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Bridgette Carr is a clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan and founding director of the Law School’s Human Trafficking Clinic (HTC). The HTC was launched in 2009 and was the nation’s first legal clinic devoted to providing comprehensive representation to victims of human trafficking. Bridgette represents victims of human trafficking in a variety of legal matters and her clients come from both the U.S. and abroad and are both sex and labor trafficking victims. I spoke with her about a very unique course she teaches focused on how to “design” your life in the law. Tell me…
Daniel Broderick is a former corporate lawyer and legaltech founder. He is passionate about the benefits of legal tech and about helping others become lawyers suited for the 21st century and not past centuries. What prompted the founding of BlackBoiler? I was an attorney for Thompson Hine and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Washington, D.C. After repeatedly making the same edits in documents, I knew there had to be a better way, as the work was not only time-consuming and inefficient, it was also prone to error. The solution was BlackBoiler. In 2015, I teamed up with BlackBoiler’s CTO…
Raj Goyle is a former politician, an innovator, and a legal tech creator. He also has been an outspoken voice on diversity, particularly within the legal industry. He is the co-founder and CEO of Bodhala, a legal tech startup company. Tell me a little about your path to Bodhala and what Bodhala is. During our time at Harvard Law School, my co-founder – Ketan Jhaveri – and I noticed that law firms were like black boxes, billing hefty rates without any transparency or accountability. There was a complete absence of any true market forces in how the legal industry…
David Lat is a name familiar to many. David is a managing director in the New York office of Lateral Link, a leading legal recruiting firm, where he focuses his efforts on placing top associates, partners, and in-house counsel into preeminent law firms and corporate legal departments around the country. David also writes about legal affairs for national publications and speaks for law firms at events such as firm-wide retreats, partner retreats, summer associate gatherings, and diversity initiatives. Prior to joining Lateral Link, David founded and served as managing editor (2006-2017) of Above the Law (“ATL”), a widely read…
Eric Laughlin is the CEO of Agiloft, the global leader in contract and commerce lifecycle management (CCLM) software. Eric has over a decade of leadership experience running legal software and tech-enabled services business serving Fortune 1000 clients. Prior to Agiloft, Eric was the global leader of Legal Managed Services at Ernst & Young, LLP. His organization, including the Pangea3 and Riverview Law teams, provided EY clients with technology and service solutions in the contracts, e-discovery, and compliance domains globally. Before EY, he was managing director of the Corporate Segment within Thomson Reuters, responsible for information, software, and service offerings for corporate…
Varun Mehta is the CEO of Factor, a leader for complex legal work at scale. Factor serves over 50 of the Fortune 500 / FTSE 100 companies, combining the legal skill, market know-how and expertise of Traditional Law with the process efficiency, technology and data orientation of New Law. A long-time problem-solver and biomedical engineer by training, Varun is a trusted advisor to general counsel and legal operations leaders within global organizations. His efforts have helped legal departments innovate, transformed how legal work is delivered and generated value across the legal landscape. Before joining Factor, Varun was a founding…
Matthew Berrick is an impressive individual who I first connected with by virtue of our mutual interests in legal technology and legal innovation. Matt isn’t yet a lawyer, but already has accomplished quite a bit including publishing a book and co-founding a legal magazine. He is most certainly destined for more upon entering the legal field. What prompted your interest in legal tech? After taking a course on artificial intelligence for cyber security at Oxford University this prompted my interest in the technology space. I also wrote my dissertation on cryptocurrencies and explored its application for money laundering in the…
Aaron Kotok is Director of Strategy & Innovation at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where he landed just before the pandemic, returning to BigLaw (in a business role) after over a decade of various consulting roles in and around the legal industry. After starting his legal career at Venable LLP, Aaron built a series of legal, management, advisory, and leadership experiences at Gerson Lehrman Group. CEB Leadership Council for Legal Executives (f/k/a the General Counsel Roundtable, now part of Gartner), and AdvanceLaw (a GC cooperative vetting outside counsel for performance and quality). Tell me a little about your background and…
