James Robert Vanderpoel

Title: Lawyer, Senior Counsel
Company: Continental Automotive Systems
Location: Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States

James Vanderpoel has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in contract, business and commercial law.

Prior to his professional pursuits, Mr. Vanderpoel attended Indiana University and earned a Bachelor of Science in finance in 1978. He continued his academic pursuits at Santa Clara University, graduating with a JD in 1982, and was subsequently admitted to practice law by the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Mr. Vanderpoel garnered experience as a law clerk for the FFMC Corporation and worked as a corporate lawyer for Four-Phase Systems Incorporated from 1984 to 1987, after which the company was acquired by Motorola Incorporated. He continued to work for Motorola Inc. for nearly 20 years, and upon his departure, he accepted a position as senior counsel of Continental Automotive Systems, which he has held since 2006.

Mr. Vanderpoel became interested in commercial law during his college education. He took a required class in business law during his studies in business school, and upon discovering that he greatly enjoyed the subject, he took the law school admissions test shortly thereafter. Among his numerous career achievements, he is especially proud of developing and giving a presentation on contract law to the Arizona chapter of the National Association of Purchasing in 1999, for which he received a Silver Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators. In addition, Mr. Vanderpoel received an Excellence Award from Motorola’s contract management council in 1996, and maintains membership to the International Association of Contract Management. In the coming years, he plans to continue his professional pursuits, but hopes to dedicate more of his time to community service as he transitions to his retirement.

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