Our Interest Group Leaders

We organize peer-to-peer Interest Groups for different industries and geographies. Each Interest Group meets every eight to ten weeks via conference call/webinar.

Members will receive calendar invites to the calls. Please email us if you are interested.

Click here to see the Interest Group schedule.

Upcoming Call: "Managing/Reducing Costs in the Patent Portfolio" - Q1 2018
Recent Interest Group Call:
  • "AI Enabled Med Legal Services: Medical Economic Damage Analysis Capabilities Overview" (with Pratik Patel, Elevate Services)
  • "FDA in 2017: What to Expect" (with Bethany Hills, Mintz Levin)

Felicia Suggs

‪Legal Sourcing Manager
Johnson & Johnson

A lawyer by training, and former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Connecticut, she now spearheads Johnson & Johnson’s legal procurement initiatives. Former Vice Chair Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section with the American Bar Association (ABA).

Previous positions held at: Chubb Insurance; Department of Social Services in Boston; State of Connecticut 

Rutgers University | Bachelor of the Arts, Economics and Labor Studies 
Howard University School of Law | Juris Doctor

Justin Ergler

‪Director, Alternative Fee Intelligence and Analytics‬‬

Justin’s groundbreaking work of implementing a strategy to transition GlaxoSmithKline’s high-value legal engagements to non-hourly, value-based fee agreements has been immortalized the Harvard Business School case study “GlaxoSmithKline: Sourcing Complex Professional Services” (HBS 9-414-003).
He is a frequent speaker on leading alternative fee arrangements and strategic sourcing of legal services.

Previous position held at: US Army

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School | Bachelor of Science, Business Administration

Recent Interest Group Calls:
  • "Legal Technology" (with Nyembo Mwarabu, Conduent)
  • "Alternative Fee Arrangements" (with Ian Gilbert, Herbert Smith Freehills)

Philada Privett

‪Strategic Buyer – Legal & Insurance

A lawyer by training with over a decade of experience in corporate compliance and procurement, Philada now leads Philips legal procurement initiatives.
Speaks English, Spanish, Dutch, and French.

Previous positions held at: Akzo Nobel; Reynolds Porter Chamberlain; Shoosmiths

University of Nottingham | Bachelor of the Arts (Hons), Hispanic Studies
Nottingham Law School | Postgraduate Diploma and LPC, Law
King’s College London | Postgraduate Diploma, EC Competition Law

Vincent Gautheron

Head of Procurement
Nationwide Building Society

Vincent is a seasoned procurement professional with over a decade of experience in direct and indirect procurement. Speaks English, French, and German.

Previous positions held at: Solvay, Tetra Pak

University of Manchester | Bachelor of the Arts (Hons), Politics and European Studies
Lyon Business School | MBA, Procurement

Financial Services/Banking 
Upcoming call: Regulatory update: What you need to know in 2018 (Q1 2018)

Recent Interest Group call:
  • "Financial Regulatory Reform in the Trump Administration and the Future of Dodd-Frank" (Matthew Dyckman, Goodwin Procter)

Olivia Knight

‪Vice President, Sourcing & Vendor Management
Credit Suisse

Olivia is a seasoned supply chain professional with over 10 years of experience. After working in direct material procurement she has been managing the procurement of professional services for the past five years.

Previous positions held at: Siemens, Schilling Robotics

California State University-Sacramento | Bachelor of Science, International Business, Marketing 
UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy | M.P.I.A, International Politics and Business

Bill DeMarzo

‪Senior Legal Sourcing Director
The Bank of New York Mellon

In his role at BNY Mellon, Bill partners with his legal department stakeholders to drive value and efficiencies through their supplier network. He brings over sixteen years of procurement experience across multiple professional services categories, with a focus on legal services since 2009.

Previous positions held at: Prudential Financial, Fidelity Investments 

State University of New York at Cortland| Bachelor of Arts, Communications