About the Author

Rick WolfI am Rick Wolf, founder of Lexakos, a legal business consulting group specializing in compliance and ethics program management, records management policy deployment, and business conflict resolution. I am also principal of Wolf Law Associates LLC, offering litigation counsel, risk analyses, complex case management, and mediation and arbitration services.  I am a a federal court-appointed mediator and a member of the Distinguished Panel of Neutrals for the CPR International Institute of Conflict Prevention & Resolution, specializing in general business disputes, franchising and e-discovery matters.

I am former head of global compliance at Cendant Corporation and served in that role until the corporation’s disaggregation in 2006.  During my ten years as an executive in the corporation’s law department, I brought legal and business-process innovation to Cendant (and its predecessor HFS), helping the corporation become a model of streamlined and effective compliance, litigation and records management systems.

In the mid-1990s, I created a web-based matter management system and uniform guidelines for consolidating and managing legal work among a network of approved law firms and vendors. I later designed Cendant’s first compliance and ethics program and joined an elite group of Fortune 100 chief compliance officers who in 2004 formed the Compliance and Ethics Leadership Council of the Corporate Executive Board. In addition, I developed the requirements for a business records and information management system that the General Counsel Roundtable selected for a case study, and, in 2005, cited my email hold management processes as examples of best practices.

Before joining Cendant, I was in private law practice, concentrating on corporate litigation, commercial law and appellate practice at the firms of Pitney Hardin and LeBoeuf Lamb. I also served as law clerk to the Hon. Sylvia B. Pressler, presiding judge, Appellate Division, Superior Court of New Jersey.

I am immediate-past president of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Greater New York Chapter (2006) and hold leadership positions for the American Bar Association’s ABA Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section and am the Section’s liaison to the Presidential Task Force on Attorney-Client Privilege. In 2007, I was elected a member of the Amercian Law Institute.

I lecture and write frequently on a variety of subjects, including corporate governance, compliance, records management, and litigation risk controls.  I hold a B.A. in liberal studies from Richard Stockton University. I received my J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, where I was a law review editor.

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