As an award winning practitioner, consultant and senior executive, Vishal has helped Am Law firms, Big 4 firms and Fortune 500 clients unlock the value of knowledge management and innovation. She has held several operational, consulting and leadership roles for 25 years in enterprise Knowledge Management, spanning all its aspects from business research, knowledge systems and knowledge process outsourcing.Vishal has lived and worked in 4 countries across 3 continents and speaks 5 languages and brings a unique multi-cultural and multi-dimensional experience to the table. She often shares her experiences in Knowledge Management, Change Management, Technology strategy, deployment and adoption, at conferences like ILTACON, AALL, Ark Group's legal conferences, Lex Mundi and the World Bank Group.
Andrew Baker is the Director of Data Analytics at Simpson Thacher. Simpson Thacher’s Data Analytics Group includes specialists from three primary domains: data analytics, data science and information retrieval. This team of specialists is charged with providing the Firm’s leadership, lawyers and staff with actionable insights through the quantification, analysis and visualization of business and practice data.
Prior to joining Simpson Thacher, Andrew was a consultant, providing services to both law firms and corporate law departments. Before consulting, Andrew led one of the first innovation functions within an AmLaw 100 law firm.
Andrew holds bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a law degree from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in applied data science from the University of Chicago. He is a certified Scrum Product Owner, a Six Sigma Yellow Belt and a member of the Illinois Bar.
Cindy Thurstin Bare Chief Data and Innovation Officer
Frost Brown Todd LLP
Cindy Bare is the Chief Data and Innovation Officer at Frost Brown Todd, a national firm of almost 600 lawyers. Cindy leads the firm’s strategic data, experience, legal project management, library, and knowledge management initiatives. Cindy’s focus is using data and technology to enhance client service, team performance and overall efficiency. Her team was recently named a finalist for Best Business Team in 2023 American Lawyer Industry Awards.
Prior to joining FBT, Cindy was Senior Director at a legal technology company, where she consulted with large law firms on data strategy. She has also been the Director of Knowledge Management at two global AM Law 100 firms, where her work led to process innovations in litigation case management and client-facing technology.
Cindy is a Prosci® Certified Change Practitioner and a frequent speaker on practice analytics, legal and marketing technology, innovation, and change management.
Catherine A. Bernard
Professional Support Lawyer – US Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Catherine A. Bernard Professional Support Lawyer – US Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Mayer Brown LLP
Catherine A. Bernard is the Professional Support Lawyer for the US Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice at Mayer Brown LLP. Using her extensive litigation experience, she advises and supports the practice while collaborating with other KM professionals, firm management, attorneys, and marketing and IT professionals on operational, educational, and business development initiatives. Catherine also works with the firm’s Innovation Department to assess, develop, and implement technology that allows the firm’s lawyers to better leverage each other’s knowledge and serve client needs. Catherine frequently speaks on knowledge management and innovation topics at industry conferences as well as customer panels for KM tools such as Lex Machina and Westlaw Litigation Analytics. She is a member of the DC Legal Knowledge Management Group and co-author of a chapter on “Process Improvement and Process Mapping” in PLI’s forthcoming treatise Legal Knowledge Management and Innovation.
Catherine maintains an active pro bono practice representing refugees in asylum proceedings and sits on the Board of Directors for the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition. In 2019, she was named Mayer Brown’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in recognition of the 1600+ hours she had spent representing asylees from El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe. That same year, she was part of a team honored with CAIR Coalition’s Detained Adult Champion award. In 2018, she was Tahirih Justice Center’s Greater DC Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.
In her previous role as Counsel at Mayer Brown, Catherine’s practice focused on complex commercial litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts, with a focus on securities and regulatory matters involving financial institutions and financial products. Catherine lives in Washington, DC with her family.
Josh Blandi is the CEO and Co-Founder of UniCourt, a Legal Data as a Service (LDaaS) company that provides real-time court data and legal analytics you can trust. UniCourt’s mission is to make court data more organized, accessible, and useful for Am Law and Fortune 500 companies. UniCourt’s API-first approach empowers the combination of internal data with external litigation data to find new business opportunities, optimize litigation strategies and outcomes, and power innovative solutions.
