Ready to lead the team down the legal slopes, Randall Mehrberg has been named executive vice president and general counsel of Vail Resorts, beginning on Dec. 2. Mehrberg comes to Vail Resorts from New Jersey-based utility and energy company Public Service Enterprise Group, where he served as executive vice president of strategy and development. Vail Resorts notes that, although Mehrberg previously lived on the east coast, he has been regularly skiing at Vail Mountain for three decades.
Looking to construct the ideal legal team, design and construction firm CRB has hired James J. Scott as the company’s newest general counsel. An expert in engineering, construction and corporate law, Scott comes to CRB by way of the firm Greensfelder Law, where he served as partner and helped establish the firm’s Construction Law practice. Scott previously worked in-house at Fru-Con Construction Corporation as GC before going to Greensfelder.
InvenSense, Inc., creators of the MotionTracking system on chip devices, have tracked the career of one in-house lawyer and has decided he would be a good fit to the team. Adam Tachner joins InvenSense from Qualcomm Inc., where he served as vice president and general counsel of the Qualcomm Atheros Division. Before Qualcomm’s purchase of Atheros Communications in May 2011, he served as Atheros’ vice president and general counsel.
International environmental, health, safety and sustainability consultancy Environ hopes to build and sustain a strong in-house legal team, and it has tasked Sam Mason as the man to do the task. Mason becomes Environ’s first GC, having previously worked with the consultancy as a longtime deal lawyer with the Philadelphia firm Drinker Biddle & Reath. About the move, Mason told the Philadelphia Business Journal, “I’m replacing myself in effect. The company has grown quite a bit in the past 10 to 12 years and it needed a GC. Even though Drinker’s a great place, I like the idea of focusing on one company and really getting to know it.”
British Gas, the largest U.K. energy supplier, originally phased out the role of GC after former boss Melanie Rowlands left in 2012. However, following some restructuring after British Gas was brought under the direct jurisdiction of parent company Centrica, British Gas has decided to name a new GC, with Justine Campbell receiving the nod. This will be Campbell’s first job in the energy sector; she previously worked at Vodafone UK, where she served as corporate and external affairs director for the telecom company.
Other In-House Career Moves
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has decided to stay in-house to maintain the legal department’s health, turning over the job of chief legal officer and senior vice president to Robyn Diaz. Diaz joined St. Jude’s Office of General Counsel in August 2010 and was named deputy GC in May 2012. Before St. Jude, Diaz gained healthcare law experience as associate general counsel for MedStar Health and in the health care practice group at the law firm Crowell & Moring.
Restaurant chain Red Robin would like a legal head as satisfying as its well-renowned burgers, and the company believes it has found the answer with Michael Kaplan. Kaplan was named senior vice president and chief legal officer in early October, coming to Red Robin from the aerospace industry and StandardAero. Kaplan also previously worked as a partner with the law firm Greenberg Traurig, focusing on corporate law and serving as outside general counsel to multiple companies.