Our Working Groups

To advance the field of legal procurement, we organize Working Groups on different topics. Each Working Group has chosen a specific goal that you will be working on alongside your peers from other companies. Each Working Group meets every six to eight weeks via conference call/webinar.

  • Diversity
  • Legal Technology

Scroll down to read each Working Group's description and get to know the Group leaders.

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Diversity

As procurement professionals we need to evaluate our supply base and create opportunity for innovation. Diversity is a key objective for many organizations, and along with it, brings the opportunity to learn and implement new ways of working, technologies, and innovative thinking.

The legal departments of many organizations are committed to increasing diversity by building strategic partnerships with firms and service providers that may not have been previously considered.

Our goal is to share best practice on Why diversity is important for your organization, Where this is applicable, and How we can go about increasing diversity in our organizations.

The objective of this working group is to share and document best practice solutions and innovation to increase and optimize the use of diverse firms. This working group will produce a guideline providing the results of our best practices investigation.


Group Leaders
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 

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

 

Vaishali Gadhok

‪Global Category Manager - Legal Services
GlaxoSmithKline


Vaishali has international experiences across logistics, supply chain, and procurement. As Global Category Manager for Legal Services, she is responsible for leading sourcing projects across the Outside Counsel and Ancillary Services areas and managing the development and deployment of the Performance and Relationship Management program.

Education:
Aston University | Bachelor of Science, Logistics 
Stanford University | Advanced Project Management Certificate

Diverse Law Firms 

If you are looking for women and minority-owned law firms in the United States? Please click here to search the database of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF).


Legal Technology

Legal technology is increasingly purchased and used by legal procurement professionals. The list of legal technology tools is long and ranges from matter management systems to analytics and e-discovery. It is therefore important for legal procurement professionals to have a good overview of what is available, to understand how different tools can help the legal function become more efficient and effective as well as how different tools can help procurement get better insights. 

The goal of this Working Group is to identify industry trends in legal technology and outline how technology can improve legal procurement. It is our intention to share and document best practice approaches and produce a primer highlighting our findings.


Group Leaders
Andy Krebs

Senior Global Strategic Sourcing Manager
Intel Corporation


Andy Krebs has been with for Intel 16 years and in that time held various positions in the Global Sourcing and Procurement Organization: he has managed sales and marketing categories, risk & controls, and served as a direct materials planning analyst. He now works closely with his internal partners in an effort to shape the future direction of both the legal and professional services as they transition into a new era of sourcing. 

Education:
Defiance College | Bachelor of Science, Accounting and Criminal Justice 
University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business | MBA in International Business and MIS

 

Mike Hakes

‪Vice President & Lead Sourcing Specialist - Legal & Professional Services
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.


As a 25-year financial services and procurement veteran, Mike is currently a sourcing leader responsible for all legal and associated professional services at PNC Bank. This includes managing the annual Legal Convergence Initiative aimed at reducing total annual legal spend, as well as streamlining the use of outside counsel. Given that Procurement has gained inroads into the PNC Legal space only within the past few years, numerous opportunities exist, and Mike is actively pursuing many of them. This includes a greater use of RFx sourcing events and reverse auctions, coupled with the establishment of rate cards and other best practices.

Education:
John Carroll University | Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing 
Kent State University | MBA in Economics and Finance