United States Rising Stars 2014 – GC Powerlist

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Adam Kansler

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...

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Aldos Vance

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...

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Alison Minea

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...

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Allyson Willoughby

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...

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Amy Keating

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...

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Anat Hakim

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...

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Andrew Karp

Deputy general counsel and chief regulatory officer | Bank of Montreal

Financials

‘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...

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Andy Grimmig

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...

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Anne Benedict

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...

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Ben Gross

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)....

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Bernel Goldberg

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...

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Brennan Torregrossa

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...

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Brian Waldbaum

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...

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Bruce Almquist

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...

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Candice Wells

Vice president, general counsel and corporate security | Linn Energy

Energy and utilities

‘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,...

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Carrie Hightman

Executive vice president and chief legal officer | NiSource Inc.

An ‘outspoken’ and ‘committed’ diversity advocate, Carrie Hightman’s efforts helped Nisource onto Ethisphere’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2012 and 2013. Her Women’s Leadership Summit focused internally,...

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Catherine Lacavera

Director, IP and litigation | Google

Information technology

‘Whether she is facing litigation, negotiating licenses, or developing Google policy, Catherine continues to drive Google’s winning intellectual property strategies,’ says one private practice source. Head of Google’s patent litigation,...

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Chris Handman

General counsel | Snapchat

‘As the GC for an aggressively innovative company like Snapchat, the trick is determining how our unprecedented products and features square with musty legal precedents and statutes written during an...

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Christian Garza

General counsel and corporate secretary | Cosentino North America

‘An excellent manager of both projects and people’, award-winning corporate counsel Chris Garza has often been thrown in at the deep end. A former litigator, one of this first tasks...

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Curt Moffatt

Deputy general counsel and vice president | Kinder Morgan

Despite the seniority of his role, former Van Ness Feldman LLP partner Curt Moffatt is right at the start of his in-house career. Leading a 23-strong team at North America’s...

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Dana Klein

Senior vice president, associate general counsel and assistant secretary | Wendy's

‘The most fulfilling aspect of being an in-house lawyer at a public company is being centrally involved in the decision-making process on an ongoing basis,’ says Dana Klein. ‘The in-house...

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Dana Ng

Vice president, legal – corporate transactions and securities | Raytheon Company

‘A very sharp guy,’ who is ‘thoughtful and detail-oriented with strong business savvy’, transactional and corporate governance specialist Dana Ng was promoted from senior counsel to vice president in 2014....

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Daniel Buechler

General counsel and secretary | Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp

Having reached GC-level just two years after moving in-house, Daniel Buechler has, in the words of one source ‘seamlessly made the transition’. He initially joined Silver Bay’s external investment manager,...

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Daniel Sinrod

Senior director and associate counsel | Tishman Speyer Properties

‘Attorneys at Tishman Speyer are fully integrated members of the team – it’s a great place to be a lawyer,’ Daniel Sinrod says on his role. As the sole private...

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Danielle Bernthal

Assistant general counsel | Six Flags

Danielle Bernthal has been working on world-leading amusement park corporation Six Flags’ international brand expansion. ‘It is a very exciting time for the company and being integrally involved every step...

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Dawn Rodda

Vice president, associate general counsel – labor and employment | Darden Restaurants

Heading a specialist employment team at multi-brand restaurant operator Darden, Dawn Rodda has made integration her focus. ‘We’ve really grown the department, earned the trust of our business partners, and...

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Diana Clift Cebrick

SVP and counsel, North American credit card and merchant services | TD Bank

Financials

‘She excels at making complicated projects simple and finding the art of the possible,’ BuckleySandler LLP’s Manley Williams says of Diana Clift Cebrick. ‘Business people love to work with her...

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Douglas Chia

Assistant general counsel and corporate secretary | Johnson & Johnson

‘Being, in the same room, both spectator and participant in corporate decision-making at the highest level gives me a unique window,’ says Douglas Chia, assistant general counsel and corporate secretary...

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Douglas Kelly

Vice president and senior counsel | Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Former Holland & Knight LLP lawyer Douglas Kelly impresses with his strong business acumen, according to one industry source. Kelly has been with the Marriott brand since 2006. His expertise...

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Douglas Manya

Vice president, deputy general counsel and secretary | Booz Allen Hamilton

‘Doug is a thoughtful, thorough and practical lawyer who exhibits an amazing facility with the full spectrum of issues and client demands presented by BAH’s complex business,’ says Matthew Kaplan...

