Jeff Fried is a long-standing information management nerd, with particular focus on search, text analytics and SharePoint as applied to Digital Workspaces. Jeff is CTO of BA Insight, and previously served as product manager for Microsoft’s enterprise search products, as VP at FAST search, and as SVP Products at NLP vendor LingoMotors. He is a frequent speaker and writer, has published over 50 technical papers, and has co-authored several books including Professional SharePoint 2013 Development and Professional Microsoft Search.
Sr. Manager of KM Technology and Innovation
Ropes & Gray
Todd is a technologist with nearly a decade of experience designing and building solutions in the legal industry. He is a firm believer in accessing data from its authoritative source in order to limit data duplication. By using best practices to integrate data between disparate systems we reduce the need for customization, saving time and money.
Chief Knowledge + Information Officer
Ron Friedmann improves law practice efficiency with knowledge management, legal project management, outsourcing, process improvement, and legal technology. A graduate of NYU Law, Ron has over 25 years of legal market experience. As a Fireman & Company partner, Ron advises law firms and law departments on strategic and operational issues.
Prior legal market positions include Integreon executive team, Mintz Levin CIO, Wilmer Cutler head of practice support, and director at two legal software companies. Ron was also a Bain & Company strategy consultant and an analyst for an economic forecasting firm.
Ron regularly blogs, Tweets, presents at conferences, and writes articles. He is a Fellow and former Trustee of the College of Law Practice Management and co-organizes the leading annual private legal KM summit.
Founder and CRM/BD Technology Consultant
As a Business Development Technology Consultant, Chris Fritsch and her team at CLIENTSFirst have worked together with more than 150 top law firms across the country to help them select and implement the right technology solutions to support their Business Development efforts. She also helps firms create strategies for maximizing return on technology investments and driving adoption.
Chris writes and speaks nationally on topics including legal technology, client relationship management (CRM), business development, competitive intelligence, e-mail marketing, data quality and the use of technology to enhance revenue and profitability.
Before founding CLIENTSFirst Consulting in 2007, Chris worked in-house as a Legal Technologist for an Am Law 50 law firm based in Atlanta. She was also the Managing Partner of a consulting firm specializing in providing technology solutions for attorneys.
Chris received her law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, GA.
Chief Operating Officer
Helient Systems LLC
Will has more than 14 years of industry experience, including ten years dedicated to working exclusively with the #LegalIT community. As Chief Operating Officer, Will establishes the technical infrastructure and implementation standards including heavy concentrations on datacenter virtualization, storage, hyper-convergence, Public and Private cloud-based solutions and disaster recovery/business continuity. He has extensive experience implementing infrastructure solutions within the Microsoft 365 and Azure infrastructures, along with on-premises storage architectures and Server and Desktop Virtualization (VDI) technologies, including Microsoft RDSH, Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop, VMware Horizon View, and VDI 2.0 players such as Workspot and HiveIO. Will has the honor of being chosen as a Nutanix Technology Champion (NTC) for the last two years and holds many accreditations within the areas of Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, NetApp and Nutanix.
Chief Marketing Officer
Bilzin Sumberg, LLP
Laura Galeano, Esq. oversees Bilzin Sumberg's business development and marketing functions, including client services, business development, marketing, public relations and communication.
In 2013, together with Bilzin Sumberg's Chief Knowledge Officer, Laura co-managed the development of the firm's website that resulted in Bilzin Sumberg’s receipt of a first place 2012 Legal Marketing Association’s Southeastern Chapter (LMASE) "Your Honor Award," and a second place Legal Marketing Association (LMA) "Your Honor Award". The Your Honor Awards are the only specialized awards program in the legal marketing industry, and recognize creativity, execution, achievement and overall excellence in legal marketing.
Laura graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, with an emphasis in Legal Communication, from Florida State University. She received her J.D. from Florida International University, College of Law. She is a former LMASE board member.
Chief Solutions Officer- Global Operations
Managing Director, Procurement Managed Services
HBR Consulting LLC
Chief Innovation Officer
Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP
Chelsea Office Systems, Inc.
