Founder & CEO
Edge Legal Marketing
On a daily basis Amy enjoys sharing her 20+ years of strategic marketing and public relations insight with her team and clients from all over the world. Often lighthearted and, when necessary, all too serious, Amy is extremely cognizant of the future of the company and the successes of Edge clients.
Finding time to be a CEO, consultant, hockey mom, soccer mom and alpine ski mom as well as co-owner, operator and sommelier of Orchard Trail Winery (not sold in stores) is not always easy for Amy. There are many days when she wants to have a clone . . . and at the rate of technological advancement, perhaps that day is not too far away!
Prior to leading Edge Legal Marketing, Amy served as president of LegalVoice for three years and director of marketing at Quorum (now part of Kroll Ontrack) for five years. Amy earned her Bachelor of Science in business from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and a master’s degree in business and management information systems from Metropolitan State University. In her free time Amy serves as executive director of Women in eDiscovery.
Strategic Technology Partner Lead, Google Cloud
Ari Kaplan Advisors
Ari Kaplan is a legal industry analyst, who provides writing support to individuals, law firms, and companies interested in producing white papers, articles, client profiles, case studies, and other marketing material. He is also the author of two books. The New York Law Journal called The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development (Thomson-West, 2008), a “must-have treasure box of marketing ideas,” and CEOs have described Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace (Wiley, 2011), also available in Japanese, as “an essential guide” that “expertly showcases the multitude of opportunities the digital age has brought to the professional services market.”
As the principal researcher for various legal industry benchmarking reports, he has served as the author or co-author of over a dozen in the past seven years, and is the creator of the E-Discovery Unfiltered survey series.
Kaplan, named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, has been the keynote speaker for events in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and throughout the U.S., including the 2010 ABA Techshow and the 2012 Australasian Legal Practice Management Association Summit.
In 2014, he launched Lawcountability®, a cloud-based platform and iPhone app that empowers lawyers and law students facing a significantly tighter job market and a heightened level of competition for new business with techniques for more effectively networking with clients, prospects, and colleagues.
He is the founder of two charitable endeavors, serves as a Little League baseball coach, and is an Ironman triathlon finisher.
Document Lifecycle Evangelist
Sherry has more than 30 years' experience in design, implementation and change management of content-authoring technologies. She has written and spoken widely to address the needs, goals and strategies of document-intensive businesses, and is an expert in Microsoft Office applications. She was recognized by ILTA as Innovative Consultant of the Year in 2014, and as Vendor Thought Leader in 2017. Sherry is a member of the Document Lifecycle Evangelist team at Litera Microsystems.
Director, Practice Services
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Director Service Industries
As Service Industries Director, Ted Kempf is responsible for developing and managing the execution of Microsoft’s business solution portfolio for the U.S. Service Industries inclusive of the legal industry.
Founder and CEO
Innovative Computing Systems, Inc.
Michael Kemps is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Innovative Computing Systems, Inc., where he cultivates relationships with clients and partners and, with his management team, provides leadership, strategic and ethical direction and oversight of company operations. He founded the company in 1989 after developing relationships with several law firms that eventually became early clients.
His interest in technology began when he was 13-years old and started developing Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) with friends and repaired hardware and software for family and friends. Today, Michael is involved in the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) and the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), as well as several non-profit organizations. He is also on the advisory board of a community bank.
His insights into the roles legal technology solutions can play in law firms have been widely published and noted.
Balch & Bingham LLP
Chief Information Security Officer
Jenner & Block, LLP
Brent manages the firm’s information security and governance program, working with clients and others to implement robust strategies and controls designed to protect client and firm data. He helps clients proactively prepare for electronic discovery and reactively implement strategies and plans for collecting, processing, analyzing and producing data in litigation. Brent is also a partner at the firm.
Director, Technology Innovations
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
As the Director of Technology Innovations, Byong helps clients use technology to better run their law departments. With nearly a decade of consulting experience, Byong excels at envisioning and implementing applications and delivering them with his characteristic organization and efficiency.
Lawyer and New York Times bestselling author Gary Kinder has taught over 1,000 writing programs to law firms, corporations, universities, and government agencies. In 2012, Gary and his team of engineers created WordRake, the only software in the world that edits for clarity and brevity, giving professionals more confidence when writing to clients and colleagues. Backed by seven U.S. patents, WordRake was recently hailed as "Disruptive Innovation" by Harvard Law School. And LexisNexis® Pacific has chosen the WordRake editing software to include in its new Lexis® Draft Pro.
Chief Knowledge Officer
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
Bill Koch is a seasoned law firm Information Technology professional with a passion for what's next. In his current role as the Chief Knowledge Officer at Womble Bond Dickinson (US), Bill and his team seek out and implement new and innovative ways to enhance attorney capabilities through practice-focused technologies.
Director of Finance
Nyemaster, Goode, West, Hansell & O'Brien, P.C.
