In-House Counsel Profiles

Debbie Hoffman of Digital Risk LLC.

In-House Counsel Profile: Digital Risk LLC's Debbie Hoffman

By Richard Acello |

Debbie Hoffman is the ­general counsel at Digital Risk LLC, an Maitland, Florida-based provider of outsourced residential mortgage and financial services for large banks and government-sponsored entities such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Michael Parini, director of litigation for Pfizer.

In-House Counsel Profile: Pfizer Inc.'s Michael Parini

By Ginny LaRoe |

Michael Parini oversees Pfizer's litigation around the world along with the company's corporate insurance group.

Omar Jabbour of Astound Commerce.

In-House Counsel Profile: Astound Commerce Corp.'s Omar Jabbour

By June D. Bell |

"I reward effort and success equally."

Steven Scheinthal, executive vice president and general counsel of Landry’s Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Landry's Inc.'s Steven Scheinthal

By Richard Acello |

"I like being associated with a company that has assets that are so recognizable by the consuming public. There's not anybody I meet who doesn't know who we are."

Suzannah Childers, Legal Counsel at Attunity Ltd.

In-House Counsel Profile: Attunity Ltd.'s Suzannah Childers

By Richard Acello |

"Anyone who is thinking that they might want to go in house, should try to intern with a legal department of a company, that's the best thing I could have done."

Andrew Tavi, vice president of legal and government affairs, and secretary and general counsel, at Nissan North America.

In-House Counsel Profile: Nissan North America Inc.'s Andrew Tavi

By Richard Acello |

"We are the definition of a ­global company, so we're on a 24-hour cycle."

Amy Wan, general counsel of Patch of Land.

In-House Counsel Profile: Patch of Land Inc.'s Amy Wan

By Richard Acello |

"I love working with the people here. They're ambitious and some of the smartest people I've ever met — and I love the fact that I get to help build the company from scratch."

Larry Thompson.

In-House Counsel Profile: The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.'s Larry Thompson

By Richard Acello |

"You learn many skill sets, and it's constantly challenging."

Florida International University general counsel Kristina Raattama

In-House Counsel Profile: Florida International University's Kristina Raattama

By Richard Acello |

"Be a life-long learner. Take every opportunity that you get to understand the operations of the place and the industry you're in."

Paul Mamalian, General Counsel for HMSHost Corp. HANDOUT.

In-House Counsel Profile: HMSHost Corp.'s Paul Mamalian

By Ginny LaRoe |

"Having lived through a war gave me a pretty good perspective on what is truly a bad day versus what is a normal bad day here. I tend to handle stress pretty well."

Perry Pappous, ‎executive VP & general counsel of Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Mitsubishi Electric U.S. Inc.'s Perry Pappous

By Richard Acello |

Pappous arrives at the office most days about 8 in the morning and leaves around 6:30 in the evening. "I always take my PC with me," he said, "for 10-12 hours a day wherever I am."

Chris Knopik, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for the Laser Spine Institute.

In-House Counsel Profile: Laser Spine Institute LLC's Chris Knopik

By Richard Acello |

"I am a working kind of guy."

Keven Lippert, general counsel of ViaSat Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: ViaSat Inc.'s Keven Lippert

By Richard Acello |

"The key thing is to understand the business and the industry you're in — that's how you show your value."

Ken Carson, chief people officer and general counsel of Cengage Learning.

In-House Counsel Profile: Cengage Learning's Ken Carson

By Richard Acello |

Cengage Learning is an educational publisher transitioning from a traditional publisher of textbooks to digital content. General Counsel Ken Carson said that this year will be the first time digital revenue will surpass print revenue.

Ilya Braz, general counsel of GFI Capital.

In-House Counsel Profile: GFI Capital Resources Group Inc.'s Ilya Braz

By Richard Acello |

"I like deal closings."

James J. Merkins, Jr., general counsel of Ray Angelini, Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Ray Angelini Inc.'s James Merkins

By Richard Acello |

"I had a lunch meeting with Ray Angelini, pitching him for litigation work, and it turned into a job offer."

Amy Guzzy, general counsel and director of legal services at Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores Inc.'s Amy Guzzy

By June D. Bell |

"We try to keep things in-house as much as possible."

Brian Eftink, Vice President of Legal at Wacker Chemical Corporation.

In-House Counsel Profile: Wacker Chemical Corp.'s Brian Eftink

By June D. Bell |

"I feel a lot of times like I'm playing the role of arbitrator or judge."