Features Region: West

Kevin Simonsen – BioMed Realty

Oh, how the wisdom of the platform has been vindicated. So observes Kevin Simonsen, who started as the only full-time real estate attorney at the fledgling BioMed Realty in 2005 and currently serves as its executive vice president, general counsel and secretary. BioMed Realty had recognized a growing demand for highly upgraded research and development […]

Kimberly Pryor – JBS USA Food Co.

It seems easy enough to sit down for a cheeseburger, whether at home, in a favorite brew pub or from a fast food place right down the street. Kimberly Pryor begs to differ, and as general counsel for JBS USA Food Co., she ought to know. Whether complying with state and federal regulations governing meat […]

Kimberlee (Kim) Bogen – EIS

Processing reams of paper is no longer the norm when it comes to selling and servicing insurance policies. Call it a new paperless age, given the global acceptance and availability of communication technologies. Insurance companies are increasingly offering a more sophisticated customer experience with the latest digital technologies available to agents, brokers, employers and consumers. […]

Karen S. Kim – CenCal Health

Even under the best of conditions, it seemed a challenging responsibility: taking over as general counsel for a large healthcare public entity. Turns out, the conditions would be anything but. While there was some insight in late 2019 about a pending pandemic, nobody could really anticipate the extent of what would be COVID-19. Certainly not […]

Keith Petersen – Gimbal

It’s been quite a ride, these past few years, says Keith Petersen. That seems like an understatement from the young general counsel who since 2017 has led the legal function for Gimbal, an emerging leader in mobile advertising and marketing. Just a few years ago, Gimbal was just another Southern California tech startup, but in […]

Karina Tiwana – ALE USA Inc.

There’s a lot Karina Tiwana knows about practicing law, and it’s just as much a passion for her to pass knowledge on. With more than two decades of experience with tech companies, Tiwana’s mastery of legal affairs such as contracts, intellectual property, privacy protections and data security are well established. For more than five years, […]

Ken R. Minami – The Family Coppola

His ultimate boss is filmmaker and entrepreneur Francis Ford Coppola, whose creative genius transcends the celluloid. That man also doesn’t surround himself with uninspired folks. “He’s made that clear to all parts of his business: ‘Don’t be a road block to creativity,’” says Ken Minami, who oversees multiple entities of The Family Coppola based in […]

Kasey Johnson – Inspirato

Luxury accommodations around the world. African wildlife safaris. Center court seats at the Wimbledon finals. Expeditions to Antarctica. Yachting through the Greek Isles. VIP treatment at the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Inspirato is dedicated to creating the ultimate in luxury vacation experiences, and for Head of Legal Kasey Johnson, few things are more inspiring than […]

Kevin Freeman – Electrical Consultants Inc.

“Danger—High Voltage!” “Electric Shock Hazard!” “Live Wires Overhead!” “Electrostatic Sensitive Area!” We’ve all seen the signs tacked to chain-link fences around electrical substations and other electrical equipment. There’s a reason those warnings are there—they’re not just for show. And while the general public often needs reminders about the perils of high-voltage electricity, so, too, do […]

Ken Friedman – LegalZoom

The concept may seem alien to people of a certain age who prefer signing on the dotted line—because the dotted line is now digital. Yet electronic signatures are becoming the wave of the future as fast as anyone can say “John Hancock.” Electronic signatures are not new, especially to LegalZoom Vice President and Deputy General […]

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