Bryan Parker

Co-Founder & CEO

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Bryan Parker is co-founder and CEO of Washington, D.C.-based Legal Innovators, an end-to-end, technology-enabled, talent management solution that has innovated the way in which new attorneys come into the practice of Big Law, and that partners with top-tier law firms and corporate legal departments to place lawyers in a two-year apprenticeship style experience. This two-year placement program often results in permanent placement with these prestigious companies and law firms. His company recruits and hires high-quality law school graduates from more than 45 partner law schools using its unique “Money Ball for Lawyers” approach, which helps ensure quality and drives greater diversity, equity and inclusion into the practice of Big Law. Legal Innovators has received a great deal of press around its innovative process and approach, including coverage in The American Lawyer, Bloomberg Law, Law 360 and Above the Law. Its clients include law firms Latham & Watkins, Linklaters, Morrison & Foerster, Orrick, and Shearman & Sterling, as well as corporate clients like Bechtel and Raytheon Technologies. Bryan is a frequent speaker on innovation, data and efficiency, mental health, and diversity, equity and inclusion in the practice of Big Law.

Professional Background

Mr. Parker began his career with Shearman & Sterling as a lawyer on the mergers and acquisitions team, and also spent time as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch. Prior to helping co-found Legal Innovators, Bryan served as the CEO for a San Francisco venture-backed, community-based marketing technology company (subsequently acquired by Cvent). Mr. Parker also led the Internal Growth and Real Estate operations at DaVita, a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Parker transformed his division from an underperforming $400 million business to a profitable $1 billion enterprise. 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 500 companies. Prior to that experience, Mr. Parker served as the COO of venture-backed Affinity Media. There he took a money-losing operation and helped transform it into a $200 million thriving enterprise operating in the United States, China, and Korea. He led world-wide operations at Affinity Media, and his accomplishments include leading a $60 million round of financing and completing three M&A transactions.

Bryan attended the University of California at Berkeley (BA), New York University School of Law (JD), and is now completing (at night) a Master of Divinity degree at Howard University. He is a member of the California and New York Bar Associations.

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Serving the Community

  • Member of Board of Counselors, Equal Justice Works
  • Board Member and Co-Chair of the Racial Equity Committee, Friends of the Children
  • Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
  • Former Commissioner with the Port of Oakland, CA
  • Former Chair of Oakland’s Workforce Investment Board
  • Former Board Member of the University of California at Berkely Alumni Association
  • Former Member of the Board of Trustees for Holy Names University
  • Former Board Member of the Bay Area Chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.