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Together we can do anything.

First and foremost, we are a networking organization. We connect forward thinking, creative people in relationships that matter. Our members are passionate, engaged, and willing to help each other. Our growth and success is directly tied to the energy and vitality of our global community.

Our Mission:

To help legal operations professionals and other core corporate legal industry players (e.g. tech providers, law firms, LPO’s, law schools, etc.) optimize the legal service delivery models needed to support the needs of small, medium and large legal departments and government entities.

We do this by supporting legal Ops and COS professional development; offering best practices support in areas including legal department tools, technology, templates and knowledge bases; and working with key legal service providers to drive efficient & effective solutions for corporate legal customers.

Our Vision:

A seamless legal ecosystem that delivers corp legal support to small, medium and large businesses with peak efficiency.

We envision a legal services delivery model that offers the people, technology, processes and knowledge bases medium and large businesses need to excel in their respective market places.

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Educate & Share

Knowledge

The rise of legal operations is the most significant new innovation in the way legal services are delivered, with the potential to impact a massive portion of the global industry. And yet legal operations is not taught in law schools or business schools. At CLOC, we recognize the critical role of education and enable formal and informal knowledge sharing.

We have collected the essential principles and disciplines of legal operations into a core curriculum that can be taught and passed on.

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We engage across the ecosystem.

We are confronting complex problems that will take complicated solutions, bridging across many skill sets and capabilities. We need everyone, and every perspective, to find solutions that work.

Every perspective matters: in-house counsel, law firms, services provider, technology provider, schools.

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Drive

Change

The legal industry has been talking about change for decades.

Thanks to the power of the CLOC community and to the quality of the solutions and approaches we generate, change is now real. In just a few short years, we have seen a major tipping point occur in the legal industry.

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Meet The Team

We are a member-run organization.
Our board is made up entirely of active legal operations professionals.

Mary Shen O’Carroll

President of CLOC

Mary Shen O’Carroll is Director of Legal Operations, Technology and Strategy at Google... more
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Mary Shen O’Carroll | President of CLOC

Mary Shen O’Carroll is Director of Legal Operations, Technology and Strategy team at Google, where she is responsible for overseeing key aspects of financial performance management, outside counsel management and internal operations (IT, knowledge management, training and development, etc.).

Since coming to Google in 2008, Mary has been responsible for developing Google’s Legal Operations organizational structure and centralizing operations for an international department. During her tenure at Google, Mary has been recognized by the American Bar Association as Legal Rebel in 2016, by LegalTech News as Legal Department Operations Director of the Year in 2016, by The Recorder as leading the Legal Operations Department of the Year in 2015, and by ILTA for Innovative Legal Department of the Year in 2015.

Prior to joining Google, Mary served as Profitability Manager for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where she led firm-wide profitability improvement initiatives by advising leadership on ways to monitor and improve practice management, client management and operations. Earlier, Mary was an investment banker working on M&A and private equity deals and a strategic management consultant advising pharma/biotech companies as well as U.S.-China businesses.

Mary is also a passionate leader pushing forward disruptive technology and processes designed to change the future of the legal industry. To support that agenda, she is President of CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) whose mission is to help legal operations professionals and other core corporate legal industry players (e.g. tech providers, law firms, LPO’s, law schools, etc.) optimize the legal service delivery models needed to support the needs of small, medium and large legal departments.

Ms. O’Carroll received a BS, Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Brian Hupp

Brian Hupp | Head of Legal Operations, Facebook

Brian Hupp is the Head of Legal Operations at Facebook, and has been working over the last 18... more
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Brian Hupp | Head of Legal Operations, Facebook

Brian Hupp is the Head of Legal Operations at Facebook, and has been working over the last 18 months to establish a Legal Operations function for the department. Areas of focus have included outside counsel management, Legal-IT strategy development, contract and knowledge management, self-service contracting and request intake solutions. Brian has been a member of CLOC since 2010 and sits on the CLOC Board of Directors.

Brian was Director of Legal Operations Strategy at Dolby Laboratories, Inc., where he established a new Legal Operations team, focused on contract management technology infrastructure and process, and assisted the broader Legal Department during a transformational time.

Prior to Dolby, Brian established both the Legal Chief of Staff and Head of Legal Operations roles at Electronic Arts. At EA, Brian and his team were focused on facilitating the legal department’s response to a fundamental change in the nature of EA’s business, as EA transformed from a packaged-goods company to a digital, direct-to-consumer company. Over the course of 5+ years, Brian drove a number of critical changes for the EA legal team – establishing legal technology infrastructure, driving self-service opportunities for the business, unburdening and realigning legal resources and establishing a managed-services support layer — to meet new business and General Counsel objectives.

Christine Coats

Christine Coats | VP of Legal Operations, Oracle

Christine Coats is Vice President of Legal Operations at Oracle, reporting directly to... more
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Christine Coats | VP of Legal Operations, Oracle

Christine Coats is Vice President of Legal Operations at Oracle, reporting directly to Oracle’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel Dorian Daley. Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services.

