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Michelle Myers

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RISING STAR General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Cultivation Capital Michelle Myers quickly learned in law school that her interests would lead her down a much different career path than that of the traditional route followed by many of her ...

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Mary M. “Molly” Shaffer

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PUBLIC COMPANY Head of HSE & Real Estate Law for Crop Science, Bayer U.S. Molly Shaffer’s path to winning an In-House Counsel Award included a hike along the Inca Trail in Peru. That’s fitting for someone who majored in environmental studies ...

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Kathleen “Katie” Ryan

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PUBLIC COMPANY Senior Corporate Counsel, H&R Block Katie Ryan spent about six years as a litigator at H&R Block before moving to financial services and working as in-house counsel in 2014. The move certainly came as a marked change at ...

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Mary Ann Mackey

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PUBLIC COMPANY Assistant General Counsel Bearrister, Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. As Mary Ann Mackey tells it, ending up at Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. was “very random.” The lifelong St. Louis resident was working in the real estate department at Greensfelder, Hemker & ...

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Rebecca Kujawa

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PUBLIC COMPANY General Counsel, Huttig Building Products After working for the Illinois Senate staff for two years, Rebecca Kujawa viewed going to law school as a natural progression. Being part of the legislation process and seeing how things were done ...

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Michael J. Keating

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PUBLIC COMPANY Vice President of Litigation and Arbitration (retired), Emerson As an attorney, Michael J. Keating stands out in his STEM-focused family. His father is a physicist, while his two brothers are both engineers. “I was the black sheep,” he ...

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Gregory Billhartz

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PUBLIC COMPANY Vice President, Legal, Human Resources and Communications for North American region, Bunge Like many attorneys, Gregory Billhartz knew from an early age what field he wanted to pursue. Unlike those attorneys, though, that field was accounting. After earning a degree ...

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Reachel Beichley

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PUBLIC COMPANY Vice President and General Counsel, MRIGlobal Reachel Beichley was so sure she wanted to be a lawyer that she memorialized that goal in one of her high school yearbooks. After earning a bachelor’s degree in social studies and education ...

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Matthew Aplington

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PUBLIC COMPANY Associate General Counsel, Spire Inc. Plenty of attorneys say that at an early age they had a good idea they were headed for the legal field. Matt Aplington took that a step further. The associate general counsel at ...

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