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Confirmed Lexpo'19 Speakers

Heidi Gardner

Heidi K. Gardner, PhD, is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession and Faculty Chair of the school’s Accelerated Leadership Program. Previously she was a professor at Harvard Business School. Dr. Gardner’s book “Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos” was published in 2017 by Harvard Business Press, and became a Washington Post bestseller.

Dr. Gardner’s research received the Academy of Management’s prize for Paper with Outstanding Practical Implications for Management. She has authored more than sixty books, book chapters, case studies, and articles. The 2nd edition of her book Leadership for Lawyers: Essential Strategies for Law Firm Success will be published in 2019. She has also been awarded an International Research Fellowship by Oxford University’s Said Business School.

Dr. Gardner has lived and worked on four continents, including as a Fulbright Fellow, and for McKinsey & Co. and Procter & Gamble. She earned her BA in Japanese from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters degree from the London School of Economics, and second Masters and PhD from London Business School. She was recently named by Thinkers 50 as a Next Generation Business Guru.

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Tim Nightingale

Tim founded Nisus Consulting in 1994 with the aim of helping professional services firms become more client focused. In the intervening (almost) quarter of a century Nisus has worked for a wide disparity of law firms both in the UK and abroad, accountancy firms, management and property consultancies and an international engineering business.

He has an MBA from Cass Business School, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a full Diploma member of the Market Research Society. Tim is a regular conference and seminar speaker as well as speaking at numerous partner conferences.

He is a co-author of ‘Strategic Tendering for Professional Services – Win more, lose less’, which won the Marketing category of the Business Book of the Year Awards 2018.

Outside of work, Tim is a runner, sometime cyclist, retired ski guide, keen cook and daily dog walker.

Joy Heath Rush

Joy Heath Rush is the Chief Executive Officer of The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), an organization that serves more than 24,000 international legal technology professionals in their support of the practice of law. As Chief Executive Officer, Joy oversees ILTA’s operations, a global network of volunteer leaders, and a professional staff of more than 30 employees.

Joy has spent virtually her entire career supporting lawyers and technologists in the practice of law, and she has deep familiarity with the complexities our member firms and organizations face in today’s vastly shifting and dynamically changing marketplace. She has worked at global law firm Sidley Austin LLP as well as Litera Microsystems in executive roles. She has a long history of leadership in peer networking groups associated with legal technology. Joy has had the opportunity to speak and write on a wide array of technology sessions, in CIO and leadership roundtables and talent management topics at legal events, including ILTACON, ABA Tech Show, Legal Tech NY, Legal Tech West Coast, ABA Law Practice Management, DRI, ALA, NALP, and ARMA, among others. 

Richard Allen

Richard has over 30 years’ unique litigation, legal costs and practice management experience, being one of the first to achieve Costs Lawyer status and make partner in a solicitor’s practice.

He is a founding non-executive director of the Costs Lawyer Standards Board and an accredited mediator and coach.

Richard has vast experience handling significant litigation and costs caseloads for major law firms, establishing and managing several litigation and costs departments nationally, including a top 50 practice, and having a central role managing a regional solicitors’ practice.

Richard specialises in boosting profitability, focusing on pricing, costs and practice management, both in the UK and internationally. As an experienced trainer, he delivers Pricing and Costs Masterclasses and develops bespoke training programmes for clients.

Richard is a senior consultant with Burcher Jennings and with Validatum, the leading international legal services pricing consultancy.

Astrid Altmann Forbes

Astrid has more than 20 years experience in strategy, business development, client relationship management and marketing gained in an international environment (18 of which in the professional services sector).

She started her career in professional services with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2000 in London, worked for Amlaw-20 firm Covington & Burling as Head of Europe, was Director Strategy and Business Development at Gleiss Lutz before she joined Linklaters last year as Head of Strategy, BD & Marketing. She has developed and implemented systems and processes to increase the efficiency of her departments and to help gain greater BD insight.

Astrid is a regular speaker at industry conferences, with a particular focus on innovation in BD and is a contributor to “Marketing für Kanzleien und Wirtschaftsprüfer”, a leading reference guide for the professional services sector in Germany.

