Finalists

Apricus Biosciences
Viejas Enterprises
Provide Commerce Inc.
General Dynamics NASSCO
Straub Construction Inc.
Petco Animal Supplies Inc.
Qualcomm Inc.
OwnerGUARD Corporation
University of San Diego
Balfour Beatty Construction
San Diego Padres
Amylin Pharmaceuticals
Leap Wireless International Inc.
Sony Electronics
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
AMN Healthcare Inc.
ViaSat Inc.
Dexcom
Viejas Enterprises
Gafcon; SharePoint360
Catalina Restaurant Group Inc.
Websense Inc.
Science Applications International Corp.
American Assets Trust Inc.
DJO Global

Finalist

Whitney Laughlin

AMN Healthcare Inc.

Whitney Laughlin joined the in-house legal team of AMN Healthcare — the nation’s largest provider of comprehensive health care staffing and work force solutions — in January 2006 as corporate counsel, and is responsible for the company’s employment related legal matters.   

Since then, Laughlin’s responsibilities have expanded to include advising and managing various legal issues affecting contracts, sales, operations and compliance. In 2011, she was named deputy general counsel.   

Currently, Laughlin’s primary responsibilities involve handling employment-related matters, advising the company and executive management team on legal issues and opportunities related to work force management and service line offerings, and providing strategic and operational oversight responsibilities for the company’s ethics and compliance program.

Since joining AMN, Laughlin has advised the company in connection with the successful completion of three acquisitions and the 2012 divestiture of the company’s home health division. Prior to the divestiture, Laughlin served as primary legal counsel to that division and as the company’s HIPAA privacy officer. She also designed and implemented the AMN Legal Department’s intern program, and has served as mentor and supervising attorney for third-year law students interning with the company.  

In 2009, Laughlin was honored with the company-wide “values in practice” award for the AMN core value of trust, and she has been a two-time nominee for the “customer focus” award.    

Outside of work, Laughlin serves as a member of the development committee of San Diego Center for Children, and has served in the USMC Key Volunteer/Family Readiness Program as a resource and support liaison to the spouses and families of deployed Marines for numerous deployments over the last fifteen years.   

Prior to joining AMN, Laughlin was a partner at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard and Smith.  

Laughlin graduated from Georgetown University School of Law where she was honored with the Dean’s Award for service to the law school and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award. She received undergraduate degrees in both political science and communications from Southern Methodist University. Laughlin and her husband Bruce, an active duty Lt. Col. in the United States Marine Corps, live in Encinitas.  

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Deadlines

Nominations Open: July 2, 2012
Nominations Close: August 13, 2012
Nominees Announced: August 17, 2012
Finalists Notified: August 17, 2012
Sponsorship / Advertising Close: September 12, 2012
Publication Date: September 19, 2012

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