Before joining Oracle, Coats spent the majority of her nine years at Symantec as its Chief of Staff. In this role, she oversaw the centralized operation of its legal and public relations teams. Coats was also responsible for executing significant expense reductions through preferred outside counsel programs, as well as implementing an e-billing and global enterprise contract management system and a company-wide records retention policy and program.

She currently serves as CFO Ex-officio and board member of Leadership California, a network of accomplished women leaders dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women in California. Coats is also on the leadership team of the CLOC organization performing the CFO role and is a member of the Thomson Reuters Client Advisory Board.

Coats holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Lisa Konie

Lisa Konie | Senior Director of Legal Operations, Adobe System Incorporated

Lisa Konie is the Senior Director of Legal Operations at Adobe Systems... more
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Lisa Konie | Senior Director of Legal Operations, Adobe System Incorporated

Lisa Konie is the Senior Director of Legal Operations at Adobe Systems Incorporated and brings over 20 years of experience working in the high-tech industry. She is responsible for managing the Adobe Legal and Government Relations (LGR) departmental operations, which includes everything from strategic planning and outside counsel relationships, to the LGR interactive website, tool implementation, communications and knowledge management, LGR interns, training and overall cross-departmental issues. Her focus is ensuring departmental effectiveness and efficiency while scaling the department to meet its business needs. Additionally, Ms. Konie leads a team overseeing legal support for all of Adobe’s procurement activities.

Steven Harmon

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

Steven is a member of the Cisco Legal executive management team where he is responsible for all.. more
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Steven Harmon | Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Cisco | General Counsel, Elevate Services

Steven is a member of the Cisco Legal executive management team where he is responsible for all Legal Operations and Technology functions. This includes the Legal Technology Solutions (“LTS”); KM and Legal Innovation; Litigation Lab; and the Global Center of Excellence – an industry-leading example of the use of “captive Legal Process Outsourcing.” These teams are chartered with developing and maintaining systems and process that support the efficiency and accuracy of legal functions at Cisco. These systems and processes include contract management, export compliance tools, regulatory compliance, legal knowledge management, web-based resources, eDiscovery, and file room operations.

In a completely separate role, Steven is also the General Counsel of Elevate Services. In this role he is responsible for all of Elevate’s global legal matters while also actively supporting Merger & Acquisition activities. He also works directly with clients to share his legal operations journey and offer advice on industry best practices.

Steven holds a B.S. degree in Business Management (Information Systems emphasis) and a J.D. degree, both from Brigham Young University.

Aine Lyons

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Worldwide Legal Operations and Chief of Staff (General Counsel), VMware

Aine Lyons is VMware’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Worldwide Legal Operations... more
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Aine Lyons | Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Worldwide Legal Operations and Chief of Staff (General Counsel), VMware

Aine Lyons is VMware’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Worldwide Legal Operations and Chief of Staff to VMware’s General Counsel. She is responsible for driving operational excellence through scalable innovation. Aine joined VMware in 2007, initially in senior roles, including leading the EMEA legal team, and founded the legal operations team in 2011. Her efforts have resulted in departmental recognition as winners of the 2018 Financial Times Intelligent Business – Contracting winner; 2016 Financial Times “Most Innovative In-House Legal Team” and as the 2015 ACC Value Champion. Aine is also a thought leader in the legal operations field: a founder’s 50 member of the Corporate Legal Operations Institute (CLOC) in North America and Europe Lead, and a regular speaker on operational topics. Aine serves on the global VMinclusion Council, setting diversity and inclusion strategy for VMware, and in 2014, she earned the CEO’s EPIC2 Achievement Award.

Prior to joining VMware, Aine worked in private practice and then in house as EMEA Legal Counsel at Siebel Systems’ (now Oracle) and as EMEA General Counsel of the APC-MGE a division of the Schneider Group.

Meet The Team

We are a member-run organization.
Our board is made up entirely of active legal operations professionals.

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Mary Shen O’Carroll | President of CLOC

Mary Shen O’Carroll is Director of Legal Operations, Technology and Strategy team at Google, where she is responsible for overseeing key aspects of financial performance management, outside counsel management and internal operations (IT, knowledge management, training and development, etc.).

Since coming to Google in 2008, Mary has been responsible for developing Google’s Legal Operations organizational structure and centralizing operations for an international department. During her tenure at Google, Mary has been recognized by the American Bar Association as Legal Rebel in 2016, by LegalTech News as Legal Department Operations Director of the Year in 2016, by The Recorder as leading the Legal Operations Department of the Year in 2015, and by ILTA for Innovative Legal Department of the Year in 2015.

Prior to joining Google, Mary served as Profitability Manager for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where she led firm-wide profitability improvement initiatives by advising leadership on ways to monitor and improve practice management, client management and operations. Earlier, Mary was an investment banker working on M&A and private equity deals and a strategic management consultant advising pharma/biotech companies as well as U.S.-China businesses.