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George Fraley

Assistant general counsel | Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, is one of the fastest growing large cap companies in the country, with share prices around one and a half times what they were four years ago. As...

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Geri Mankoff-Elias

Vice president and intellectual property counsel | Kate Spade & Company

‘Geri Mankoff-Elias is a true leader and role model in both the in-house counsel and intellectual property arenas,’ says David Bernstein at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. As vice president and...

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Germaine Gurr

Vice president and deputy general counsel | Schneider Electric

‘Schneider is in the business of making energy more efficient,’ says award-winning corporate counsel Germaine Gurr on her decisions to move in-house. ‘I thought it would be a socially responsible...

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Grace Kelly

Divisional counsel | Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated is a global manufacturing leader in glass, ceramics, and related materials, primarily for industrial and scientific applications with $8bn revenues. Its ‘Gorilla Glass’ product has been used for...

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Grant Adams

General counsel | ProAg Management

One of the industry’s fastest growing crop insurers, ProAg takes the unique approach of solely servicing agents and farmers. A ‘thought leader’ and rare national ‘specialist’ in this highly-regulated field,...

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Hannah Gordon

Vice president of legal and government affairs | San Francisco 49ers

‘What I enjoy the most about my role is that I get to be a part of a team,’ says 49ers’ vice president of legal and government affairs Hannah Gordon....

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Heidi DuBois

Senior counsel | PepsiCo

Food, beverages and tobacco

‘I think interestingly business leaders are some of the most creative people I’ve ever met’. Originally a fine arts graduate, Heidi Dubois is passionate about the brands she supports. ‘The...

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Iain Cunningham

Senior litigation counsel | Apple

One of the world’s most ubiquitous brands, Apple is no stranger to controversy, with frequent questions raised on issues of privacy, and allegations of monopolistic behaviour from competitors. Operating at...

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James Gallagher

Vice president and associate general counsel | HP Enterprise Services

‘Our GC is really creating a better department focused on career development,’ says James Gallagher. ‘He really views HP Legal as a talent factory – practicing law at a high...

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Jay Ghiya

Managing director | Oaktree Capital Management

Formerly at Munger, Tolles & Olson, Jay Ghiya had not always planned to move in-house when the opportunity arose to join $90bn global fund manager and former client Oaktree Capital...

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Jeff Mann

Senior managing counsel, med-surg | Boston Scientific Corporation

‘A rising star for sure’, Jeff Mann is in his third role at medical devices manufacturer Boston Scientific, as senior counsel in its Med-Surg group. Focusing on a range of...

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Jeffrey Weissman

Vice president, associate general counsel | World Fuel Services

Vice president and associate general counsel Jeffrey Weissman joined World Fuel Services in 2009. He led the Company’s defense of complex environmental and related wrongful death and personal injury tort...

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Jennifer Stojak

Managing director and associate general counsel | American Airlines & US Airways

American Airlines merged with US Airways in 2013 to become the world’s largest airline. Previously at US Airways, Jennifer Stojak is responsible for all benefits issues in the company’s newly-formed...

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Joel Unruch

Associate general counsel | Accenture

‘A dealmaker in every sense of the term, Joel has a unique ability to address the strategic issues that are required of a global company like Accenture,’ says one private...

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Joey Nussbaum

Assistant general counsel | Time Warner

Joey Nussbaum left Sullivan & Cromwell in 2000 to join the dot.com boom, culminating in a joint legal and business role at communications software developer Leapstone Systems. ‘I began in...

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John Beccia

General counsel and chief compliance officer | Circle Internet Financial

A Digital Asset Transfer Agency (DATA) board member and the first general counsel of BitCoin’s creator Circle Internet Financial, John Beccia is a key figure in the world’s burgeoning digital...

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John C Lynch

Tax counsel | Sithe Global

A former Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP lawyer, John Lynch is highly acclaimed for his technical expertise. During his time at international energy...

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John Cox

Vice president, chief M&A counsel | Northrop Grumman

‘John has continued his development as a premier defense and aerospace M&A attorney,’ says Thomas Monson at Jenner & Block LLP. With an exceptional track record in defense and aerospace...

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John Hamlin

Chief employment counsel | Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.

MMC employment head John Hamlin established and currently leads the company’s internal global network, Employment Law Council, designed to share information, resources, and strategy. The issue of limited resource, Hamlin...

