Elevate Acquires Sumati, Expanding Capabilities and Scale in Contract Lifecycle Management Support

LOS ANGELES – December 5, 2018 – Law company Elevate today announced the acquisition of Sumati Group, a leading provider of contract lifecycle management (CLM) managed services. The move expands Elevate’s existing contracts support capabilities globally with over 200 Sumati lawyers and technologists providing contract review and analysis, and CLM managed services on over 20 leading CLM platforms. The deal also adds Sumati’s proprietary software for contract review and analysis to Elevate’s technology arsenal, which was recently expanded by Elevate’s acquisition of enterprise legal AI technology and consulting firm LexPredict.

“The combination with Sumati provides us additional capabilities and capacity to meet growing customer demand for contracts support solutions across the contract lifecycle continuum,” says Kunoor Chopra, VP of Legal Services at Elevate…

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Steve Harmon Joins Elevate as General Counsel

LOS ANGELES – November 27, 2018 – Global law company Elevate announced today that Steve Harmon has joined as General Counsel.

Harmon currently leads multiple practice areas in the Cisco law department, where he has worked with Cisco’s Chief Legal Officer Mark Chandler for 19 years. He will divide his time going forward, continuing to lead non-Elevate portions of the Legal Operations portfolio at Cisco while serving at Elevate. Harmon is also a co-founder and Board member of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) whose broad mission is to promote collaboration among in-house legal operations professionals…

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Elevate Acquires LexPredict, Expanding Capabilities in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

LOS ANGELES – November 14, 2018 – Global law company Elevate today announced the acquisition of enterprise legal AI technology and consulting firm LexPredict. The move combines the comprehensive legal services offering of Elevate with the data science team and AI engine of LexPredict, creating more sophisticated technology-enabled solutions for law departments and law firms.

“Elevate and LexPredict have been collaborating closely for over a year, leveraging AI to improve speed and accuracy in M&A due diligence and contract analysis for Cisco,” says Pratik Patel, VP of Innovation at Elevate. “We’re merging our businesses to increase the pace at which we are integrating AI into our enterprise legal management suite, Cael ELM and collaborating on solutions that are ‘AI + HI’ – artificial intelligence plus human intelligence…

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Elevate Appoints Sharath Beedu as Vice President, Products

LOS ANGELES – Global law company Elevate announced the appointment of Sharath Beedu as Vice President, Products. Primarily, Sharath will set the vision and lead the growth of the Enterprise Legal Management (ELM) products business. Sharath is based in Fremont, California…

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Elevate Expands Consulting Capabilities in Asia-Pacific with Hire of Steven Walker

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Global law company Elevate announced the appointment of Steven Walker as Managing Director, Law Department and Contracts Consulting, Asia Pacific, to further expand Elevate’s consulting practice serving law departments and law firms.

Walker served for several years as Vice President and South Pacific General Counsel for Hewlett Packard and was instrumental in the company’s global legal transformation and contracting optimisation programs. Most recently, his consulting business, Gen2Law, has helped law departments and firms navigate strategy and technology, and he will continue to work with these customers at Elevate…

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Kunoor Chopra Inducted into College of Law Practice Management

Distinguished legal industry group to honor Elevate leader among its 2018 Fellows
On October 25, Elevate’s Kunoor Chopra will be inducted as a 2018 Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, an organization that recognizes distinguished law practice management professionals, sets standards of achievement for others in the profession, and assists projects that enhance the quality of law practice management.

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Rick Learman Nominated for Los Angeles Business Journal’s CFO Awards 2018

The LABJ has recognized Elevate CFO Rick Learman as a finalist in the 12th annual CFO Awards. The CFO Awards honor finance professionals in LA County for their ongoing efforts and contributions to their organizations. Given the challenging and ever-changing economic climate, CFOs serve as essential members of a company’s core leadership team.