Suzanne Koch is the Controller at Nyemaster Goode, P.C. and has 17 years of experience working in the legal industry. Suzanne is a graduate of the University of Iowa and holds certifications as a CPA and CMA. She has been on the board of directors for the Iowa Association of Legal Administrators for two years and is currently serving as President.
Chief Administrative Officer
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Sr. Manager - Business Development
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Sarah Korth has 15 years of experience developing marketing and business development initiatives that create impact and drive growth. She currently leads the marketing, business development, and sales efforts for Littler CaseSmart, an innovative platform for efficiently managing employment litigation that was launched in 2010 by Littler Mendelson, the world’s largest employment and labor law firm. For the past three years, Sarah has collaborated with a multi-disciplinary team to launch two additional service lines of the award-winning platform that have realized significant growth. More recently, she is playing an integral role in the rollout of VirtualBinder, a “first of its kind” technology that uses automated workflow to track and manage the entire life cycle of a litigated case while informing attorneys exactly what tasks need to be completed, by whom and when. Prior to entering the legal industry, Sarah worked at a traditional marketing firm focused on developing B2B and B2C growth strategy.
Client Solutions Officer
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
Rick is the Chief Knowledge Management Officer at Baker Donelson. Rick oversees the Firm’s industry-leading Knowledge Management team and the design and management of BakerNet, our intranet’s fully-personalized portal. He coordinates the Firm’s strategic knowledge management initiatives and associated emerging technologies. Rick also oversees many of the initiatives that foster our ability to partner with clients and deliver cutting-edge legal solutions. He directs the Firm's data analytics and collaborative, web-based suite of online client services. He manages the Firm’s knowledge management venture fund, facilitating high-quality contributions to maximize the value of the Firm’s many expert contributors. Rick is a well-regarded authority in the legal field’s knowledge management arena, and regularly presents on enterprise search as well as other Rick knowledge management topics.
Axiom Consulting Partners LLC
Dave Kuhlman specializes in delivering strategic change to people-intensive businesses. With over 20 years of experience, Dave has worked with some of the leading professional firms in the world, improving collaboration and motivation, addressing strategic challenges and helping them to effective execute, compete and grow profitably. Specifically, he has worked on everything from strategy clarification and organization structure to performance measurement, rewards, partnership agreements and more.
Co-Founder and Leader of IBM Watson Legal
Brian Kuhn is the Founder and Global Co-Leader of the Cognitive Legal business at IBM and inventor of two IBM Watson based legal solutions. As a former practicing financial services attorney, Brian is responsible for defining and growing the Cognitive Legal brand worldwide. Brian is also responsible for defining the intersection of legal artificial intelligence and blockchain for law for IBM. In 2017, Brian became a pioneering member of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium and the MIT Legal Forum for AI & Blockchain.
Brian speaks frequently at legal industry events in North America, Europe and Asia. He has lead over 140 use case definition workshops with legal clients to help identify and justify where cognitive capabilities intersect with clients’ practice and business needs. Brian has advised law companies, firms, and governments.
Christopher Kusek is Chief Technology Officer of Portland, OR based system integrator and VAR, Xiologix, LLC. With over 20 years of experience in IT as a Technology Evangelist and Industry leader, Christopher plays a key role in Xiologix’s growth leading its storage and engineering practice to evaluate and architect solutions that meet client’s tactical and strategic goals.
Prior to Xiologix, Christopher spent three years at EMC where he was the Global Lead for Cloud and Virtualization. In this position he was focused on the company’s relationship and integration with VMware, VCE, Storage and Cloud Services. Christopher was also responsible for Product Management, Marketing and Sales. Before that, he worked at NetApp as a Technology Evangelist and Principal Consultant responsible for pre-sales and post-sales hybrid consulting engagements surrounding Virtualization, Storage, Microsoft and security solutions. Most recently Christopher has returned from spending the past two years responsible for theater wide infrastructure operations for the war effort in Afghanistan.
Christopher is connected to current and future trends; a strategist who comprehends complex business and technology problems uses his organization and leadership skills to solve them. An industry recognized expert Christopher is an EMC Elect and VMware vExpert, while also an accomplished speaker and author with six books published. With over 20 years of industry experience spend focused on creating innovative business solutions, Christopher’s expertise is integral to Xiologix’s ability to lead its clients to the right solution for their business.
LaFlair Legal & Project Management Services
Melissa LaFlair PMP, LL.B., Ivey HBA, Founder of LaFlair Legal and Project Management Services®, is a lawyer and consultant with over 20 years of experience spearheading efficient and cost-effective approaches to Building Powerful Lawyer-Client Relationships®. Having served for 7 years as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of DRI Capital Inc. and practiced corporate and securities law for a combined 8 years at Torys, LLP and Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg, Melissa has unique insight into the various challenges and opportunities that present themselves in today’s legal market. Her signature approach to legal operations introduces strategic, data-based perspective and change to budgeting, reporting, process development, process improvement, resource allocation and risk management efforts that support the differentiation and long-term success of the organizations she works with.