Bernadette Bulacan

Drawing from her experiences as an assistant general counsel, law firm partner and legaltech entrepreneur, Bernadette M. Bulacan is a frequent speaker regarding the digital transformation of the legal profession and specifically the modern legal department. Bernadette is the Legal Evangelist for Icertis, the recognized leader for enterprise contract management. At Icertis, she is charged with sharing contract management best practices and identifying trends and innovations affecting corporate counsel and the delivery of legal services across their organizations. Prior to Icertis, Bernadette was a founding member and Assistant General Counsel of Serengeti Law, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters. She later held various leadership roles at Thomson Reuters, in its legal professionals division, and QuantAI, an intellectual property analytics AI company. Bernadette was a partner at Graham & Dunn, a Seattle law firm, where she was the head of the firm’s Entrepreneur and Emerging Companies/Corporate practice group. Bernadette received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her law degree and LL.M (Taxation) from the University of Washington.

  • Enterprise Contract Management: At the Intersection of Trust, Compliance and Tech

    Enterprise Contract Management: At the Intersection of Trust, Compliance and Tech

    Looking back over my notes from 2019, some of the most interesting conversations I had with fellow legal minds was the growing momentum around Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)...

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  • New Survey Reveals the Unrealized Value of Contract Management Software

    New Survey Reveals the Unrealized Value of Contract Management Software

    This year, the Legal Department Operations Survey, conducted in partnership with Above the Law, asked respondents to rate their maturity in various areas of operation, including Contract Lifecycle...

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  • A 3 Step Plan for Bringing Order (and Simplicity) to Your Contract Template Library  

    A 3 Step Plan for Bringing Order (and Simplicity) to Your Contract Template Library  

    When I speak to legal teams about their experiences deploying an enterprise contract management platform, one of the most commonly cited benefits is also one of the most basic: fewer contract...

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  • When Should Contract Managers Get Involved in Sourcing? The Earlier the Better

    When Should Contract Managers Get Involved in Sourcing? The Earlier the Better

    I was reviewing my notes from the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Annual Meeting and the International Association of Commercial and Contract Managers (IACCM) Americas Conference, both held...

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  • What Does the Future Hold for Enterprise Contract Management? A Conversation with Forrester Research

    What Does the Future Hold for Enterprise Contract Management? A Conversation with Forrester Research

    A few weeks ago, Icertis hosted an in-depth conversation about Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) between Forrester Research’s Andrew Bartels, one of the leading analysts covering CLM, and our...

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  • Brexit Will Have a Massive Impact on Contracts. Is Your Company Ready?

    Brexit Will Have a Massive Impact on Contracts. Is Your Company Ready?

    Last week, Icertis released new research that suggests Global 2000 companies doing business in the European Union can expect to have 1 in 10 contracts impacted by Brexit. Given that the average...

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  • AERO: A Maturity Model for Managing Obligations in the Enterprise

    AERO: A Maturity Model for Managing Obligations in the Enterprise

    Managing the obligations enshrined in contracts is central to controlling risk in an organization. Obligations are legally binding commitments made by one party to another, and missing these...

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  • 5 Views of Enterprise Contract Management from the Corporate Legal Department

    5 Views of Enterprise Contract Management from the Corporate Legal Department

    Whether you are a Legal Operations professional or a Chief Legal Officer at your company, contracts undoubtedly play a role in your corporate counsel responsibilities. Maybe you’ve been tasked...

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  • Crawl, Walk, Run: A Roadmap to Understanding and Leveraging Contract Management Metrics

    Crawl, Walk, Run: A Roadmap to Understanding and Leveraging Contract Management Metrics

    A project manager at major pharmaceutical company was asked about what benefits her company is seeing from its enterprise-wide CLM platform. She responded that it was all about data.

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  • What Previous Legal Tech Trends Teach Us About Contract Management Software

    What Previous Legal Tech Trends Teach Us About Contract Management Software

    During my legal and legaltech career, I’ve witnessed firsthand a number of digital revolutions impacting legal departments.

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  • Exceeding Expectations: How One GC Used Contract Management Software to Become More than ‘Just a Lawyer’  

    Exceeding Expectations: How One GC Used Contract Management Software to Become More than ‘Just a Lawyer’  

    When Colin Flannery, the worldwide GC of Vertiv, joined me on stage at the 2019 CLOC Institute in Las Vegas this May, our objective was to share Vertiv’s contract management journey.

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  • The 5 Ws of Enterprise Contract Management for Legal Ops

    The 5 Ws of Enterprise Contract Management for Legal Ops

    For legal departments, contracts have long been the forgotten piece of a company’s digital transformation puzzle.

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