Josh is featured in the Class of 2023 Legal Rebels by the ABA Journal and the ABA Center for Innovation and is a Fastcase50 honoree. Under his leadership, UniCourt has received numerous awards including the Technology Award of the American Legal Technology Awards and has been recognized as the Overall LegalTech Data Solution Provider of the Year of the LegalTech Breakthrough Awards. As a part of Josh’s strategic vision to provide Legal Data as a Service, he has assembled a diverse, global team across the U.S. and India to unlock the potential of legal data.
A licensed attorney and former litigator, Becky has a passion for building and launching user-driven digital products. She loves getting to know customers, promoting collaboration, and building an inclusive and supportive company culture.
Andrew Brinkman Global Director of Knowledge Management
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
As Global Director of Knowledge Management, Andrew works with a team of client-focused professionals to introduce greater innovation and efficiency across the firm’s practices, systems, and processes.Before joining Fried Frank, Andrew served as a leader in Knowledge Management and practiced as a litigator.
Nick Carlson Product Manager, Knowledge Management Strategy & Operations
Sidley Austin LLP
Nick Carlson is a Knowledge Management Product Manager at Sidley Austin. Nick helps to lead the development and integration of technical solutions, primarily responsible for oversight of internal collaboration sites and automation initiatives improve client service and collaboration between lawyers and staff. Prior to joining Sidley, he spent 8 years in technology consulting, focusing on building company intranets, workflow automation, and data migration.
Alex Chiang is Vice President of Customer Success at SimplyAgree. Alex oversees client communication and product responsiveness, new client onboarding, adoption and training, and ongoing support to ensure SimplyAgree users maximize the return on their subscription investments. Alex joined SimplyAgree from Miles & Stockbridge P.C., where he worked as an associate attorney in the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group and was himself an avid user of the SimplyAgree platform. After years of practicing law, Alex’s hands-on experience using SimplyAgree fostered a passion for helping legal professionals realize efficiencies through technology.
Cynthia Cole is a partner in Baker & McKenzie's IP Tech Group where she is also a member of the IP Tech Global Steering Committee. A former CEO and General Counsel, Cynthia focuses her practice in the areas of IP transactions, digital transformation, data privacy, and cybersecurity strategy. Cynthia advises clients on cybersecurity and incident response and compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) and the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She is certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals and recognized as a thought leader. A frequent author and speaker, Cynthia is often quoted by leading media outlets on tech transactions, data privacy, cybersecurity and leadership. In 2022, she was recognized as a "Top Cyber Lawyer in California" by The Daily Journal. In 2019, she was recognized as a "California Trailblazer in Data Privacy" by The Recorder for her foundational work in data privacy.
Michael Ertel Practice Innovation and Knowledge Attorney
Mike Ertel is a seasoned innovation and knowledge professional with a proven track record of developing and implementing cutting-edge programs for stakeholders and clients. His 15 years as a practicing attorney combined with his In-depth expertise in legal technology and a comprehensive understanding of the latest trends in legal innovation allow him to deliver exceptional legal services in an efficient manner while increasing realization.
Dharma Betancourt Frederick Knowledge Management Counsel
Dharma is an experienced litigator with a unique combination of both big law legal experience and targeted KM expertise at Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law division. After graduating from Harvard Law and completing an EDNY clerkship, Dharma joined Davis Polk’s litigation team, where she worked on securities, commercial, and white collar criminal defense matters. She then moved to Practical Law, where she planned, created, launched, maintained, and marketed securities litigation content including practical guidance, standard documents, checklists, and CLE training courses. As KM Counsel supporting attorneys in DLA Piper’s Disputes vertical, she optimizes the overlap of resources and technology between the different practices, while also using her specific expertise on targeted KM projects.
