NEW YORK – April 2, 2017 – Elevate, a law company providing consulting, technology and managed services for global law departments and law firms, today announced the hire of Christopher Sweet as Director of Consulting. A legal operations professional previously at JPMorgan Chase, Sweet also brings law firm experience having instituted legal project management at Reed Smith.
“Elevate continues to grow our consulting practice with legal operations expertise, as demonstrated by the hire of Chris,” says Matt Todd, Elevate’s U.S. Head of Consulting Services. “Having worked with Chris while at JPMorgan Chase, I have witnessed firsthand his professionalism and excellence in developing successful programs that create efficiencies at all levels of a law department.”
In his legal operations role at JPMorgan Chase, Sweet was responsible for improving outside counsel value through setting up alternative fee arrangements (AFAs), value-based fees, strategic pricing, rate negotiations, competitive selection (RFPs), and for supporting in-house counsel with firm selection, resource augmentation, and maximizing value added services.
At Reed Smith, Sweet counseled law firm partners on client needs, monitoring and analyzing performance, project managing tasks, resources, and risks, aggressively pricing and pitching engagements, and supporting process improvement.
In his project management role at GlaxoSmithKlein Pharmaceuticals, he managed all aspects of outside counsel engagement: AFAs, reverse auctions, e-billing, data analysis, matter and firm score carding, reporting and ancillary legal services.
“I look forward to leveraging my in-house corporate and law firm experience to help Elevate’s customers create more successful and productive relationships between in-house and outside counsel,” says Sweet, who holds both a law degree and a degree in information systems.
Sweet is an active participant in the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) on the East Coast.
Elevate is a global law company, providing consulting, technology and services to law departments and law firms. The company’s team of lawyers, engineers, consultants and business experts extend and enable the resources and capabilities of customers worldwide. Elevate is the most-used law company according to the 2017 State of the Industry Survey published by the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) and has been ranked as a top global legal services provider by Chambers & Partners for the past four years in a row. Elevate has also been ranked on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list for the past two years in a row, including No. 53 in 2016. Learn more at elevateservices.com