Features Region: West

Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan – California Institute of the Arts

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan didn’t aspire to be an attorney as she grew up. She didn’t expect to wield her pen to write briefs, motions or contracts because she wanted to be an animator. “I love to draw,” she says. “Art is a beautiful way of storytelling, and I enjoy storytelling in a visual medium.” While a […]

Matthew J. Weber – Arctic Wolf Networks

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For years, Arctic Wolf Networks’ growth was supported by a lean in-house legal team. But as the startup cybersecurity specialist grew past a certain point, it realized the need to enlarge its legal staff for a specific process: mergers and acquisitions. One candidate stood out. Matthew J. Weber had been aiding Arctic Wolf as an […]

Kevin Baker – rPlus Energies

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Kevin Baker is helping rPlus Hydro provide low-cost and reliable electricity from renewable sources by managing the legal matters for 12 pumped storage hydroelectric projects. Though it would seem the company is riding the crest of a new wave of power generation and energy storage solutions, the reality is his work as deputy general counsel […]

Shweta Patel – Pacific HealthWorks

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Shweta Patel’s workdays don’t require her to check patients’ blood pressure, inform them of test results, or consult them on treating a diagnosis. However, as general counsel for Pacific HealthWorks, which mostly manages hospital-based physician practices in Southern California, Hawaii and New Mexico, Patel constantly takes the organization’s pulse. Whether Patel is providing expertise in […]

Kati Brady – Radiology Partners

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Kati Brady isn’t selling herself short when she refers to herself and her colleagues in corporate labor and employment law as glorified human resources personnel. On the contrary, she’s emphasizing just how essential the human element is in advancing an enterprise. “One of the most important things for a labor and employment attorney to do […]

Jembaa Mai – Wind River Systems

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For over two decades Jembaa Mai has practiced law, and in the past few years she has noticed the mergers and acquisition landscape has evolved dramatically. “It has been undeniably impacted by the geopolitical environment, such as increased activity and scrutiny from government regulators in the United States and across the globe,” she tells Vanguard. […]

Alan Nolley Jr. – Flynn Restaurant Group

Est. reading time: 5 mins

A self-described competitive-to-a-fault sort, Alan Nolley Jr. relished his 13 years of litigating for three Bay Area firms. “I viewed it as a chess game even though I never was good at chess,” he says. “But legal chess, I loved it—the thinking on my feet and quick analysis of all angles.” And what interesting cases […]

Liliya Donovan – Del Monte Foods

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As associate general counsel for Del Monte Foods, Liliya Donovan knows she’s helping manage legal affairs for a very visible portfolio of food and beverage products. In fact, she estimates those products can be found in more than half of the cupboards and pantries in the U.S. But what’s made her work at the company […]

Melissa Lee – Endera

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Melissa Lee is on a roll in her career. As general counsel for Endera, she’s been a guiding force in the company’s rise to become a leader in producing electric powered school and shuttle buses as well as box trucks. Endera’s shuttle buses currently operate at major airports, including San Diego and Phoenix, as its […]

Kevin Plessner – CPSI

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In any rural locale far removed from a metropolis, there’s probably a small community hospital or clinic dependent on federal reimbursement to fund much of its patient care. But that entity still must comply with a multitude of regulations, such as the Obama-era HITECH Act mandating use of electronic health records that can be securely […]


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– 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.
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.
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 2024



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