Features Region: Southwest

Willy Hernandez – Hyundai Motor Group 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Willy Hernandez admits that he didn’t grow up wanting to be a lawyer. In fact, he saw himself going to medical school and being a doctor like his father, who worked as a gynecologic oncologist for over 40 years in Los Angeles.   However, a pivotal moment at Stanford University led him down the legal path.  […]

Terezka Peterka Zabka – San Diego Padres 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As the youngest general counsel in Major League Baseball, Terezka Zabka may not be able to wax poetic about Willie, Mickey and the Duke or recall the exact number of home runs hit by Babe Ruth or games won by Cy Young. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t a big part of the success on […]

Lisa A. Gok – Cetera Financial Group 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s business as usual at Cetera Financial Group, which is how everybody prefers, but that takes some doing at what’s one of the nation’s largest families of independent registered investment advisers and broker-dealers. Growth pains are the flip side of being in growth mode, and Lisa A. Gok recalls previous booms that caused some passing […]

Arizona Pain – Samuel Voyles 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Pain management presents numerous challenges, as it encompasses a complex array of factors, including the subjective nature of pain, diversity in individual pain experience and the potential for long-term impact on quality of life.   Furthermore, access to effective pain management can be limited by barriers such as inadequate healthcare resources, the stigma surrounding pain medication […]

Jeremy M. Evans – California Sports Lawyer 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There is no substitute for real-world dealmaking experience, but Jeremy Evans, the founder, CEO, and managing attorney of California Sports Lawyer, is trying to give law students the closest thing to those experiences.   In February, Evans hosted the second annual California Sports Lawyer Negotiation Competition at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The competition featured […]

Doug Monkhouse – Employer Direct Healthcare   

Est. reading time: 4 mins

With half of all Americans getting healthcare through their employer, HR departments across the country are on the frontlines of two major challenges facing our country’s system – dramatically rising costs and inconsistent quality of care, particularly for the scariest moments when surgery or extended treatment might be necessary.  These company leaders and the employee […]

Paul Bennett – Landmark Dividend LLC  

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Paul Bennett, the deputy general counsel at Landmark Dividend LLC, has been an important force in steering the company’s growth through strategic acquisitions. Joining Landmark in 2014 as the corporate counsel for their acquisition team, he found himself immersed in a high-volume environment, primarily involved in telecom and billboard acquisitions.  In his current role, Bennett […]

Mark Kokes – Adeia 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The intellectual property (IP) community has always been central to today’s innovation society. As the pace of innovation accelerates, especially with the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in general—and generative AI (GenAI) in particular—it will be essential for IP professionals and organizations to adopt new strategies and operational paradigms created by the rapid proliferation of […]

Leslie Shaunty – Skyward Specialty Insurance 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Learning on the fly is essential when an insurance company delves into new areas. Fortunately for Skyward Specialty Insurance Group, Inc., General Counsel Leslie Shaunty relishes self-education and learning by doing, which is critical for a company that innovates and creates solutions for niche markets.  So, when the Houston-headquartered specialty carrier wanted to enter the […]

Erin Kearney – Texas Rangers 

Est. reading time: 6 mins

Erin Kearney has never struck out an All-Star center fielder with two runners on base in the last inning of a playoff game. She has never driven in a clutch run, with her team trailing in the late innings. And she has never turned a crucial double play to preserve a victory. But that doesn’t […]


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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises 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.
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Summer I 2024



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