Features Region: Southeast

Agenor Correa — Panama Canal Authority

For nearly ten years, government officials, construction companies and laborers worked to expand and improve the Panama Canal by making even more passable the 48 miles of manmade lakes, locks and infrastructure essential to the international transport of goods between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The major improvements included the addition of a third set […]

John Fenner – Turner Industries

It was late October, and as John Fenner spoke with Vanguard, he wished the Houston Astros well as they battled the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. As vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer of the heavy industrial contractor Turner Industries, Fenner felt a kinship with the Texas metropolis that the American […]

Tom Barham – SCS Engineers

When clients meet Tom Barham at a construction site, they may see a seasoned contractor licensed in 15 states in a hardhat and mud-caked work boots, discussing budgets and schedules. Other times they might encounter him at his Reston, Virginia, office and see a veteran general counsel who is comfortable navigating a spectrum of legal […]

Ricardo Nunez — SWM International

Ricardo Nunez may have felt like a relief pitcher upon coming aboard as general counsel of SWM International late last year. The stage for a big win was set by a predecessor, as the suburban Atlanta-based manufacturer of advanced materials made from fibers, resins and polymers had an agreement in place to buy Conwed Plastics […]

Driving change in workers’ compensation

“Get in the trunk,” Steve Sibner told his client after bailing him out of jail in the early morning hours of an especially memorable day back in 1986. It was one of the first pieces of legal advice that the young attorney gave to anyone, as he had only recently graduated from American University’s Washington […]

Vee Leonard – Florida Gulf Coast University

Short of founding your own firm, being able to grow in tandem with a legal-backed institution—through all the triumphs and pitfalls that follow—is something of a rarity. Then again, there’s a lot about Vee Leonard’s story that seems unlikely. Married at 18, mother at 19, law degree some quarter-century later and myriad life trials, Vee […]

Juliana Cobb – Nana Development Corp.

The way Juliana Cobb looks at it, she was given the benefit of a few months’ head start when her longtime employer, NANA Development Corp., informed in June that it would no longer need her services as senior corporate counsel. Having been in-house counsel for what has been known as WHPacific, Inc. since 1998 and […]

Generating a brighter future three ways

No wonder Marcus Brown is energized. He’s executive vice president and general counsel of Entergy Corp., a Fortune 500 utility company transforming itself with a $10.4 billion capital investment plan designed to deliver electricity to its 2.9 million customers in the Gulf South more reliably, affordably and efficiently. The New Orleans-based company owns and operates […]

A natural-born litigator goes in-house and never looks back

Many general counsels admit to pursuing in-house roles as a way to avoid litigation, which after working in law firms, they discover an aversion to. That’s not the case with Randy Reaves, vice president and general counsel of Schnabel Engineering. Reaves is a litigator at heart. He grew up watching shows like Perry Mason and […]

An attorney brings the wire and cable industry home

As a child growing up in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada, Burt Fealing always believed the corporate attorney was the “James Bond” of the business world. “These were the individuals who were often flown into a location, meeting in a secret room and structuring the transactions that were helping to shape and define the world,” […]

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