Carter leads McGuireWoods' ClientSync team, which oversees the firm's Legal Project Management (LPM) efforts. She has extensive firsthand experience in budgeting, managing and overseeing complex transactional matters for a variety of clients.
Carter focuses on assisting the firm’s attorneys in implementing LPM principles and tools in their practices. She educates and assists attorneys on how to scope, budget, and efficiently manage their matters. As the leader of the ClientSync team, she works directly with the firm’s attorneys, business development team, finance department and clients to handle client and attorney LPM needs. Carter also works directly with clients in developing their own legal project management initiatives. Carter is Yellow Belt-certified in Legal Lean Sigma and Project Management, and she has attended numerous legal project management workshops.
For over a decade, Carter represented financial institutions in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of syndicated, club and single lender senior credit facilities. Her lending experience includes investment grade financings, leveraged acquisition financings (involving strategic buyers and private equity firms), multicurrency and cross-border financings, first lien and second lien financings and asset based financings and covers a broad range of industry groups, such as healthcare, waste management, business services, retail, beverage distribution, construction and consumer products.
In addition to her role with the ClientSync team, Carter serves as the Charlotte office pro bono co-coordinator. In this role, Carter facilitates the office’s efforts to provide pro bono services to clients in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding communities, often through local non-profit legal service providers, such as Legal Aid of NC, Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont, Council for Children’s Rights, and Safe Alliance.
Moshe Azoulai heads the Simpson Thacher’s Practice Technology Group (formally Litigation Support Group) which he helped start in 1992. He has seen the evolution of discovery from imaged paper-based document management solutions to the highly sophisticated technology assisted review and document analytics solutions available today. As an expert in electronic discovery procedures and best practices, Moshe is an important Firm resource with whom litigators consult in regards to document review and production workflows. Litigators also look to Moshe for guidance, advice, and risk management in connection to implementations of client electronic document preservations and collections. More recently his portfolio was expanded to include cutting-edge knowledge and practice management technologies in support of all the Firm's legal practices.
There are five guiding values at Eversheds Sutherland, and Scott is building a service that resonates with them. Collaborative, Creative, Professional, Inclusive and Open. As a champion of success through authentic intelligence and building knowledge community, Scott is one of those people who works collaboratively with a variety of professionals within and beyond the legal industry. He believes in creatively fostering situations where aligning the right people, data and resources leads to multiplied value for everyone involved.
Lawrence Baxter is Shearman & Sterling's Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He oversees the global technology strategy and operations of the firm. Working closely with the Partnership and other Business Services departments, a key responsibility for Lawrence is to drive technology and data driven innovation across the Firm. Passionate about the current and future role of data science and legal tech innovation and their impact on the legal services sector, Lawrence co-leads the Firm’s strategy for embracing new ways of working and building a new model of “data driven counsel”.
A native of the UK, Lawrence has 25+ years of leading large-scale global technology operations and has worked across multiple countries in multiple geographies. He possesses deep knowledge of cloud computing, mobile, data analytics, marketing technology, security and compliance, application development and technology driven transformation. His expertise includes leading organizations through transformational change, connecting technology to changing business needs and using technology to drive company revenue and improve margin.
Most recently, Lawrence was the worldwide CTO of Young & Rubicam Group he had responsibility for the creation of the worldwide Technology strategy and for the management and execution of day-to-day global IT operations for a collection of 95 companies, spanning 450 offices with 20,000 employees. At Young & Rubicam Group, Lawrence oversaw the transformation of technology from being a back office support function, into being a critical part of the business of digital marketing.
Prior to Young & Rubicam Group, Baxter held a range of global CIO and operational roles, including positions at J. Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather, and WPP Group Plc.
Nicole Bradick is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Theory and Principle, a legal technology product design and development firm. Nicole and her team work with global law firms, foundations, and legal technology companies to build innovative digital products related to law and justice. They are on a mission to improve the legal experience for all through thoughtfully designed digital products. For her work in this area, Nicole was named a 2012 ABA Journal “Legal Rebel” and was named to the Fastcase 50 list of global legal innovators in 2014.
