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JAMILA B. GRANGER


Water Corporation, a water and dispenser brand based in Winston- Salem, North Carolina. As the company’s fi rst and only attorney, her responsibilities cover all legal matters for the company including corporate, employment, contracts, litigation, intellectual property, and securities. She fulfi lls a longtime goal


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by joining the company. “From the beginning of my law career, I wanted to go in-house and eventually be a GC, preferably at a company that sells a familiar prod- uct. I’ve kept my eye on that and have tried to move forward and not laterally. It has been tempting at times to say it’s not happening fast enough and do something else but I’ve stayed focused, persistent, and kept my vision.” Prior to her current position,


Granger was senior counsel and assistant secretary for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., concentrating primarily on domestic and inter- national franchise transactions. Before that she was senior attorney for Sealy, Inc., where she served as the lead attorney for all commercial real estate matters. Granger started her career with law fi rms in the D.C. metro area. A 1998 graduate of the


University of Virginia School of Law, Granger attributes a lot of her success to relationships. She values them highly and goes out of her way to keep them intact. “T at’s how I’ve been able to


amila Granger was recently named vice president and general counsel for Primo


PRIMO WATER CORPORATION | Winston-Salem, N.C.


draw on my experience with old colleagues from fi rms to identify good outside counsel. For me, rela- tionships add connectedness and cohesion to a career.” Granger’s advice to young attor-


neys is to pay attention. “Everything you do in your career is something to learn from and build upon. You never know what it’s going to trans- late into later in your career.”


It has been tempting at times to say it’s not happening fast enough and do something else but I’ve stayed focused, persistent, and kept my vision.


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