Chicago Legal Department of the Year Winner:
US FOODS INC.
It's not often an $18 billion-a-year company hires a new general counsel and asks her to build nearly an entire legal department from scratch in a new city. Yet that's the challenge that confronted Juliette Pryor in 2009, when she became food distribution giant US Foods Inc.'s top lawyer. The United States' 11th largest privately held company had decided to move its entire legal department from Columbia, Md., to its headquarters in the Chicago suburbs, and only 20 percent of its in-house lawyers and none of its paralegals chose to make the move.
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