Eartha Johnson applied her law degree in a creative and unconventional way by forming LegalWatch, Inc., a legal staffing and training company aimed at advising other companies and their employees about how to avoid litigation through risk mitigation, diversity, ethics and employment law training. LegalWatch’s clients include Shell, Wal-Mart, Halliburton and Exxon. Johnson began LegalWatch after a successful career practicing commercial and environmental law for Exxon and working for the United States Department of Justice.
Sharon McIlnay is a member of Matias Energy LLC, an energy industry focused consulting and project development company formed in 2007 by McIlnay and her business partner, Tom Miller. Prior to founding Matias Energy, McIlnay served as general counsel for CMS Enterprises Company for 15 years. While at CMS, McIlnay had overall legal responsibility for approximately $7 billion of independent power production, electric distribution and natural gas transmission, storage, gathering and processing assets located across North and South America, Australia, the Middle East and India.
Andy Massey, JD, 1997Chief Legal Counsel for Valmont Industries
Andy Massey became chief legal counsel for Valmont Industries, an international company known for being the world’s biggest pivot manufacturer, in July 2006. In reality, pivot manufacturing makes up only approximately 20 percent of Valmont’s business, according to Massey. The Omaha-based company, which has more than 9000 employees in 20 countries, also manufactures streetlights and utility poles and is a leader in the custom galvanizing business.