The General Counsel Forum announces Magna Stella Award winners

Association honors in-house leaders at San Antonio event

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett presented the Magna Stella Pro Bono Award to American Airlines, whose attorneys routinely provide legal services to local low-income communities.

Last week the General Counsel Forum hosted its 13th Annual Conference of General Counsel, featuring the Magna Stella Awards, which honor excellence in in-house leadership.

The Forum, an association of 600 in-house leaders from more than 350 companies, hosted the awards and conference Nov. 10-11 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas.

Following are the 23 Magna Stella Award finalists, with winners in bold:


Solo GC:

Lisa Gold, GC, Roofing Supply Group LLC

Jason P. Maxwell, corporate counsel, Hines Advisors LP


Small Legal Department:

Suzy Fulton, GC, Softlayer Technologies Inc.

Tim Johnson, GC, Archon Group LP

Bruce L. Marshall, senior director, legal services, Flexjet

Gerald A. Morton, GC & VP, business development, Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc.


Major Transaction:

James W. Goolsby Jr., executive, GC & secretary, Sterling Bank

Madeleine Johnson, VP & GC, Southwest Airlines

William D. Marsh, VP legal, Western Hemisphere, Baker Hughes International


Pro Bono:

American Airlines Inc.

Dell Inc.

Marathon Oil Co.


Non-Profit and Government Agency:

Barry D. Burgdorf, vice chancellor & GC, The University of Texas System

Teresa Burroff, SVP, legal affairs & GC, Seton Family of Hospitals

Dona Cornell, vice chancellor, VP, legal affairs & GC, University of Houston

Timothy K. Irvine, chief of staff & GC, Texas Department of Houston & Commission


Large Legal Department:                

Madeleine Johnson, VP & GC, Southwest Airlines

Tom Mason, VP, GC & secretary, Energy Transfer


Major Litigation:

Heather G. Callender, AGC, Transocean Ltd.

Bruce L. Marshall, senior director, legal services, Flexjet

Scott E. Rozzell, EVP, GC & corporate secretary, CenterPoint Energy


Outstanding AGC:

Stephanie T. Bragg, VP, litigation, Halliburton Co.

Jill B. Louis, managing director, senior commercial transactions, FedEx Office and Print Services Inc.

Amy L. Perry, VP, AGC & ethics and compliance officer, NuStar Energy LP

Eric J. Spett, SVP & AGC, American Home Mortgage Servicing Inc.

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