Elaine Karp

Senior Director of Legal Operations, Baxter International

Elaine Karp is the Senior Director of Legal Operations at Baxter International, a Fortune 500 medical device company. She is responsible for global legal operations, financial management, and technology management. She manages cross-functional teams to deliver tools, programs, policies, and processes for legal spend management, knowledge management, matter management, and contract management, among others. Elaine sets departmental KPIs and other metrics ensuring continuous process improvement. She drives the delivery of innovative technologies and enables the global legal department to serve its constituents at the highest level possible.

Prior to Baxter, Elaine was the Director of Legal Operations for R1 RCM, a revenue cycle management service provider to the healthcare industry. At R1, she built a comprehensive legal operations infrastructure following an acquisition. Before R1 RCM, Elaine ran legal finance and operations at The Kraft Heinz Company, where she was responsible for global budgeting (planning, negotiation, and reporting) within Kraft Heinz’s zero-based budgeting model. Elaine led legal support IT system implementations, negotiated and managed vendor agreements, realized opportunities for departmental cost reductions, and managed legal KPIs for all legal staff around the world.

Elaine has a degree in Economics from Northwestern University and is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She was selected as Innovator of the Year by LAW.COM in 2022.