September 28, 2016 — Pepperdine Law alumnus and Board of Visitors member Thomas Fessler (JD ’83) is featured in a Profile Magazine article titled “Ten Heads Are Better Than One for Creative Solutions.” Fessler is the chief legal officer and general counsel for VSP Global, a nonprofit vision care insurance company that offers access to affordable eye care.
From Profile Magazine:
In 2016, VSP will achieve $5 billion in annual revenue, a notable milestone, Fessler says, due in part to its roster of acquisitions and continued global expansion. In fact, Fessler estimates the company has completed an acquisition, investment, or joint venture every quarter since he came on board in 2006. “We are very proud of what legal work we do here at VSP Global because we definitely do not run a litigation shop,” he says. “I have assembled a legal group within the company and through the general counsel roundtable that is very business focused. I expect them to have considerable business acumen, and their primary role and function is to be a valued and respected business partner to our respective five lines of business.”
Being a business partner rather than a legal counterpart has been Fessler’s imperative since he first launched his legal career nearly thirty years ago. After earning his bachelor’s degree with honors from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he moved to Malibu, California, to study at Pepperdine University School of Law. Following his Juris Doctorate, Fessler returned to Milwaukee to work in private practice. As his career progressed, Fessler accepted senior corporate legal positions at various corporations, where he took the initiative to cultivate his knowledge of the industries he represented, including Schindler Elevator, International Paper, Affiliated Computer Services, and Buck Consultants.
Read the complete article at profilemagazine.com