Confirmed Lexpo'20 Speakers
- Reena Sengupta
Reena founded RSG Consulting in 2001 to provide research and consultancy to law firms and in-house counsel. With over 20 years experience of business and the City, she is known as one of the leading analysts of the legal profession.
As editor and publishing director of Chambers & Partners Publishing in the mid-nineties, she devised the research methodology behind the Chambers’ guides to the legal profession and launched the first Chambers Student and Chambers Global guides.
In 2005, she came up with the idea of ranking lawyers on innovation, which has become the FT Innovative Lawyers reports and awards. She is a long-time contributor to the Financial Times and helped to establish the paper’s Law & Business page in 2001.
Reena has experience of both big and small businesses and spent the early nineties working in investment banking in London and rescuing a family business out of recession.
A journalist and entrepreneur, Reena is responsible for coming up with the ideas for a number of ground-breaking projects for both clients and RSG Consulting. Among these are the RSG India Report, the 21st Century series of reports for Eversheds and the Innovative GC Club. A regular public speaker on innovation and the legal profession, she is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Elements coaching programme and was a finalist in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in 2009.
- Chris Ryan
Chris serves as a managing director and leads the Legal Transformation + Innovation practice within the Advisory business at HBR Consulting (HBR). Chris focuses on helping clients transform service delivery and business operations, identify and implement innovative technology solutions, and improve financial performance. He has worked with organizations around the globe, from Fortune 500 companies to professional services firms, and has over 15 years of strategic and operational consulting experience across a variety of industries.
Prior to joining HBR, Chris was founder and managing principal of Overwing, a boutique operational consulting firm, and a director at Huron Consulting Group.
Chris is an active member of the Chicago nonprofit community and currently serves as an executive council member of The Cara Program, as well as an ambassador for the venture philanthropy fund A Better Chicago. Chris has completed executive education from the London Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He holds an MBA from Loyola University Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Villanova University (‘16 & ’18 NCAA men’s basketball champions).
An avid international traveler and fan of music and sports, Chris enjoys supporting Chicago and Ireland teams, playing mediocre golf and spending time with his wife and three children.
- Wendy Butler Curtis
For three consecutive years, Orrick has been named, by the Financial Times, as the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America. Wendy also received their 2018 “Most Innovative Lawyer of the Year” award as she is celebrated by her clients for her “fresh thinking, legal nuance and practical understanding of the courts.” They note that Wendy “understand[s] the diversity of roles that make a team great” and has “introduce[ed] many new technologies and delivery models that have transformed the way the firm operates and works with clients.” Orrick was also honored by The American Lawyer as the recipient of their 2018 first-ever “Legal Services Innovation” award, and Wendy was the recipient of the 2018 “Outstanding Contributor” award by Lawyers for Civil Justice.
- Vincent Cordo
Vincent Cordo was appointed Central Legal Operations Officer of Shell’s Legal Services Global Operations Department. In 2015, Vince joined Shell in Houston in the Litigation Department as the Sourcing Officer before moving to the Netherlands to become Central Legal Operations Officer. Central Legal Operations is focused on supporting Shell's global legal strategy.
Vincent is also a long-time member of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium and has experience in the strategy and application of each of these areas, which help drive our legal team’s efforts to define and deliver maximum value and quality services throughout our organization.
Vincent also worked with several top 50 global law firms, building their AFA and LPM value programs, firm wide profitability programs, and Legal Process Outsourcing Services. His responsibilities included global strategy relating to the evaluation and implementation of Commercial Projects, Value Pricing, Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs), Client Service Level Agreements, Communications and Project Management (LPM). He has also worked with venture capital firms, assisting with multiple public offerings.
He is author of the book Law Firm Pricing: Strategies, Roles, and Responsibilities and recently published Data & Dialogue a relationship redefined in 2019. In 2017 lead a legal project that resulted in Shell being the first IOC to win the ACC Value Champion Award.
Vincent is a trained Six Sigma Black Belt, AGILE Project Management Certified from Rutgers Business School, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, an MBA from The University of Liverpool, and a Master’s from Columbia University.
- Ari Kaplan (Master of Ceremonies)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.