Marlene Gebauer Assistant Director of Innovation (Americas)
Marlene Gebauer is the Assistant Director of Innovation-Americas at Mayer Brown, LLP. Previously a successful practicing lawyer, Marlene transitioned into a legal innovation professional and over the course of her career has had roles in analytics, research, knowledge management, litigation support, docketing, outreach and education, data governance, procurement and licensing. She is an innovation leader, focusing on identifying and delivering solutions that are key to the business success of clients and attorneys.
Marlene is the co-host of the award-winning podcast, The Geek in Review, an ABA Women of Legal Tech recipient and FastCase 50 recipient. Marlene received her BA from Syracuse University, her MLIS from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and her JD from Case Western University School of Law. You can follow and connect with her at http://www.linkedin.com/in/marlenegebauer and @gebauerm.
Othiel T. Glover is an accomplished analytics professional who specializes in data modeling, business intelligence, and data management. With a Master of Science in Business Analytics from the University of Notre Dame and a certification in Applied Data Science, Othiel possesses a unique blend of technical and business acumen, and has a track record of helping top management create innovative solutions.
Othiel has worked at several prestigious law firms including his current role as the Global Data Innovation Manager at Mayer Brown LLP. Othiel is responsible for building out a Data Governance team that creates consistent data governance, data definitions, and data presentation standards across the global firm. He has also created data visualization documentation that guides users in building out dashboard and scorecards with uniform UI/UX across the firm. Additionally, Othiel is part of a strategy team that will guide the firm’s data strategy going forward and will implement an enterprise data warehouse that will be used by the firm.
Prior to his current position, Othiel was a Senior Data Analyst at McDermott Will Emery LLP, where he created an ETL and data modeling process for the Finance department and harnessed the Power BI application to disseminate the information to key stakeholders. He also led a team of professionals from different departments on how to use ML processes and procedures, which led to a new data team at the firm that shared concepts and ideas to solve important data-related topics. In addition, he created k-means/regression models for Business Development and Operations that allowed them to analyze timekeeper time and categorize it by created activity codes and visualizing it in Power BI.
Before Business school, Othiel was a Lead Analyst for the Global Client Financial Management Department at DLA Piper LLP where he guided the training of over 15 new interns and specialists on forecasting techniques and financial reporting procedures which gave them the skill set to be able to effectively manage over 250 global matters. He also led the GCFM on a new leadership team called (C.U.T) created by top management to provide feedback on all new firm initiatives and unify departments to drive results. In addition, he was the principal contact for all new global matter workflows in Chicago which allowed him the freedom to create teams with other departments to close billing life cycle pitfalls in Chicago and lower billing turn around.
Othiel’ s first professional experience was part of the Project Controls Consultancy Group at Schiff Hardin LLP, providing procurement, compliance, schedule analysis, audit, contract close-out, and cost reports. He managed a conformance research team consisting of attorneys, engineers, and contract managers that retrieved more than $25 million dollars' worth of back charges against contractors LOC's for the client. Additionally, he drove the data analysis for a collaborative team of experts that prepared project oversite and quarterly reforecast reports for a $3 billion project, the efforts lead to a quarterly reforecasting role that increased revenue for the firm.
Overall, Othiel T. Glover has a proven track record of building and leading high-performing teams to deliver innovative solutions in financial data modeling, business development, and operations. His unique blend of technical and business acumen, coupled with his excellent interpersonal and communication skills, make him a valuable asset to any organization.
He lives by “collaboration is key”!
Chief Innovation Officer
GUNDERSON DETTMER STOUGH VILLENEUVE FRANKLIN & HACHIGIAN, LLP
GUNDERSON DETTMER STOUGH VILLENEUVE FRANKLIN & HACHIGIAN, LLP
Joe Green is the Chief Innovation Officer of Gunderson Dettmer. In this role, he leads the firm’s innovation strategy, with a focus on transforming the service delivery platform to provide a more modern experience for both internal and external stakeholders. He is also of counsel in the Gunderson’s New York office, with extensive experience advising startup and emerging technology companies and venture capitalists.
Joe has authored dozens of articles on startup-related issues, the business of law, legal technology and the future of the legal industry. He speaks regularly on these topics at industry and academic conferences, law firms and law schools. Joe’s academic work has been cited by SEC commissioners and staff in public speeches and reports on numerous occasions.
