Features Region: West

Michelle Steinfeld – USA Swimming

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When people think of USA Swimming, the sport’s national governing body, they often think of the Olympic team. While preparations for the Summer Games do consume some of the organization’s time—the “pivot to Paris” is front and center right now—that’s only a small piece of what USA Swimming does. “So much of what we do […]

Nicole Harvey – Dragonfly Energy Corp.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Having served Dragonfly Energy Corp., as outside counsel, Nicole Harvey understood much about this ambitious Nevada company that’s striving to make its lithium-ion batteries a game-changer on the renewables and sustainability fronts. Only she had much to learn about her soon-to-be employer in the summer of 2021. That’s when President and CEO Denis Phares told […]

Rachael Ortiz – Meridian Title

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The process of purchasing or refinancing a home can be akin to a complicated Rube Goldberg machine—each step needs to occur at the right time and in the right order before a shiny set of keys can land in a new homeowner’s palm. Meridian Title puts together all those seemingly disparate pieces. Despite the name, […]

Emily Schlesinger – Microsoft Health & Life Sciences

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Unlike many of her peers, Emily Schlesinger hasn’t always wanted to be a lawyer. In fact, after spending years as a commercial litigator, she realized that defending big companies in court wasn’t her cup of tea.  But then Schlesinger began working with tech clients, delving into litigation around early internet regulation—including cases focused on Google’s […]

Michelle Shepston – DMC Global Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Headquartered in Vernon, California, Arcadia is a supplier of architectural framing systems, windows and doors for the commercial construction and high-end residential markets.  And for about five years, Arcadia was of great interest to DMC Global, says Michelle Shepston.  “Arcadia had a long history of profitable growth and a large addressable market. It was always […]

Sarah Mack – Everett Public Schools

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Sarah Mack comes from a family of educators who believe in the purpose and potential of public schools. So, it’s only natural that she would end up working for a public school district—albeit in a different capacity. As general counsel for Everett Public Schools in Washington’s Snohomish County, Mack supports the teachers, administrators and staffers […]

Becky Broadbent – Utah Tech University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While email makes sharing information more efficient, it doesn’t always keep it well organized. Becky Broadbent noticed this when she joined Utah Tech University as general counsel in January 2020. The university had been managing contracts via email, and she wanted to implement a contract management system. “I wanted something that would allow us to […]

Chetna Vora – Acra Lending

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There are currently 59 million U.S. workers taking gigs—short-term assignments with companies—according to Zety.com, an online career assistance site. That’s about 36 percent of the workforce—and the number of gig workers is projected by Statista to increase to 85 million by 2027.   While that growing number of temporary jobs has provided workers and companies […]

Robert Lavet – SoFi Technologies Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Getting your name in lights means a lot—just ask Robert Lavet. As general counsel for SoFi Technologies Inc., he helped negotiate the company’s 20-year naming rights agreement for the new football stadium in Inglewood, California. While SoFi CEO and former NFL Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto came up with the idea, Lavet and outside counsel […]

Damon B. Bonesteel – Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There’s no business like show business, the adage goes. But at the end of the day, it’s still an industry driven by the bottom line. During his 23 years at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Damon Bonesteel has been focused on that and not just on the legal side. His title—senior vice president of legal and […]


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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.
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.
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Winter II 2023



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