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Josh Horowitz

General counsel | Tilt.com

Though still early in his legal career, Crowdtilt general counsel Josh Horowitz has strong credentials in the start-up world. Months after graduating law school in 2010, Horowitz co-founded mobile web...

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Joshua McGuire

Lead counsel for mobile/android patent strategy | Google

Information technology

‘Josh has been at the center of mobile technology and patents within Google,’ Robert Bertin of Bingham McCutchen LLP says. ‘He has been one of the key leaders in creating...

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Joshua Pila

Senior counsel | LIN Media

‘I have many different audiences and counterparties – executives, operational employees, lawyers, new media managers, and regulators,’ says Joshua Pila on working as a lawyer in the entertainment industry. ‘My...

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Juliana O’Reilly

Managing and chief bank regulatory counsel | American Express

Juliana O’Reilly leads American Express’s compliance and has drawn particular recognition for her thought leadership work on the Dodd-Frank reforms. ‘She is an extremely effective in-house lawyer,’ says Satish Kini...

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Julio Avalos

Chief legal officer and general counsel | GitHub Inc.

GitHub Inc. is the world’s largest repository of open source software and ‘the de facto platform for collaborating on open source software development and code’. It has attracted a large...

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Justin Mervis

Vice president and general counsel | KIND

Justin Mervis is making a career out of building up in-house legal functions. In his first role at Daymon Worldwide he did so over a five-year period creating a lean...

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Kamil Chaudhary

Assistant general counsel | Alfresco

‘A hard working and able attorney,’ Kamil Chaudhary joined online content manager Alfresco as assistant general counsel in 2014, after less than two years in-house. In his previous role at...

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Karen Hale

Divisional vice president, commercial litigation | Abbvie

‘The highlights and biggest achievements of my in-house career to date are related to my ability to assist the company with navigating some of its most significant risks,’ says Karen...

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Katherine Smith

Corporate counsel and assistant secretary | The Allstate Corporation

Katherine Smith manages Allstate’s corporate secretary office, advising the Board and senior management on corporate governance, securities, standards, insider trading issues and s.16 compliance. She has been active in the...

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Katie Biber

Senior counsel | Airbnb

High-profile public law specialist Katie Biber is well known for her involvement in US Government and politics. She was general counsel for Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and in...

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Kevin Chapman

Assistant general counsel | Dow Jones & Company

Kevin Chapman works in a three-strong team, handling all labor and employment law functions at global news provider Dow Jones, whose operations spanning more than 50 countries. ‘I have the...

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Kristin Cantu

Vice president and senior legal counsel – corporate litigation | HSBC North America

Financials

HSBC North America is one of the US’s largest bank holding businesses, with services including retail banking and wealth management, mortgages, credit cards, insurance products and global markets. Leading a...

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Kyle Campbell

General counsel/risk manager | Straub Construction, Inc.

‘An outstanding general counsel’, Kyle Campbell is praised for his understanding of federal construction and the significant cost savings he has made to Straub since his arrival in 2008. As...

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Kyle Harris

Director of litigation | Air Liquide USA

‘Intelligent strategist’ Kyle Harris manages and evaluates a wide range of litigation including complex EPC contract claims. A former associate, Harris has been in his current role since 2011. ‘He...

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Laura Storto

Technology and litigation counsel | Genentech

Contentious expert Laura Storto has been at Roche subsidiary Genentech since 2007 and was previously an associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. ‘While Laura considers alternatives, she also...

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Leah Getlan

Assistant general counsel – litigation | Capital One

Capital One is the eighth largest bank-holding company in the United States. Leading a team of three, Leah Getlan reached resolution in a complex consumer class action brought against ING...

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Lewis Ensley

Vice president-legal, West region | Balfour Beatty Construction

With ‘unparalleled legal expertise’, Lewis Ensley has drawn considerable industry recognition, throughout his seven-year career with Balfour Beatty. The British construction company agreed to sell its US professional service business...

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Marc Polk

Associate general counsel/litigation | Covidien

‘Young, good and rising’, Marc Polk has broad litigation experience, and is actively involved in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. He is a respected voice in the industry,...

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Marisa Beeney

Managing director, general counsel and chief compliance officer | GSO Capital Partners

Handling legal and compliance functions for one of the largest debt investment funds in the US market, Marissa Beeney has been active in new business initiatives for GSO Capital’s fund...