Joe was previously a senior associate at Gunderson and left to join Thomson Reuters as a Senior Legal Editor at Practical Law, the premier online legal know-how service for business lawyers. At Practical Law, Joe created content and technology solutions enabling thousands of law firm and in-house attorney customers in the startup and venture capital space to deliver services more efficiently and effectively. Joe started his legal career as a securities lawyer with Simpson Thacher in New York.
Josh is a seasoned Senior Product Manager at NetDocuments with a distinct specialization in AI development for the legal tech industry. His expertise encompasses large language models, semantic search, and prompt engineering, leading to the creation of impactful AI-powered tools. With a comprehensive background spanning a variety of roles at Thomson Reuters and a tenure in diverse product management capacities, Josh has consistently driven innovation across platforms including SaaS, mobile, and desktop.
A licensed attorney educated at the University of Minnesota Law School; Josh combines legal knowledge with a user-centric approach to product design.
Brian Jenson, based in Orrick’s New York office, is the Director of Operations. In this role, Brian is responsible for defining and implementing solutions to key operational issues and identifying opportunities for improvement using technology, people and streamlined processes. Brian is experienced in optimizing organizational processes, driving efficiency, and ensuring seamless business operations. Known for his collaborative leadership style, Brian fosters a culture of open communication, empowerment, and continuous learning. Brian has worked for over 2 decades in both law firms and for vendors consulting with legal teams, in-house counsel, and eDiscovery service providers to develop, implement and manage practical and efficient technology and staffing solutions.
Scott Kaiser Practice Innovation and Knowledge Attorney
Paul Hastings LLP
Scott H. Kaiser is a Practice Innovation and Knowledge Attorney at Paul Hastings LLP. Mr. Kaiser works with the firm’s Employment, Complex Litigation, Securities Litigation, and Antitrust practice areas and is based in the firm’s New York office.
Mr. Kaiser‘s work with the Practice Innovation and Legal Solutions department focuses on optimizing and creating efficient legal processes and workflows, identifying and developing innovative tools and content delivery systems, and leveraging innovative practice technology that ensures practice and client service excellence. Mr. Kaiser works on high-level knowledge initiatives to assess internal knowledge needs and collects, creates, and delivers critical legal content to the attorneys in his practice areas to support their efforts to provide the highest level of substantive legal advice to clients.
Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Mr. Kaiser was a Senior Legal Editor at Practical Law for four years, creating legal know-how content to help litigation attorneys provide better, more efficient service to their clients. Before that, Mr. Kaiser was a practicing attorney for over twelve years, working primarily as an associate at Bryan Cave LLP in that firm’s commercial litigation, labor and employment, and securities litigation and enforcement practice groups. Mr. Kaiser was also Of Counsel at a litigation boutique firm. Mr. Kaiser graduated from Harvard Law School and Duke University.
Greg Lambert is the Chief Knowledge Services Officer at the law firm of Jackson Walker in Houston, Texas, where he oversees operations for the Library, KM, Research, RFPs, and Conflicts & Intake departments.
Greg is a founding blogger for 3 Geeks and a Law Blog, and writes extensively on the topics of law librarianship, competitive intelligence, knowledge management, and the roles that can be played on the administrative side of large law firms. He also co-hosts The Geek In Review Podcast which focuses on creativity and innovation in the legal industry.
He is a Fastcase 50 award winner, a Fellow at the College of Law Practice Management, and former American Association of Law Libraries President.
Gina B. Lynch is Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer of the firm. Gina leads all knowledge teams including research, knowledge management and competitive intelligence. She also provides strategic direction for practice innovation and client solutions including evaluating, implementing and supporting technologies and processes that drive lawyer efficiency and service to our clients.