Rachel Cohee Manager, Business Intelligence & Analytics
Rachel Cohee is the Manager, Business Intelligence & Analytics at McGuireWoods. In her current role she led the process of implementing a new firm intelligence platform. Rachel and her team play an integral role in the firm’s business development efforts, helping lawyers, firm leadership, and marketing to synthesize market trends, firm metrics and leverage competitive intelligence to engage with prospects and expand existing relationships. Rachel enjoys finding and facilitating new connections among staff and attorney groups within the firm as they adopt new technology and research platforms facilitating more collaboration while also assisting with process improvement and efficiency. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, she worked for two Fortune 500 companies conducting market research and analysis.
Ken Crutchfield Vice President & General Manager, LRUS Legal Markets
Ken Crutchfield leads the Legal Markets Group and is responsible for setting the vision and strategic approach with a focus on developing leading digital products. The Legal Markets Group within Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. provides legal professionals across a wide range of markets with expert content and analysis and leading workflow solutions.
Ken brings three decades of experience to his new role. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., he was the Senior Vice President & General Manager for the Bloomberg Tax Technology division of Bloomberg BNA. Crutchfield also served in executive-level positions at organizations including Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis. Throughout his career, he has successfully led the growth of multiple businesses in varying industries, including tax & accounting and legal.
Ken earned an MBA from Wright State University and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Rudy is a co-founder and CEO of Keesal Propulsion Labs, a company with the mission of empowering people through digital transformation. KP Labs believes deeply that humans can achieve greater things when unshackled from routine, repetitive tasks and has made it its mission to use automation to elevate human potential and increase joy in people’s work. KP Labs serves corporate legal departments primarily and clients include the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley and Wall Street. It focuses on workflow automation, contract intelligence and solving hard problems, using low code and AI solutions, smart design and a commitment to problem solving.
Rudy is an early pioneer in legal technology and has been involved in innovation in the legal space for 20 years. He’s founded 3 technology companies, including a venture backed, Inc. 5000 company in the legal tech space (acquired in 2011) and has had two successful exits. Rudy speaks regularly at national technology conferences, has been interviewed on CNN, ABC, The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets on technology issues, is a best-selling author, TEDx speaker and has advised or invested in a number of tech-related companies in the legal space. He’s an alumnus of Harvard Business School and the University of Connecticut School of Law and holds a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics.
Author of the book “Knowledge Management for Lawyers,” published by the American Bar Association (www.KMforLawyers.com), Patrick DiDomenico has been in the legal innovation and knowledge management industry since 2005. He is the recipient of the 2013 International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) Knowledge Management Professional of the Year Award. Before his knowledge management career, Patrick was a practicing litigation attorney for more than eight years.
Patrick is the Chief Innovation Officer for Jackson Lewis, P.C., an national labor and employment law firm with 950 attorneys in more than 65 offices. He was previously Chief Knowledge Officer for Ogletree Deakins.
In his spare time, Patrick publishes the LawyerKM blog (www.LawyerKM.com), tweets as @LawyerKM, manages the 10,000+ member Knowledge Management for Legal Professionals LinkedIn group, the 7,000+ member Legal Project Management LinkedIn group, the 800+ member Artificial Intelligence for Legal Professionals LinkedIn group, and the new Innovation for Legal Professionals LinkedIn group, all of which he founded.
He is a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management, and has spoken about KM, innovation, and legal technology at hundreds of conferences on five continents. Patrick is also an advisor to and investor in legal technology startups (LegalMation, Time by Ping, PatetPal, etc.), angel investor, real estate investor, loves practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and is an aspiring minimalist.
Jason Dirkx Practice Innovation and Technology Solutions
Jason Dirkx focuses on developing the portfolio of Paul Hastings legal practice technologies, particularly tailored practice solutions that can enable delivery of legal services in new and innovative ways. Specifically, he is an advocate for the power of packaging and product development to transform legal service delivery.
Jason has worked for several other global law firms developing and deploying legal technologies and services. At his prior firm, Jason led development of legal products to help launch and grow the law firm/legal tech joint venture company ComplianceHR. Jason also volunteers as co-chair of the Program Planning Council for the International Legal Technology Association. Prior to law school, he worked as a software engineer developing military planning and readiness software for defense contractors.
