Features Region: Northeast

James Commodore – K&A Engineering

Est. reading time: 5 mins

On a sunny afternoon in June, James Commodore was in his backyard in Schenectady, pushing his toddler son on a swing as he detailed why he loves his company’s culture. At K&A Engineering, a White Plains, New York-based engineering firm specializing in electric power, there is a strong emphasis on work-life balance, he explained. “We […]

Jamie Eisner – Hirtle, Callaghan & Co.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Jamie Eisner has provided expert legal advice and counsel in investment management and securities law and has overseen compliance with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the breadth of his legal career. Who he’s doing this for as general counsel of Hirtle, Callaghan & Co. gives his work resonance, he says. “We’re managing money […]

Josyl Barchue – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Est. reading time: 6 mins

Last year, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center faced a critical crossroads at which treatment for hundreds of patients hung in the balance. There was one treatment many patients desperately needed, and the pharmaceutical company that provided it was having problems with its supply chain. Eventually, representatives of that […]

Jonathan Reich – Grid Market Research

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Ever loquacious and entertaining, Jonathan Reich can make for good company at cocktail parties. Yet, he jokes—perhaps half-seriously—that other attorneys edge away in fear for their safety after learning about his practice. If so, they’re probably overreacting but there’s no denying that Reich’s experiences are not shared widely—if at all—among his legal brethren in high […]

Joanne Pedone – Nasdaq

Est. reading time: 5 mins

One aspect of law still surprises Joanne Pedone, whose legal career has spanned over a decade. When the associate vice president, principal associate general counsel for Nasdaq joins calls or attends meetings among the legal community, she’s often—if not always—the only woman present. Pursuing diversity and gender equality at the highest levels of the legal […]

Jessica Leinwand – UNICEF USA

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There’s nothing like total immersion to appreciate the mission of a new employer. All the better if it enables one to make a difference at a most critical juncture. So thought Jessica Leinwand upon becoming the first general counsel of UNICEF USA in March 2022. “The war in Ukraine had begun a few weeks earlier,” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jennifer Lawrence – NEXT Insurance

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s opening night for your restaurant. You’ve reviewed the menus, posted the specials, set the tables, lit the candles and prepped the kitchen. So how’s your insurance coverage? Do you offer outside seating, serve alcohol or have dancing? Those are among the factors to consider to properly insure a restaurant, says Jennifer Lawrence, general counsel […]

Jonathan Hollinger – Teleflex Incorporated

Est. reading time: 5 mins

He can’t say for certain whether a Teleflex device prevented his son from losing an arm a few years ago, but it at least seems probable. As Jonathan Hollinger explains, his then 5-year-old had suffered a compound fracture from falling off a slide while in kindergarten. When the emergency room doctor couldn’t detect a pulse […]


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.
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.
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.


Summer IV 2023



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