As CEO, Bryan runs the day-to-day operations of Legal Innovators. He understands the challenges of running corporate law practices and law firms. Not only is he trained in the law, he is also a leader in business. Bryan served as the CEO and COO of venture- and private equity-backed businesses including DaVita and Affinity Media, and also has a background in investment banking.
One of his passions is helping clients find innovative solutions to their hiring, pricing, diversity and inclusion challenges in an efficient and cost-effective manner. He can relate to the pressure today’s businesses face to reduce costs, while preserving quality. Bryan leads our team with this dual focus in mind.
With a background in law, finance, and business, Bryan is skilled at managing and revitalizing large companies with hundred million dollar budgets.
Bryan started his career with Shearman & Sterling LLC on the M&A team, where Legal Innovators Co-Founder Jonathan Greenblatt was his mentor. This relationship inspired Jon and Bryan to found Legal Innovators.
Bryan went on to take leadership roles in investment banking and other businesses.
Most recently, Bryan served as the CEO for DoubleDutch (now part of Cvent), a venture-backed, community-based technology company in California.
At Affinity Media, he took a money-losing operation and helped transform it into a $200 million dollar thriving enterprise with operations in the United States, China, and Korea. His responsibilities at Affinity Media also included leading a $60 million dollar round of financing and completing three M&A transactions.
Bryan also led the Internal Growth and Real Estate operations at DaVita – a Fortune 500 company. When he took over, his division was an underperforming $400 million dollar business. After over four years under his leadership, revenue grew to more than $800 million dollars, with an attractive profit profile.
Bryan also has experience in legislative and lobbying efforts for Congress.
In recognition of his corporate leadership, Bryan was selected for membership in the Executive Leadership Council — a national organization of African American CEOs and senior executives at Fortune 1000 and Fortune 500 companies.
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Podcast: DAILY MATTERS – The Changing Face of the Legal Industry (Clio)
Podcast: Conversations on Race in the Legal Industry (3 Greeks and a Law Blog)
Video: What the legal industry needs to do to facilitate meaningful change after the death of George Floyd (WGN Radio)
Podcast: Why Retention of Legal Talent Can’t be the Equivalent of a Coin Flip (3 Greeks and a Law Blog)
How Diversity and Inclusion Can Democratize Big Law (The American Lawyer)
The Legal Roundtable Podcast with Legal Innovators Co-Founders Jon Greenblatt and Bryan Parker
Shearman Vet, Silicon Valley CEO Aim to Upend Legal Talent Market With New Startup (The American Lawyer)
Outside of the workplace Bryan is very involved in his community.
As a Commissioner with the Port of Oakland, California he led fiscal reform efforts including reducing the Port’s debt, cracking down on financial fraud, revitalizing the Oakland Army base (including the consideration of a stadium for the Oakland Athletics), and job creation through smart land use. Prior to that appointment, Bryan served as the Chair of Oakland’s Workforce Investment Board, as a Member of the Cal Alumni Association, as a Member on the Board of Trustees for Holy Names University, and as a Board Member of the Bay Area Chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Since law school, Bryan has actively taken on pro bono legal work. He and Jon continue to give back to the community in this way and also help Legal Innovators’ junior legal talent apply and broaden their skills through pro bono opportunities.
Bryan is a member of the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, and spent several seasons coaching football at an inner-city high school. He is now on the national board of Friends of the Children, an organization seeking to empower children who face a myriad of challenges get through high school and succeed.
In his free time he enjoys reading, sports, and good wine.