Patrick Dundas Knowledge Management Special Counsel
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Patrick Dundas is special counsel at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. He serves as the knowledge management (“KM”) special counsel for the Investment Management Group. In this role, he collaborates with attorneys and firm business departments to establish and maintain systems and processes that enable the firm to provide prompt client service of the highest quality by harnessing the collective knowledge of the firm for the benefit of the firm’s clients. Patrick holds a J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law and a B.F.A., with honors, from New York University.
Joshua is Fireman & Company’s founder and president. He has practiced law with two of North America’s largest law firms and was in-house counsel at a multi-billion dollar multinational corporation. Joshua is recognized as one of the leading experts in law firm strategic consulting and is a recognized thought leader in areas such as knowledge management and change management.
With a decade of consulting experience, Joshua has advised clients on the development of firm strategies, knowledge management, change management and client collaboration strategies. He has led complex engagements executing strategic plans, including the implementation and integration of portals, enterprise search, file, document and email management, and records management. He is a frequent speaker at law firm retreats and industry conferences.
Elizabeth Guzman Director of Research and Intelligence
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Elizabeth Guzman is the Director of Research and Intelligence Services at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP. In this role, she provides strategic leadership in the delivery of research services to drive innovations and efficiencies through information and knowledge management initiatives. Liz is an Information Professional with more than 15 years of experience in the legal industry.
Liz received a Bachelor’s of Science with concentration in Legal Studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice followed by a Master’s of Library and Information Science from Queens College.
David Hobbie Director of Knowledge Management, Litigation
Goodwin Procter LLP
David Hobbie is Goodwin's Director of Knowledge Management for Litigation. His mission is to enhance attorney effectiveness and efficiency through business intelligence and data analytics, improved search, knowledge sharing and collaboration. He brings to bear a strong understanding of knowledge and information management as well as years of experience as a practicing litigator. He was co-chair of the International Legal Technology Association’s 2018 and 2019 ILTACON conferences.
A COVID and "long-haul" COVID survivor, David lives and works in Acton, Massachusetts, with wife Jeanne, one adult child, and dogs Kody and Queenie. David is an experienced and accomplished musician, with a focus on performing chamber music on violin or viola. He is currently Chair of the Board of Greenwood Music Camp, located in Cummington, Massachusetts, the oldest continuously operated chamber music camp in New England.
Eric Hunter Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
Bradford & Barthel, LLP
Eric is a global futurist, speaker, author, and advisory member to multiple boards across the globe. He is the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for Bradford & Barthel, LLP. Eric leads the Innovations Department, and focuses on how the future of technology and human behavior continually evolve and intersect the globe over. Eric is an international keynote speaker, and conducts masterclasses to international events throughout the world. He advises organizations how to recognize, create, and leverage new business and process models in leading organizational change through the current reality of global business model disruption. In this vein, Eric has worked with organizations across the world such as Google, IBM, Shapoorji Pallonji Group in India, Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, KM Asia, KM Europe, KM Congress in India, Social Now in Portugal, Global Legal Forum in The Hague, TEDx and many more. Eric expanded his focus within the future of technology and human behavior in his TEDx: "The Future of Human Behavior". His next book, "Travels in Time", is due to publish January of 2022.
Kay Kim serves as the first Director of Practice Innovation at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where she is helping to set the firm’s strategy on innovation in legal service delivery. Kay and her team are responsible for identifying and evaluating solutions to attorney practice pain points. They also assist with deployment, rollout, and training of those solutions. Most importantly, however, Kay and her team focus on raising awareness and promoting adoption of those solutions within the lawyer community for they know that without adoption, there is no innovation. The practice innovation team serves as the bridge between lawyer pain points and the solutions. As an innovator, Kay is constantly thinking about how to do things better. As an achiever, she is driven to convert ideas into action.
Kay has over 25 years of experience in the legal services industry in both attorney and non-attorney roles. She was a corporate attorney at DLA Piper in New York and then at Crowell & Moring in Washington, DC (before being appointed the Sr. Director of Practice Innovation). She also served as in-house counsel at Direct Holdings Americas Inc. (formerly, Time Life Inc.).
