Speakers


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haley altman

CEO
Doxly

Haley Altman is the Founder & CEO of Doxly, Inc. She has over a decade of experience working on complicated transactions in the corporate, private equity, and venture capital verticals. Her practice has extended from the Midwest at Ice Miller to the West Coast at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Over the years, she has completed thousands of transactions from small debt transactions to $800M public-private mergers opposite attorneys from around the world. Haley translated her knowledge and intimate understanding of the processes and workflows required to successfully complete transactions into a secure platform that helps attorneys get deals done with less stress and risk while maximizing client satisfaction.



liam brown

Founder and Executive Chairman
Elevate

Liam helps general counsel and law firm leaders improve effectiveness and efficiency. In 2011 he launched Elevate as the law company to provide consulting, technology, and services to law departments and law firms. Liam was previously the Founder, President, and CEO of Integreon, a global LPO, which he led from a startup in 2001 to annual sales of $150 million by 2011, before he sold to private equity investors. Prior to Integreon, he was the Founder, President, and COO of a pioneering VC-backed Web 1.0 virtual data room legal tech company, which he sold to a public company in 2001. Liam is a frequent speaker at legal conferences and regularly publishes articles about trends in the legal sector. He is also an active investor in emerging legal technologies and an executive coach for founders of startups.



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Jeff Carr

Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Univar Solutions

Jeffrey W. Carr joined Univar Solutions Inc. (NYSE: UNVR), a global chemical and ingredients distributor and provider of value-added services, in May 2017 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.

With more than 35 years of strategic business and legal experience, legal teams under Carr’s leadership have been recognized repeatedly for cutting edge legal delivery concepts and execution. He has been called a “Legal Rebel” by the American Bar Association Bar Journal for his regular writings and lectures on the disruption and current state of flux in the legal industry, served on the board of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and was a leader of the ACC’s Value Challenge initiative.

In his role at Univar Solutions, Carr serves on the executive committee and leads the company’s corporate legal team with responsibility for enterprise risk management, compliance initiatives, M&A projects, international trade, dispute resolution, and corporate governance.

Prior to joining Univar Solutions, Carr most recently served as President of ValoremNext LLC, part of the Valorem Group, a company dedicated to changing the delivery of legal services. Previously, Carr was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of FMC Technologies, Inc. He joined FMC Corporation as International Counsel and later became Associate General Counsel for Energy and Airport Systems. In 2001, Carr assumed the General Counsel position when FMC Technologies was spun off as a separate public company.

Before his decades-long career with FMC, Carr practiced international trade law In Washington, D.C., at the law firms of Willkie, Farr & Gallagher and Wald, Harkrader & Ross. He also founded International Advisory Services Group, Ltd., a trade policy, investment banking and commercial consulting firm with offices in Washington, Prague and Manilla.

He started his legal career as a clerk for The Honorable Murray M. Schwartz, United States District Court Judge for the District of Delaware.

Carr holds a bachelor’s degree in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.


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Lisa’s focus is on utilizing innovative ideas and technology to transform the practice of law, provide equal access to the legal system for all people, and improve the world. For 25 years she has worked to create new ways for people solve their legal problems. Prior to joining the Institute for the Future of Law Practice in 2018, Lisa served for 17 years as Executive Director of Illinois Legal Aid Online, a nationally-recognized nonprofit that uses technology to increase access to justice. Previously she was Legal Director at CARPLS Legal Aid, the first stand-alone legal aid hotline in the country. Following graduation from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Lisa practiced law at a small law firm and then as a solo practitioner for 4 years.

LIsa Colpoys

Program Director
Institute for the Future of Law Practice


Carlos Gámez

Client & Partner Lead - Legal Technology Innovation
Thomson Reuters

Carlos been leading and working on legal innovation and partnership initiatives at Thomson Reuters for the past several years, as part of: the Legal business, Thomson Reuters Labs, and most recently within a dedicated legal technology innovation team. Throughout this time, he has worked on and delivered over 50 projects in partnership with stakeholders across the enterprise, as well as externally with customers, startups, academic institutions, and industry fora. His previous experience includes roles in: corporate development (M&A), legal operations, product strategy and strategy. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters he spent time working with startups in Silicon Valley and practiced intellectual property law in one of Mexico’s leading law firms. Carlos has a Bachelors in Law from the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey and obtained an LLM. at Stanford Law School and an MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


dennis garcia

Assistant General Counsel
Microsoft

Dennis Garcia is an Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft Corporation based in Chicago. He practices at the intersection of law, technology and business and leads the legal support function to Microsoft’s U.S. Enterprise Commercial sales team – one of Microsoft’s largest commercial businesses. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dennis worked as an in-house counsel for Accenture and IBM.