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Marty Willhite

General counsel | Legendary Entertainment

‘Marty Willhite at Legendary Entertainment is a superstar,’ according to one in-house source. Former Munger, Tolles & Olson partner Willhite was already viewed as one of the US entertainment industry’s...

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Mary-Alice Barrett

Assistant general counsel, senior counsel specialist – litigation | Roche Group

Overseeing litigation teams across multiple jurisdictions, Mary-Alice Barrett has drawn particular notice through her handling of one of the US’s largest mass-tort cases. Comprising nearly 8,000 individual cases and several...

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Matthew Coleman

General counsel | TPG Growth

As general counsel of $4bn investment manager TPG Growth, Matthew Coleman heads a small legal team. ‘The biggest challenge I have faced is the global nature of our business,’ he...

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Matthew Furman

SVP, group GC - corporate and governance, and corporate secretary | The Travelers Company

‘Above all else, Matt is universally well-liked and respected,’ AJ Kess of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP says of Matthew Furman. ‘He is super star to work with’. The Travelers...

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Melinda McAfee

Vice president and associate general counsel | Abercrombie & Fitch

Melinda McAfee is responsible for all Abercrombie & Fitch’s global employment law support, leading a team across the US and Europe. A former Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP partner,...

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Michael Dailey

General counsel | Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions

Michael Dailey has drawn particularly praise for his handling of global EPC projects, during his time as general counsel for French industrial services and fuel provider Air Liquide. ‘Michael possesses...

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Michael Pass

Senior counsel – compliance | Freeport-McMoRan

Since his 2011 arrival, Michael Pass has worked on developing Freeport-McMoRan’s global compliance program. He also devised an online due diligence tool to deal with FCPA’s heightened demands (in his...

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Michael Wolf

Vice president, chief counsel corporate | Aon

Multi-award-winning lawyer Michael Wolf handles all aspects of Aon’s global corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, partnerships and strategic alliances. ‘Michael Wolf has been part of some of...

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Michelle Fang

General counsel and chief legal officer | Stubhub

During her ten years in-house, Michelle Fang’s career has followed a steep upwards trajectory. ‘She is a knowledgeable, strategic problem-solver and not afraid to take responsibility for crucial company decisions,’...

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Mustafa Ostrander

Assistant general counsel, chief compliance officer | Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP

Energy and utilities

Growing midstream business Tallgrass Energy operates multiple interstate natural gas and oil pipelines. Former FERC attorney Mustafa Ostrander holds a dual transactional and regulatory role and has guided the company...

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Norma Barnes-Euresti

Vice president and chief counsel, labor and employment | Kellogg’s

Having worked with plaintiffs and as an administrative law judge, Norma Barnes-Euresti’s decision to join Kellogg’s as head of its labor and employment function was not the most obvious career...

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Paul Doda

Global litigation counsel | Elsevier

Paul Doda’s involvement in the digital copyright infringement debate reached its pinnacle with his participation in a US Congressional hearing. ‘Paul is becoming an industry leader,’ says Dentons’ Marc Friedman....

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Paul Freedman

General counsel for North America generation businesses | The AES Corporation

Featuring in some of the most complex, cross-border billion-dollar transactions, award-winning lawyer Paul Freedman stands out for his legal and business understanding, and negotiation skills. ‘Paul is an unusual breed...

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Raja Maharajh

VP and counsel, commercial engines | Pratt & Whitney

Global aerospace manufacturer and United Technologies Corporation subsidiary Pratt & Whitney is building up its capabilities in anticipation of increased commercial and military engine production. Coming from an engineering background...

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Rebecca Thompson

General counsel | Competitive Carriers Association

CCA represents more than 100 competitive carriers and over 250 vendors and suppliers in the wireless industry. As the Association’s first GC, Rebecca Thompson takes a dual legal and advocacy...

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Reid Wilson

Vice president and associate general counsel – trademark | Abercrombie & Fitch

Reid Wilson leads Abercrombie & Fitch’s contentious and non-contentious trademark work, including the company’s successful litigation against reality TV star ‘The Situation’ in 2013. During his nine years at the...

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Richard Calame

Senior counsel | Raytheon Company

Less than a year into his in-house career, Richard Calame was seconded to act as general counsel at Raytheon-owned Flight Options during its complex share divestiture from 2006 to 2007....

