Lexpo'18 Speakers

Brian Kuhn

Brian Kuhn is the Founder and Global Co-Leader of the Cognitive Legal business at IBM and inventor of the IBM Outside Counsel Insights solution. As a former practicing financial services attorney, Brian is responsible for defining and growing the Cognitive Legal brand worldwide. Brian is also responsible for defining the intersection of legal artificial intelligence and blockchain for law for IBM. 

In 2017, Brian became an Advisory Board Member for Integra Ledger, and became a pioneering member of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium and the MIT Legal Forum for AI & Blockchain.

Brian speaks frequently at legal industry events in North America, Europe and Asia. He has lead over 119 workshops with legal clients to help define where cognitive capabilities intersect with clients’ needs. 

John Alber

John is a renowned legal industry futurist. He focuses on reshaping the delivery of legal services to suit a future demanding excellence far beyond substantive legal skills. For sixteen years, John served as Bryan Cave LLP's Strategic Innovation Partner, where he led the firm to become one of the most innovative law firms in the world.

At Bryan Cave, John created one of the first Practice Economics consulting groups, one of the first law firm departments focused on developing client facing technology and one of the first in-firm legal process outsourcing (LPO) organizations.

John received a number of awards, both in the legal field and in information technology generally. He received ILTA's first ever Premiership Award, American Lawyer Media’s first ever Champion of Technology award, a Lifetime Achievement Award by Law Technology News, and was recognized as one of the Top 25 CTOs in the world by Infoworld. In addition, while under his leadership, Bryan Cave received recognition as a CIO Magazine Top 100 Company and was twice recognized as ILTA’s Most Innovative Firm.

Kim Craig

Optimism, adaptability, and persistence. These are the traits that define Kim Craig's career. In the 35 years since Kim first joined Seyfarth Shaw, the legal industry around her has changed drastically and she has embraced that change. A longtime advocate for systemic improvements to the firm's operations, Kim was part of the firm's initial exploration of Lean Six Sigma in 2005.

Today, Kim is Managing Director of Lean Solutions for SeyfarthLean Consulting. In the intervening years, hers has been the mission of changing hearts and minds. Working side by side with Seyfarth legal teams to deliver greater value and better client experiences, Kim has pioneered the integration of legal project management and legal process improvement into the practice of law. Along the way, she has been a guide, instigator, and co-conspirator to many a lawyer looking for a better way.

Kim leads SLC’s Client Services practice, comprised of one of the first and most mature teams of client-facing legal project managers and process improvement consultants. With emphasis on service model innovation and delivery optimization, Kim’s focus is on driving continuing advances in how legal teams work, for enhanced value, better outcomes, and greater client experiences.

Kim is a Certified Project Management Professional, Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt and Certified Scrum Master.  

David Fisher

David is the founder and CEO of Integra, Inc., which is the developer of the Integra Ledger “Blockchain for Law”. He is also one of the founders of the recently announced Global Legal Blockchain Consortium, which is a legal industry group focused on standards and governance for the use of blockchain technology in the legal industry. The GLBC is composed of major law firms, corporate legal departments, software companies, and universities.

Prior to founding Integra, David was the founder and CEO of Privātim, which was a secure communication and collaboration technology platform for law firms and clients. Earlier in his career, he was the founder and CEO of Millennium Venture Group, which was a national commercial real estate finance and development platform.

David is a former chairman of the board of Youthbiz, a Denver-based non-profit focused on business education for inner city youth. He is a graduate of Rice University and Harvard Business School and resides in Colorado with his wife and two children.

Bennett Borden

Bennett - a globally recognized authority on the legal, technology and policy implications of information - is Chief Data Scientist of Am Law 100 firm Drinker Biddle & Reath, a partner in its Commercial Litigation Group and Chair of the Information Governance and eDiscovery Group. He is also CEO of the firm's technology services subsidiary, Tritura IG. Bennett’s ground-breaking research into the use of machine-based learning and unstructured data for organizational insight is now being put to work in data-driven early warning systems for clients to detect and prevent corporate fraud and other misconduct. Bennett also builds machine-based learning models to transform and improve legal outcomes in key corporate events

Bennett is Chair of the Cloud Computing Committee and Vice Chair of the Internet of Things Committee of the Science and Technology Law Section of the ABA. He is also a founding member of the steering committee for the Electronic Discovery Section of the District of Columbia Bar, an Information Governance drafting group member of The Sedona Conference, and was recently named to the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Bennett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University with highest honors, completing his final semesters at an Honors Program at Oxford University, England. He earned his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude and a Master of Science degree in Business Analytics from New York University.

David Yermack

David L. Yermack is the Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation at New York University Stern School of Business. He serves as Chairman of the Finance Department and Director of the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business.

Professor Yermack teaches joint MBA - Law School courses in Restructuring Firms & Industries and Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies, as well as PhD research courses in corporate governance, executive compensation, and distress and restructuring.