David F. Majors Director, Knowledge Management Strategy & Operations
Sidley Austin LLP
Dave Majors is a Director of Knowledge Management at Sidley Austin. Dave helps to lead the development and further expansion of the Knowledge Management department at Sidley, primarily responsible for oversight and execution of the KM strategy and initiatives firm-wide in order to drive efficiencies for both lawyers and staff and to ultimately improve client service. Prior to joining Sidley, he spent 15 years in litigation consulting, focusing on fraud investigations, forensic accounting and damages quantification.
As a trained attorney and certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Andrew marries expertise in process improvement, technology, and legal to focus on simple yet powerful solutions that help the firm’s attorneys more easily and more efficiently deliver quality legal services. Andrew is dedicated to finding new ways of using technology to practice better. He wields a unique set of skills, honed during a career in online journalism and through a variety of legal roles with startup companies, government agencies, and legal aid organizations. This legal and technical background allows Andrew to excel as a technologist, consultant, and problem-solver.
Sara Miro Managing Attorney and Director of Knowledge
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Sara Miro is the Managing Attorney and Director of Knowledge at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s New York office, where she focuses on knowledge management, court procedures, technology implementation and process improvement for the firm.
Prior to joining the firm’s knowledge management and leadership team, Ms. Miro was an associate in the firm’s litigation group, where she represented commercial clients in complex litigation in U.S. federal and state courts. Ms. Miro draws on her years of practice experience to guide case teams on matter strategy and compliance with court requirements, while also creating innovative ways to enhance attorney workflows through the use of smart technology.
Ms. Miro is one of the co-chairs of the NYC Knowledge Management and Innovation Attorney Network Group. She is also an active volunteer for the International Legal Technology Association and serves as co-chair for PLI’s Knowledge Management and Innovation Summit.
Felicia Morris Director of Legal Technology Solutions
Felicia Morris is the Director of Legal Technology for the Firm’s Client Solutions Group. Since 2002, she has served the Firm as a transactional paralegal, Disaster Recovery project team lead, worked as a PMP® for the Legal Project Management Office, and also directed special projects including the Firm’s recent intelligent budgeting initiative. Felicia and the Legal Tech team administer the Firm’s intranet, extranets and collaboration sites, practice software support, AI tools, document automation and more.
Tiffany leads the firm’s knowledge management (KM) and records/office services functions while chairing the firm’s internal Technology Innovation group. With over 25 years of experience in KM and research, she oversees the firm’s investigative, business and legal research as well as evaluates and implements KM tools and processes. Tiffany trains attorneys and staff on efficient research strategies; conducts contract negotiations, budgeting and supervising; and advances the performance of various legal and administrative departments by establishing and implementing valuable workflow solutions. She is also a member of the Firm’s Technology Committee. In addition to working in the legal field, Tiffany was an information specialist with McKinsey & Company, a leading management consultant firm.
Colette Schuler is a Senior Knowledge Operations Lead in the Global Knowledge Management Department and responsible for developing, managing and executing the department’s initiatives, systems and processes. Colette leads the project team and resources within Knowledge Management, through planning, organizing and controlling a project and/or initiative from start to finish. This position requires an understanding of all the skills needed to complete a project and/or initiative and manage resources and team members across departments. Colette has been with BCLP for 18 years in various client service and project management roles including over five years with the Practice Economics Group. Colette is a management professional with over 30 years of experience in litigation, Risk Management, analysis, project management, product development and deployment. Colette is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Project Management Professional and previously held positions at The Boeing Company as a Manager of Risk Management Department, Insurance Litigation and Claims, as well CNA Insurance as a Six Sigma Black Belt in their Risk Management organization.