Roberta Gelb, President and Founder of Chelsea Office Systems, has over 30 years experience supporting law firms. She is a well-known professional, having established authority on productivity, software and document management solutions for law firms and businesses. She has substantial expertise in systems design, implementation, training and the "human factors" associated with effective use of technology. Roberta is a member of the Legaltech News Editorial Advisory Board.
She is extremely active in her community, currently serving on the Board of the NY State Breast Cancer Network; the Scientific Advisory Board of Consano, and volunteering for animal rescue programs in the New York area.
Head of Data Strategy and Legal Analytics
Winston & Strawn LLP
Peter leads Winston & Strawn's Data Strategy and Analytics teams. He provides a unique background that combines data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities along with business strategy, innovation, project management, legal acumen, and management consulting skills.
Peter specializes in applying state-of-the-art analytics, business intelligence tools and modeling techniques to generate legal insights and improve firm performance. He leads Winston & Strawn’s Data Strategy & Analytics team with notable accomplishments across early case assessment, pricing & budgeting, business operations and forecasting.
Work Experience: Prior to joining Winston & Strawn, Peter was a Senior Director with Alvarez & Marsal, a Director and Analytics Market Leader with PwC, a Principal for a regional consulting firm, a senior project manager for SPSS and proudly served as a commissioned Officer in the United States Navy.
Peter received his JD from Northwestern Ca University, his MBA from University of Phoenix and his B.S. from the University of Illinois (Urbana) and is based in the Chicago metro Area.
Director, Legal Technology
Colgate-Palmolive Legal Department
Larry is Director, Legal Technology for Colgate-Palmolive’s 110-attorney, 37 office Global Legal Organization (“GLO”) headquartered in New York City. Larry has worked in the legal technology field since 1987 for firms such as Kennedy Covington, Winston & Strawn, NYLife Insurance Company and Bowne Business Solutions (as IT Director for Brown & Wood). Larry was also a member of the ILTA ’07 and ’08 Conference Committees, a past Charlotte City Representative and present NYC Regional Member Liaison for ILTA.
The Colgate-Palmolive GLO was the first company/firm to implement a mostly 3rd party hosted cloud solution with Lotus Notes on premise combining off-the-shelf and customized platforms from HP Autonomy, CT TyMetrix, Thomson Reuters and DocAuto in 2010. In 2016, the Colgate-Palmolive enterprise moved to a Google for Work Suite platform. Prior experience also includes moving a 200-attorney law firm from DocsOpen 3.9.5 to the NetDocuments SaaS model in 2005. In Q3, 2017 the GLO will launch Gmail integration for iManage Work 10.
Litigation Support Case Manager
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Tanya Glaser is the Senior Litigation Support Case Manager for Ogletree Deakins' Midwest region, and is a ready resource for consulting and advice on best practices across the e-discovery lifecycle. Tanya focuses on strategic planning and project management for medium- to large-scale document collection and review, and on analysis and collection of structured data. She is also an excellent resource for training on litigation support technology.
Although a native Midwesterner, Tanya spent many years studying and working in Colorado and Seattle, before happily returning to Chicago to join Ogletree Deakins in June 2010. Her previous positions include Litigation Systems Support Manager at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, and Litigation Support Specialist with Dorsey & Whitney LLP.
• University of Chicago, A.B.
• University of Colorado at Boulder, M.A., Ph.D.
• International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), Current Member
• Chicago Association of Litigation Support Managers (CALSM), Current Member
• Chicago Women in eDiscovery (WiE), Current Member
• Association of Litigation Support Professionals (ALSP), Founding Chapter Member, Pacific Northwest Chapter, 2009-10
• Legal Project Management, Hildebrant Institute, 2011
• Concordance Fundamentals, LexisNexis, 2009
• E-Discovery: An A-Z Workshop, West LegalWorks, 2008
• Trial Director Certified Training, inData, 2008
• E-Discovery Certification, Kroll Ontrack, 2007
Director of Legal Services
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Gillian has been in her current role since 2000. Previously, she was the litigation support manager for the San Francisco City Attorney's Office. In her position at Farella, Gillian is responsible for electronic discovery, knowledge management and the management of physical and electronic records. Gillian received ILTA's Distinguished Peer Award for Records and Risk Management in 2011.
