Awards

The First Chair Awards is an annual selection of in-house counsel who have, through their hard work and innovation, made significant contributions to the legal community. Our award program honors the top in-house counsel for their accomplishments in the past year in a wide range of categories.




2013 First Chair Award Recipients

Top General Counsel

Valeria Bailey, Rand McNally
Colleen Batcheler, ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Dennis Black, Mesirow Financial
Janice Block, Kaplan Inc.
Susan Blount, Prudential Financial, Inc.
Kathleen Boege, FreightCar America, Inc.
Cynthia Boeh, GE Energy
Darryl Bradford, Exelon Corporation
Tammy Brandt, ServiceMesh, Inc.
Richard Briggs, Kubota Tractor Corporation
Michelle Carey Jones, NCH Marketing Services,
Matt Cimino, Welsh
Lara Coons, Amcor Packaging Distribution
Steve Covey, Navistar International Corp.
Tim Denker, Dunhill Partners
Paul Doerscheln, United Service Companies
Vicki Donati, Crate & Barrel
Rachel Dvorken, Sinai Medical
Shannon Dwyer, St. Joseph Health
David Ebroon, JPMorgan Chase
Carla Garfinkle, Donlen Corporation
Deborah Golden, GATX
David Goltz, Kemper Sports Management
Cecily Gooch, TXU
Doug Graham, Oil-Dri Corporation of America
Maria Green, Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Shai Halivni, Alma Lasers, Ltd
Gail Hasbrouck, Advocate Health System
Taylor Hammond, Lincoln Renewable Energy, LLC.
Lucy Lee Helm, Starbucks
Paul Liebenson, Arcelor-Mittal USA, Inc.
Nick Helmer, Friedman Properties, Ltd.
Aaron Horowitz, Cosmetique
Rick Ingram, AMI Group, LLC
Lance Jones, Trilogy Software, Inc.
Michelle Jones, NCH Marketing Services, Inc.
Nima Kelly, Go Daddy
Richard Konrath, CNH Industrial N.V.
Fred Langtry, Banner Properties, LLC
Joni Lawrence, Thermo Fluids
Susan Lichtenstein, Hill-Rom
Jeffrey Liskar, Appraisal Institute
Steve Macaluso, WMS Gaming Inc.
Dickens Mathieu, Tufts
Eric McCarthy, Seneca One Finance, Inc.
Kathryn Mlsna, Girl Scouts
Joanne Moffic-Silver, CBOE Holdings, Inc. & CBOE
Sean Moriarty, Tolmar Inc.
Jay Novatney, Chicago Fundamental Investment
Andrea Okun, Merit Management Group, LLC
Mary Parish, Chevron Corporation
Lisa Pattis, Wintrust Financial Corporation
Gregory Peterson, Intl Council of Shopping Centers
Jason Pfetcher, ThoughtWorks, Inc.
Dale Pierson, IUOE Local 150
Geri Presti, Forest City Enterprises
Jill Rappis, Loyola University Health System
Brian Reinhart, Horizon Hobby, Inc.
Matt Revord, Potbelly Sandwich Works
Jean Robinson, SourceAmericaTM
Jonathan Romick, GEM Realty Capital
Tom Sabatino, Walgreens
Robert Sacks, Standard Parking Corporation
Telisa Schelin, TIER REIT, Inc.
Maria Scherer, Wrightwood Capital
Charles Schulman, The HAVI Group, L.P.
Kimberlee Seah, BioScrip, Inc.
Michael Silverman, SmithBucklin Corporation
Frederick Stein, Redbox
Kurt Stepaniak, KONE Inc.
Brian Vandenberg, Origin Healthcare Solutions
Michelle Ventress, WTAS LLC
George Vinyard, ExteNet Systems, Inc.
Monica Weed, Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Robert Wolz, Charles Schwab