Evan is the Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer at the 500+ attorney labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips, where is busy harnessing the power of A.I. and data analytics for use in legal; creating internal and client-facing collaborative tools; and helping making the practice of law far more efficient for the firm’s attorneys and clients.Passionate about legal tech and legal innovation, in 2022-23 Evan and his team helped develop, and then was the first major firm in the world to deploy, Casetext's CoCounsel, the world's first GPT-4-powered Legal AI Assistant. In 2021, his firm won the American Legal Technology Award's "Law Firm of the Year," and Evan won ILTA's "Innovative Leader of the Year Award," and was named to the "2021 Fastcase 50 List," recognizing “50 of the smartest, most courageous, innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” Before entering the KM field in 2011, Evan was an AV-rated law firm partner, having litigating labor and employment matters for a decade. He also frequently writes and presents on KM and Legal Innovation topics, and has appeared on NPR’s Marketplace, The American Lawyer, the ABA Journal, Law.com, the AALL Spectrum, The Modern Lawyer Podcast, LiteraTV, The Knowledge Cast, The Geek in Review, and the Reinventing Professionals podcast, among others. Outside of work, Evan is a club soccer coach, and a Member of the Board of Directors of Pioneer Knowledge Services, a 501(c)(3) charity that provides KM assistance to charities to help them run more efficiently.
Leanna R. Simon Director, Research and Knowledge Management
Leanna R. Simon is Director of Research and Knowledge Management at Honigman LLP in Detroit, Michigan’s largest law firm. As creator of the firm’s knowledge management program, she responsible for execution, training, and advising attorneys with best practices across all practice areas. Ms. Simon is active in the law library and knowledge management communities and currently sits as the chair of the Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals (PLLIP) Strategic Directions Committee and member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Leadership Development Committee.
Iris Skornicki is the Director of Knowledge Solutions at Paul, Weiss, where she is at the forefront of leading the firm’s innovation and practice technology initiatives. Collaborating with lawyers across practices, clients, and a team of skilled knowledge and innovation professionals, Iris applies her deep understanding of AI and data analytics to develop solutions that enhance client service. She has extensive experience in managing complex and strategic innovation projects, from scoping business needs and pain points and evaluating and developing new tools and processes, to overseeing change management and adoption. Iris’ team frequently partners with legal tech startups to customize and shape products to best serve the firm’s and clients’ needs.
Iris is a key member of the firm’s Generative AI Task Force, which ischarged with developing a firmwide responsible use and governance framework, identifying appropriate use cases for further testing and risk-assessment analysis, and creating a firmwide training curriculum to safely leverage generative AI. She also serves as a contributor to the MIT Task Force on Responsible Use of Generative AI for Law. In addition, Iris leads the firm’s generative AI testing program,comparing various domain-specific models and applications to publicly available foundational models, including their performance and applicability across subject matters and workflows.
Prior to her current role, Iris supported the Paul, Weiss Corporate Department as a Knowledge Management Attorney and a Senior Client Resources Attorney, where she developed and maintained practice-specific resources, databases and workflows. Before joining Paul, Weiss, Iris was an attorney at Starwood Capital Group and a member of the Legal & Compliance team at J.P. Morgan.
Iris holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she served as the managing editor of the Cardozo Public Law, Policy & Ethics Journal, and a B.S. from the London School of Economics.
Alex is a pro-active Senior Director with significant experience in product and content development, early stage & innovative digital product concepts, and customer discovery projects at both market and product levels. He’s dedicated to product management approaches aimed at developing product capabilities and experiences and has led projects within law firms to build user-centric capabilities, adoption of new concepts, and ways of working.
Prior to joining iManage, he was an Innovation Manager at Reed Smith LLP where he coordinated an innovation and culture program to encourage, communicate, connect, and manage a pipeline across the firm’s global network. Prior to his time at the law firm, he spent 17 years developing law firms’ business models in technology, leading projects on developing search and AI capabilities at LexisNexis.
As Vice President, M&A Integration at Litera, Barry Solomon focuses on bringing together acquired legal technology companies, enabling continuous innovation and the delivery of a legal technology ecosystem that helps legal teams win and deliver high quality legal services. Barry was on the leadership team of Foundation prior to its acquisition by Litera. .
Barry practiced law at Sidley Austin LLP. He left his practice to help found Interface Software, the maker of InterAction. When LexisNexis acquired the company, Barry was retained as vice president and general manager for several subsidiaries of LexisNexis, winning the Leadership Excellence Award. Prior to joining the Foundation team, Barry was Chief Marketing Officer for Microsystems (now Litera), and then for Sidley, overseeing global business development, marketing, and communications strategies.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Barry was named to The National Law Journal’s inaugural list of 50 Business of Law Trailblazers & Pioneers. Barry holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago.
