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In-House Counsel of the Year

Lifetime Achievement- Bill Quatman

Before Bill Quatman became a lawyer, he was an architect. Quatman, senior vice president and general counsel at Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City, studied architecture at the undergraduate level and went into the field. When he went to law ...

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Public company- Jeffrey Groves

“Oh, oh, oh, O’Reilly!” Anyone who grew up in the Midwest knows the O’Reilly Auto Parts jingle, an upbeat song that now represents 4,935 stores in 47 states and more than 75,000 employees. Though the company has grown from a ...

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Public company Kara Larson

For Kara Larson the move to become in-house counsel was an unexpected twist in her career. She joined Kansas City Power & Light as corporate and senior counsel in 2006, ending a five-year run with Husch & Eppenberger, now Husch ...

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Public Company- Desiree Peri

To track Desiree Peri’s life and career, you need a globe. Peri, who serves as Vice President and General Counsel for Charter Communications, is originally from California. When she was 12, her father accepted a job with his company in ...

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Public Company- Cathi Ponciroli

When Cathi Ponciroli sat down to talk with her father about career advice while pursuing her undergraduate degree in engineering, he suggested that if she had an engineering and law degree, she could “write her own ticket.” It would be ...

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Public company- Craig Rosenthal

Craig Rosenthal always wanted to become an in-house attorney. “When I started law school, I knew I wanted to practice as an in-house counsel,” he said. “I focused my coursework to it and, during my six years in private practice, ...

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Public Company- Gina Srivastava

Like many lawyers, Gina Srivastava began her legal education with an imprecise notion of what she wanted to do. She knew she liked litigation; she also knew she wasn’t particularly interested in contracts and the more business-oriented parts of the ...

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Public company- Leonard Wagner

It was a college aptitude test that propelled Leonard Wagner, a self-described small-town Wisconsin boy, to embark on a long legal career in Kansas City culminating as in-house lawyer to one of the city’s most prominent employers. Wagner, associate general ...

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