Dennis received his B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut and Illinois (House Counsel). Dennis is a Fellow of Information Privacy, a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States and a Certified Information Privacy Technologist with the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He serves on the Board of Directors of Illinois Legal Aid Online, the Minority In-House Counsel Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel – Chicago Chapter. Dennis is also a Fellow to the 2018 Class of the College of Law Practice Management. Please follow Dennis on Twitter @DennisCGarcia and on his “In-House Consigliere” blog at https://www.dennisgarciablog.com/.


Peter Geovanes

Head of Data Strategy, AI, and Analytics
Winston & Strawn

Peter provides a unique background that combines data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning expertise, along with business strategy, innovation, project management, and management counseling skills.


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Gerard Gregoire

Vice President & Assistant General Counsel
Allstate

Gerard Gregoire began his career as a prosecutor in Dallas County in 1998. Thereafter, he transitioned to Allstate’s Dallas Staff Counsel in 1999 with roles such as trial attorney, senior trial attorney, counsel, managing attorney, director and vice president.

Gerard is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Washington and Texas. He is a member of the Texas Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, Illinois Defense Counsel Association, Torts Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), American Bar Association and Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a 2012 Fellow with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and currently serves on the Fellows Executive Council. Gerard is a former Chair with the American Bar Association’s Staff Counsel Committee for TIPS and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Defense Counsel Association.

Gerard received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and his Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1998.


Dirk Hartung is the Executive Director of Legal Technology at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. He joined his alma mater in 2014 as a member of the management team. He develops the technology education program for the school and is the Academic Director for their summer program on legal technology and operations. He is a co-author of two joint studies between Bucerius Law School and Boston Consulting Group on legal technology and operations. His other research interests include computational legal studies with a focus on data science and natural language processing. He teaches Machine Learning in Law, Data Science for Lawyers and Hands on Legal Technology. Dirk is a co-founder of the European Legal Tech Association and the Hamburg chapter of Legal Hackers.

Dirk Hartung

Executive Director of Legal Technology
Bucerius Law School


Eddie Hartman

Partner
Simon-Kucher & Partners

Eddie Hartman is the co-founder of LegalZoom, where he advises senior leadership on strategy and product, and as of January, will be a partner at Simon Kucher & Partners, the leading global consulting firm for revenue strategy. At LegalZoom, Mr. Hartman led the first corporate acquisition of a law firm in US history, and drove the transformation into recurring revenue which today accounts for more than half the company’s profit. At Simon Kucher, he has created revenue growth strategies for corporations in the portfolios of Sequoia, Bessemer, Bain Capital, General Catalyst, and many others; as well as for members of the AMLAW 100. He is a graduate of Yale and Wharton, and holds special certification from the California Institute of Technology. He has been a lecturer in law at Stanford and Yale, and is a member of the Hague Institute on International Law, where he serves on the Justice Task Force. He is a Founder Institute Global 40 mentor.


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Daniel Martin Katz

Professor of Law and Director of The Law Lab
Chicago-Kent College of Law

Professor Katz is a scientist, technologist and law professor who applies an innovative polytechnic approach to teaching law - to help create lawyers for today's biggest societal challenges. Both his scholarship and teaching integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Professor Katz's forward-thinking ideas helped to earn him acknowledgement in the 2013 Fastcase 50, an award which "recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law." He was also named to the American Bar Association Journal's 2013 Class of "Legal Rebels," a prestigious group of change leaders in the legal profession.

Professor Katz teaches Practice & Professionalism, E-Discovery, Legal Analytics, Blockchain & Law, Legal Project Management + Legal Process Improvement and Civil Procedure at Chicago-Kent and spearheads new initiatives to teach law students how to leverage technology and entrepreneurship in their future legal careers. He joined Chicago-Kent in 2015 from Michigan State University College of Law, where he co-founded the ReInvent Law Laboratory, an innovative multi-disciplinary center that focused on the intersection of entrepreneurship, informatics, programming and design thinking to better understand, analyze and design the law.

Professor Katz has published or forthcoming work in a wide variety of academic outlets, including Science, Plos One, Journal of Statistical Physics, Artificial Intelligence & Law and Physica A. In addition, his work has been published in legal journals including Emory Law Journal, Iowa Law Review, Illinois Law Review, Virginia Tax Review, Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, Ohio State Law Journal, Journal of Law & Politics, and Journal of Legal Education. Professor Katz is currently working on two book projects including an edited volume entitled Legal Informatics (Cambridge University Press - 2019 Forthcoming) and a book on technology + innovation in law.

Professor Katz received his Ph.D. in political science and public policy with a focus on complex adaptive systems from the University of Michigan. He graduated with a Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and simultaneously obtained a Master of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. During his graduate studies, he was a fellow in Empirical Legal Studies at the University of Michigan Law School and a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow at the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Complex Systems.


