Features Region: Southwest

Kimberly Murphy – Kimberly-Clark Corporation

For as long as there have been products to sell, there have been companies claiming their products are the best. But, as Kimberly Murphy explains, they actually, legally, need to prove it. She’s the global chief competition counsel for Kimberly-Clark Corporation and the general counsel for its North America Family Care Business. The Irving, Texas-based […]

Dan Mumford – Bell Textron

While piloting Black Hawks for the U.S. Army, Dan Mumford learned the challenges of maneuvering and hovering the helicopters using controls attached to the rotors and tail assemblies by cables. Now the deputy general counsel for Bell Textron, he’s helping to replace those cables with wireless controls in commercial helicopters. He says this can reduce […]

Jennifer Rote – TGI Fridays

There’s been a change in the leadership at TGI Fridays, the casual dining chain transforming the brand and wanting its franchisees to share a common vision with headquarters. While most have been comfortable with the new approach, a few have opted to depart the chain and, at last count, the mothership has bought back five. […]

Chad Wiener – Tenet Healthcare

If baseball, as its more philosophical followers say, is a metaphor for life, could officiating hockey be the same for practicing law? Given that few people have done both, it’s worth hearing Chad Wiener’s take. “All the traits I developed while officiating hockey have been applicable in my legal career,” says Tenet Healthcare’s new vice […]

Sarah Hurt – Jefferson Energy Companies

They were already a fixture on the Neches River waterfront in Beaumont, Texas. The Jefferson Energy Cos. had six rail track loops connecting three interstate railroads, two docks, and storage for 2.9 million barrels of crude oil and refined products. In the past two years, the company, a subsidiary of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors, […]

Maria Garton – Signature Aviation

The private aviation industry has soared for most of COVID-19, many adventurers opting for the convenience and cleanliness of privately owned or chartered jets rather than the delays and discomforts of commercial flights. Signature Aviation thinks the trend will continue, and it’s well positioned to take advantage; the now U.S.-based multinational had focused on becoming […]

Sherry Williams – Strategic Materials, Inc.

When Sherry Williams was hired at Strategic Materials Inc. in January 2021, she didn’t want to make sweeping changes that wouldn’t work for the company. But, with four titles to her name—chief legal officer, chief compliance officer, senior vice president of human resources and corporate secretary—she was ready to make an impact. “When you’re hired […]

Kent Christensen – Solo Brands

If you ask Kent Christensen what’s cooking at Solo Brands, expect to hear about plenty of irons in the fire. Since joining the company in March 2021 as its first general counsel, Christensen has helped Solo Brands grow from making portable camp stoves and firepits to kayaks, paddleboards and men’s apparel. Oh, and he helped […]

Esther Grossman – Homeowners of America Insurance Company

Not every law school student would think to hop up on a roof in the wake of a major storm. Then again, heights have not deterred Esther Grossman—especially if she’s hot on the scent of potential fraud. During her tenure as a senior claims representative with State Farm,  and while attending the University of Tulsa […]

Robert Anderson – Peoples Mortgage

Robert Anderson remembers the day in 1970 when he moved into his  apartment on the campus of Arizona State University for his senior year. Along with his friends and roommates, Stan Morris and Steve Padilla, Anderson quickly embraced his unfettered freedom by spinning vinyl late into the night—Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” was a favorite—and ordering […]

Testimonials

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.
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.
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.
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.

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