For the fifth consecutive year, Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP was honored to be the presenting sponsor of the Charlotte Business Journal Corporate Counsel Awards held at the Carmel Country Club on February 1, 2018. The 23 finalists were each introduced along with photos from their law school yearbooks leading many to reminisce as they accepted their awards. The event underscored the essential role in-house counsel play in navigating the wide range of issues their organizations face on a daily basis. During the ceremony, leading in-house legal professionals were honored for their commitment and dedication to their organizations.

Hedrick Gardner proudly partners with corporate counsel to help avoid and manage the ever-present legal challenges their businesses face daily. Through experience and collaboration, Hedrick Gardner lawyers have consistently helped corporate counsel achieve company objectives, while simultaneously working to manage both their internal and external resources to minimize risk.

Corporate counsel are constantly called upon to “add value” to their organizations. Hedrick Gardner is dedicated to supporting this effort and looks forward to strengthening our partnership as we aid corporate counsel to glean added value for their respective organizations. In today’s business environment, the role of corporate counsel in law departments has dramatically changed and their importance has continued to increase. Hedrick Gardner was pleased to have a part in honoring these outstanding individuals.

Here are this year’s winners:

Outstanding In-House Law Department
Winner: Belk, Inc.

Outstanding General Counsel – Small Company
Winner: Richard Sedory, Wastequip

Outstanding General Counsel — Large Company
Winner: Barbara Heim, Sunbelt Rentals Inc.

Outstanding Deputy or Managing Counsel
Winner: Rick Rossitch, Compass Group USA Inc.

Outstanding Corporate Counsel
Winner: Kelly Clement, SPX Flow, Inc.

Rising Star
Winner: Laura Budzichowski, National Gypsum Co.

In-house Innovator
Winner: Brittany Mayer-Schuler, Elior North America

Outstanding Community Service
Winner: John Heuer, Balfour Beatty

Outstanding Pro Bono Service
Winner: Todd Stillerman, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


About Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP:

With nearly 90 attorneys located in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina, Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP is among the Carolina’s leading law firms for conflict prevention, conflict management and conflict resolution. Hedrick Gardner has built a strong reputation of representing clients ranging from small and medium size businesses to Fortune 500 companies including national retailers, transportation companies, financial institutions, health care organizations, insurance companies, and professional services firms.


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