Features Region: Northeast

Jeff Benjamin – Avon Products Inc.

He’s earned his second retirement, having come out of his first in 2012,  after a brief respite that followed 37 eventful years in a variety of general counseling, ethics and compliance roles to the U.S. operations of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis. So in early 2017, Jeff Benjamin informed his employer of the preceding five years, […]

Randy Pritzker – Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks P.C.

From self-driving cars to glasses that can translate street signs in foreign countries, technology is evolving in ways that often exceed our ability to grasp it. That presents an unenviable challenge for the thousands of intellectual property (IP) lawyers tasked with protecting the conceptual seeds of those technologies—computer code, proprietary designs, chemical compounds and the […]

Julie Kinch – Heineken USA

Ten years ago, well into her tenure as chief legal counsel for Heineken USA, Julie Kinch helped launch a company-wide women’s leadership forum. What began with six people in a Chicago conference room has, in the decade since, grown to include more than 120 members from throughout Heineken’s ranks—male and female, millennials and boomers, executives […]

Ernest Newborn – USI Insurance Services

In 1950, at a time when many African-Americans faced near-impenetrable glass ceilings, a young mail clerk from northwest Ohio began a climb that would sail clear through the roof—and the generations. From steel-factory basement to general counsel corner office to a glowing profile in “Ebony Magazine,” the legacy of Clarence L. Robinson is steeped in […]

John Wright – Triumph Group Inc.

While clerking for U.S. District Judge Louis Bechtle in Philadelphia during the early 1980s, John Wright learned lessons from the distinguished jurist that might not have been covered a few years earlier at Villanova School of Law. “He was quite the pragmatist,” remembers Wright, who since 2004 has served as a vice president, general counsel […]

When hurricanes abound, be aware of a used car

It’s always buyer beware in the used-car market, but it’s been especially so since autumn 2017 when hundreds of thousands of vehicles were soaked by Texas and Florida floodwaters following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Many of them could wind up for sale all over the country. Their appearances notwithstanding, it’s what’s under the hood […]

Matt Hamel – Brown-Forman Corporation

Much like quality bourbon or a fine wine, excellence takes time—and time appears to be the special ingredient for Brown-Forman Corporation. For close to 150 years, as it has honed its iconic spirits brands, the family-controlled company has also fostered a culture that is relationship-based and consensus-driven, says Matt Hamel, Brown-Forman’s executive vice president, general […]

GC Erin Bagley puts the “cover” in Coverys

Amidst the cacophony of the national health insurance debate—over who pays what and how; and of when liability comes into play—one voice always seems drowned in the din: that of practitioners providing the care. It’s a conundrum Erin Bagley knows only too well. As general counsel for Coverys, a medical professional liability insurer headquartered in […]

Joe Miller – Rose Acre Farms

Across Indiana’s amber waves of grain, farmers who have never met Joe Miller may have reason to be grateful to the man who, since 2004, has served as general counsel of one of the nation’s largest egg producers, after enhancing his unique mix of legal and agricultural creds in the Hoosier State and elsewhere. For […]

Paul C. Nightingale – HP Hood

With the holiday season in full swing when Paul C. Nightingale spoke to Vanguard, cartons of Southern Comfort’s nonalcoholic eggnog were hitting the checkout counters at grocery stores everywhere. But what consumers might not have known was that their favorite spicy beverage only bears the brand name of the famous Dixie whiskey distiller. It’s actually […]


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


Spring I 2018



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