Bryan R. Parker is CEO and Co-Founder of Legal Innovators. Bryan oversees the day-to-day operations of the business and drives strategy of Legal Innovators. Bryan has been a critical voice on diversity and inclusion issues and has written and spoken about these issues frequently. Bryan’s passion is to help the legal industry innovate, rationalize costs and drive systemic progress in diversity and inclusion. Tell me a little about your background and how that led and/or influenced what you do now. I have practiced law as an M&A lawyer and have also been an investment banker. After 15 years as an…
Jack Newton is a name familiar to many, especially those with an interest in legal technology. He is the forward-thinking CEO and founder of Clio. Clio is a legal technology company focused on making technologies to help lawyers manage legal matters and client relationships. Jack is the type of person much-needed in the legal industry – one with a keen focus on making the industry focused on clients and NOT on lawyers. Tell me a little bit about your beginnings and how that led you to what you’re doing now. I went to the University of Alberta and got…
I had the pleasure of speaking with Carlos Gamez, a leading legal thinker and legal innovator.  Carlos has been leading and working on legal innovation initiatives at Thomson Reuters for the past several years, as part of: the Legal business, Thomson Reuters Labs, and most recently within a dedicated legal technology innovation team. Throughout this time, he has worked on and delivered over 50 projects in partnership with stakeholders across the enterprise, as well as externally with customers, startups, academic institutions, and industry forums. He also has been charged with helping to define & refine the innovation and emerging…
Nelson Rosario is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Illinois. Nelson is interested in the intersection of law, technology, and society. His practice is focused on providing counseling to clients with respect to overall legal strategy, and in particular their intellectual property strategy. He has worked with clients in a range of areas including artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, blockchain, and smart contracts; financial technologies; business methods; trading systems; telemedicine; network and internet communication; and navigation and routing. Nelson has also served as an adjunct professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law where he has taught classes on “Blockchain,…
Gary Doernhoefer is an experienced former general counsel in both U.S. and international businesses, and from startups to publicly traded corporations. He has an entrepreneurial background having served as the first General Counsel for the travel website Orbitz, which was founded in 2000 and completed its first IPO in 2003. He was also a Co-Founder and General Counsel for Accertify, Inc., now a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMEX. My international experience comes from three years as General Counsel for the International Air Transport Association, the global trade association for the world’s airline industry. After three decades of experience managing legal issues…
Alex Su is a former lawyer who successfully transitioned to the business/tech world. He specializes in helping startups sell their technology to law firms and legal departments. Currently, Alex serves the Director of Business Development at Evisort, an AI-powered contract lifecycle management system developed out of Harvard Law/MIT. Previously, he was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, clerked for a federal judge, and graduated from Northwestern Law, where he was an editor of the law review and the student commencement speaker. Alex is also the author of The Unauthorized Guide to Getting into Law School with Bad Grades. Tell me…
Jonathan Cullen serves as Canadian Vice President & General Counsel & France-Canada Cluster Lead at Pfizer, a leading pharmaceutical organization. He “always wanted to be a lawyer , just not a boring one . He has over 16 years of legal & management experience in healthcare leading teams in Canada & Europe. His passions are the legal profession & developing people. He is also a struggling special needs dad. Even as a kid, he always loved unlocking puzzles , telling stories & connecting ideas Now he gets to help clients solve business puzzles & help lawyers and other people use…
Marc Lauritsen is president of Capstone Practice Systems. Capstone advises, trains, and builds systems for top law firms and departments, as well as many nonprofit organizations. Marc has served as a poverty lawyer, taught in and directed the clinical program at Harvard Law School, done path-breaking work on document automation and artificial intelligence, and been an executive in several startups. He’s a leader in international law and technology organizations, a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and past co-chair of the American Bar Association’s eLawyering Task Force. Tell me a little about what first got you interested in…