Illinois MCLE and National CLE Program Presenter Information

Audrey H. Rubin

Audrey H. Rubin

As a seasoned Chief Operating Officer for large and small law firms and significant experience as General Counsel for three global companies, she has been on both sides of the business.   She excels in assessing legal budgets and systems, and negotiating profitable, valuable fee arrangements. Rubin understands how front and backend processes can be streamlined and redesigned to build the bottom line. With her ability to understand how to drive the bottom line, reduce expenses, improve profits and collections, increase efficiencies, motivate personnel and extract additional value from existing client relationships, she gives clients and their service providers a competitive edge during precarious economic times.

In addition to improving established practices, Rubin sets new businesses on the path to profitability. For firms seeking to expand through mergers, she conducts due diligence and instills operational and financial discipline to help firms maximize the marriage. She is also a speaker and columnist.

Prior to her role as a COO for the large Chicago firm Wildman Harrold Allen and Dixon, and the boutique firm Butler Rubin Saltarelli and Boyd, she served as General Counsel and Vice President of Legal and Human Resources for three global companies (Orbitz (in formation), Grant Thornton and Apollo Travel Services), and before that, a business lawyer in private practice. She has also served as a board member of several domestic and international businesses and not-for-profits.

Rubin received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law where she was on the Dean’s List. She graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. and was a Yale National Scholar. She received certification as a mediator and arbitrator from the De Paul University School of Law. She was certified in Business for Executives at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Rubin has served as a board member of the Association of Yale Alumni, the Chicago Bar Association, the Jewish National Fund, and is currently President of the Yale Club of Chicago. You can learn more about Audrey Rubin and Rubin Solutions, Ltd. at

Program Info:

Requests for Proposals, or RFPs,are used and misused to hire law firms. Companies and firms need to know how best to use and respond to RFPs or RFIs, Request for Information. This program will educate you on RFPs and alternative fees that work, and the best processes for issuing and responding to RFPs.

Certain topics that will be covered in the program will be: requests for proposal for hiring law firms – the good and the bad points;  alternative fees that are most effective;  role of corporate procurement group in hiring law firms;  additional 'side' benefits of flat fee arrangements, e.g., secondees.

Professionalism Series: Attorney Alternative Billing Options and Their Ethical Considerations
Professionalism Series: Complexities and Conflicts of Checking Systems
Professionalism/Ethics Series: Alternative Billing and the Request for Proposal
Contact Information:
Chicago , IL
Phone: (847) 542-2211