Features Region: Southeast

Amy Eldridge – Cadence Bank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Amy Eldridge knows how difficult it can be for young lawyers to forge a career path. Many go into private practice after law school and spend years tackling whichever assignments the firm deems necessary. And the experience they gain often dictates their career options going forward. For Eldridge, helping her younger colleagues shape their careers […]

Laura Mongioi – AGC America, Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Antennae in the windshield that transmits critical information into the car. Fluoropolymer coatings that ward off rust and decay. Flame-retardant laminate that coats 5G wireless equipment. Tokyo-based AGC aims to create transformative technology and become the primary supplier to major manufacturing companies in the automotive, semiconductor, infrastructure, aerospace and biopharmaceuticals markets. For Laura Mongioi, deputy […]

Robin Dunson – Segra

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In business, the difference between right and wrong is usually clear. For example, most people know not to steal from their employer. However, there are many gray areas. If someone takes an Uber to a concert after work and then logs the ride as a business expense, is it really a big deal? At Segra, […]

Whitney Walters-Sachs – Pine Crest School

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As a school administrator, Whitney Walters-Sachs says the actions she takes—or does not take—create ripple effects throughout the community. “We operate in a complex system with many stakeholders with different interests and viewpoints,” she says. “Every decision sends a message about our mission and values, while setting a precedent to follow when similar circumstances arise.” […]

Steven Spalding – Ashland Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

By the time Steven Spalding was 17, there was one thing he knew for sure: He wasn’t going to become a lawyer. Spalding’s father was a lawyer. So was his older brother. The last thing he wanted to do was to follow in their footsteps. Besides, Spalding was interested in attending medical school with an […]

Fabiola Nabuco Leva – Trane Technologies

Est. reading time: 5 mins

So much heavy industrial manufacturing under one corporate entity, it seemed prudent to split Ingersoll Rand and allow two separate business divisions to proceed with what they could do best. Prudent, however, is not to be confused with simple. Nothing is when overhauling a multinational. But the process was consummated in 2020 with Trane Technologies […]

Valencia Gallon-Stubbs – Bethune-Cookman University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Hurricane Ian hit Florida in September, Bethune-Cookman University was the first college in the state to evacuate students. Located in Daytona Beach, along Florida’s eastern coast, the campus was damaged by flooding and severe winds. Trees fell across much of campus and awnings were ripped from buildings. Students left on Sept. 26, two days […]

Darren Moore – Appriss

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Emergency room visits can occur for any number of reasons—late night chest pains, an auto accident or a chronic health condition taking a turn for the worse. As ER staff treat a patient, they may be unaware of underlying conditions and medical history, such as what kind of medications a patient may be taking and […]

Larissa Meli – Leonardo U.S.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The traditional Italian adage “Lascia che la vita ti sorprenda” simply means to let life surprise you—and that’s exactly what Larissa Meli did. By 1998, she’d graduated cum laude, the maximum grade in Italy, from “La Sapienza” University of Rome’s School of Law and passed the bar exam in Rome two years later. While working […]

John Poma – Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s been 30 years since Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group was founded in 1992 as Tidewater Primary Care Physicians P.C. Back then, it had four primary care medical groups and 17 physicians serving Newport News, Hampton and Yorktown, Virginia. Now it has more than 220 physicians and advanced clinicians in more than 85 locations from West […]


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.
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.
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.


Winter II 2023



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