As an award winning KM professional, Amanda partners with lawyers to develop modern and practical solutions to increase profitability, utilization and efficiency. She leads strategic firmwide projects, and she excels at focusing on the people elements of innovation, ensuring that stakeholders embrace and adopt change
Recognized as a 2021 ILTA Young Professional to Watch,Amanda works on some of the most challenging projects in the industry. She is a former practicing lawyer, led customer success for the legal tech vendor Casetext, and has been a part of the industry's most accomplished teams in KM and Innovation at Shearman & Sterling, Cleary Gottlieb and Ogletree Deakins
Courtney is the Director of Research Services at Holland & Knight where she leads research, technical services, digital solutions, contracts, competitive intelligence, and business analytics and diversity data teams. She serves on the Wolters Kluwer Insights Leaders Council, and is an alumni of the Thomson Reuters Information Professionals Advisory Board as well as the Board of the Law Library Association of Greater New York. She won the 2023 AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award with co-author John DiGilio, and is an American Association of Law Libraries Academy Fellow.
Kyle currently works at iManage where he is able to blend his passion for legal technology with his experience as a practicing attorney. After graduating law school, Kyle began his legal career working for various municipal and state agencies, including a judicial clerkship and serving as an assistant general counsel for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security in Tennessee. He grew his interest for technology and the practice of law by holding positions at LexisNexis and most recently, iManage. Kyle's currently specializes on legal transaction management tools, serving as a Legal Knowledge Consultant to both small and large firms globally.
Alejandro Vallellanes is a business lawyer and legal knowledge management leader with extensive experience building knowledge management and legal operations, from the ground up, for leading global law firms and scaleup companies. Additionally, he has an acute understanding of building teams of professionals, culture and managing training programs. Alejandro is well-versed in implementing scalable processes, playbooks, and delivering strategic and operational excellence by focusing on legal efficiencies, metrics and data driven process improvements.
Keli Whitnell is the Director of Firm Intelligence at Troutman Pepper and a legal technology professional with over eleven years in legal knowledge management. She helps design and implement technology and strategies that embrace data as an asset and leverage innovative technology for proactive, lifecycle data management. Keli provides vision and advice for data processes and systems firmwide, including firmwide taxonomies, core systems architecture, complex internal and 3rd party integrations, and how it all fits into the firm’s ever-evolving data ecosystem. She has deep experience in data capture, governance, implementation, user adoption, and ongoing support. This data is used for complex data analytics/visualizations, research/competitive intelligence, strategic planning, internal and client-facing dashboards, pricing, and BD.
Rachel Shields Williams Director, Knowledge Management Enablement & Insights
Sidley Austin LLP
Rachel Shields Williams is a Director of Knowledge Management at Sidley Austin. Leveraging almost 20 years of experience in Business Development, Marketing, Sales, Knowledge Management, and Legal Technology, Rachel has a unique ability to understand the interrelationships between stakeholders and results. As a legal business professional, she has built her career around assessing and anticipating internal and external customer needs, leveraging cross-industry experience to bring new insight to everyday problems, and implementing operations and technologies that have had a meaningful, measurable impact on a global scale. She is a senior strategist who can translate vision into actionable goals and results, and is skilled in designing and implementing technology and process solutions that are both innovative and practical.
David Wuchenich is a Knowledge Management Attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. David works alongside the firm’s M&A practice group, helping streamline transaction workflows, improve attorney efficiency and develop internal and client-facing tools and platforms.
He previously practiced as an M&A associate at Paul, Weiss and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he primarily advised private equity clients on a wide range of transactional and governance matters. During that time, he spent a year on secondment as counsel at True Wind Capital, a private equity firm, where he liaised with the firm’s investment professionals and outside counsel on transactional matters and helped oversee the firm's compliance, contract review and public company reporting programs.
David has a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was the co-submissions editor of the Virginia Journal of Law & Technology.