Confirmed Lexpo'19 Speakers
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.
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.
Richard Burcher is a former New Zealand practicing lawyer and managing partner with over 35 years’ experience.
Following masters-level post-‐graduate study in pricing-‐related disciplines in 2000/2001, Richard has been based in London since 2012 as the Managing Director of Validatum (UK) Limited.
Richard now devotes all of his time to legal services pricing consultancy work. Having worked with over 300 law firms in 22 countries, he is widely regarded as the leading international authority on pricing legal services. His pricing consultancy services and speaking engagements take him throughout the UK, Asia, India, Europe, Australasia and North America.
Richard is a regular speaker at national and international conferences including IBA global conferences (Dublin, Ireland and Seoul), the Commonwealth Law Conference (Hyderbad), the VQ Virtual Intelligence Knowledge and Strategy Forum (Stockholm) and the Canadian Bar Association Managing Partners Forum (Calgary).
Richard a Teaching Fellow (Pricing) on the faculty of the Australian College of Law, Master of Legal Business (MLB) qualification and a senior Fellow of the US College of Law Practice Management.
His legal services pricing research and commentary have been widely published or cited in Commonwealth Law Journal, Global Legal Post, Managing Partner, Legal Marketing Association, The Times and the Pricing Journal amongst others.
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 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 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.
Karl is Strategic Advisor at EY Riverview Law and has a long pedigree in starting, growing and managing successful companies. In 1987 was Money Observer’s top-performing UK unit trust fund manager. In 1989 he set up CRT Group plc which grew to a market capitalisation of over £600 million.
Karl set up AdviserPlus Business Solutions in 2001 and remained as owner and non-executive until its sale in 2016. He joined Riverview Law with effect from 1 June 2011 and remained as Chief Executive until its sale to EY in September 2018. Karl is Chairman of the Board of Kim Technologies, a Knowledge Automation and Workflow Platform applicable to all sectors and functions.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.