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 IT service management, project management, process reengineering and strategic planning. Her current area of focus encompasses the full spectrum of data management and business intelligence. Ms. Mayo has been with Ballard Spahr, LLP for the past 27 years, and in a Director-level role for over 15.
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.
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.
E Learning Specialist
Sean McGinty is an eLearning Specialist at Power Design Inc and Advisory Committee member for the USF Muma College of Business Cybersecurity Executive Education Certificate Program. His focus is on Instructional Design (ISD), eLearning development, Security Culture, A/V production, LMS Management, and Instructor Lead Training (ILT). He has worked in legal for 10+ years, and has 20+ years in Learning & Development spanning multiple industry groups; he holds several certifications in ISD and L&D software packages. He is also an accomplished homebrewer.
Chief Information Officer
Fenwick & West LLP
James McKenna is Fenwick & West LLP’s Chief Information Officer. 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 in a Global 50 Law Firm. He is also a former ILTA Board Member and his last role was its Executive Vice President. He has written articles, won awards, recently became a Certified Information Security Systems Professional.
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 has more than 30 years of experience in applying technology to the practice of law. His career has included work in litigation support, software development, training, publishing, and management consulting. He has also served as CIO for several firms, including Orrick, Dorsey & Whitney, and Chadbourne & Parke. Curt is currently VP, Strategic Relationships for Workshare, where he helps ensure that the company is delivering the tools that customers need. Curt is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia, and of the College of Law Practice Management.
Senior CRM Manager
Duane Morris LLP
Results driven Marketing and CRM Manager with more than 10 years of diverse experience leading sales and marketing teams, developing and executing strategic plans, and designing targeted and innovative brand campaigns and marketing programs.
Creative thought leader skilled in identifying opportunities for significant return on investment through improved and new products and services, focused outreach campaigns, and strategies linked to metrics-driven branding, business development, social media, and digital marketing.
Extensive knowledge and experience with CRM systems, including Salesforce and LexisNexis InterAction, dashboards, opportunity tracking systems, e-marketing products, and analytics.
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 of Applications, Development and Support
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Throughout the past 20 years, Beau has charted a progressively responsible career trajectory within the legal industry, refining expertise in legal technology, information management, and knowledge management. Some have called Beau an innovative IT leader in the Legal vertical.
Beau is currently the Director, Applications, Development, and Support at Fish & Richardson P.C. Fish is the #1 Patent Litigation Firm in the United States.
Through strategic planning and management skills, Beau has developed and led efforts to increase firm profitability, improve firm efficiency and enhance attorney working practices and user experiences throughout his tenure. Beau was the winner of ILTA's 2017 IT Professional of the Year award. He also led the team that built ILTA's 2016 Project of the Year. Solutions by his teams have also won Law Technology News' Most Innovative use of Technology by a Large Firm twice in the last decade.
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 Marketing Technology
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.