Glenn LaForce Global Director of Knowledge & Research
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Glenn LaForce is Shearman & Sterling's Global Director of Knowledge & Research. He oversees a global team of 40 & coordinates the strategy and execution of both internal and client facing knowledge management and research services. Mr. LaForce received a Bachelor's of Arts in History from Salisbury University in Maryland. He then began his legal career with LexisNexis where he served as the primary business manager for many of the AmLaw 200 firms. Mr. LaForce then became a Shareholder & Chief Strategy Officer of Handshake Software. In that role he focused on new and innovative ways to blend data from disparate legal systems in the Global 100 firms. He then facilitated the sale of Handshake Software to Aderant where he became that company’s first Vice President of Knowledge Management and was responsible for that company’s complete KM strategy.
June Hsiao Liebert is the Director of Information Services at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles, California, where she oversees the firm's information and records management initiatives. Her extensive background in both IT and information management comes from working in law schools, law firms and legal technology consulting.
June received a J.D. and M.L.S. (Master’s in Library Science) from Indiana University and a B.S. in Management Information and Decision Systems from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining O'Melveny, she was the Firmwide Director of Library and Research Services at Sidley Austin LLP. June has also served as the CIO, library and distance education director, and professor at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, as well as the CIO at the University of Texas School of Law and a research librarian at the UCLA School of Law.
In 2021, she was named a Fastcase 50 top legal innovators honoree and was awarded the American Association of Law Libraries’ Presidential Certificate of Merit in 2018. June co-chairs the alumni board of the IU Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, and is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics including technology, data, and library management. June is also a prolific writer and co-authored an article about link rot in US Supreme Court decisions that was published in the Yale Journal of Law and Technology.
Tanisha Little is the Director of Knowledge Management at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, based in New York. She leads the development and implementation of practice specific knowledge management strategies and initiatives at the firm. Tanisha draws on her 15 years of knowledge management experience and her years as a practicing corporate lawyer to enable the effective and efficient delivery of high value legal services to the firm’s clients. In her work Tanisha has implemented many tools to solve for the limits on knowledge sharing including SharePoint intranets, enterprise search, practice intelligence tools and other internal and client-facing custom applications.
Tanisha holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. Tanisha is the co-founder of the New York Knowledge Management/Practice Support Lawyer professional group and a Fellow-Elect in the College of Law Practice Management.
Neil Magenheim is based in Boston, MA, and leads Lex Machina’s sales efforts in New England and New Jersey. Neil uses his 15+ years of experience in the legal industry to help law firms and corporations win lawsuits, land clients, select counsel, estimate litigation budgets, close transactions and grow IP value by integrating Legal Analytics into their practice.
Neil began his involvement in the legal industry with Hummingbird, then joined Omtool, and most recently spent over 10 years with LexisNexis managing the sales relationship between LexisNexis and the largest law firms in the Northeast. Neil received his B.A. in Business Management from Curry College.
Vedika has devoted her career to improving the delivery of legal services. She is trained and skilled in legal operations and technology and applies Six Sigma principles to each project. She uses her legal background to understand the business of law, and her technical and process skills to enhance client value. Working closely with clients and matter teams, Vedika's engagements range from consulting on quick-wins using low fidelity solutions, to in-depth and ongoing collaboration with multiple stakeholders and tools across the firm, to solve complex challenges.
Vedika also works closely with the firm's IT department to assist in researching and advising on technologies for firm-wide adoption that increase the productivity, quality, and efficiency of service delivery.
Jennifer Mendez Director of Knowledge Management Innovation
Jennifer Mendez is the Director of Knowledge Management Innovation at Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national labor and employment law firm. In this role, one of her focuses is to build and foster a culture of knowledge sharing and innovation. Starting out in law libraries before transitioning to knowledge management, Jennifer has implemented many tools for law firms over the years, including research databases, SharePoint portals, internal and client-facing collaborative tools, enterprise search, custom applications, and business development tools. She has a passion for delivering intuitive, innovative, and accessible solutions as evidenced by her involvement with the design and development of an intranet that was winner of the intranet innovation award from StepTwo Designs, an internal chatbot, which was the winner of ILTA’s 2019 Transformation Project of the Year Award, and the first employment-specific heatmap tracking COVID-19-related workplace litigation . Jennifer is a frequent author and speaker on the topics of legal knowledge management, innovation, and process improvement. She was a finalist for ILTA’s Young Professional of the Year award in 2016, a contributing author to Emerging Approach to Information Services published by ARK Group, and is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).
