National Diversity Council is Proud to Announce the 2017 Top 50 General Counsels in Dallas

Sep 12, 2017 3:30 PM ET

DALLAS, September 12, 2017 /3BL Media/ - National Diversity Council is proud to announce the 2017 Top 50 General Counsels in Dallas, a definitive list of executives, influencers and achievers impacting the legal industry.

“The 2017 Top 50 General Counsel award list highlights some of the most extraordinary legal professionals in the Dallas area,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of the National Diversity Council. “We are honored to recognize such a distinguished group of leaders dedicated to continuous success in their workplaces and communities.”

The 2017 Top 50 General Counsel selection was based on the following criteria:

  • Must be General Counsel or Chief Legal Officer
  • Demonstrates achievements across the full spectrum of in house responsibility
  • Performs above and beyond the usual requirements of his or her professional capability
  • Shows commitment to diversity and community well-being
  • Displays high integrity and ethical behavior

All awardees will be honored during Dallas Legal Diversity Week November 7-9, 2017. Registration is currently ongoing and can be completed at For more information, please contact Laura Alvarado at


The 2017 Top 50 General Counsels in Dallas

Audrey Andrews

Senior VP & General Counsel

Tenet Health


Barbara Pollack

General Counsel, Space & Airborn Systems

Raytheon Company


Bipasha Mukherjee

VP & Associate General Counsel

Cinemark Holdings, Inc.

Bob Robinson

Senior VP & General Counsel

RMG Networks

Burton Brillhart

Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Chief of Staff

Varsity Spirit

Carey O’Connor

Senior VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary



Chris Luna

Chief Counsel



Cynthia Hoff Trochu

Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel

Half Price Books


David O’Hara

General Counsel

Half Price Books

David Deck

VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Peter Piper Pizza


David Davenport

Assistant General Counsel

JPMorgan Chase & Co.


David Poole

General Counsel

Range Resource Corporation


Dena DeNooyer Stroh

General Counsel & Ethics Officer

North Texas Tollway Authority

Denise McWatters

Senior VP & General Counsel

The HollyFrontier Corporation


Elaine Rodriguez

General Counsel

DFW International Airport


Elizabeth Ryder

Executive VP & General Counsel

Nexstar Media Group, Inc.


Fayiaz Chaudhri

General Counsel


Howard S. Slobodin

General Counsel

Trinity River Authority of Texas


Ingrid Keiser

Executive VP. General Counsel, & Secretary



Jason Clark

Senior VP & Associate General Counsel

Santander Consumer USA Inc.


Jeff Erler

General Counsel

Cotton Holdings

John Gessner

General Counsel

Twin Peaks Restaurants

John Sterling

Executive VP, General Counsel, & Secretary

Twin Peaks Restaurants

Joseph Motes

Senior VP, General Counsel & Secretary

Alliance Data


Julia Simon

Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary

Mary Kay, Inc.


Kelly Rentzel

General Counsel

Texas Capital Bank

Kelvin F. Sellers

General Counsel & Director of Internal Audit

Interstate Batteries

Lana Reagor

Senior VP & Assistant General Counsel



Leanne Oliver

General Counsel

Frito Lay


Marc Kesselman

General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Government Affairs

Yum! Brands


Marisa McGaughey

General Counsel

RSF Partners


Matt Haltom

Senior VP & General Counsel

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc.

Noor Jiddou, JD

General Counsel & Head of Corporate and Investor Compliance

US Freedom Capital


Paul Kirkpatrick

VP, General Counsel & Secretary

Commercial Metals Company

R.B. Ramsey

Senior VP, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Secretary

ACE Cash Express


Randy Hyne

VP, General Counsel & Secretary

Fossil Group, Inc.

Rankin Gasaway

Senior VP, General Counsel & Secretary



Rob Wendland


Dallas County Community


Robin Everly

VP & Associate General Counsel

Sabre Corporation

Roger Nober

Executive VP, Law & Corporate Affairs, & Chief General Counsel

BNSF Railway

Rudy Rodriguez

Senior VP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary

CEC Entertainment, Inc.


Russel Coleman

Executive VP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Government Affairs

Dean Foods


Scarlett May

General Counsel

Brinker International

Terrance Henderson

Senior VP & Divisional General Counsel

Comerica Bank


Thomas Mielke

Senior VP & General Counsel



Tina Green

Senior VP & Assistant General Counsel

Bank of America

Tonya Johannsen

General Counsel

The Beck Group


Tracy Berry

Deputy General Counsel

Grant Thornton

Tracy Preston

Senior VP & General Counsel

Neiman Marcus Group





About the National Diversity Council

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