Features Region: Southeast

Joy White – Morehouse College

There were times when it all felt overwhelming, like the weight of the world was bearing down a million tons at a time. Here she was, an African American woman soon to be a single mother, trying to complete her summer associate position while the final year of law school—a white, male dominated field—loomed on […]

L. Scott Askins – Kabbage

It almost seems too good to be true. There you are, a small business owner wondering how you’d ever double your microbrewery’s canning line, and up pops this website—something called Kabbage—offering small businesses access to working capital in minutes. There’s even an ROI calculator to help you zero in on the level of funding you […]

Yasmine S. Murray – H.J. Russell & Company

Inspiration to pursue a legal career can come from the most unconventional means. For there was 8-year-old Yasmine S. Murray listening as adults bemoaned how reggae artists in their native St. Lucia were having their music pirated with no recourse. “That’s when I knew I was going to help people who were being taken advantage […]

Tara Plimpton – GE Global Operations

She seems to have seen the writing on the wall years ago. The virtual wall, that is. For upon becoming one of General Electric’s general counsels at a new Nevada division in 2002, Tara Plimpton suspected that corporate legal departments would be under pressure to become more strategic and increase quality while, at the same […]

Kent Workman – Coca-Cola Consolidated Inc.

Kent Workman knew something about complex overhauls long before 2013 when he joined Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (NASDAQ:  COKE) as its first lawyer. The name changed earlier this year to Coca-Cola Consolidated Inc., and the company has tripled its growth to become the soft drink’s largest U.S. bottler. Years earlier, as a young Navy officer, […]

M. Dru Levasseur – Lambda Legal

As if the legal education wasn’t stressful enough, M. Dru Levasseur had the additional challenge of transitioning from female to male while enrolled at the Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts, during the early and mid-2000s. “It’s a very individualized process,” says Levasseur, who would earn his juris doctorate in 2006. […]

Joshua Johnson – Primetals Technologies

There’s a reality that Joshua Johnson can’t help but note. Business leaders in numerous industries, whether they advocated or opposed the steel and aluminum tariffs that went into effect this past summer, now have an additional task. They must stay up to date with the latest trade developments in order to successfully navigate a changing […]

Suzanne Law Marisa – OVHcloud

“I was up working until 2 in the morning last night,” Suzanne Law Marisa confides, with surprising verve, during a recent interview with Vanguard magazine. “So, I apologize in advance if I sound a little off.” Last night, it should be noted, referred to Sunday, after a weekend packed with kids sporting events that included […]

Walter (“JR”) Dembiec

Walter Dembiec Jr. is one of those people who’s so active and full of energy that you might think he’s secretly found a way to clone himself. (He hasn’t, he promises.) As such, the Seton Hall University-trained lawyer has never quite stayed in one place for long. His resume is filled with chief legal officer […]

Greg Pate – PRA Health Sciences

We’ve all known someone suffering from a rare condition or disease—if not a friend or family member, then someone a mere degree away. For most, such awareness brings with it a sense of helplessness; the sinking feeling there’s nothing you can personally do to improve their lives. Greg Pate can sleep a little easier. As the […]

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