Features Region: Northeast

Jacqueline Keller – Maybank 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There’s nothing like immersion to assimilate a new hire. So Jacqueline Keller experienced in April 2014 after becoming head of legal for Maybank’s dealings in the Americas. Days later, she was on a plane to its international headquarters in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, where the executive team warmly greeted Keller.  But she couldn’t […]

Wendy Bass – UFL  

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Following Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on social media, it would be fair to wonder if he is operating with more hours in a day than everyone else. Whether working out at midnight, filming a movie, supporting his Teremana tequila brand or ZOA Energy drink business, popping up on WWE TV to electrify the WWE Universe […]

Christopher ‘Kit’ Sechler – John Hancock Investment Management 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

If the devil is in the details, there was more than one hiding in the fine print when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued its so-called Fund of Funds rule in late 2018.   So observed Christopher “Kit” Sechler in his role as chief legal officer for John Hancock Investment Management. As this amiable lawyer […]

Heather L. Houston – Empire State Realty Trust 

Est. reading time: 6 mins

For over 90 years, the Empire State Building has stood above Midtown Manhattan as an American icon and the “World’s Most Famous Building.” It is one of Manhattan’s oldest and most iconic buildings and one of the most forward-thinking, modernized and sustainable, a characteristic of all of Empire State Realty Trust’s buildings. The company distinguishes […]

Coleman Gregory – Helaba 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

He’s nothing if not resilient and expects his longtime employer to be the same. Coleman Gregory and the German-headquartered commercial bank Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen—Helaba, for short—have weathered storms, in his case both professional and personal. But judging from the discussion of his role at Helaba with Vanguard at his New York City office, he has always […]

Bradley Pearson – Lilium 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It takes some doing to get this aircraft off the ground, both from an engineering and commercial standpoint.  Bradley Pearson defers the engineering to others while tending to the commercial side as senior legal counsel for Lilium, the German-headquartered aerospace company that anticipates bringing to market its cutting-edge hybrid of small private jets and helicopters […]

Veronica Rodriguez – TelevisaUnivision  

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In the 2.5 years that Veronica Rodriguez has helped guide legal and business affairs for TelevisaUnivision, she’s made significant contributions to building the largest Spanish-language platform in the world, and as important to her, bringing the Spanish-speaking community closer together.   At TelevisaUnivision, Rodriguez has been integral to two of the most important recent deals in […]

Lynda Nguyen – Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For those immersed in the life sciences, it can be hard to contain enthusiasm when a potential game-changing therapy goes through the pipeline after years of research and no guarantee of return on investment. But that’s when Lynda Nguyen must be especially vigilant, appropriately advising her colleagues at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals to avoid claims that can’t […]

Anthony Yoo – W.R. Grace & Co.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Whether in its products or in the office, the chemistry is always evolving at W.R. Grace & Co. One does play off the other in reaching the aspirations of this international chemical leader.  The chemistry inside the legal department was ripe for change when Standard Industries bought Grace in September 2021, taking it private after […]

Ben Lipschitz – START Treatment & Recovery Centers, Inc.

Est. reading time: 7 mins

Ask any in-house attorney what they want from their position, and many of them will answer that they seek an opportunity to have a greater impact on the business.  Many have no business asking for a seat at that table, but that is not true of Ben Lipschitz. You see, Lipschitz, a seasoned attorney with […]


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– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants Inc.
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– 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.
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.
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Winter II 2024



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