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Larissa Kruzel

Portfolio Manager
Polsinelli

As a Portfolio Manager I am focused on the intersection between achieving the organization's strategic vision and solving real complex business problems. I am most passionate about delivering value in a meaningful and practical way while maintaining alignment to long term goals and in a direction that moves the organization forward. I draw on my diverse professional skillset to help me understand the unique needs of my firm and their position in the industry at large. I leverage my training in Lean Six Sigma, legal project management, data analysis, design thinking, change management and process improvement to help me shape and direct projects across a diverse professional landscape and my background in chemical engineering and manufacturing shapes my pragmatic work approach.

I have spent most of my professional career in the Project Management field. First, starting as an R&D scientist and project manager for a manufacturing company to now working in AM Law 100 firms on a variety of firm and client initiatives. As part of my work in Big Law, I have also had the opportunity to co-teach a class at Chicago Kent College of Law called, "Legal Project Management and Legal Process Improvement," which focuses on the unique challenges that business professionals in the legal industry face.



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Christian Lang

Head of Strategy
Reynen Court

Christian is a passionate advocate for legal technology and innovation, currently serving as the Head of Strategy for Reynen Court, a single, secure platform for legal technology for law firms and corporate legal departments. A former corporate lawyer with Davis Polk in New York and London, Christian left practice to dive into the world of legal innovation, launching a number of media projects before founding the NY Legal Tech Meetup (a 1,500-member community working to build an open, informed, and supportive NYC-based legal innovation ecosystem) and Insipre.Legal™ (a collaborative mission to better understand and define the most pressing problems facing the legal industry). Christian is a graduate of NYU Law School and the University of Virginia. Before entering practice, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Charles R. Wilson on the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. In 2019, he was recognized as one of the Fastcase 50, which honors “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders.”


Irina Matveeva

Head of Machine Learning
NexLP

Irina Matveeva is Head of Machine Learning at NexLP, an eDiscovery start up based in Chicago. She is also Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology where she teaches Data Mining. Matveeva earned her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and her professional expertise includes Natural Language and Machine Learning technologies.

Matveeva frequently presents on the subject of AI and NLP and is active in the research community as a peer reviewer. She has been a volunteer mentor for the annual Data Science for Social Good fellowship at the University of Chicago and was a volunteer Data Scientist for the Obama re-election campaign in 2012 working with the "geek squad.”


John Mayer

Executive Director
Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)

John Mayer has been the Executive Director of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) since 1994. CALI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit consortium of 198 US law schools that conducts applied research in computer-mediated legal education and publishes over 1000 tutorials in 40 different legal subject areas for law schools, law firms and others interested in learning about the law. CALI also publishes Creative Commons law books at elangdell.cali.org and is the developer of A2J Author which is used by courts, legal aid and law schools to automate legal processes and court forms for self representing litigants.

Mr. Mayer has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Northwestern University and a Masters of Science in Networks and Telecomm from the Illinois Institute of Technology.


Cat Moon

Director of Innovation Design, Program on Law and Innovation
Vanderbilt University School of Law

Caitlin "Cat" Moon is the Director of Innovation Design for the Program on Law and Innovation (PoLI) at Vanderbilt Law School and Director of the PoLI Institute (innovatethelaw.com), which provides executive education to legal professionals. She co-founded Vanderbilt's annual Summit on Law and Innovation (SoLI), bringing together practitioners across disciplines in collaborative legal innovation projects. She currently teaches Legal Problem Solving, a course in human-centered design for law, Law as a Business, Blockchain and Smart Contracts and Legal Operations at Vanderbilt Law. Cat speaks and facilitates workshops globally on the application of human-centered design, creativity, and technology to realize innovation across the legal profession and legal education. Before joining her alma mater Vanderbilt Law, she practiced law for 20 years.


Nicole Morris

Director of TI:GER and Professor in Practice
Emory University School of Law

Nicole N. Morris is a member of the faculty at Emory University School of Law. She is a Professor in Practice and Director of the TI:GER program. TI:GER (Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results) is an innovative partnership between Emory and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) that brings together graduate students in law, business, science and engineering to work on ways to take innovative ideas from the lab to the marketplace. As a Professor in Practice, her areas of expertise include patent law, patent litigation, patent prosecution, IP licensing and strategy.

Prior to joining the Emory faculty, Professor Morris was the former Managing Patent Counsel at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. While at The Coca-Cola Company, Nicole was responsible for the development and implementation of the Company’s global patent strategy and providing day-to-day advice & counseling to business stakeholders, including freedom-to-operate and competitive assessments and counseling concerning IP related agreements.

