There is a new approach to buying legal services and the new way forward is the mission

of the Buying Legal® Council.

The Buying Legal® Council is the international trade organization for legal procurement. Our members are tasked with sourcing legal, alternative and ancillary legal services and managing supplier relationships.
With a laser-sharp focus on the buying of legal, alternative and ancillary legal services, our conferences are the place for education on legal procurement. We combine sharing best practices and learning new skills with cutting-edge industry insights and academic knowledge contribution.


8:00   Registration & Breakfast


8:30   Welcome

            Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein (Buying Legal Council)


8:45   Presentation: 2019 Legal Procurement Trends & the Future of Legal Procurement

           Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein (Buying Legal Council)

9:00   Presentation 

           Ari Kaplan


9:30 Panel Discussion

           Louise Firestone (LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.), Milly Parekh (Johnson & Johnson), Patti Barbery (Microsoft), Andy Krebs      (Intel) Moderator: Gina Passarella (The American Lawyer)

10:15  Morning Break


11:00  Presentation: Connecting your Data and Strategy for the Best ROI

            Guenther Dobrauz (PwC)

11:30 TedTalk: Framing, Anchoring and Data Biases - What influences pricing decisions?

           Adam Minielly (Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt)

11:45 Workshop & Discussion: How to buy more diverse and inclusive in the legal category?  

           Adrienne Fox (Novartis), Milly Parekh (Johnson & Johnson), Joel Stern (NAMWOLF), Erin Hichman (Diversity Lab), Kimberly Brown    Blacklow (Cleary Gottlieb)         

12:30 Lunch Break


1:30 Presentation: The State of the Legal Industry

       Gretta Rusanow and Jeff Grossman (both Citi Private Bank)        

2:00 TedTalk: The Transformative Power of Data - How to Dig in and Do Better

           Catherine Krow (Digitory Legal)

2:15 TedTalk: Working with Outside Counsel for the best ROI

           Vandana Dhamija (Legal Operations Consulting)

2:30 TedTalk: Procurement for Greater Good (Corporate Social Responsibility)

           Pamela Cone (Amity Advisory)           

2:45 TedTalk: Law Firm Profitability: Getting behind the Headlines 

   Madhav Srinivasan (Hunton & Williams and Columbia Law School)

3:00 Afternoon Break


3:30 Presentation: Pricing Multi-Year Portfolios of Both Complex and Regular Legal Work

           Richard Stock (Catalyst Consulting)

4:15 Workshop Case Study: Data-driven Portfolio Agreements

           Matthew Beekhuizen (Greenberg Traurig)

 4:45 Panel Discussion          

            Andie Lam (Novartis), Denise Liddy (AXA XL), Anusia Gillespie (Eversheds Sutherland), Jose Nicot (Teva)                                           Moderator: Rebekah Mintzer (Bloomberg BNA)

5:30 2019 Legal Procurement Awards & Drinks

            Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein and Helen B. Cork



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Members of the Buying Legal® Council get a 20% discount on the respective ticket price. Please email Doria.

Friends of the Buying Legal® Council get a 10% discount on the respective ticket price. Please email Doria.

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Written requests for registration refunds must be received via email ( by August 5, 2019. All conference cancellations received on or before that date will receive a full refund less an administrative fee of $100. No refunds for membership or friendships. No refunds will be made after that date (name substitutions only). Refunds are not given for no-shows.


                                             Madhav Srinivasan                                Pamela Cone                                       Vandana Dhamija                                Rebekah Mintzer


                  Jeff Grossman                                       Anusia Gillespie                                   Richard Stock                                         Ari Kaplan


                        Catherine Krow                                Louise Firestone                                    Gina Passarella                             Guenther Dobrauz


                              Milly Parekh                                        Joel Stern                                        Adam Minielly                                 Adrienne Fox


                            Gretta Rusanow                              Matthew Beekhuizen                              Denise Liddy                                    Andie Lam


                   Kimberly Brown Blacklow






Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

One Liberty Plaza

1 Liberty Pl, New York

NY, 10006



For questions, please contact

Helen B. Cork, Conference Director (

Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein, CEO (