Features Region: Southeast

Gerald L. Walden, Jr. – The Fresh Market, Inc.

Gerald Walden has risen through the ranks and been promoted five times in The Fresh Market’s legal department. Last year, he added a new title that adds responsibility, pressure and pride—and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “The new position is the culmination of a journey I’ve taken much of my adult life,” says […]

Nikki Williams – Atlantic Diving Supply

With six branches, a nearly $1 trillion budget, more than 800 bases outside of the U.S. and about two million active and reserve troops, the U.S. Armed Forces is the largest military in the world. When it needs help getting equipment and supplies, Nikki Williams and Atlantic Diving Supply are of service. “It’s our job […]

Ayiesha Beverly – National Apartment Association

This October will mark Ayiesha Beverly completing over half a decade as a lawyer. Yet, she has a second passion, one that began when her father, a technologist, introduced her to computer games and code in MS-DOS operating system for Microsoft, popular in the 1980s and early 1990s. “If I wasn’t a lawyer, I figure […]

Maggie Drozd – Apex Tool Group LLC

When Maggie Drozd joined Apex Tool Group LLC in January 2018, she reunited with Dave Sturgess, the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary whom she’d worked with several years before. She was also delighted, she says, to immerse in the operations of the global tool manufacturing company by helping manage its legal affairs. Be […]

Stephanie Karfias – Mission Lane

Stephanie Karfias understands how difficult it can be for people to get the credit they need, especially in the face of major setbacks. “Life can be unpredictable. One moment you’re feeling healthy in all aspects. Then, suddenly, you’re in a car accident and sustained serious injuries that result in astronomical hospital bills and a complete […]

Edward S. Harrison – Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.

For Edward S. Harrison, everything was going according to plan. In 2001, the same year he graduated from Howard University School of Law, he joined the Chicago-based law firm Baker & McKenzie as part of its corporate and securities practice. In 2010, he was elected partner and in 2014 he completed 13 years at a […]

Joshua Marcus – Insmed

For certain patients and the company, there’s much riding on the research and development activities of Insmed, a Bridgewater, New Jersey-headquartered biotech focused on therapies for serious and rare diseases. Patients may have few or no other options since the cost and inherent uncertainty of drug development can discourage other biotechs from developing products for […]

Lowell Plotkin – Property Markets Group

Lowell Plotkin knew he wanted to work in real estate law even before graduating from Harvard Law School in 2003. “I’ve always wanted to be a member of a team,” he says.  “I didn’t see law as being competitive. That’s why I chose transactional law and not litigation, because everyone can win.” Now general counsel […]

Sean P. Murphy – The St. James

An exercise in futility? It might have initially felt that way for Sean P. Murphy during the spring of 2020. As the new general counsel of a comprehensive sports, wellness and entertainment business in Springfield, Virginia, he submitted two applications to the federal government for Paycheck Protection Program relief. COVID-19 having forced The St. James […]

Lance Morley – LendingTree

Had Doug Lebda been able to find the mortgage he needed to buy his first home in 1996, he may not have co-founded CreditSource USA. As happened, he went from bank to bank, unable to find what he needed despite being an accountant. That led to his creating a platform where borrowers could compare mortgages, […]

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