Astrid is married and has two children. She is further spokesperson and member of the strategy group of WorkingMoms, a network for women in leadership positions in Germany.

Arup Das

Arup Das is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of New York-based Alphaserve Technologies, a Digital Transformation Advisory and Managed Services technology service provider to Legal, Financial, Healthcare and Global multi-nationals.

Recently, Mr. Das won ILTA’s Thought Leader of the Year award and Alphaserve was named in the inaugural list of AI Leaders by the National Law Journal.

Over his 20+ year career as an entrepreneur in the technology services industry, Mr. Das has founded three successful venture capital and private equity backed IT services companies serving global enterprise clients. He is a thought leader in the industry of digital transformation strategy and technologies and has domain expertise in asset management, legal & media industries, as well as deep technical knowledge in AI/ML, Automation, Web Development & DevOps, and Cloud & Cyber technologies.

Mr. Das holds an MBA from Cornell University with a concentration in Finance & Marketing. Additionally, he has a Masters from SUNY Stony Brook in Computer Engineering, as well as a Master of Science in Analytics, Machine Learning | Artificial Intelligence from Villanova University.

Marcus Weinberger

Marcus Weinberger is an ethical hacker who, in his spare time, enjoys finding vulnerabilities in technology. Despite his young age, he has achieved a level of knowledge, skill, and understanding that enables him to execute sophisticated penetration testing, security assessments, and audits.

Marcus also is a self-taught programmer and has written various programs and tools which he leverages in his work. Many of his projects are available on GitHub.

In June 2018, he presented an educational session at the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) 2018 LegalSEC conference in Arlington, Virginia, where he gave a live demonstration of various security vulnerabilities. He was subsequently invited to deliver an encore presentation of that session to a significantly larger audience in August 2018 at ILTA’s annual conference, ILTACON; it was one of the most popular and talked about sessions at the conference and received significant press coverage.

Marcus recently attended a dedicated cyber security training program delivered by the UK government’s National Cyber Security Centre. He lives in the United Kingdom where he currently attends secondary school and is a recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Dana Denis-Smith

Dana Denis-Smith is the CEO and founder of Obelisk Support, a legal services provider offering flexible legal solutions to FTSE100 and law firms with highly-skilled lawyers. Dana specializes in legal tech disruption with a human focus and Obelisk Support was listed as one of the fastest-growing businesses in Europe in 2018 by the Financial Times and Inc. 5000.

A TedX speaker, she regularly speaks at industry events and in global media on the topics of gender equality, scaling-up businesses and legal technology. In 2019, she was recognised by the Legal 500 for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Services and in 2018, she was voted Legal Personality of the Year at the LexisNexis Awards. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Worcester in England, recognising her achievements as an entrepreneur and philanthropist championing the rights of women in law.

In 2014, she founded the First 100 years project, a charity celebrating the first 100 years of women in the legal profession in the United Kingdom.

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Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones FCA is a co-founder of Metis, where using tangible culture metrics she focuses on converting organisational culture into a competitive advantage. With 25 years’ experience in senior management, including eight years at leading legal sector consultants Jomati and seven years at Linklaters, Jenny advises international organisations on strategic mergers, profitability, culture, and change management. She has set up many offices across Europe for leading law firms. She often presents at retreats and seminars, and delivers mentoring and training. One of her projects received a commendation in the FT Innovation awards.

Jenny has an arts degree and is a qualified chartered accountant. Her first board role was for a high-end international fashion design company. As well as working with law firms Jenny works with corporates, where culture is becoming an increasing priority at board level. People and creativity have always been at the centre of Jenny’s work.

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Oz Benamram

As the Firm's first Chief Knowledge Officer, Mr. Benamram provides White & Case strategic direction on knowledge management and technology and leads the Knowledge Management department in developing and implementing the systems and processes that enable the Firm to use its collective knowledge to benefit its clients worldwide.

Prior to joining White & Case in late 2008, Mr. Benamram was Firmwide Director of Knowledge Management and Head of the Israel Desk at Morrison & Foerster. He formed and led the Firm's knowledge management department and helped represent Israeli businesses in the United States and Asia, as well as global investors in Israel.