Top Assistant General Counsel

David Adams, Kaplan Inc.
Paula Angelini, Bank of America
Nancy Ardell, Cadence Health
Rachel Baxter, Kongsberg Automotive
Deirdre Brekke, Reynolds Services Inc.
Paul Brown, Underwriters Laboratories Inc
Alison Butler, Wolters Kluwer
Dawn Cassie, Navigant Consulting
Kamau Coar, Heidrick & Struggles
Tim Crouthamel, State Farm
Jim Dawson, Integrys Energy Group Inc.
Deborah Decker, Exelon
Melanie Earle, Rush University Medical Center
Robert Edmund, PetSmart
Bill Eggleston, Republic Services, Inc.
Valarie Fairchild, ThoughtWorks, Inc.
Gary Fordyce, Fannie Mae
Veronica Gomez, Exelon Corporation
Linda Hohn, Global Indemnity Group, Inc.
Katie Holahan, Navigant Consulting
Brian Holbrook, Toyota Financial Services
Lisa Horning, Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Pamela Kain, GE
Andrew Karabetsos, Capgemini US LLC
Theodore Lemberis, Diners Club International
Daniel Lichtenstein, Grant Thornton International Ltd.
Derek Linde, Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
David McAtee, AT&T
M. Gavin McCarty, Integrys Energy Group Inc.
David Meehan, BMO Harris Bank N.A.
Saumil Mehta, Gogo LLC
Heather Randall, Trinity Industries, Inc.
Stephen Roberti, Woodward, Inc.
Andre Rose, Duke Energy
Al Salazar, Subaru of America Corp.
Lori Schechter, McKesson Corporation
Clay Scheitzach, Xerox Business Services
Peter Schiron, Deloitte
Renee Schreiber, Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc
Leonora Shaw, JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.
Joy Shulruf, APAC Customer Services
Andrew Spiwak, Chicago Board of Options Exchange
Richard Stevens, Old World Industries, LLC.
John Nassos, NiSource Inc.
Doug Newkirk, ExteNet Systems, Inc.
Nicole Nocera, Exelon
John Okray, American Beacon Advisors, Inc.
Christopher Paetsch, Kaplan Inc.
Nicie Pratt, Covenant Health System
Rasul Raheem, Bank of America Legal Department
Evan Stolove, Fannie Mae
Marsha Tolchin, Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
Brennan Torregrossa, GlaxoSmithKline LLC
James Tu, McDonald's Corporation
Joel Unruch, Accenture LLP
Dathan Voelter, Freescale Semiconductor
Hilary Ware, Netflix
Pamela Weinstock, Sears Holdings
Wade Wootan, Tulane University
Mike Zandpour, City National Bank, NA
Nora Lee Zeller, Sears Holdings Management Corp.

Top Litigation Counsel

Cindy Abbott, Motorola Mobility, Inc.
Carey Bartell, Hospira
Jospeh Catalano, Union Bank
Moze Cowper, Amgen
Harry Dubnick, Commonwealth Edison Company
Rachel Eichenbaum, Oracle
Katherine Haennicke, BMO Financial Group
Susan Joseph, Westcon Group North America
Tzivia Masliansky, Sears Holdings Co.
Marc McKay, Harris Bank
Vincent Miraglia, International Paper
Raven Moore, McDonald's Corporation
Florie Perellis, Allstate Legal Department
Sloane Perras, The Krystal Company
Langhorne Perrow, Access Industries, Inc.
Brian Roche, Easton-Bell Sports
Barbara Rowland, CVS Caremark
Rabia Shiekh, PepsiCo
Elysia Solomon, Humana Inc.
Tiffanee Wade-Henderson, International Paper
Kristen Weathersby, Cox Communications
Pam Williams, WelPoint, Inc.

Rising Stars

Holly Bailey, BMO Harris Bank
Romy Carr, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Sanjana Chopra, UL
Michelle Connelly, Kaplan Inc.
Casey Flaherty, Kia Motors
Ryan Foley, AIG
Brian Gaffney, AT&T
Christine Graham, BMO Harris Bank N.A.
Jennifer Griveas, Eliza Jennings
Courtney Holohan, Accenture LLP
Kenneth Kubes, Coventry Health Care, Inc.
Laura McLaren, Bank of Montreal
Gianfranco Mitrione, Jaguar Land Rover North America
Jennifer Molinar, CVS Caremark
Maria Natale, GTECH Corporation
Kevin Norman, Evonik Corporation
Camille Penniman, Sabre Inc.
Chris Petelle, Humana
Elissa Port, BMO Harris Bank N.A.
Michael Qaqish, The Bartech Group
Brian Reinhart, Horizon Hobby, Inc.
Derek Windham, Del Monte Foods
Charlene Yaneza, BMO Harris Bank N.A.

