Features Region: West

Jerry Joondeph – XOJET Aviation

In a normal year, Jerry Joondeph would accumulate around 100,000 miles of air travel. He’d visit places around the U.S., Europe and Asia—not uncommon for a top executive at an aviation company. But the COVID-19 pandemic shut down most of his regular travel, forcing Joondeph to pivot in his roles as chief administrative officer and […]

Josh Widoff – Black Creek Group

On most days you’ll find Josh Widoff operating as a senior strategic advisor and head of legal matters at Denver-based Black Creek Group. During evenings you’ll find him teaching at the University of Colorado Law School. And some early morning, he might be chairing a meeting of commissioners at Denver’s Urban Renewal Authority. For Widoff, […]

Jon Howell – Hyperice

OK, he would have preferred cheering on his favorite team, the now curiously named Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim instead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. But Jon Howell still relished being in the select crowd that could witness the World Series in person. A fall classic it was, the Dodgers defeating the Tampa Bay Rays […]

Joel Benavides – Redis Labs

Law and technology, how essential is each for an erstwhile Silicon Valley startup gone unicorn—its worth soaring past $1 billion even in the face of a pandemic.  So remarks Joel Benavides, who’s got to be ahead of the curve on both in his dual roles as head of global legal and data protection officer at Redis […]

Jeremy M. Evans – California Sports Lawyer

For Jeremy Evans, it’s as much a case of being everywhere deals can be made as it is about being there for his clients. As founder, chief entrepreneur officer and managing attorney for California Sports Lawyer, Evans is leveraging his clients’ fame and visibility for something indelible, not just endorsements and acclaim. When founding the […]

Jen Nichols – Harsch Investment Properties

Growing up as one of seven Black and biracial children in the outskirts of Detroit, Jen Nichols witnessed racism toward her family firsthand, something she’d also experience later as a real estate attorney. In a genetic twist of fate, Nichols never “looked” Black with her green eyes and long, straight brown hair—a far cry from […]

Jun Yamato – Roland Corporation US

Sure, most everyone knows the music of Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and Pink, but do most people know about the instruments those artists use to create their distinctive sound? Jun Yamato does. He negotiates contracts for Lady Gaga, “The Voice” TV show and other artists to use instruments from Roland. But as the Japanese company’s longtime […]

Jonathan Gulsvig – Professional Plastics

It was not something Jonathan Gulsvig’s parents ever printed on the T-shirts they made, but it might have been a nice fit. “We don’t need more attorneys, but every family should have one,” he recalls his mother telling him. As he watched his parents operate the family-owned apparel business started by his grandfather, his mother’s […]

Joe Rose – Onni Group

When Joe Rose was asked whether he could create a new legal department for a Canadian development company poised for a significant U.S. expansion, he didn’t have to look far down his resume to prove that he could. Back in 2017, he helped shepherd the successful completion of the largest tourist attraction in Times Square—the […]

Jeffrey C. Pepe – Silverback Therapeutics

Talk to Jeffrey C. Pepe and it’s obvious he’s as much scientist as legal boss of Seattle-based biopharmaceutical startup Silverback Therapeutics, advancing potent first-in-kind immunotherapies. He’ll put in layman’s terms the complex immunotherapies Silverback anticipates bringing into the clinic later this year. If all goes well—and that’s an issue considering how COVID-19 threatens to set […]

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.
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.
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.

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