The BUYING LEGAL COUNCIL® is the international trade organization for professionals tasked with


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 Legal Procurement Trends

           Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein (Buying Legal Council)

9:00   Keynote 

           Ari Kaplan


9:45 Panel Discussion

           Louise Firestone (LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.), Milly Parekh (Johnson & Johnson), Patti Barbery (Microsoft)

         Moderator: Gina Passarella (The American Lawyer)

10:30  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 Diversity

           Adrienne Fox (Novartis) and Milly Parekh (Johnson & Johnson)

12:30 TedTalk: Working with Outside Counsel for the best ROI

           Vandana Dhamija (Legal Operations Consulting)                      

12:45 Lunch Break


13:45 TedTalk 


14:00 TedTalk: Procurement for Greater Good

            Pamela Cone (Amity Advisory)


14:15 Keynote: 10 Commandments of Engagement

           Richard Stock (Catalyst Consulting)

15:00 TedTalk


15:15 Afternoon Break 


16:00 TedTalk

16:15 Workshop Case Study: Data-driven Portfolio Agreements

           Matthew Beekhuizen (Greenberg Traurig)

 16:45 Panel Discussion          

            Andie Lam (Novartis), Denis Liddy (AXA XL), Anusia Gillespie (Eversheds Sutherland)                                                                                      Moderator: Rebekah Mintzer (Bloomberg BNA)

17:30 2019 Legal Procurement Awards & Drinks

            Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein and Helen B. Cork



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.




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For questions, please contact

Helen B. Cork, Conference Director (

Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein, CEO (