MarketWatch says A. Lynne Puckett was a “principal” at the Central Intelligence Agency. Modern Counsel magazine once described her as a “CIA Operative.” Irving-based Celanese Corporation has two new titles for Puckett: Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
During his four years at Summit, GC Daniel Gerber has handled five M&A deals, drafted hundreds of contracts and agreements, updated the privacy guidelines and procedures and helped the company avoid potentially costly litigation. Summit CEO Dale Young says, “Daniel’s execution makes visions become a reality.”
When Capital One’s financial services division decided to exit the mortgage origination and servicing business in 2017, it had a pretty sticky problem: How do you shed a portfolio of 113,000 mortgages valued at $17 billion in an orderly and cost-conscious fashion? Apparently, you task your Assistant GC Elizabeth Chostner to deal with the details.
As lead labor and employment counsel at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Lauren Mutti handles everything from a $9 million litigation docket to sales compliance policies nationwide. She describes herself as the daughter of a “corporate gypsy,” but others describe her as a community-committed lawyer who is terrific at her job.
EnLink Midstream Partners CLO Alaina Brooks and Deputy GC Kendall Talbott have been a team for a half-dozen years. Together, they implemented a $13 billion simplification, brought several midstream projects online, eliminated dozens of nuisance lawsuits and sold a $3.12 billion interest in EnLink. Now they’re finalists for an ACC-DFW award.
Interstate Batteries’ Kelvin Sellers has crafted partnership agreements with 200 retail stores, penned sponsorship contracts with NASCAR’s Kyle Busch, engineered the 19 percent acquisition of Aqua Metals and helped the company’s expansion into South America and China. Now, he is a finalist for the 2018 Outstanding Corporate Counsel’s GC of the Year Award.
Adeptus Health General Counsel Tim Mueller has seen good times and bad times. During a three-year period, Adeptus experienced wild expansion, did an IPO, had its market cap hit $1 billion, filed for bankruptcy and restructured with a new plan for steady growth. Through it all, Mueller’s legal counsel has been both sound and poised. The Lawbook has the story.
The images of children at the border, forcibly separated from their parents, were excruciating for Anne Brooksher-Yen, a mother of two kids. So, the senior associate GC at Celanese Corporation acted. Now, six Celanese attorneys have joined with lawyers at Haynes and Boone to represent eight immigrant families seeking asylum. The Texas Lawbook has the story.
As managing counsel for Toyota Motor North America, Scott Young is the automaker’s leading legal expert on commercial real estate development, lease negotiations and corporate transactions. He’s also developed a well-earned reputation for pro bono and public service.
AT&T’s legal department won two huge courtroom victories against the federal government in 2018. The telecom giant defeated a $4 billion FTC false advertising case and demolished a DOJ antitrust challenge to its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. AT&T also made huge strides in promoting diversity in the legal profession. The Texas Lawbook has details.