Features Region: Southeast

Curtis Phillips – ExactX Consulting

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Hurricane Sally slammed ashore from the Gulf of Mexico into coastal Alabama in 2020, bringing inundating storm tides that surged as winds of more than 100 mph roared above the water. As widespread damages amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars, residents and business owners struggled to assess how much it would cost to repair […]

Linda Moore – Maury Regional Health

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Linda Moore says she knew her career path when she was in elementary school. “A teacher said I should go into a professional career, either a doctor or a lawyer,” she says. “I didn’t want to be a doctor but had no idea what a lawyer did. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s […]

Alysia Long – Cox Media Group

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In this hyper-charged and fragmented world of media, Alysia Long has an up-close view of local broadcast stations standing out from the crowd in ways that she says most positively impact everyday lives. She considers the importance of local journalism and broadcasting as increasingly overlooked and aims to amplify Cox Media Group’s voice amongst the […]

Lindsey Catlett – Simmons Bank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Lindsey Catlett may not meet directly with Simmons Bank customers as they apply for loans, open accounts or use the other financial services the bank provides.  But as vice president and senior corporate counsel, she’s part of the team managing Simmons Bank’s day-to-day legal affairs, including integrating the teams and products from the banks Simmons […]

Sira Veciana-Muino – Sony Pictures Entertainment

Est. reading time: 5 mins

On its surface, the world of reality TV might seem like every in-house counsel’s worst nightmare. Lots of unscripted moments. Talent with little to no training or on-camera experience. Contests in which much can go awry. But when Sira Veciana-Muino got to tackle a half-dozen reality TV shows – from “Latin American Idol” to “Top […]

Steve Morgan – Avalon Healthcare Solutions

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s not just patients whose patience is tested by the seemingly endless tests they may undergo during even routine checkups and exams. As Steve Morgan says, approximately 3/4 of healthcare decisions originate from lab test results and more than 14 billion tests are performed annually in the U.S. at a cost of $82 billion. For […]

Alison Haney Bruck – ServiceMaster(R) Brands

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There’s a certain high one gets from litigating. Alison Haney Bruck thrived on it during her more than six years as a Miami-Dade prosecutor and then the nine years that followed as a litigator for Allstate staff counsel. How satisfying she found it to secure a conviction against a criminal or to turn the tables […]

Philip Nicholas – Amadeus

Est. reading time: 4 mins

No matter where you’re headed, it’s likely Amadeus is helping you get there—without you even realizing it. Of course, this isn’t a reference to the immortal composer, although Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart visited more than 200 places in Europe before his death in 1791. Instead, this is about Amadeus, the Madrid-based provider of technology platforms and […]

Raja Khalaf – Cadence Bank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Cadence Bank has come a long way since it was founded in 1876 inside the Raymond Trice and Co. store in Verona, Mississippi.  For the past 12 years, Raja Khalaf, a senior vice president and assistant general counsel, has seen and helped guide the bank’s growth to operations in nine Southeastern states.   Cadence Bank’s growth […]

Kellyn Muller – International Materials

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Russia invaded Ukraine, thousands of live international business transactions were thrown into limbo. And some of those involved International Materials (IMI), a commodity trading company that sources and ships raw materials worldwide, primarily serving the cement, wallboard and steel industries.  The war made Kellyn Muller’s job more complex. As general counsel of the trading […]


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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.
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Fall I 2023



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