Director of Innovation
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Jeff is responsible for investigating and testing new technology, processes and business models that could impact how legal professionals get their work done. He is also responsible for advancing a culture of Innovation within Liberty Legal. Finally Jeff provides consultative and incubation services to innovative projects and ideas within the Legal Department. He has been at Liberty since 2000 and has worked in Customer Service, Systems Development and Innovation roles during that time.
Principal Solutions Architect
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Doug's practice focuses on electronic discovery matters, and he is the head of the firm's electronic discovery practice group. Doug has represented numerous businesses with regard to the management and discovery of electronically stored information. He has represented both corporate and public entities in a variety of litigation matters, including multiple putative class actions.
Director of Data Management
Ballard Spahr LLP
Lisa Mayo is a lifelong, adaptive learner and ITIL Foundations certified executive with over 25 years of law firm management experience. Her specialties include enterprise system conversions and integrations, process reengineering, strategic planning and creating operational efficiencies. Her current area of focus encompasses the full spectrum of data managemen, business intelligence and analytics. Ms. Mayo has been with Ballard Spahr, LLP for 30 years, with most of those focused on data management.
Director of Knowledge Management Services
Gwyn McAlpine oversees the knowledge management program at Perkins Coie LLP, an international law firm with 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices. Gwyn's focus is on creating value for clients by enabling attorneys to practice law more efficiently and collaboratively. In addition to more traditional KM initiatives, KM at Perkins Coie includes library and research services, internal and external collaboration, and AI and expert systems. Gwyn practiced corporate law for 10 years before fully transitioning to knowledge management.
Sente Advisors LLC
After a short stint as Business Transformation and Innovation Architect at HighQ, Ryan joined Neota Logic in 2016. Prior to this, he led Global Legal Technology Innovation initiatives at Norton Rose Fulbright. He has spent nearly 15 years in legal technology advocating for and implementing policies, procedures, and tools to improve the flow of knowledge and the pace of innovation within firms. Ryan is a 2015 FastCase 50 recipient - honoring 50 "entrepreneurs, innovators, and trailblazers... who have charted a new course for the delivery of legal services" - and he is a speaker, a writer, and a regular contributor to the popular 3 Geeks and a Law Blog.
Chief Information Officer
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
Mr. McDaniel has worked in the Information Technology field for thirty years. After four years in the Air Force where he acquired his initial software development and system administration skills, he relocated to Atlanta in 1987 and has since worked in large law firm Information Technology. As CIO for Smith, Gambrell & Russell, Mr. McDaniel leads a team of thirteen IT professionals. He is responsible for all aspects of the Firm’s computing and telecommunications systems including budgetary oversight and strategy setting.
Mr. McDaniel lives in Decatur, GA with his wife, Angela, their children, Haley and William, and their beloved small dog.
Director of Organizational Development & Learning
Evolution Hospitality Services
Sean McGinty serves as the Director of Organizational Development & Learning. In his role, Sean is responsible for overseeing the design and deployment of Evolution’s AWEstruck Learning Program, including onboarding and continued development of new talent in our business units. The AWEstruck Learning Program is a cornerstone of our service guarantee of “Elevating The Guest Experience”.
Sean is a Learning & Development professional with over 20 years of experience in design, development, facilitation, and evaluation of classroom-based training, online training events and hybrid learning delivery with a full understanding of adult learning theories and international trends. Experience also includes onboarding, learning management systems, learning technology, eLearning, public speaking, workshop facilitation, analysis of training needs, project management, government compliance & cybersecurity education, and mentoring.
Always striving for innovation, Sean has helped guide companies as they modernize their learning departments, by evolving from purely instructor lead training to blended learning environments. Throughout the years Sean has spoken all over the US at conferences, local events, and podcasts on L&D topics ranging from LMS Search & Implementation to Pushing the Envelope to Drive Engagement & Retention.
Sean also sits on the following boards and committees:
- eLearning SIG Manager for ATD Suncoast
- Advisory Committee Member on Cybersecurity for Executive Education University of South Florida Muma College of Business
Chief Information Officer
Fenwick & West LLP
James McKenna is Chief Information Officer of Fenwick & West LLP, a global 100 Firm. He is responsible for its information technology, security, development, audio visual, and practice support. He joined Fenwick & West LLP in August, 2016. Prior to that, he was with Morrison & Foerster LLP for 17 years. He has directly managed all aspects of IT, practice support, and information security. He has written articles, won awards, and is a Certified Information Security Systems Professional. He becomes the International Legal Technology Association’s next President in August, 2019.
Chief Comedy Officer
Don began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he helped design the world's first 32-bit microprocessor. He then spent six years with VLSI Technology as a computer chip designer. After winning a San Francisco stand-up comedy competition, Don turned in his chips for a microphone. He was the $100,000 Grand Champion on Star Search and has appeared on The Tonight Show and numerous other TV shows and commercials. Don utilizes his unique background to take a lighthearted look at computers, technology and life in the Information Age.