Top Compliance Counsel

David Chameli, Sirva
Beth Davis, Kaplan Inc.
Susan Fleischmann, Oracle
Meghan Kieffer, Trinity Healthcare
Jean Liu, Accretive Health
Megan Schaefer, Sears Holding
Lisa Tamburini, RMB Capital Management, LLC
Jeremy Taylor, Dover Corporation
Greta Weathersby, Integrys Energy Group Inc.
Mark White, Cameron International

Top Real Estate Counsel

Cara Ahola, TJX Companies, Inc.
Robyn Alexander, Sears Holdings Corporation
Kathleen Barry, General Growth
Gary Bazydlo, Kimco Realty Corporation
Joseph Conn, Sprouts Farmers Market
Toni Di Giacomo, Brixmor Property Group
Brian Friedman, AMC Delancy Group, Inc.
Joan Hayden, Prudential Financial, Inc.
Matt Irvin, Dick's Sporting Goods
Jason Maxwell, Hines
Brad A. Molotsky, Brandywine Realty Trust
Barbara Peloquin, Sears Holdings Management Corp.
Tim Peters, ProLogis
Susan Scalzo, Sears Holdings Management Corporation
Marianne Simonini, Sears Holdings Management Corp.
Elizabeth Williams, Sears Holdings Management Corp.
John Wooten, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, Inc.

Top Corporate Counsel

Kerry Abbott, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co
J. Stephen Carow, Chevron USA, Inc.
Colin Clement, Accenture LLP
Laura Cole, Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics
Tara Cowell, St. Joseph Health System
Jane Crane, Macy's Retail Holdings, Inc.
Christine DeMott, BMO Harris Bank N.A.
Gary Friedlander, TransUnion
Angela Frye, Verizon Wireless
Joseph Greenberg, Walgreen Co.
Richard Harris, Chevron Corporation
Stacee Hasenbalg, BMO Harris N.A.
Neal Jagtap, GroupOn
Kerilyn Johnson, Ace Hardware Corporation
Tracy Kocourek, Accenture LLP
PK Kurland, Motorola Mobility UK Ltd
Jean Langie, BMO Harris Bank N.A.
Todd Longsworth, Novocure Ltd.
Christina Loundy, Stepan Co.
Kevin Morris, Global Hyatt Corporation
Dawn Reamer, Aisin Holdings of America, Inc.
Todd Roeser, SRG Global, Inc.
Sophia Ruffolo, BMO Financial Group
Lisa Seilheimer, CDW Corporation
Brian Smith, Holcim Inc
Lucas Tompach, Xchanging Services, Inc.
Joyce Tuohy, BMO Harris Bank N.A.
Timothy Verrilli, NXT Capital, Inc.
Audrey Waltenburg, Walgreen's
James Watson, St. Joseph Health System
Michael Watters, Catholic Health Initiatives
Sarah Weersing, Accenture LLP

Top Intellectual Property Counsel

Martin Beckwith, Cisco Systems
Dan Bestor, Motorola Solutions
Hildy Bowbeer, 3M Company
Konstantin Caploon, Biomet Spine & Bone Healing Tech.
Amy Keenan, WellPoint, Inc.
David Strauss, Experian
Andrew Tsai, Mars Legacy Segments

Top Legal Department

7-Eleven Legal Department
Exelon Legal Department
BMO Financial Group

Top Healthcare Counsel

Paul Cushing, Partners HealthCare System

Top Employment Counsel

Anne Bancroft, Exelon Business Services Company
Frank Bear, Walgreen's
Shirley Bendza, UTC
Deidra Byrd, Walgreen's
Amy Cook, Abbott Laboratories
Stephanie Hart, Kaplan Inc.
Marni Helfand, Huron Consulting Group
Jerry Malinin, Motorola
Mary O'Neil, United Air Lines
Nikki Odom, Akzo Nobel, Inc.