NATHAN CEMENSKA, JD/MBA, LEGAL OPERATIONS CONSULTANT
Nathan Cemenska, JD/MBA is a Legal Operations Consultant for UpLevel Ops. He has investigated, documented, analyzed the functionality of, and in some cases implemented over 100 pieces of legal technology on behalf of in-house corporate legal departments. Areas of expertise include matter management, e-billing, ethics case managers, legal hold tools, case docketing programs, e-discovery, all-purpose collaboration tools, background check providers, risk management software, privacy breach incident managers, contract generation, ethics and compliance content providers, contract analytics platforms, SharePoint managed services, legal data analytics platforms, legal project management tools, entity management tools, CLE management tools, learning management systems, policy management systems, conflict of interest tools, document management systems, compliance and regulatory risk assessment providers, bulk content translation tools, and many other tools and services.
Before joining UpLevel, Nathan served as a Team Lead of Legal Analytics in the legal department of one of the world’s largest healthcare providers. His responsibilities included managing outside consultants who provided legal analytics support, building out the organization’s primary data analysis tool, developing the first systematic diversity and matter budgeting programs for the organization, and streamlining monthly financial reporting and the organization’s quarterly legal reserve (contingent liability) process, which included quarterly projections of over 300 litigation and dispute matters. He also served as a project manager on two large litigation matters with a combined $20 million in annual outside counsel spend.
Nathan has served as a volunteer researcher for the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC), an organization co-founded by UpLevel’s co-founder, Stephanie Corey, consisting of over 1,000 legal operations professionals from organizations with a minimum of $1B in annual revenue.
Prior to entering the field of legal operations, Nathan founded the highest-volume solo consumer bankruptcy practice in northern Ohio. The techniques he learned for reducing unnecessary work, training and collaborating with his small staff, analyzing Internet marketing performance metrics, building websites, developing training videos, managing documents and approval workflows, and managing client relationships all have direct application in the larger world of corporate legal operations.
Nathan has published hundreds of articles on the subject of election law as well as co-authored two books on election law and one book about legal operations. For years he worked in academia project managing grant-funded election law research projects in conjunction with The Ohio State University law school, the New York University political science department, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the United States Election Assistance Commission, and other organizations. He has testified before the Ohio House of Representatives on the subject of election law, and has been interviewed on the subject by distinguished outlets including the National Law Journal, the Congressional Research Service, Newsweek, the Cincinnati Inquirer, ABC News, and ProPublica.
He holds degrees from Northwestern University, The Ohio State University, and Cleveland State University.