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Jason is the Chair of the Buying Legal© Council. He has extensive expertise advising corporate legal departments on their most important management issues. Jason has advised across a range of industries including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, retail, consumer products, financial services, media, manufacturing, insurance, education, non-profits, and utilities.
In 2005, Jason was the “outside architect” and designed the outside counsel partnering program for the fifth largest legal department in the United States – optimizing the use of hundreds of law firms. This groundbreaking program improved quality and reduced costs in excess of one hundred million dollars annually. His work spans litigation, commercial law, intellectual property (patents and trademarks, copyright, etc), employment, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, government investigations, internet law, claims defense, and regulatory law.
Jason's pioneering work has been the subject of a Harvard Business School case (2013) on legal efficiency; he was recognized as a legal services business authority in a whitepaper commissioned by the American Bar Association (2016). He was a contributing author to the Legal Procurement Handbook, and co-founder of the Pharmaceutical Litigation Management Roundtable (started in 2006).
Jason’s work has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Corporate Counsel Magazine, The ACC Docket, The American Lawyer, Inside Litigation, Purchasing Magazine and Inside Supply Management.
Jason is an honors graduate of Harvard College. He received an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was elected to lead the Dean's Forum on Business Ethics.
He enjoys civic life in Boston. He serves on strategic planning committees at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Public Library Foundation, the Charles River Esplanade Association, and the Beacon Hill Civic Association. He has decades of continuous service to Harvard University, including Co-Chairing the 1636 Society, serving as both a Class Marshall (2013) and Marshall’s Aide to the University President's Division (2018) at the invitation of Gina Raimondo, United States Secretary of Commerce and then-Governor of the State of Rhode Island. His sustained contributions to community life in Boston were formally recognized (2013) by the Beacon Hill Civic Association.
Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein
Silvia is the CEO Emerita of the Buying Legal© Council. She has been a part of the legal industry since 2002. She has worked for EAN International (now GS1), the global standards organization in supply chain management, as well as for law firms and legal software companies.
Silvia co-authored the Harvard Business School case studies GlaxoSmithKline: Sourcing Complex Professional Services (N9-414-003) on the company’s legal procurement initiative and Riverview Law: Applying Business Sense to the Legal Market (N9-414-079) on a new model law firm that uses management information systems and cause analysis to reduce legal costs for its clients.
She is the author of many articles on law firm management including "What we Know and Need to Know about Legal Procurement" in the South Carolina Law Review and The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics’ “I didn't go to law school to become a salesperson.” She also authored and edited a number of books, including the Legal Procurement Handbook and Buying Legal: Procurement Insights and Practice. The Buying Legal Council also publishes Winning Proposals: The Essential Guide for Law Firms and Legal Services Providers.
Silvia is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School where she pioneered courses in law firm management. She is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.
She earned her PhD at Nottingham Law School (UK) and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Universität Bayreuth (Germany) and Warwick Business School (UK) as well as an Undergraduate Degree in Economics from Universität Bayreuth (Germany). Silvia is fluent in English, German, Italian, and can converse in French and Spanish.
Director of Programming
Billy is the Director of Programming of the Buying Legal© Council. He has previously worked in legal department management, public policy, technology, and community development. He received an AB in Government from Harvard and an MPP from Georgetown. Prior to joining the BLC, Billy worked for Teach For America, Yelp, and Argopoint.
Doria brings over six years of experience in Digital Marketing coupled with a background in customer service. She supports Buying Legal© Members and Friends and keeps things organized. Doria is fluent in English and Spanish.