Professor Morris has over fifteen years of experience practicing patent law in large and mid-sized law firms and has represented clients in patent and trademark litigation matters, as well as patent prosecution matters. Professor Morris also worked as an engineer for six years with 3M and Eli Lilly and has over twenty-five years of experience working with consumer products and technology commercialization.

Professor Morris is a frequent speaker on patent law topics including patent prosecution, patent litigation, IP strategy and innovation. She is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Atlanta IP Inn of Court (Executive Committee Member), Atlanta Bar Association, National Bar Association IP Section, and Georgia Lawyers for the Arts (Board Member). In 2013, Professor Morris was awarded the 2013 “Rising Star Corporate Counsel Award from the Atlanta Business Chronicle and featured in the August 2013 issue of Corporate Counsel magazine.

Professor Morris is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to practice in the states of Georgia, Minnesota, Massachusetts and in the District of Columbia.

Education: J.D., University of Minnesota; M.S. Chemistry, University of Michigan; B.S. Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University.


David perla

Managing Director
Burford Capital

David Perla is a Managing Director responsible for overseeing Burford’s global origination and marketing efforts and is based in New York. An entrepreneur and legal industry leader with expertise in building high-growth legal and technology-driven businesses, he was named a Top 50 Innovator of the Last 50 Years by The American Lawyer.

Prior to joining Burford, Mr. Perla served as President of Bloomberg BNA Legal Division/Bloomberg Law, where he oversaw Bloomberg BNA’s legal and related products, including its flagship Bloomberg Law enterprise legal news, information and tools platform. Previously, Mr. Perla co-founded and was Co-CEO and a director of Pangea3, the top-ranked global legal process outsourcing provider. Pangea3 was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010 and grew to over 1,000 employees globally under Mr. Perla’s leadership. Before launching Pangea3, he was Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Monster.com. Mr. Perla began his career in the New York office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

Mr. Perla received his BA and JD from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Jayne Reardon

Executive Director
Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Jayne Reardon is the Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. A tireless advocate for professionalism, Jayne oversees programs and initiatives to increase the civility and professionalism of attorneys and judges, create inclusiveness in the profession, and promote increased service to the public.

Jayne developed the Commission’s successful statewide Lawyerto-Lawyer Mentoring Program which focuses on activities designed to explore ethics, professionalism, civility, diversity, and wellness in practice settings. She spearheaded development of an interactive digital and social media platform that connects constituencies through blogs, social networking sites and discussion groups.

A frequent writer and speaker on topics involving the changing practice of law, Jayne asserts that embracing inclusiveness and innovation will ensure that the profession remains relevant and impactful in the future.

Jayne’s prior experience includes many successful years of practice as a trial lawyer, committee work on diversity and recruiting issues, and handling attorney discipline cases as counsel to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Review Board.

Jayne graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan Law School. She is active in numerous bar and civic organizations. She serves on the board of the Institute for the Future of Law Practice, on the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers Future of Lawyering Committee, is past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism and is a Steering Committee member of the National Lawyer Mentoring Consortium. Jayne also is active in the ABA Consortium of Professionalism Initiatives, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Illinois State Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and the Chicago Bar Association.

Jayne lives in Park Ridge, Illinois with her husband and those of her four children who are not otherwise living in college towns and beyond.


daniel B. Rodriguez

Harold Washington Professor
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Chair
ABA Center for Innovation

Daniel B. Rodriguez, the Harold Washington Professor at the Law School, served as dean of the Law School from January 2012 through August 2018.

His principal academic work is in the areas of administrative law, local government law, statutory interpretation, federal and state constitutional law, and the law-business-technology interface.

Formerly, Professor Rodriguez served as Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas-Austin; as a Research Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; as Dean and Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law; and, as a Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

During the 2018-19 academic year, he served in the fall as a visiting professor at Stanford and, during the spring, as the Louis Brandeis Visiting Professor at Harvard. In the past, he has been a visiting professor at Columbia, USC, and Virginia.

Professor Rodriguez was the 2014 President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and is currently serving as chair of the council of the American Bar Association Center for Innovation, a council member of the American Law Institute, and as an advisor to ROSS Intelligence, Inc.

Rodriguez received his law degree, with honors, from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from California State University of Long Beach


Jae Um

Director of Pricing Strategy
Baker McKenzie
Founder and Executive Director
Six Parsecs

Jae Um is a strategy executive, insights analyst & business designer for fast-changing legal markets, with over a decade of industry experience. Jae currently serves as the Director of Pricing Strategy for Baker McKenzie worldwide. She is also a contributing author to Legal Evolution, American Lawyer, and other publications covering the legal industry. Jae is also the founder of Six Parsecs, a market insights company focused on the legal vertical. Prior to her current roles, she served in a progression of high-impact roles in client service innovation & strategic growth at Seyfarth Shaw.