Microsoft’s Tom Orrison and Jason Barnwell discuss scaling legal services to meet growing business demands
Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions’ latest installment Legal Leaders Exchange Podcast welcomes two experts from Microsoft Corporation’s corporate legal department – Tom Orrison, director of legal operations, and Jason Barnwell, general manager of digital transformation for corporate, external and legal affairs.
In a conversation moderated by Nathan Cemenska, director of industry insights and legal operations at Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions, Orrison and Barnwell discuss the challenges of tracking subject matter expertise across large corporate legal departments, how metadata can help streamline this research and urgent business requirements foreseeing major cultural shifts within the legal industry. Microsoft’s Corporate Legal Department has more than 1,800 people.
“As the business grows and becomes more complex and the regulatory environment we work in becomes more complex, the old tricks won’t work. We have to find a way to scale exponentially,” Orrison said during from the podcast.
“The Legal Leaders Exchange podcast was launched to provide unparalleled insight into how today’s corporate legal departments are optimizing their legal operations and driving new efficiencies,” Cemenska of Wolters Kluwer ELM solutions said. “Thanks to Tom Orrison and Jason Barnwell for showing how even a company as robust as Microsoft can remain agile in the face of the legal industry’s ongoing digital transformation.”
Orrison leads a team at Microsoft focused on contracts, records, legal procurement, productivity solutions and support services. His responsibilities include digitally transforming the delivery of legal services while continuing to maintain the sustainable systems needed to support high-volume work.
Barnwell leads innovation efforts within Microsoft’s corporate, external and legal affairs department, helping to guide the cultural and technical investments that deliver the most value in an increasingly fast-paced and complex environment.
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