Stephan is the procurement counsel for Kirkland & Ellis LLP. At Kirkland, he started as a contract management specialist and now leads the contract management team. He sees himself as the bridge between the IT and legal worlds, using clear, plain language so that his clients can understand what is actually in their contracts. He has expertise in negotiating a wide variety of vendor agreements, particularly software licensing, SaaS, and technology services agreements.
Prior to joining Kirkland, Stephan was a Staff Attorney at Discover Financial Services for four years, working closely with IT, Information Security, and Human Resources. Stephan received his J.D. from DePaul University in Chicago and has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. When not redlining contracts, he enjoys playing video games and rooting for the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks.