Powerlist Members

Alex Dimitrief

Alex Dimitrief photo Senior vice-president and general counsel | General Electric Company

Alex Dimitrief spent more than 20 years at Kirkland & Ellis before making the leap to in-house, and he hasn’t forgotten his roots. ‘I remember how demanding clients were, and I promised myself I would never be that way’, he says. In sticking with that vow, Dimitrief deliberately avoids Monday morning deadlines, and tries to …

Alfred Pollard

Alfred Pollard photo General counsel | Federal Housing Finance Agency

Alfred Pollard displayed ‘boldness and vision in partnering with outside counsel to launch what may be the largest collection of securities cases in history’, opines Peter Calamari of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. He’s referring to Pollard’s pursuit of regulators in the aftermath of the housing crisis, in which hundreds of defendants are facing …

Amy Schulman

Amy Schulman photo Vice-president and general counsel | Pfizer

As the brains behind Pfizer’s much-lauded Pfizer Legal Alliance, Amy Schulman’s inclusion here is somewhat inevitable. The alliance, created shortly after she joined the company in 2008, was set up as an alternative to the billable hour and comprises 19 law firms. It has helped paved the way for other similar set-ups, and has attracted …

Anastasia Danias

Anastasia Danias photo Senior vice-president and chief litigation officer | National Football League

Anastasia Danias’s background is in IP, but since moving in-house, she’s discovered that her skills can be utilized in a number of different ways: not only has she been managing the antitrust challenge to the NFL’s lockout of its players last year, but she put herself forward to assist with the personal injury lawsuits filed …

Angela Hilt

Angela Hilt photo Vice-president, corporate secretary and associate general counsel | Clorox

Angela Hilt has played a leadership role in Clorox’s diversity initiatives; the company’s legal team has a strong record of retention rates, and the wider group has a solid corporate responsibility program, of which Hilt is one of the prominent drivers. One law firm comments that she ‘demonstrates a willingness to push her peers to …

Ann Miller

Ann Miller photo Vice-president and general counsel | Converse (wholly owned subsidiary of Nike)

When iconic brand Converse set out to “claim back” its market in each key jurisdiction (having previously used a royalty model outside of the US), its legal department needed to evolve in line with the business. So it ‘tapped a strong, nimble, and insightful legal and business leader whose drive and expertise could be ideally …

Barry Beldin

Barry Beldin photo Vice-president and senior counsel | TD Bank

Barry Beldin’s workload is described by one observer as ‘insane’. His responsibilities include supporting numerous special assets team members across the states, from Florida to Maine, and works very closely with outside counsel. Lawrence Rochefort of Akerman Senterfitt says Beldin is ‘very experienced and extremely practical. He is always willing to make a decision but …

Bill Daly

Bill Daly photo Deputy commissioner and chief legal officer | National Hockey League

Bill Daly is in the enviable position of being able to combine his passion – sport – with his day job. He also happens to be one of the most influential figures in the industry, advising all the hockey clubs and their staff on all legal issues, and coordinating litigation. Additional duties include administering League-sponsored …

Bob Marin

Bob Marin photo Vice-president and general counsel | Panasonic Corporation

Bob Marin says his greatest achievement at Panasonic has been ‘survival’. Given that his brief is to look after the North America region for a complex global organization, his comment will surely resonate with anyone in a similar position. The key appears to be down to Marin’s own efficiency. Acknowledging that ‘doing more with less’ …

Bob Zeitler

Bob Zeitler photo Vice-president and general counsel | Molex Incorporated

The actions of one of Molex’s employees recently caused a major headache for the legal time as a potential crisis loomed. But Robert Zeitler coordinated a fast-paced and thorough investigation, disclosed the activity and the results of the investigation to the SEC and shareholders immediately, fired those responsible, and instituted satisfactory reforms. His swift actions …

Bradley Turk

Bradley Turk photo Managing director and regional general counsel | Tishman Speyer Properties

When Bradley Turk made his first move in-house to Tishman Speyer in October 2007, he was unaware of the crisis that was about to hit the global real estate market on which the company relied on. He says ‘when I joined, things were looking rosy. Then 2008 happened and the work changed. There was a …

Bryan Supran

Bryan Supran photo Senior vice-president and associate general counsel | Pfizer

Given Bryan Supran’s leading role in two major M&A transactions for Pfizer recently, his inclusion here should come as little surprise. The sale of its global nutritional buiness to Nestlé, and the divestiture of its animal health business required ‘the technical skill of a top M&A and securities attorney with the managerial savvy of a …

Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez photo Senior vice-president, chief legal officer and secretary | Fluor

Carlos Hernandez’s background is in engineering, and although he ended up on a different career path than originally planned, his interest in the manufacturing and construction industry has served him well, allowing him to play a central role in the running of Fluor’s business. The company provides a range of services on a global basis, …

Christina Ibrahim

Christina Ibrahim photo Vice-president, corporate secretary and public law group lead | Halliburton

As one of seventeen board members for the Houston-based Association of Women in Energy, which is paving the way for women in the sector through peer-to-peer learning, Christina Ibrahim is ideally placed to inspire others. For her own career has flourished since joining Halliburton five years ago. One year into her tenure, she was selected …

Colleen Batcheler

Colleen Batcheler photo Executive vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary | ConAgra Foods

Colleen Batcheler, who has worked for ConAgra since 2006, has been a driving force in the expansion of its legal department, which had previously been wholly outsourced. Batcheler has also been vocal about promoting professional and personal development within her organization, as well as doing her bit to promote efforts to raise the overall number …

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