Mr. Benamram received his BA in Economics from Tel Aviv University Faculty of Social Sciences, magna cum laude, and his LLB from the Tel Aviv University Law School in 1995. He served as Chairman of the Law School Student Council, helped to establish and volunteered in the Tel Aviv University Civil Rights Clinic and received the Law School dean's fellowship for his social involvement. Mr. Benamram was a Major in the Israel Defense Forces, where he served as a Tank Company Commander.

Mitch Kowalski

Mitchell Kowalski is a Fastcase 50 Global Legal Innovator and the author of the critically-acclaimed books, The Great Legal Reformation: Notes from the Field, and Avoiding Extinction: Reimagining Legal Services for the 21st Century. 

As a former in-house counsel, and partner at one of the world’s largest international law firms, Mitch provides a seasoned and practical perspective on the redesign of legal services delivery which makes him a sought-after speaker around the World. 

Mitch is the Gowling WLG Visiting Professor in Legal Innovation at the University of Calgary Law School where he spends part of the year researching and teaching innovation in the global legal services market. He puts all of this experience to good use by acting as a strategic advisor to in-house legal departments and law firms on the redesign of legal service delivery. He has also been a member of the board of directors for innovative legal service providers in Canada and the UK.

Alex Hamilton

Alex Hamilton is the CEO and founder of Radiant Law, the UK-based award-winning NewLaw firm.

Alex is focused on improving the contracting process for clients, leading product and tech development. Alex also regularly talks and writes on improving contracting, LawTech and the changing legal industry. He has led a number of projects that have been recognised by the FT’s Innovative Lawyer Awards.

Alex is qualified to practice law in England and New York and specialises in outsourcing, technology and commercial contracts. Before founding Radiant Law, he was a Partner at Latham & Watkins and co-Chair of Latham & Watkins’ global Technology Transactions Group.

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'19 Master of Ceremonies.

Brian Inkster

Brian Inkster is the founder of the Scottish law firm Inksters.

Brian obtained the distinction of being named Solicitor of the Year at the Law Awards of Scotland in 2006. He was called “a one man Scottish legal institution” in the Recommended Law Firm Guide 2010. At the Law Awards of Scotland in 2014 he was recognised as Managing Partner of the Year.

Brian is actively expanding Inksters’ reach throughout Scotland with the aim to make his firm a pre-eminent force in the Scottish legal market. Technology is an important part of this drive with Inksters being completely cloud based and having a Legal Process Engineer to make the firm a very process oriented one.

However, Brian is a legal realist who knows the limitations and actual usefulness of technology. He expresses his views in this regard on his blog about the Past, Present and Future Practice of Law: thetimeblawg.com.

Peter Lee

Peter Lee is a co-founder and CEO of Wavelength.law, the world’s first regulated firm of Legal Engineers, using technology, data science and legal design to improve how people interact with the law. He is responsible for all aspects of Wavelength's business and strategy. 

Peter is an experienced commercial lawyer, having trained and worked in the City of London and at various in-house legal teams in the mobile security, professional services, financial services and IT outsourcing sectors. The Legal 500 has recommended him as “a particularly good engineering specialist” with “a first-class City background”. 

Along with his legal qualifications, Peter is also a British Army veteran, scientist and MBA.

Margarida Saragoça

Margarida Saragoça has 25 years of experience in the legal market. She graduated in law from the Portuguese Catholic University (Lisbon, Portugal), achieved her LLM in European Law, from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and more recently obtained her master’s degree in Law Firm Management from The George Washington University (Washington DC, USA).

Margarida is a member of the Executive Committee of VdA and of the firm’s Innovation Forum. She coordinates 4 departments: Business Development, New Frontier Business, Knowledge Management and Billing and Collections. She has been a featured speaker on BD, pricing and innovation topics at international events and conferences, having lectured at Harvard Law School, European Pricing Platform, Professional Pricing Society, the Legal AI Forum and Association of Legal Administrators.

Her pricing work has been recognized in the UK by LegalWeek Innovation Awards and The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards.