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Elevate Expands Global Footprint, Launching Operations in Poland

LOS ANGELES – September 14, 2018 – Global law company Elevate announced that it has expanded its geographic footprint by launching operations in Krakow, Poland. This move provides Elevate’s global customers with extended time zone coverage and access to a strong talent pool in Poland. It also adds an EU-based center of excellence to the company’s existing global network of operations in the US, UK, India and the Philippines.

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Two Legal Rebels Join Forces to Design the Legal Department of the Future

ElevateNext’s Patrick Lamb and Univar General Counsel Jeffrey Carr were featured in an ABA Journal article on August 27, 2018 about leveraging their long-time relationship to improve operations and outcomes of Univar’s legal department. Both named as Legal Rebels in 2009 by national legal publication, Lamb and Carr have similar perspectives on the future of delivery of legal services to corporate law departments…

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Elevate Releases Cael Project App for iPhone

Elevate, makers of the Cael Enterprise Legal Management suite of apps, this week released a version of Cael Project for iPhone. Legal teams using Cael Project can now manage matters, tasks and budgets via smartphone…

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Elevate Expands Contract Management Expertise with Hire of Craig Conte

Elevate announced the hire of Craig Conte as Managing Director, Head of Contracts Consulting. Conte brings more than a decade of experience in contract management, compliance and optimization. Conte will lead consulting services in Elevate’s contracts group, helping law departments navigate all steps of their contracts transformation journeys. He was previously at Capgemini where he served as Vice President and Head of Contract Compliance & Optimization services. Conte also has over ten years of private practice experience in New York. He is currently based in the UK…

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Elevate Acquires E-STET Assets to Expand E-Discovery and Document Review Capabilities

Elevate announced today that it has acquired the assets of E‑STET, a U.S.-based e-discovery company. This move expands Elevate’s e‑discovery, document review and managed services capabilities serving corporate law departments and law firms around the world. The acquisition included E‑STET’s infrastructure, including colocation servers running Relativity software and office space in downtown Los Angeles, as well as several former E‑STET customers…

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Elevate and New Law Firm ElevateNext Formed by the Founders of Valorem Law Group Join Forces to Provide Seamless Delivery of Legal Services

The founders of Valorem Law Group, Patrick Lamb and Nicole Auerbach, have created a new law firm called ElevateNext that will work alongside law company Elevate to help customers significantly reduce legal spend. ElevateNext will perform all “attorney-required” work for clients using the Valorem model, while all “attorney-not-required” work will be provided by Elevate…

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Elevate and New Law Firm ElevateNext Collaborate with Univar to Reduce Law Department Spend By 50 Percent

Elevate today announced it has partnered with the new law firm ElevateNext, formed by the founders of Valorem Law, and with the legal team of Univar (NYSE: UNVR), to design, build and operate the law department of the future. Univar will collaborate in the development of tailored, scalable process innovations, and Elevate will develop and deploy proprietary technology, consulting and managed legal services, alongside law firm ElevateNext, with the goal of reducing legal spend by 50 percent…

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Elevate Secures Growth Financing from Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital

Elevate, a global law company providing consulting, technology and services to law departments and law firms, announced that it has secured financing from a credit fund managed by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, the growth-focused private investment platform within Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Elevate will use the proceeds for strategic acquisitions, investments in its Cael enterprise legal management (ELM) software, and expansion of delivery capabilities…

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Why Everyone Needs a Legal Spend Assessment: Actionable Insights Driven by Data Analysis

Elevate’s Vince Vetri and Starbucks’ Lisa Kremer-Brown for ACC Docket: You can’t manage what you can’t measure. So, how do we demonstrate the value that our legal department returns to the company through improved outside counsel management? This common question is posed frequently by legal operations professionals and there are often multiple answers. When Starbucks and Elevate considered how the legal operations team could effectively communicate the value of enhanced outside counsel management, we started by asking ourselves, “what data are available and how might we best leverage those data as the basis for decision making?”

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