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Adam Kansler

Adam Kansler photo Chief administrative officer and general counsel | Markit

Diversified financial information provider Markit is a leading point of reference on global markets for front and back room professionals. General counsel Adam Kansler guided the company to its successful US IPO in 2014. He has led Markit’s strategic alliances, corporate communications, legal, human resources, regulatory and government affairs and enterprise risk functions since 2013. …

Aldos Vance

Aldos Vance photo Associate general counsel | Altec, Inc

Altec is the leading manufacturer of aerial devices, digger derricks and specialty equipment for the electric utility, telecommunications and tree care industries. Employment and compliance specialist Aldos Vance launched an innovative training program “HR Bootcamp” in the US and a similar program is being developed for Canada. He is a member of Alabama’s Restrictive Covenants …

Alison Minea

Alison Minea photo Director and senior counsel, regulatory affairs | DISH

Still less than five years into her first in-house role, telecommunications regulation specialist Alison Minea has already made an impression both inside and outside her organization. ‘Alison has achieved tremendous success at an early point in her career, and there is no doubt in my mind that her future is bright and the best is …

Allyson Willoughby

Allyson Willoughby photo General counsel and SVP of people (SVP of HR) | Glass Door

The ‘super-innovative’ Allyson Willoughby undertakes a unique dual role as legal and HR head of internet website Glass Door, a careers website which reviews jobs and companies. ‘She has a really interesting role as both head lawyer and the head of people,’ says one source. ‘Every decision she takes is– “This is the culture I …

Amy Keating

Amy Keating photo Associate legal director | Twitter

‘I enjoy that my role focuses on defending and protecting the user’s voice – a core principle for Twitter,’ says Amy Keating, who heads all litigation for the social media brand. ‘Since joining the department, I’ve prioritized scaling our ability to tackle litigation challenges both internationally and in the United States’. Keating was one of …

Anat Hakim

Anat Hakim photo Divisional vice president, associate general counsel, litigation | Abbott Laboratories

When Abbott’s pharmaceutical research business separated to become Abbvie in 2013, Anat Hakim moved from heading IP litigation, to leading one combined team covering all disputes. ‘That was a significant change,’ says Hakim. ‘We needed to finalize many matters at the same time that we were focusing on the transition and focusing on all the …

Andrew Karp

Andrew Karp photo Deputy general counsel and chief regulatory officer | Bank of Montreal

‘He is a rare breed – a supremely talented lawyer, without artifice or ego,’ says Debevoise & Plimpton LLP lawyer Satish Kini. Award-winning Bank of Montreal lawyer Andrew Karp ‘has comprehensive knowledge of all things banking’ and is praised for his ‘innovative’ solutions and leadership of a ‘unique’, cross-border team. ‘I like the diversity of …

Andy Grimmig

Andy Grimmig photo Senior vice president, corporate development and chief counsel – corporate | Altegrity

‘Andy earned his leading role at Altegrity through skill and hard work,’ says one private practice source. ‘He is a smart, commercial and level-headed negotiator with a charismatic manner that helps get deals done’. Global, diversified risk and information services company Altegrity comprises three separately-managed businesses: Kroll, HireRight, and USIS. Grimmig has worked with all …

Anne Benedict

Anne Benedict photo Chief legal officer | Summit Materials

‘Anne is single-handedly building Summit’s legal department from scratch,’ says one private practice source, adding: ‘We consider her to be a rising star in the legal profession’. Summit Materials is a leading heavy building materials company, based in Denver, Colorado. In its first five years, Summit completed more than 28 acquisitions forming nine operating companies …

Ben Gross

Ben Gross photo General counsel | Genius

‘I really wanted to be involved building something new,’ says Gates Scholarship alumni Ben Gross, on the appeal of his role at controversial internet start-up company Genius (formerly Rap Genius). Becoming the business’s first general counsel at such an early stage in his career has, he admits, been a steep learning curve. ‘It’s a challenge …

Bernel Goldberg

Bernel Goldberg photo General counsel | Seattle Art Musuem/ Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Once ‘an amazingly valued and well thought of partner’ in private practice days, Bernel Goldberg has dedicated the past six years to working in the not-for-profit sector. Initially at Northwest Centre – one of the region’s largest charitable organizations – Goldberg is the first general counsel of two of Seattle’s largest cultural institutions. ‘It’s an …

Brennan Torregrossa

Brennan Torregrossa photo Assistant general counsel | GlaxoSmithKline

Former Dechert LLP partner Brennan Torregrossa first opened up to the possibilities of working in-house when he was seconded to a different pharmaceutical in a major product liability case. ‘I really never until that moment considered moving in-house because I loved the courtroom so much,’ he says. ‘What really surprised me was the creativity of …

Brian Waldbaum

Brian Waldbaum photo Assistant General Counsel | Hertz

Former Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP lawyer Brian Waldbaum joined Hertz in 2013, after working with them as a client for several years. ‘The opportunity to come in-house and become part of the business team greatly intrigued me,’ he says. Waldbaum is the main in-house contact for financing transactions overseen by the Treasury Department. ‘I …

Bruce Almquist

Bruce Almquist photo Vice president and general counsel | Cobham Corporate North America

As the sole in-house lawyer supporting aerospace and defense specialist Cobham’s North American business, Bruce Almquist says it is his ability to continually reinvent himself which sets him apart. This manifested itself first of all when he left private practice to become an outsourcing lawyer at Electronic Data Systems (EDS). When Almquist joined Cobhams in …

Candice Wells

Candice Wells photo Vice president, general counsel and corporate security | Linn Energy

‘I took over as GC having virtually no experience of managing a budget or leading a group of people,’ Candice Wells says of her 2013 promotion. An award-winning in-house lawyer, Wells made the step up early in her career during a period of exceptional circumstances for Linn Energy. The company’s planned merger with Denver-based Berry …

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