Tony McKenna (Round Table Moderator)

Tony McKenna has been the IT Director at the global law firm Gowling WLG (UK) LLP for over two years. Under his tenure, Tony has completely restructured the technology function to embrace the challenges of the changing legal market. Prior to Gowling, he was the Head of Regional IT in London for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Prior to his time at Freshfields, Tony held various senior global technology and change roles over a seven year period with Allen & Overy. Tony Chairs the International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) Program Planning Council.

Maurus Schreyvogel (Panellist)

As the Chief Legal Innovation Officer of Novartis, Maurus Schreyvogel drives peak in-house legal department performance and accelerates functional innovation. He focuses on corporate legal department best practices and future needs, and application of technologies to increase value to the business while driving down cost and fostering a globally connected culture. His responsibilities also include Legal operations, global processes and systems. He is a member of the Group Legal Leadership Team.

Maurus began his legal career at a Zurich law firm in 2002 and joined the Corporate IP department of Novartis in 2004. In 2007, Maurus transitioned to a two-year rotation in Finance and Audit and in 2009 he joined the Corporate Legal department as Program Manager. In this role Maurus led strategic, cost-saving Legal and IP initiatives such as the implementation of a global spend management program, the establishment of preferred law firm panels and the introduction of legal knowledge and matter management. In 2013 Maurus assumed responsibility for Legal operations and operational excellence. Between 2015 and 2017 he served as Chief of Staff to the Group General Counsel.

Maurus received his law degree from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland in 2002 and holds a Global Executive MBA from IE Business School in Spain. 

Christiane Muller-Haye

Christiane is Director of Continental Europe at Phoenix Business Solutions, based in Frankfurt. As a successful entrepreneur, she has been working with legal tech solutions for the DACH market for almost 20 years. Christiane and her team are supporting law firms, legal departments and various professional service firms to manage, structure and govern their information with support of the most sophisticated AI and machine learning technologies in the market.

Ashkhan Candey

Ashkhan Candey is the Managing Partner of the London-based boutique corporate litigation firm, CANDEY. CANDEY is one of the UK’s leading disputes-focused firms and specialises in high value global commercial disputes in the High Court and in International Arbitrations in technology, financial services, international trade and hospitality. Ashkhan is also Managing Director of a fintech consumer enterprise, hence his interest in capitalising on legal technology and speaking at Lexpo. 

“Technology is revolutionising the way corporations, entrepreneurs and consumers do business. In the same way that we see the law as our sword and our shield in litigation it can also through technology transform lives for the ordinary person.”

Ashkhan has full rights of audience as a Solicitor Advocate of the Supreme Court in England, is called to the Bar in England and is admitted as a Solicitor Advocate (non-practising) in the British Virgin Islands (Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean).

Magdalene Steup

Magdalene is a principal associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She advises her clients on a broad range of corporate law matters, with a particular focus on (multijurisdictional) internal investigations and compliance matters. She has also experience in international arbitration. Prior to joining Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as an associate, Magdalene worked as deputy counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris. Magdalene has a keen interest in the potential of modern technology for the legal industry and is currently seconded to the Freshfields’ Innovation team in London. She is also a member of Freshfields’ Global Associate Innovation Group.

Alex G. Smith

Alex is Reed Smith’s Innovation Hub Manager leading the Innovation Hub programme at the firm. He heads up a physical and virtual programme of client-centric ideas-generation and rethinking of legal service design.. Based in London, he manages activities in the Innovation Hub, Reed Smith’s unique space for co-creation with clients using service design and innovation techniques. He then looks at using this insight to generate new concepts for changes to delivery of legal services, new legal products, and delivery of more collaborative experiences leveraging Reed Smith’s legal and business services resources. 

Alex has two decades of experience interacting with lawyers in law firms and in-house teams to design new products and technologies, primarily as Innovation & New Product Lead at LexisNexis.

Laurie Jacobs

Having worked in a number of IT positions at Taylor Wessing, Laurie is now responsible for the continuous improvement of business systems and solutioning new initiatives through the innovations pipeline or business requirements. 

Laurie has implemented technology to make business processes more efficient through product and workflow design. He has worked with all areas of the business including Client Matter Intakes, Staff On Boarding, Financial Operations & the setup of the firm’s Legal Support Services.

