Maggie Warren’s red pen was busy as she read and reread the standard terms, marking up clauses with the passion of someone who can’t abide a run-on sentence. It was her first day at Vertafore, Inc., the Denver-based insurance software company and she was just getting started.
Is Invenergy a global leader in sustainable energy solutions or a real estate developer in the sustainable energy space? Sometimes it’s hard to tell, jokes Tyrone Thomas, because real estate is such a critical component of the business. Before an energy project can get off the ground, the company needs to obtain rights to the literal ground.
Adam Nagorski was a day into his GC role when his new boss asked him to help the company resolve an immigration matter, something he had no prior experience handling. He quickly realized more novel questions were coming, and within the first week of moving in-house, had joined his local ACC chapter to build a network.
Vincent Montalto appreciates the cerebral, collegiate character of law, where it’s possible to smile and shake hands (when pandemics permit) with an adversary. “As shocking as it’s going to sound, practicing law should be fun,” Vincent says.
Ahmed S. Mousa believes that the importance of scientific advancement in medicine lies not only in invention but also in accessibility. This belief inspired Ahmed to focus his career at the intersection of law and science.
Whether at work or volunteering, Meyling Ly-Ortiz enjoys “being a small part of something bigger” than herself. She connected with Toyota Motor North America’s mission, explaining, “It’s not about just cars or transportation, it’s about mobility.”
When it comes to risk management, it is impossible to separate legal or regulatory compliance from technology, declares Bassel C. Korkor. True to this maxim, Bassel leverages emerging technology to help businesses meet compliance obligations and manage risk effectively.
Julisa Edwards’ in-house career has been intertwined with nonprofit conservation work for over a decade. She has lent her legal expertise to protecting the Earth’s resources from the forest to the sea, and now, as general counsel at the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, for the protection of wildlife habitats around the globe.
Asaf Alkoby didn’t always plan to be a lawyer; he was a professional volleyball player until his mid-20s, even making Israel’s national team. “Life was all about sports for me,” he jokes. But once he made the decision to pursue law, he set his sights on an in-house role at Teva Pharmaceuticals. Thirteen years and four roles later, Asaf reflects on what drew him to the company:
Ahead of his retirement, Bob Santamaria spoke to ACC Australia to reflect on some of the skills and lessons that he has applied to manage a high-profile and complex legal department during one of the most disruptive decades in the global finance industry.