Senior Vice President
Damon Goduto is a legal tech veteran with over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and project management. He is a testifying expert on electronic discovery issues and served as a eDiscovery Liaison for the US District’s 7th Circuit, translating technical issues for the court.
Goduto was the co-founder of Iris Data Services, leading the company to two placements on the Inc 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies and ultimately to an acquisition by Epiq Systems in 2015. While at Epiq he was the Co-Global Head of Sales and was responsible for all international markets and worldwide ediscovery managed services sales.
Most recently Goduto ran the sales and marketing efforts for ThreadKM, a legal collaboration platform until it’s acquisition by NetDocuments in 2017.
Michael Farrell Associates LLC
Sally Gonzalez is a leading industry expert in KM and IT strategy, planning, and implementation for the legal services industry. She brings clients strong leadership, analytical, and advisory skills combining innovative thinking with practical implementation experience. Her clients include US, UK, and Canadian law firms and the law departments of Fortune 100 companies. She has also held top IT and KM leadership roles at global law firms including Norton Rose Fulbright and Dentons.
Legal Technology Consultant
Ann Gorr, LLC
Ann Gorr is a legal technology consultant, information governance strategist, subject matter expert and avid technology evangelist. She is truly “fluent in legal technology” and recognized for the development and execution of innovative Legal IT strategies for her small-to-midsized law firm and corporate legal clients in the Information Governance/Enterprise Content Management and Compliance arenas. With over 25 years of experience in the unique legal technology environment, Ann has the ability to translate technical information into practical/concise concepts, find simplicity in complexity, execute change management, and to bring about consensus with technology projects by reducing complex issues to manageable solutions. She serves as a champion of change and an in-house advocate for her clients while focusing on developing key strategies and best practices in designing and deploying a strategic Information Governance roadmap. Ann frequently delivers presentations for legal professional associations including ILTA, LegalTech, ARMA, and NJSBA on trending technology topics and regularly conducts national and local CLE programs. She currently serves as the President of the ARMA of New Jersey Chapter and holds professional memberships in the ALA New Jersey, Philadelphia, Independence, & Cyber Chapters, ARMA-Metro/NYC, AIIM, Information Governance Initiative (IGI) and Information Coalition.
Global Director, Information Governance, Risk and Compliance
Michele has experience in numerous law firm business functions, including security, governance, risk and compliance, budgeting & business analysis, project management, communications, system implementation, user experience enhancement, human resources, procurement and large global mergers/combinations/relocations. She oversees Dentons integrated IT security and risk management functions to develop globally-aligned risk management and compliance workflows to further the firm’s expansion of delivering secure, industry-leading client services. She is actively involved in various legal industry initiatives to enhance the firm’s security and governance functions and regularly collaborates with client industries and legal industry colleagues to help effectively enhance secure data-handling practices. Michele is a long-time ILTA volunteer, having served on the board of directors, as conference co-chair, on security, talent & search committees and co-chairs their Women Who Lead initiative. She speaks & writes on various topics.
Graciotti - Assessoria Empresarial Ltda.
An ILTA veteran for over 20 years, Jose Paulo Graciotti is a Brazilian executive fluent in the areas of Governance, Planning and Organization areas, with sound knowledge in Information Technology and Knowledge Management. Managerial experience in diagnosing and implementing control and computer systems in outstanding services companies. Responsible for planning, financial control and management of Law Firms for the last 27 years. Responsible for the Knowledge Management concept introduction in these firms and leaded the creation and deploying of the necessary tools for the users. Dominates areas of Content Management, Project Management, Knowledge Management, Records Management and Risk Management. Creates and manages all the technology infrastruture necessary for better management and productivity increase, collaboration and team work for law firms and service companies. Very good knowledge on IBM Verse / Notes, VMWare, Citrix, SQL, Entreprise Searchers, DLP´s Firewalls and Network Security. As engineer: Responsible for the management, physical and financial planning of large Contractors and Constructions (some of them with budget of US$ 45,000,000.00).
Director of Business Relations
Brown Rudnick, LLP