Professor Yermack has been with NYU Stern since 1994. His primary research areas include boards of directors, executive compensation, and corporate finance. Professor Yermack has published more than 25 articles in leading academic journals in Finance, Accounting, Economics, and Law.

Professor Yermack received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics (1985), Master of Business Administration (1991), Juris Doctor (1991), Master of Arts in Business Economics (1993), and Doctor of Philosophy in Business Economics (1994) from Harvard University.

Susan Lambreth

Susan is a founding Principal at LawVision Group and is recognized as one of the top leadership, practice group and project management consultants for law firms. For over 25 years, she has helped law firms of all sizes improve their profitability and enhance their lawyers’ leadership and management skills.

Susan is the Chair and Founder of the LPM Institute, the leading resource for educating law firms and law departments on implementing project management in their organizations.

Prior to co-founding LawVision, she was with Hildebrandt International for almost 20 years, where, in addition to her consulting work, she chaired many of their conferences and led several of the most successful roundtables for law firm professionals. Prior to that, Susan spent almost seven years with Altman & Weil.

She is also the author or co-author of six leading books on practice group management and legal project management.

Karl Haraldsson

Karl is an expert in the application of data science to the practice of law. He specializes in counting and summing legal things, running operations over those counts and sums, building models to forecast future legal things, and designing visual interfaces for consuming the insight that results.

Drawing on his distinctive skillset, he has advised global law firms and large, multinational corporate legal departments at both the strategic level and through discrete data analytics and visualization projects.

Karl is currently the Manager of Legal Analytics at LexPredict, a leading legal data science consulting and technology company. Prior to joining LexPredict, Karl held central roles at Janders Dean, Seyfarth Shaw, and SeyfarthLean Consulting. He led client-facing analytics teams, worked with partners and clients to track the delivery of legal services, to forecast matter outcomes, and to pinpoint factors that impact the risk and volume of matters.

David Rueff

David has been a practicing lawyer for more than 19 years, and is PMP certified through PMI, in addition to being certified in the Toyota Manufacturing Production System (Lean).

As a certified project manager through the Project Management Institute (PMP®), David leads a team of attorneys and project managers to implement project management for Baker Donelson clients, in-house corporate legal departments and disaster recovery programs. He was responsible for the development of the Firm's patent pending legal project management model – BakerManage®, the Firm's Lean model – BakerLean™ and the Firm's proprietary budgeting tool – Budget Designer™.

David also assisted with the launch of the Firm's consulting affiliate, LegalShift, LLC and serves on the Firm's Board of Directors. He provides consulting services for in-house legal departments by applying some of the same innovations he helped develop at Baker Donelson. 

Shruti Ajitsaria

Shruti is the Head of Fuse, Allen & Overy’s tech innovation space which opened in September 2017. The philosophy behind Fuse is to identify legaltech, regtech and dealtech companies which are relevant to A&O lawyers and their clients and to find ways to connect them and enable them to find ways of working together.

Prior to launching Fuse, Shruti was a Counsel in the Derivatives and Structured Finance group based in London, specialising in credit derivatives (involving drafting almost all of the standard documentation in this area over the last decade).

Outside of Allen & Overy, Shruti has three children (aged 7, 5, and 2) and used her most recent maternity leave to undertake the FT Diploma in Non-Executive Directorships and a 3 month course for entrepreneurs at Google Campus. She is a governor at the Haberdashers' Aske's School in Elstree and also manages a sector- agnostic portfolio of private investments.

Patrick DiDomenico

Patrick has been in the legal knowledge management industry since 2005. He is Chief Knowledge Officer at Ogletree, an Am Law 100 firm with more than 850 attorneys in 52 offices. He has also held knowledge management positions at Gibbons, P.C. and Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP. Before his knowledge management career, Patrick was a practicing litigation attorney for more than eight years.

Patrick has volunteered as a member of several ILTA Committees and in his spare time he publishes the LawyerKM blog, tweets as @LawyerKM, and manages the LinkedIn groups Knowledge Management for Legal Professionals and Legal Project Management, both of which he founded.

He is a frequent speaker on KM and legal technology topics and recipient of the ILTA KM Professional of the Year Award. Patrick is the author of the book Knowledge Management for Lawyers, published by the American Bar Association.

Hélène Russell (Panellist - KM)

Hélène of TheKnowledgeBusiness specialises in helping law firms to grow and improve profitability, by understanding and improving their knowledge systems through textbooks, training, mentoring and advice. She has a particular interest in the cultural and human issues in Knowledge Management and creating strong trusting organisations which support knowledge-sharing cultures able to share complex knowledge.

Hélène is the author of the Law Society’s “Knowledge Management Handbook”, published in 2012 and “Practical Projects in Legal KM: A Year of Living Knowledgeably” published by Legal Monitor in 2015, and contributor to Ark’s “Measuring the ROI of Knowledge Management” and “Innovations in Legal KM”.

