Futuristic Law Department Leaders: Transforming the way in-house teams engage outside counsel
Webinar: Thursday, 18th April 2019 @ 2pm EST
In-house teams are under increasing pressure to reduce outside counsel spend and deliver budget certainty, like all functions within the corporate enterprise.
But while other functions have become tech-enabled and digitized, the legal function has lagged. Your team still needs to use emails and spreadsheets to engage outside counsel and it is often the wild west with no visibility of who’s engaging who.
Join the discussion led by PERSUIT CEO & Founder, Jim Delkousis teaming up with industry powerhouses Alan Bryan (Senior AGC, Legal Operations and Outside Counsel Management, Walmart), Vince Cordo (Central Legal Operations Officer, Shell) and Maurus Schreyvogel (Chief Legal Innovation Officer, Novartis) to discuss how they are transforming the way their in-house teams engage outside counsel and how PERSUIT has helped shape that transformation.
If your legal department is looking to become tech-enabled and keep pace with industry leaders, you don’t want to miss this. These industry leaders are ready to share their secrets and what strategies they are adopting to be a best in class, future-ready in-house legal team.
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Senior AGC, Legal Operations and Outside Counsel Management, Walmart
Alan Bryan currently leads the Office of Outside Counsel Management for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., overseeing the relationship with all company law firms throughout the United States. His office measures the company’s outside counsel through performance, cost-saving, and diversity metrics. He also serves as a liaison to a number of legal department strategic partners, affinity groups, and diverse bar organizations across the country.
Prior to managing the company’s outside counsel, Mr. Bryan managed litigation for the nation’s largest retailer in many of its approximately 5,000 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs across the United States.
Before joining Walmart in 2011, he was a partner with Arkansas’s largest law firm and focused his practice on litigation of insurance defense, medical malpractice, trucking/transportation, and complex/toxic tort matters.
The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (“FDCC”), which limits international membership to approximately 1400 attorneys worldwide after nomination and a rigorous vetting process, initiated Mr. Bryan into membership in 2013. He is a member of FDCC’s Diversity Committee, Corporate Counsel Committee, Premises & Security Liability Committee, and Trial Tactics, Practice, & Procedure Committee. In 2015, he will serve as Program Co-Chair for FDCC’s Corporate Counsel Symposium.
He is also a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”) and has served on its Sponsorship Committee. He was one of the founders of the NAWL Challenge Club, designed to help meet the NAWL Challenge and increase to at least 30% the number of women equity partners in our nation’s law firms. Mr. Bryan is an active participant in the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (“NAMWOLF”). He serves on the NAMWOLF In-House Advisory Board and as an inaugural mentor in its Emerging Leaders Program. He has also served as one of his company’s representatives in the Inclusion Initiative, a collaborative effort of companies committed to an immediate and measurable increase in the retention and utilization of minority and women owned law firms by America’s largest corporations.
Mr. Bryan is a frequent speaker, panelist, and moderator for his company, diverse bar organizations, and affinity groups. The Association of Corporate Counsel, a global legal association representing more than 35,000 in-house counsel employed by over 10,000 organizations, named him one of its “Top Ten 30-Somethings” among all in-house counsel in the nation. In 2015, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal named Mr. Bryan one of its “40 Under Forty,” an annual honor for 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are nominated as best in class by their peers in all industries. In the past, he has served in the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates, as an officer of the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel, as a committee member for the Defense Research Institute, and as a barrister of both the W.B. Putman and William Overton Inns of Court. Mr. Bryan participates in Walmart’s Medical-Legal Pro Bono Partnership with Arkansas Children’s Hospital and is a past United States District Court pro bono attorney.
Mr. Bryan graduated cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law after serving as Managing Editor of the Arkansas Law Review. He was a Phi Delta Theta International Graduate Fellow and a Charles Pearson Fellow while in law school. Prior to law school, he graduated as a J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar and Phi Delta Theta International Fellow from the University of Arkansas.
Central Legal Operations Officer, Shell
Vincent Cordo is the global sourcing officer based in the Houston office for Shell Oil Company. He directs and oversees the Legal Groups pricing and project delivery function, focusing on industry-leading client value pricing and inventory pipeline management proficiencies. Mr. Cordo is also a member of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium and has particular experience in high-value, complex litigation and multi-jurisdictional commercial projects. He is responsible for organizing efficient and capable teams of professionals to align project management and process improvement with business drivers, and assigning resources, tools and tactics to help satisfy Shell’s commercial needs.
Prior to joining Shell, he was the global director, client value at Reed Smith LLP a leading international law firm. His responsibilities included global strategy relating to the evaluation and implementation of Commercial Projects, Value Pricing, Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs), Client Service Level Agreements, Communications and Project Management (LPM). He has also worked with venture capital firms, assisting with multiple public offerings.
Mr. Cordo holds a BS, an MBA from The University of Liverpool, and a Master’s from Columbia University.
Chief Legal Innovation Officer, Novartis
I manage the process of innovation and change in the legal function, as well as being the person who “originates new ideas but also recognizes innovative ideas generated by other people”.
I am a strong legal professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused on innovation, technology, and leadership from IE (Instituto de Empresa).
CEO & Founder,
Jim Delkousis, founder and CEO of PERSUIT – the futuristic platform that transforms how in-house legal departments engage outside counsel. Prior to the launch of PERSUIT, I was a BigLaw partner for 17 years; which showed me the gross inefficiencies in the way organizations engage and buy outside counsel services, and how law firms sell their services – which was RIPE for revolution!
In the age of technology, where other departments and industries are using sophisticated tools and automated workflows, I couldn’t understand how the legal function was still stuck in manual processes, emails, and spreadsheet HELL!
Specifically, the way that Fortune 500 companies engaged their panel law firms would transform into the digital space, become centralized, streamlined, automated and data-driven. So, we built PERSUIT; designed for enterprise-wide collaboration between in-house attorneys, legal operations staff and legal sourcing professionals, allowing clients to:
- Centralize and provide oversight enterprise-wide for all engagements
- Reduce legal spend through competitive bidding
- Streamline and automate the AFA & RFP process
- Capture and leverage buying data
- Deliver Compliance (the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of law firm selection)
- Move from relationship-based to a relationship AND data-driven approach
- Adopt a tool that is user-friendly and intuitive for legal