Mary is also a passionate leader pushing forward disruptive technology and processes designed to change the future of the legal industry. To support that agenda, she is President of CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium) whose mission is to help legal operations professionals and other core corporate legal industry players (e.g. tech providers, law firms, LPO’s, law schools, etc.) optimize the legal service delivery models needed to support the needs of small, medium and large legal departments.

Ms. O’Carroll received a BS, Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

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Brian Hupp | Head of Legal Operations, Facebook

Brian Hupp is the Head of Legal Operations at Facebook, and has been working over the last 18 months to establish a Legal Operations function for the department. Areas of focus have included outside counsel management, Legal-IT strategy development, contract and knowledge management, self-service contracting and request intake solutions. Brian has been a member of CLOC since 2010 and sits on the CLOC Board of Directors.

Brian was Director of Legal Operations Strategy at Dolby Laboratories, Inc., where he established a new Legal Operations team, focused on contract management technology infrastructure and process, and assisted the broader Legal Department during a transformational time.

Prior to Dolby, Brian established both the Legal Chief of Staff and Head of Legal Operations roles at Electronic Arts. At EA, Brian and his team were focused on facilitating the legal department’s response to a fundamental change in the nature of EA’s business, as EA transformed from a packaged-goods company to a digital, direct-to-consumer company. Over the course of 5+ years, Brian drove a number of critical changes for the EA legal team – establishing legal technology infrastructure, driving self-service opportunities for the business, unburdening and realigning legal resources and establishing a managed-services support layer — to meet new business and General Counsel objectives.

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Christine Coats | VP of Legal Operations, Oracle

Christine Coats is Vice President of Legal Operations at Oracle, reporting directly to Oracle’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel Dorian Daley. Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services.

Before joining Oracle, Coats spent the majority of her nine years at Symantec as its Chief of Staff. In this role, she oversaw the centralized operation of its legal and public relations teams. Coats was also responsible for executing significant expense reductions through preferred outside counsel programs, as well as implementing an e-billing and global enterprise contract management system and a company-wide records retention policy and program.

She currently serves as CFO Ex-officio and board member of Leadership California, a network of accomplished women leaders dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women in California. Coats is also on the leadership team of the CLOC organization performing the CFO role and is a member of the Thomson Reuters Client Advisory Board.

Coats holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Lisa Konie | Senior Director of Legal Operations, Adobe System Incorporated

Lisa Konie is the Senior Director of Legal Operations at Adobe Systems Incorporated and brings over 20 years of experience working in the high-tech industry. She is responsible for managing the Adobe Legal and Government Relations (LGR) departmental operations, which includes everything from strategic planning and outside counsel relationships, to the LGR interactive website, tool implementation, communications and knowledge management, LGR interns, training and overall cross-departmental issues. Her focus is ensuring departmental effectiveness and efficiency while scaling the department to meet its business needs. Additionally, Ms. Konie leads a team overseeing legal support for all of Adobe’s procurement activities.

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Connect with linkedIn

Steven Harmon | Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Cisco | General Counsel, Elevate Services

Steven is a member of the Cisco Legal executive management team where he is responsible for all Legal Operations and Technology functions. This includes the Legal Technology Solutions (“LTS”); KM and Legal Innovation; Litigation Lab; and the Global Center of Excellence – an industry-leading example of the use of “captive Legal Process Outsourcing.” These teams are chartered with developing and maintaining systems and process that support the efficiency and accuracy of legal functions at Cisco. These systems and processes include contract management, export compliance tools, regulatory compliance, legal knowledge management, web-based resources, eDiscovery, and file room operations.

In a completely separate role, Steven is also the General Counsel of Elevate Services. In this role he is responsible for all of Elevate’s global legal matters while also actively supporting Merger & Acquisition activities. He also works directly with clients to share his legal operations journey and offer advice on industry best practices.

Steven holds a B.S. degree in Business Management (Information Systems emphasis) and a J.D. degree, both from Brigham Young University.

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Connect with linkedIn

Aine Lyons | Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Worldwide Legal Operations and Chief of Staff (General Counsel), VMware

Aine Lyons is VMware’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Worldwide Legal Operations and Chief of Staff to VMware’s General Counsel. She is responsible for driving operational excellence through scalable innovation. Aine joined VMware in 2007, initially in senior roles, including leading the EMEA legal team, and founded the legal operations team in 2011. Her efforts have resulted in departmental recognition as winners of the 2018 Financial Times Intelligent Business – Contracting winner; 2016 Financial Times “Most Innovative In-House Legal Team” and as the 2015 ACC Value Champion. Aine is also a thought leader in the legal operations field: a founder’s 50 member of the Corporate Legal Operations Institute (CLOC) in North America and Europe Lead, and a regular speaker on operational topics. Aine serves on the global VMinclusion Council, setting diversity and inclusion strategy for VMware, and in 2014, she earned the CEO’s EPIC2 Achievement Award.

Prior to joining VMware, Aine worked in private practice and then in house as EMEA Legal Counsel at Siebel Systems’ (now Oracle) and as EMEA General Counsel of the APC-MGE a division of the Schneider Group.