Corporate Counsel

John Taggart Genworth Financial Inc., Raleigh

Over a period of about nine years, I built a timber-frame shed, largely from wood sawed from trees that were growing on the land where we built our home. When I am away from the office and relaxing, you will usually find me in the yard, either in the shed or in my garden.

Vita: Born May 14, 1946, in Ogden, Utah; bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University and law degree from University of Washington; wife, five children and 12 grandchildren. Why he chose this field: I found that, as compared with private practice, being part of an integrated business team, where client relationships are long-term and broader in scope, was a more satisfying way to practice law. Memorable case: Helping to take Genworth Financial public in 2004 as part of a $13 billion spinoff from General Electric. What he’d be if not a lawyer: A teacher. Passions: Family and church. My wife and I also enjoy traveling. Hero: My father, a man of great wisdom, gentleness and integrity. Favorite book: Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Richard L. Bushman. Don’t ask him to: Change sprinkler pipe. I worked three seasons as a cowboy on a cattle ranch in western Wyoming. Changing sprinkler pipe is still the worst job I have ever actually performed, though digging an M-60 main battle tank out of a Kentucky mudhole runs a close second.