Petra Zijp (Panellist)

Petra Zijp, graduated from Amsterdam University in 1992 (English and Italian) and in 1994 (Law) and joined NautaDutilh in 1995. In 1999 and 2000 she was based in the London office, after which she returned to the Amsterdam office at the beginning of 2001. She became a partner of NautaDutilh in 2002. At present, she is managing partner of our firm, leads NautaDutilh’s Capital Markets Group and is active in the firm's Investment Management Group. She has acted as special Dutch counsel to companies, underwriters and investors in a variety of public and private equity and debt offerings and listings on Euronext Amsterdam and abroad (New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq National Market) of both Dutch and foreign stock.

Staffan Hugemark

Staffan Hugemark is Director of Private Sector Business Area at Formpipe Software. 

Formpipe offers a portfolio of Content Services products, including Document and Email Management, Archiving, Data Input and Output Management. 

Staffan has over 15 years of experience in developing, implementing and integrating software applications for the legal market.

Jonathan Blair (panellist)

Jonathan is Co-Chair of Womble Bond Dickinson and UK Managing Partner. With Betty Temple, Jonathan co-chairs Womble Bond Dickinson and leads the strategic direction and decision making of the UK LLP.

Jonathan is also responsible for the operational management of Womble Bond Dickinson UK.

Jonathan splits his time between London and Newcastle, England and the US.

Andrea Miskolczi

Andrea Miskolczi is the chief business development and marketing officer at Wolf Theiss. Her extensive international experience in the legal market ranges from legal advisory experience at Linklaters to devising market-leading business development and marketing strategies at Wolf Theiss.

Andrea has a proven track record in planning and directing business development programs to boost client growth and attract new mandates. She manages the firm's CRM and marketing activities as well as public relations efforts, enhancing the Wolf Theiss brand identity. With a background in project management, Andrea is skilled at driving large-scale cross-border organizational development projects that have been recognized by The Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards among others. For instance, she developed and implemented the Wolf Theiss School of Excellence, a firm-wide cohesive, standardized training program, and launched the firm's knowledge management initiative to foster "smart collaboration". She is passionate about having a strategic approach towards fostering innovation and is an alumnus of a Harvard Business School course on this topic ("Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen").

Tomasz Dabrowski (panellist)

Tomasz Dabrowski is a partner and the Europe Chief Executive Officer of Dentons. He previously co-chaired the Dentons Europe Corporate Group (and was co-chair of the legacy Salans Global Corporate Practice Group) and managed the Central and Eastern Europe region.

He has more than 23 years’ experience in representing international companies, private equity funds, banks and other institutional clients in acquisitions, equity investments, corporate restructurings, privatizations, real estate, greenfield projects, structured finance and large asset finance transactions.

Andy Miles

Andy is the founder & CEO of ThinkMarble – a world-class, component-level, end-to-end Cyber Security Operator, offering an all-encompassing security service designed to protect organisations from the latest threats and vulnerabilities - monitored 24x7 from a European Security Operations Centre.

ThinkMarble is made up of highly skilled digital security experts. With a lawyer-led team specialising in regulatory compliance, and deep IT Forensics capability for digital evidence gathering and recovery everything is covered. 

Andy advises at board level, ensuring that businesses have the right information technology and strategy in place to succeed.

Steve Zangari

Steve is member of the Global Leadership Team for LexisNexis InterAction and is responsible for driving the adoption of our market leading CRM solution across Europe and Asia Pacific. This pivotal role sees him transition from Sales and Marketing Director for LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions where he was responsible for taking a portfolio of legal solutions (including InterAction) to market globally.

He has over 30 years of broad financial, IT, sales and business management experience. He is a qualified accountant and an experienced IT Director – having been part of the senior management team at Toll Holdings, a global transportation and logistics company where he implemented ERP, CRM, Logistics and BI systems.

Steve had also held a senior Executive VP – EMEA position at Zap Technology, a company specialising in the development and implementation of BI solutions to support Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM systems. He spent 7 years launching and growing the UK and EMEA business. Before this role, he also held other positions in the company including Director for Partner Strategy & Relations and Regional Sales Director for the UK.