Cohort #1: Pricing and Client Value in the Legal Industry. For Pricing Chiefs and Directors.  Sub-Groups Include:

Next Cohort Call

See full schedule of upcoming calls here.  

 Members can also access a library of past calls here.

Pricing Leaders Cohort Leadership

Tracey Bellapianta
Associate Director of New Business

Dwight Floyd ALPP
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP 
Chief Pricing & Value Officer

Kevin Vaarsi ALPP
Fenwick & West LLP 
Director of Pricing and Product Development


Cohort #2 - Legal Project Management Leaders. Sub-Groups Include:

  • Defining the Role and Measuring the Value of a Legal Project Management Director

  • Legal Pricing and Project Management Software Tools

Next Cohort Call:

See full schedule of upcoming calls here.  

 Members can also access a library of past calls here.

LPM Leaders Cohort Leadership

Leslie F. Brown, ALPM
Greenberg Traurig 
Director of Legal Process Innovation

Peter Hitson
Carlton Fields 
Dir. Legal Project & Practice Management


Cohort #3 - In-House Legal Business Professionals. 

The In-house Cohort is focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of legal operations, procurement, and in-house counsel efforts.  The Cohort meets monthly via phone/webex, and participates in the Institute's Annual January Meeting in Miami.  The scope includes opportunities that reside within client organizations as well as opportunities that come from improving partnerships with outside providers.  Example topics include:

  • Strategy:  How to best help General Counsel meet company goals; how to make the shift from tactical to strategic support; how to provide proactive support; and how to identify what obstacles exist for providing better services without going over budget.

  • Performance Management:  Finding ways to help firms achieve their goals while ensuring performance management; identifying or developing an industry standard for performance management; and defining metrics and their related meaning.

  • Reporting and Analytics:  Sharing how people use data in a predictive manner, sharing what reports people are using and how they are using them (e.g., insights that they provide, frequency, target audiences, identification of savings opportunities).

Next Cohort Call:

In-House Cohort Leadership

Rebecca Benavides
Director of Legal Business

Justin Ergler
Director, Alternative Fee Intelligence and Analytics

Lisa Khan
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 
Director of Strategic Sourcing


Cohort #4:  Managers & Analysts Cohort.  For Up-and-Coming Managers/Analysts of Pricing, Legal Project Management, and In-House Teams.

  • Cohort created by request of the other Cohorts wanting a forum for professionals who have not yet risent to the level of chief or director.

Next Cohort Call:

See full schedule of upcoming calls here.  

 Members can also access a library of past calls here.

Managers & Analysts Cohort Leadership

Adam Barvels, ALPP, ALPM
McKool Smith 
Director of Pricing & Strategy

Elisabeth Schroeder
Proskauer Rose LLP 
Senior Legal Project Manager

Madison Toft
Perkins Coie LLP 
Strategic Pricing Manager


Cohort #5 - George Washington University Masters in Professional Studies (GWU– MPS) Law Firm Management Cohort

The Institute is pleased to launch the GWU – MPS Law Firm Management Cohort in recognition that the graduates of this highly esteemed program hold – and will continue to hold -- roles central to driving and delivering value for their respective law firms.

The George Washington College of Professional Studies created this Program in response to the need for highly skilled and adaptable leadership in law firms and companies providing services to law firms. This unique, flexible program provides law firm professionals with the business and leadership knowledge they need to succeed in the fast-growing law firm industry. Program faculty included professors from the George Washington School of Business, College of Professional Studies, and adjunct professors from the legal field including the Managing Partners and Executive Directors of a number of Am Law 100 firms.

Students have attended the Program from law firms of varying sizes located throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, including professional administrators from Simpson Thacher; Debevoise & Plimpton; McDermott Will & Emery; DLA Piper; Jones Day; Vinson and Elkins; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Patterson Belknap; Hogan Lovell; Weil Gotshal; and Skadden Arps to name but a few.

Cohort goals:

  1. Promote the value of the Program and its graduates to the legal community.
  2. Encourage GWU to eventually run the program again with better industry support.
  3. Encourage online and in-person networking of Program.
  4. Support career advancement of Program graduates.
  5. Hold educational calls or webinars of interest to Program graduates.

Cohort Leaders to be announced soon!