Mr. Stern has been actively associated with NAMWOLF since 2006 and has served as a board member and also as chair of the In-House Advisory Council. Since 2010, he has headed his own consulting practice, providing a range of services to corporate law departments and law firms.
In a noteworthy engagement, he was hired by Hewlett Packard to lead a global team of more than 250 managers responsible for maintaining the tech company’s biggest client relationships. He became a member of HP’s leadership group for enterprise services as well as a leadership instructor to company executives. On the law firm side, Mr. Stern regularly provided leading law firm clients with executive coaching, business development/retention, marketing, benchmarking, branding and other consulting services.
Prior to his consulting practice, Mr. Stern spent more than 25 years as an in-house counsel for major companies. At Accenture, where he served as Deputy General Counsel from 1996-2010, he acted as chief operating officer for the consulting giant’s 420-member global law department. He also managed all of Accenture’s outside counsel relationships as well as managing North and South America legal matters. Mr. Stern was a member of Accenture’s US Leadership Team and its global Operations Council, and also part of the firm’s CEO Advisory Counsel. During his tenure, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association gave Accenture its “Employer of Choice” award.
Previously, he was vice president and general counsel at Advantis, a joint technology services venture between IBM and Sears, where Mr. Stern directed all legal functions and managed outside regulatory and government affairs. From 1987-92, he was general counsel for Sears Technology Services, which made him a key member of the legal team advising on the development and launch of the Discover Card. He began his in-house career in the mid-1980s as a staff counsel with leading insurer Allstate Corp, then a division of Sears.
Mr. Stern’s published articles and regular speaking engagements reflect his zeal for expanding opportunities in the law. Among some of his presentations in the last several years: “Diversity is the Future – A Client’s View” (Marbury Institute, 2009); “Advancing Leadership Goals for Women in the Legal Profession” (ALFA Women’s Initiative Program, 2009); “Women Attorneys and Compensation – The Glass Ceiling” (International Bar Association, 2008); and “Contemporary Conversations on Diversity – Inclusion, Justice and the Bottom Line” (Black Women Lawyers Association of Chicago, 2008).
Mr. Stern earned his J.D. in 1984 from Cleveland Marshall College of Law; he graduated magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in 1981 with a B.A. in Political Science. He resides in the Chicago area with his wife and three daughters.