Chief Revenue Officer
Legal Solutions Architect
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Vedika is a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt and is passionate about the legal technology and process improvement space. She works as a program manager and data analyst for DWT De Novo's high volume contracting solutions, providing clients with business intelligence and opportunities for continuous improvement. Vedika also plays a critical role on the De Novo team in identifying, designing, implementing, controlling , and maintaining custom legal solutions for internal and external clients in order to meet the needs of a changing industry. As an attorney with a bachelor's degree in Economics and experience working at a variety of start-ups, Vedika brings a unique perspective and an agile approach to project management, solutions design, and change management.
Nilesh Mehta, Founder and CEO of NGenious Solutions Inc., is an MS (Computer Science) graduate from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ with close to 20 years of experience working with enterprise organizations.
Recognized not only as an Enterprise Architect across various Microsoft technologies but also as an accessible, forward-thinking and solutions-oriented leader, Nilesh believes in achieving exceptional results in highly competitive environments. Nilesh drives NGenious Solutions as a key motivator, mentor who leads talented professionals. He lives the culture and leads by example. Nilesh is very well known in the industry for his experience in developing enterprise solutions using Microsoft technologies and has also been awarded the Microsoft P-TSP status for the past 5 years. A Virtual Technology Solutions Professional (V-TSP) is an employee of a Microsoft Partner who is acting as an extension of the Microsoft team in the capacity of pre-sales technical support. As a V-TSP, he has the ability to position, demonstrate, design and implement Microsoft solutions.
As Founder and Chairman of the New York SharePoint User Group, Nilesh is also well known to help contribute back to the SharePoint community. His clear focus on Microsoft's technologies inspired him to co-author a book on SharePoint: SharePoint 2007 - The definite guide with O'Reilly.
VP, Strategic Relationships
Curt Meltzer, Vice President, Strategic Relationships at Workshare, has more than 30 years of experience in applying technology to the practice of law. His career has included work in litigation support, software, training, publishing, and management consulting. He has also been CIO for 4 law firms. He is a frequent speaker and writer on legal technology. Curt is also a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.
Senior CRM Manager
Duane Morris LLP
Sheila has more than 15 years’ experience leading sales and marketing teams. As Senior CRM Manager for Duane Morris, Sheila oversees the firm’s InterAction CRM database and email communication platform. Sheila’s responsibilities also include identifying new technologies to increase CRM efficiency and ROI, and determining effectiveness and defining best practices for email marketing and social media.
VP User Experience
Greg is an industry leader with a track record in user experience, information architecture, ethnographic research, visualization, web standards and next-generation search. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, Merkle was Vice President Product Strategy, Design and Information Architecture for Dow Jones Corporate Markets.
Greg leads a multidisciplinary user experience team that connects global business and technology teams to envision and build expert solutions for Wolters Kluwer’s customers. The team's mission is to provide creative direction and promote design thinking that results in great experiences for our customers in the critical jobs they do.
Director, Legal Technology Services
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Beau Mersereau leads the newly formed Legal Technology Solutions Group at Fish & Richardson P.C., which was spun off from Fish’s award-winning IT Department and includes application specialists, business analysts, data scientists, and software engineers at the firm.
Beau Mersereau directs a team of professionals who are responsible for innovations in creative technology aimed at keeping Fish on the forefront of change and anticipating emerging technologies and market trends to meet competitive threats and opportunities.
He has led the firm’s investment in technology for nearly two decades – developing numerous proprietary tools and solutions such as OutLaw, SharkTank, and Power Docket that help Fish better serve its clients. Fish has won multiple awards for its technological innovations, including the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) Innovative Project of the Year (SharkTank), and Law Technology News’ Most Innovative Use of Technology by a Large Law Firm (Outlaw and iOutlaw). In 2017, ILTA named Beau Mersereau its IT Professional of the Year.
Fish & Richardson, a premier global intellectual property law firm, is sought-after and trusted by the world’s most innovative brands and influential technology leaders. Fish offers patent prosecution, counseling and litigation and trademark and copyright prosecution, counseling and litigation.
Chief Legal Administrator, SVP
PNC Bank Legal Department
John Metz is Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Administrator, PNC Legal Department. Has been with PNC for over 30 years and in the Legal department for 7 years. John is responsible for all day-to-day operational, financial, reporting, communications, and operations across PNC’s Legal Department and Chief Administration Office. He acts as the department’s COO/CFO including being responsible for driving more effective and efficient relationships with internal business customers and law firms and vendors, reducing aggregate costs, enhancing transparency/visibility, and implementing greater budget controls. John manages and implements the strategic vision for the department in cooperation with the General Counsel.
Sr. Knowledge Manager
Director of Technology Innovation & Research
Blank Rome LLP
Brad is responsible for the strategic direction of Blank Rome's marketing and business development systems and e-marketing initiatives. His knowledge in this area is extensive, with experience implementing ERM and CRM systems, CRM dashboards, opportunity tracking systems, pitch and proposal generation tools, e-marketing products and numerous websites. Brad currently leads a team of six dedicated professionals challenged with streamlining technology and systems to ensure timely delivery of the firm's marketing services.