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Richard Nohe

Chief legal officer BT Americas | BT

An experienced expert on telecommunication issues in the US and abroad, Richard Nohe has been pivotal to major internal changes in BT’s US operations. Among his biggest professional achievements, Nohe...

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Richard Ting

Managing director and associate general counsel | Oaktree Capital Management

Oaktree Capital Management is one of the world’s leading distressed debt and alternative asset managers. As associate general counsel and managing director, Richard Ting handles a broad spectrum of work....

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Ruth Atherton

Associate general counsel | The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

‘An amazing hard worker’ who ‘keeps an eye on the big picture’, Ruth Atherton is valued not only for her highly technical skill-set but for her energy and commitment to...

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Sergio Garza

Senior counsel | Apache

‘An outstanding lawyer’, Harvard graduate Sergio Garza is highly regarding within his field. He has been at global exploration and production company Apache since 2006. He previously worked at leading...

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Stephanie Zapata Moore

Vice president and general counsel | Luminant

‘Stephanie is a leader in the corporate ranks of power generation companies,’ says one private practice source. ‘She is a master manager of outside counsel and internal staff and ensures...

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Susan Permut

Senior vice president and deputy general counsel | EMC Corporation

‘A terrific in-house lawyer’, during her long career at global IT business EMC, Susan Permut has helped to build the legal team and has also spearheaded the company’s corporate governance...

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Tamara Watts

Associate general counsel | The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Former K&L Gates partner Tamara Watts was already a leading name in the US not-for-profit sector before she made the move in-house to ‘the largest and most important foundation in...

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Terence Rasmussen

Assistant general counsel | CarMax, Inc.

‘Definitely a leader in his field’, Terence handles all aspects of employee benefits at the US’s largest used car retailer, CarMax. ‘Terence is able to balance the constantly changing legal...

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Thuy Vo

Assistant general counsel mergers and acquisitions | Archer Daniels Midland

Thuy Vo has supported two of Archer Daniels Midlands’ most significant recent transactions since her 2013 arrival, namely its $3bn Wild Flavors acquisition and the $350m sale of its South...

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Tom Hodges

General counsel | Clayton Homes

An ‘active voice’ in the industry, Tom Hodges represented national trade association Manufactured Housing Institute at US House of Representatives’ subcommittees on both financial institutions and consumer credit. Hodges is...

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Tom Merchant

General counsel | Legg Mason

Legg Mason is one of the world’s largest asset management firms, comprising a diversified group of global affiliates. Tom Merchant first joined the firm in 1998 and was promoted to...

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Tomas Kuehn

Vice president, corporate counsel | ValleyCrest

‘Tomas is an outstanding general counsel,’ Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner, Senet & Wittbrodt lawyer Marion Hack says. ‘He understands ValleyCrest’s business and is a wonderful advocate on its behalf’. Landscape...

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Tony Gomes

Vice president and deputy general counsel | Citrix Systems

Tony Gomes ‘transformed’ Citrix Systems’ IP legal support. ‘Tony began developing a strategic vision that focused not only on protecting Citrix’s industry-leading products and services, but also its future innovation...

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Vladimir Elgort

Senior director, IP counsel | Sony

Vladimir Elgort has won considerable respect in the industry for his work on strategic projects and major, cross-border disputes. He co-managed of the global patent litigation between Sony and LG...

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To compile this list, we asked leading US private practice and in-house lawyers to nominate the “rising stars” amongst the nation’s corporate counsel. We also reached out to lawyers who have made headlines for ground-breaking work in their relevant industries, to be considered for the list. As well as interviewing candidates themselves, we obtained feedback from peers, where appropriate.

A “rising star”, for the purposes of this publication, is somebody who could “do more, given the chance”. This includes lawyers in more junior positions, as well as those who have only recently reached GC-level, or who act in standalone roles or head less established legal functions. We did not impose any restrictions regarding age or years of experience. Some of the final 100 were partners at leading firms before moving in-house; in other cases lawyers at the very beginning of their legal careers have achieved a great deal in a short space of time.

As in the case of the original US top 100, we are highlighting individuals who have been pivotal in changing or forming opinions within their company or industry; have excelled technically; have created innovative structures to ensure the in-house function is driving the business forward; or have provided a business working model that other corporate counsel should follow.

David Burgess
Publishing Director

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