Jean P. O’Grady has over 30 years of experience developing strategic information initiatives for Am Law 100 law firms. She holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, an M.L.S. from St. John’s University and a B.A. in History from Fordham University She is a member of the NY State Bar. She has previously held Director positions at WilmerHale in DC and Shea & Gould in NY. She began her career as a reference librarian at the Pace University School of Law. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the graduate schools of Library and Information Science at St. John’s University and Long Island University where she taught legal research courses.
Isidore Okoro is the Chief Information Officer of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. He believes that a robust technology infrastructure, the right people, and streamlined processes are the keys to making a law firm more productive for lawyers, as well as the clients they serve. Isidore, known to always have a smile on his face, has been managing people and directing technology within the professional services industry for more than 20 years. His experience on the business side of technology has earned him a seat at the management table where he adds value and makes the business function of the law firm better – through innovation, strategic investments, and inquisitive dialogue. This is all part of his value-driven IT philosophy.
His experience includes overseeing Knowledge Management initiatives such as client-facing portal technologies, leading internal web services and business intelligence projects, and traditional technology hardware and software upgrades. While Isidore can talk about IT for hours, he prefers to focus on the entrepreneurial side of his role and empower his team to focus on their greatest strengths.
Isidore is a surprising blend of technical expertise and personality, who enjoys lacing up his dancing shoes for Salsa or Tango and a little dash of karaoke in his spare time.
Zorik Pesochinsky is a Director of Large Law Firm Market Development at Thomson Reuters. In this role, he partners with law firm leaders to identify unmet customer needs, develop and test new product ideas, and drive co-development of those new products with law firms. Previously, he was a Senior Product Manager for Practical Law. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Zorik was a Legal Fellow at GMHC. He is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and New York University.
Scott Rechtschaffen Chief Knowledge Officer & Shareholder
Littler Mendelson P.C.
As Littler's Chief Knowledge Officer, Scott D. Rechtschaffen leads the firm's effort to provide innovative client services by integrating new technologies and work processes and enabling attorneys and clients to access the collective knowledge and experience of the firm's more than 1,000 attorneys. He combines over 25 years of experience representing companies in every area of labor and employment law with a broad understanding of technology to help the firm's attorneys and their clients in tailoring unique solutions that enhance the firm’s ability to deliver legal information and legal services to its clients.
Scott heads the firm’s Knowledge Management Department (KM) comprising dedicated, full-time knowledge management attorneys, who are all experienced in employment and labor law, along with technologists, research specialists and administrative support. The KM Team supports the firm's attorneys, practice groups and major firm initiatives. He has been a key member of the multi-disciplinary teams that developed the award-winning Littler CaseSmart® approach to legal case management and Littler Edge, the firm’s comprehensive knowledge-centered client portal.
In addition, Scott is responsible for the firm's Executive Employer® Conference, an annual gathering of in-house counsel and human resources professionals representing some of the country's leading organizations. He was the co-creator of Winning Through Prevention: The Littler Employment Law Challenge, an innovative teaching tool designed to enhance the training of managers and supervisors.
Scott is the co-founder of ComplianceHR, an innovative joint venture launched in 2015 by Littler and Neota Logic, a legal software company. ComplianceHR leverages Littler’s unparalleled experience and knowledge of employment law with the power of Neota Logic’s expert systems to provide a transformative suite of online compliance solutions for HR and legal professionals.
Previously, Scott served as Senior Vice President of Learning for ELT, the nation's premier provider of on-line employment law training services. He founded the Littler Learning Group, a division of Littler that provides innovative compliance training solutions worldwide.
Scott has written extensively and has published articles in national publications on human resources management, knowledge management and legal technology. He regularly speaks at knowledge management seminars and legal technology conferences organized by the American Bar Association's Law Practice Management Section, Association of Corporate Counsel, American Lawyer Media, Legal Marketing Association, International Legal Technology Association, ARK Group and other professional organizations.
