Vinita K. Paul is Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Heartland Advisors, Inc. and Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Heartland Group, Inc. (“Heartland Funds”). Vinita Paul joined Heartland Advisors and Heartland Funds in 2008. Prior to joining Heartland, she was an Associate in the Corporate Finance and Securities Group at Quarles & Brady, LLP where she specialized in mutual fund, investment advisor and broker dealer law. While practicing law at Quarles & Brady, Vinita was responsible for securities matters related to a number of mutual fund complexes, investment advisors and broker dealers, including daily regulatory and compliance matters, regulatory filings and exemptive order applications. Vinita also previously served as Assistant General Counsel and Interim General Counsel at B.C. Ziegler and Company. While at B.C. Ziegler and Company, she served in various capacities, including Assistant Secretary for the North Track Funds and Assistant Secretary for the Ziegler Exchange Traded Trust. Vinita has published articles on the Bank Secrecy Act and presented at the Midwest Securities Conference and numerous National Society of Compliance Professionals (NSCP) programs. Vinita received a B.S. in Mathematics, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a J.D., summa cum laude, from Marquette University. In her spare time, Vinita enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and baking.