A day in the life of a general counsel can often be filled with daunting tasks — providing advice and counsel on legal and policy issues, anticipating and guarding against legal risks and acting as a compliance officer and sometimes even as a business adviser. Yet, despite the time constraints and pressures of the job, Heather Steinmiller, senior vice president and general counsel of Commerce Insurance Services, still manages to find the time to perform pro bono work, offering legal services to those who need it the most.

As an undergraduate student at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind., and contemplating a career in law, Steinmiller thought she wanted to prosecute sex crimes, specifically those involving children.

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