In 2018, Scott was appointed as an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School where he teaches legal technology at the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.
For his outstanding achievements in the field of knowledge management, Scott has been awarded the Distinguished Peer Award as KM Champion of the Year by International Legal Technology Association, the legal industry’s leading voice on technology in law firms. In 2014, he was named to the Fastcase 50, an annual compilation, "honoring the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders” and the Financial Times named Scott among the ten most innovative lawyers in North America. In the same year, he was inducted as a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management, a peer-nominated honor bestowed on law practice management specialists, "who consistently exemplify the highest professional standards and achievements" over at least a 10-year period.
Global Director, Enterprise Architecture & Delivery Services
Jeff Saper Global Director, Enterprise Architecture & Delivery Services
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Jeff Saper is Shearman & Sterling's Global Director, Enterprise Architecture & Delivery Services. Jeff oversees the firm’s technology architecture team, platform and network services, application development and support, and backup / disaster recovery. He is a key team member helping to design the firm’s digital transformation objectives.
Since 1983, he has directed technology teams spanning many industries including legal, investment banking, marketing, advertising and public relations, and technology. This includes, but is not limited to, being Directory of Technology at Blackstone, Director of Technology at Financial Dynamics, Chief Information Officer at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery, and Chief Technology Officer at Young & Rubicam. He began his career at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. During his twelve years at Cadwalader, he was instrumental in designing many of the firm’s systems including networking, systems operations, and collaboration. In addition, he developed and oversaw the firm’s automated litigation support program.
While with Young & Rubicam, Jeff was seconded by Y&R’s parent, WPP Group. He was tasked with overseeing WPP’s collaboration transformation which included planning and deployment of Microsoft’s Office 365. During the next 18 months, he was responsible for deploying the platform to nearly 160,000 users across the entirety of WPP Group’s holdings.
After departing WPP, Jeff was a Senior Business and Digital Transformation Advisor with Microsoft. During his four-year stint with Microsoft, he worked across many business sectors including financial services, media, real estate, professional services, and healthcare. His assignments included helping companies move to the cloud. These programs encompassed designing governance and privacy processes, designing collaboration programs, change programs, and deploying Office 365.
He is a frequent speaker about user collaboration and change programs.
Nicola Shaver Managing Director, Innovation and Knowledge
Host of ILTA's Global Legal Innovators Podcast | 2020 Innovative Leader of the Year
Nicola Shaver is the Managing Director of Innovation and Knowledge at Paul Hastings, based in New York. She is responsible for setting innovation strategy at the firm, including driving innovation initiatives globally, and leads additional functions responsible for innovative technology solutions, knowledge management, resource management, research services, and client-facing legal innovation consulting. Nicola practiced law for almost a decade in Sydney, Australia, and understands first-hand the challenges faced by lawyers in a changing legal environment. Her focus now is on future-proofing firms by enabling practice excellence and optimizing client value, including through streamlining processes, and implementing and leveraging the right technology tools and staffing models in support of all practitioners at the firm. In 2020, Nicola won ILTA’s award for Innovative Leader of the Year.
Rachel Shields Williams Director, Knowledge Management Technology
Sidley Austin LLP
Rachel Shields Williams is the Director, Knowledge Management Technology at Sidley Austin. In her current role with the organization, she blends her 15 years of marketing and business development experience with her passion for technology. She helps lawyers and marketers understand how they can apply technology to their business development and marketing activities in order to increase their effectiveness, operational efficiency and get results. With her experience in marketing and business development, she seeks to identify opportunities to take the pain out of the regular blocking and tackling tasks that marketers face each day and to help them create synergies in existing processes; that gives them more time to tackle the innovative projects that help grow the organizations bottom line. She also develops and implements processes that allow the integration of technology across various professional departments in the organization.
National Director of Knowledge & Practice Innovation
Kate Simpson National Director of Knowledge & Practice Innovation
Bennett Jones LLP
Kate is responsible for developing the firm's knowledge management strategy and initiatives, and leads a team of KM specialists in delivering practice tools and resources that leverage the firm's intellectual capital. Prior to Bennett Jones, Kate was a consultant to many Canadian, UK and global law firms advising them in the design and implementation of useful, usable and engaging KM solutions that benefited both the lawyers and their clients.