She is also founder of Knowledge Network UK, the regional knowledge-sharing and networking group for KM professionals in Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester.

Hélène has spoken extensively on KM for Ark, Butterworths, UWE, Bristol Law Society, Allice, LIKE, KILPN and at Knowledge Network UK, and has written regularly for Legal Information Management and Managing Partner Magazine.

Ari Kaplan

Ari Kaplan, an attorney and legal industry analyst, is an inaugural Fastcase 50 honoree, a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and a finalist for the International Legal Technology Association’s Thought Leader of the Year award. He is the author of Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace (Wiley, 2011) and The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development (West Academic, 2nd Ed. 2016).

Kaplan serves as the principal researcher for a variety of widely distributed benchmarking reports, has been the keynote speaker for events worldwide, and is the founder of the Lawcountability® business development software platform and iPhone app. He is an avid swimmer and a two-time Ironman triathlon finisher.

Ari will be the Lexpo'18 Master of Ceremonies.

Joanne Rees (Panellist - LPM)

Joanne is one of Australia’s most respected strategic legal advisors and is a recognised international thought leader in legal services delivery and disruptive legal service models. During her career, which continues to span over 30 years (including as partner in charge of the Canberra office of a national law firm), Joanne has successfully advised some of Australia’s most complex and high profile clients and has managed some of Australia’s most complex litigation. 

Applying insights from this experience, in 2007 Joanne founded Allygroup, Australia’s leading legal management consulting firm. For the past ten years, Allygroup has advised some of Australia’s largest corporations and Federal and State Government departments on how to optimise value from their legal spend. Joanne is regularly invited to speak at legal conferences on innovation in legal service delivery and effective legal project management.

Oliver N Oram

As a UK financial technology specialist, Oliver was used to wearing pin-striped suits and talking about money with the world’s largest companies. These days, as Founder and CEO of the Swedish/UK Blockchain company Chainvine, he mostly talks about provenance and digitising the source. This usually includes the legal certification process, intelligent contracts and supply chain logistics (including IoT & financing and trading), usually all banking related operations, key factors in trade finance. 

Oliver has acted as advisor to established companies in different sectors on how best to adopt/use crypto-currencies and helped a number of central banks by providing thought leadership in the Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology and Crypto-Currencies.

Ben Kingsley

Ben is co-head of the firm’s Fintech Group and a financial services regulatory lawyer. He has a broad range of fintech clients spanning major financial, telecom and tech groups through to challengers and start-ups, and including Euroclear, Standard Chartered, Stripe, Vodafone, Tide, WorldRemit and VocaLink. Ben founded the firm’s Fintech Fast Forward incubator programme and mentors a number of the businesses in that programme.

Ben recently co-authored a white paper with ASI Data Science on the responsible deployment of AI in business and is a contributing editor of ‘The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Fintech 2017’, a practical cross-border insight into fintech law across 34 jurisdictions. He is listed as a leading individual in the fintech section of the Legal 500 rankings.

Piet Hein Meeter (Panellist - LPM)

Piet Hein Meeter is the Global Managing Partner for Deloitte Legal.

His ambition is to make our colleagues and clients experience the future of law, today! For this purpose, the ambition is to build a law firm with a truly global footprint, while integrating process and technology as part of the delivery model.

‘Facing heightened regulatory scrutiny, increasing workloads, accelerating technological advancements, and growing demands from within the business, legal departments are rethinking their operating models and the use of technology to achieve greater efficiencies and increase the value that they deliver back to the business. Deloitte Legal combine deep legal skill sets with technology solutions and multidisciplinary advisory services around the globe’.

Prior to his global role, Piet Hein served as the Country Tax Leader for The Netherlands and member of the Dutch Executive Board.

Piet Hein aims to make an impact that matters by forming true partnerships through relationships with clients and society.

Deloitte Legal comprises over 2,000 legal professionals in 80 countries.

Nicky Leijtens (Panellist - KM)

Nicky is an innovation professional with almost 10 years of experience in advising on innovation and service design in the legal sector. Her field of action is hard to label: she works at the intersection of marketing, business development, IT and knowledge management.

Currently, Nicky works as an innovation manager at NautaDutilh, one of the largest international law firms in the Benelux region. At NautaDutilh, she advises the board on how they can stay competitive through service delivery and customer experience. Her mission is to help create a client-centric culture and to design world-class services through smart use of data, smart collaboration and effortless experiences.

Prior to NautaDutilh, Nicky worked on a revolutionary online dispute resolution platform for citizens, alongside with leading experts from Tilburg University, HiiL and Sillicon Valley-based Modria. The platform was one of the first DIY platforms with self-learning capabilities, supporting people throughout their justice journey.