble, the latest chapter being the acquisition of B&N by Elliot Advisors Limited in 2019. That was just a few years after Elliot had acquired the largest […]

Christal Fenton – Ascensus

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A young couple just started a family. Though there’s so much to do in the present as they adapt to parenthood, they’re also concerned about the future. Specifically, how will they pay for higher education? Another couple is raising a child with a life-altering disability. While health insurance plans pay for medical care and devices […]

Corey Biller – Sanofi U.S.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As a diversified global healthcare company, Corey Biller’s former employer was constantly addressing critical medical needs. As one of the legal leaders for the North American division of Paris-headquartered pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, Biller made a difference in critical areas. Hired in January 2008 to address both employment and benefits law concerns, Biller also took on […]

Joanna Rotgers – Marsh McLennan

Est. reading time: 4 mins

COVID-19. Climate change. The war in Ukraine. For Marsh McLennan, a global professional services firm based in Manhattan, developments like these present challenges to continued growth. But such issues also create opportunities to show the firm’s expertise, says Marsh US Chief Compliance Officer Joanna Rotgers. “Every front-page headline issue is an issue somehow touched by […]

Michael O’Brien – Sonoran Roots

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Most commercial cannabis producers grow in large spaces, cultivating multiple strains to scale up quickly. Many also subject their plants to intense radiation to destroy microbial growth, like yeast or mold, a process which causes the plant’s terpene profile—a strain’s characteristic aroma and flavor—to suffer. By contrast, Arizona-based cannabis operator Sonoran Roots grows limited strains […]

Julia Belagorudsky – Dotdash Meredith

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It amuses—and bemuses—Julia Belagorudsky when colleagues from other departments speculate how she mustn’t bore easily. They wonder, what’s an in-house lawyer to do other than review contracts. Only that’s not what she does all day at Dotdash Meredith. To be sure, there’s fine print to pore over, but Belagorudsky finds it as intellectually stimulating as […]

Robert C. Clothier – Ursinus College

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s called the Okanagan Charter, a pact introduced in 2015 at the International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges. And this past October, the small and private Ursinus College became the first liberal arts institution of higher learning to sign on. This simply reaffirmed the college’s existing commitment, says Robert C. Clothier, the college’s […]

Sean C. Sansiveri – NFLPA/NFL Players Inc.

Est. reading time: 6 mins

To be a successful professional football player, you need dedication, strength, fearlessness, finesse and grace. You also need to employ hard-nosed strategy and a cutthroat desire to win. To be a successful attorney, you need a lot of those same qualities, especially when your job is protecting players both on the field and off. That’s […]

David K. Sheppard – Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The new year underway, David K. Sheppard keeps tabs on the congressional doings of special interest to him and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Personable but persistent, he initiates dialogue with lawmakers and federal agency administrators, emphasizing their role in closing an educational equality gap through fair funding and other means. He emphasizes to the […]


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.
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.
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.


Winter II 2023



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