Ed Walters is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase. Under Ed’s leadership, Fastcase has grown to one of the world’s largest legal publishers, currently serving more than 900,000 subscribers from around the world. Before founding Fastcase, Ed worked at Covington & Burling, in Washington D.C. and Brussels. He worked in the White House from 1991-1993, first in the Office of Media Affairs and then in the Office of Presidential Speechwriting.
Ed is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar, and he has been admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Fifth Circuit. He serves on the boards of Pro Bono Net, Friends of Telecom Without Borders, and Public.Resource.org. He is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches The Law of Robots, a class about the frontiers of law and technology.
Meredith Williams-Range Chief Knowledge & Client Value Officer
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Meredith L. Williams-Range is Shearman & Sterling's Chief Knowledge & Value Officer. She oversees & coordinates global strategy in master data management, conflicts, governance, new business intake, records, legal project management, knowledge management, research services and more. She also oversees many of the Firm's resources that allow Shearman to partner with clients and deliver cutting-edge legal tech. She is widely recognized as a leading authority in innovation, legal tech, and the practice of law changes, and is a frequent presenter and author.
Ms. Williams-Range received a Bachelor's of Business Administration with concentration in Accounting followed by a Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis. She is admitted to practice in the state of Tennessee & New York. Ms. Williams-Range is a member of the Chief, a private network designed specifically for women leaders — rising VP level through CEO — to strengthen their experience in the C-suite, Association of Women Attorneys and the American, New York, Tennessee, and Memphis Bar Associations. In addition, Ms. Williams-Range is the Past President of the Board of Directors for the International Legal Technology Association. She is a recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award from the University Of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School Of Law for her volunteer work; ILTA's 2011 Distinguished Young Professional Award; ABA's LTRC's Top 10 Women of Legal Tech 2016; a 2017 Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management; 2018 ILTA Distinguished Peer Award winner; 2019 recipient of the New York Law Journal Trailblazer Award, 2019 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Intrepreneurs Top 10 Shortlist and 2020 Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Ms. Williams-Range is a regular speaker, blogger, and author. Some recent examples include “Redefining the Delivery of Legal Services”, ILTACON, Las Vegas, NV (August 2021); “Building the Law Services Delivery Team of the Future”, ILTACON, Las Vegas, NV (August 2021); "Meredith Williams-Range Builds the Law Firm of the Future,"Profile (July 2021); “Master Data Management Validation”, Business Intelligence and Analytics in the Legal Profession Virtual Conference (June 2021) ; “Senior Marketer Roundtable - Best Practices from Pioneers of Innovative and Integrated Law Firm”, LMA Tech Virtual Conference (April 2021); “Kira Conversations Leadership Series: Episode 1”, Kira Virtual Leadership Series (December 2020); “Virtual Fireside Chat: Purpose Driven Innovation”, WinWire Virtual Conference (December 2020); “Getting Your House in Order with Firm Intelligence”, ARK KM Virtual Conference (October 2020); “The New Normal of KM (During COVID-19 and Beyond)”, ARK KM Virtual Conference (October 2020); “How can legal organizations use data to reduce legal services costs?”, College of Law Practice Management Virtual Conference (October 2020); “The Ethics of Data”, IDEA User Conference, Keynote Speaker (October 2020); “Re-Thinking the Business of Law”, ILTA>ON Virtual Conference (August 2020); “Moving the Needle on Internal Adoption of Business Intelligence and Data Analytics”, Business Intelligence & Analytics in the Legal Profession Virtual Conference, Keynote Speaker (July 2020); "Using Data Intelligence to Solve the Hardest Aspects of Privacy Management", IAPP & Collibra Web Conference (July 2020); “People Process, Technology and Data”, KM Digital Summit London Virtual Conference, Keynote Speaker (June 2020); “The Innovation Advantage - Driving Client Value in the Midst of COVID-19”, LawNext Live, Virtual (May 2020); “Knowledge Management Acceleration