Cynthia (Cindy) Towers is co-founder and CEO of JuriSolutions, an award-winning legal services firm and trusted business advisor to forward thinking corporations, law firms and government entities. As an innovative and value-driven source of premier legal talent and strategic processes, JuriSolutions enables its clients to cost-effectively fill gaps, broaden capabilities and create efficiencies in their legal practices.
JuriSolutions has three service lines, CYLA, JuriStaff, and JXP Search. CYLA stands for Consider Your Legal Alternatives and its portfolio of offerings includes top credentialed and experienced project attorneys and subject matter experts, legal outsourcing, contract management, secondments, and law firm enhancement services. The JuriStaff service line offers a wide range of legal support services including legal staffing, document review, end-to-end litigation support, e-discovery and managed review services. The CYLA and JuriStaff offerings drive value by positioning clients to achieve “more for less” and to capture revenue not otherwise realized through traditional legal service models. The JXP Search portfolio includes high-level executive search, interim management, and human capital consulting across a broad spectrum of industries with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.
In 1997, Cindy launched JuriSolutions (then known only as JuriStaff) with a colleague who shared her vision that purchasers of legal services could increase value by utilizing lawyers in non-traditional ways. Under her leadership, the company has strategically grown its portfolio of offerings, entered new markets, and expanded its geographic footprint. Cindy credits the company’s success to its client-centric philosophy and unwavering commitment to quality, value and integrity.
Cindy and her company have been recognized with numerous awards including 2013 WBENC Women’s Business Enterprise Star; the Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ 2011 Leadership Award; the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2010 Philly100 Award; and SmartCEO Magazine’s 2010 Future50 Award. The company has also been a multiple-year recipient of DiversityBusiness.com Top 500 Women Owned Businesses and, most recently, the company was recognized with the Gold Award from American Lawyer Magazine for Top Legal Recruitment Firm Nationally.
Cindy sits on the WBEC PA-DE-sNJ Council, is former chair of WBEC PA-DE-sNJ’s Envoy Group, and serves on many WBENC and WBEC PA-DE-sNJ committees. She is also a member of the Forum Leadership Team and is currently the Chair of the WBE Host Committee for WBENC’s 2014 National Conference and Business Fair. Outside of WBENC, Cindy enjoys mentoring young women entrepreneurs and is a frequent lecturer and event speaker on a variety of topics including “Getting Your First Legal Job,” “Growth Strategies for Your Business,” and “Leveraging your WBENC certification.”
Cindy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Villanova University and a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law, where she graduated in the top 10% of her class. Outside of her professional life, she is a wife and the mother of three school age children. She is an active volunteer in the community and a dedicated swimming and soccer mom.
An article by Ralph Losey, Esq. appearing on his blog e-Discovery Team ®.
The article is part 2 in a series that focuses on a model designed to make costs for document review more predictable. The article states, “
The most difficult part is the legal analysis to determine a budget proportional to the real merits of the case. But that is nothing new. What is the golden mean in litigation expense? How to balance just, with speedy and inexpensive? The ideal proportionality question of perfect balance has preoccupied lawyers for decades. It has also preoccupied scientists, mathematicians, and artists for centuries. Unlike lawyers, they claim to have found an answer, which they call the golden mean or golden ratio:
In law this is the perennial Goldilocks question. How much is too much? Too little? Just right? How much is an appropriate spend for document production? The issue is old. I have personally been dealing with this problem for over thirty-three years. What is new is applying that legal analysis to a modern-day high-volume electronic document search and review plan. Unfortunately, unlike art and math, there is no accepted golden ratio in the law, so it has to be recalculated and reargued for each case.
Estimation for bottom line driven review is essentially a method for marshaling evidence to support an undue burden argument under Rule 26(b)(2)(C)” See the refernced endnotes in the article.
The article further goes on to discuss specific types of review that might be used to fit the parameters of the matter at hand. The article also provides an interesting pyramid diagram regarding the various components that might be part of the document review, which we have included below:
JuriSolutions, as a provider of the types of services discussed in this article, strives to provide cost-predictability to our clients. Ask us about our alternative pricing models, which includes options beyond hourly document review rates, such as per-doc and per-GB costs for document review services. In addition, we work with our clients to guarantee them that we will honor the best pricing model from our offerings, at the close of the project, even if the client had chosen a different pricing option at the outset. Feel free to contact us to discuss our alternative pricing options.
JuriSolutions, through our CYLA service line, was engaged earlier this year by the General Counsel of an aerospace company plagued by morale issues. The in-house attorneys were in the weeds with low-level routine work. Job dissatisfaction was high, as most of the key and specialized projects were being sent to outside counsel. There was fear of increased turnover, increasing operational costs while adversely impacting business. By unbundling the workflow elements, the GC worked with JuriSolutions to change the paradigm. Routine transactional work now is being sent to well-qualified but lower cost temporary JuriSolutions attorneys. The more complex work is kept more in-house with his legal team. Legal expenses have declined and in-house staff is more engaged with higher level work.
Recently a west-coast technology client engaged JuriSolutions, through our CYLA service line, to solve a contract management and operations issue. With far too many contracts to review for the in-house staff, they were struggling to engage business and supplier contacts throughout North America. Travel budgets were out of control and internal client satisfaction metrics were declining. JuriSolutions provided experienced, local contract review managers on an as-needed basis, matching key skill sets with the regional business people. Provided at a fraction of the cost of fixed headcount, internal satisfaction scores improved, travel was tamed and the company gained flexibility to address new projects and volume spikes.