Dr Silvia Hodges Silverstein, Executive Director, Buying Legal Council

Silvia 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 on the company’s legal procurement initiative and Riverview Law: Applying Business Sense to the Legal Market 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 “I didn’t go to law school to become a salesperson” (The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics) and the author/editor of a number of books, including the Legal Procurement Handbook and Buying Legal: Procurement Insights and Practice.

Silvia is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, where she pioneered courses in law firm 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). She is a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.

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