Dr.Silvia Hodges Silverstein, Buying Legal Council, Executive Director
Silvia researches, teaches, and speaks on topics related to purchasing decision and metrics in the legal market, as well as law firm management and change in law firms. I have been studying client purchasing decisions for over a decade, including my PhD on the topic.
She is the executive director of the Buying Legal Council, the organization of procurement and operations professionals tasked with sourcing legal services and managing legal services supplier relationships.
She has 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 the new model law firm.
Furthermore Silvia is an editorial board member of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management magazine, the Legal Marketing Association’s Strategies magazine, and the Legal Sales & Services Organization’s publication
She earned her PhD at Nottingham Law School (UK), hold a master’s degree in business from Universität Bayreuth (Germany) and Warwick Business School (UK) and an undergraduate degree in economics from Universität Bayreuth (Germany). For more about her, please connect to: www.buyinglegal.com
Magdalena Zielinska-Tomala, Syngenta, Global Sub-Category Manager
Magdalena Zielinska-Tomala has been responsible for sourcing professional services in Philips and Syngenta. She moved from Warsaw to Basel with Syngenta two years ago to take up a new Procurement Business Partner role and is now globally responsible for the sourcing category, 'Legal, Intellectual Property and Insurance'. Magda is currently on the move to Novartis to join its new Procurement organization, again with responsibilities for Legal and related services