Chief Strategy Officer
Steve is the Chief Marketing Officer and head of business development at Kira Inc., maker of software that uses artificial intelligence to analyze contracts. Previously Steve was the General Manager for Business Law at Thomson Reuters, where he was responsible for strategy and commercialization of workflow solutions for transactional lawyers, including tools for securities research, deal points tracking, and contract drafting.
Steve holds a BA from Brown University, an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a law degree from UCLA. Steve is proficient in Japanese and lives in Washington DC.
Chief Financial Officer
Steve has extensive experience in Accounting, including Banking, Pension, Financial Analysis, General Ledger and Financial Reporting. He has been in the Legal field for over 26 years and holds professional memberships with the Institute of Management Accountants, the Association of Legal Administrators and ILTA. He has spoken to groups on a wide variety of Financial Topics and participated at many levels within these organizations.
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
Patrick Oot is a Chambers-ranked global practice leader in e-discovery and government investigations. Patrick is recognized in Who’s WhoLegal for his expertise in electronic discovery and data privacy. He is one of the few e-discovery and compliance attorneys in the nation that possesses the tripartite experience of an in-house corporate counsel from a Fortune 16 organization; a senior attorney at a federal regulatory agency; and a partner in a global firm.
Director of Information Governance
Foley & Lardner LLP
LKO Information Management Consulting, LLC
Lynn consults in the field of knowledge and information management, bringing over 20 years of experience to the table. She focuses on strategy, management, process improvement and service excellence within and across administrative teams in law firms. In addition, Lynn provides direction and support in the areas of CRM, data quality management, information and knowledge management, and data governance. Always striving to get the right information to the right people at the right time, Lynn works with firms to uncover information needs, establish relevant, multipurpose use cases and deliver solutions that enable informed and efficient decision-making.
IT Training Manager
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Stacie Oste is the Training Manager for Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP in Charlotte, NC. She leads the firm’s learning and development opportunities in addition to project management and systems support. Known for her love of humor and personable style, she is living proof that technology training does not have to be boring! Prior to joining Parker Poe 16 years ago, she earned a M.S.Ed. in Counseling and has worked for 3M, LensCrafters, and Gateway Country. Her interests include hiking with her husband, travel, reading, and movies. She is the proud recipient of the 2011 ILTA City Rep of the Year award.
Chief Technology Officer
Kraft & Kennedy, Inc.
Chris Owens is the CTO of Kraft Kennedy. With over 20 years of consulting and technology management experience, Chris has helped leading firms with desktop design and management, server and storage consolidation and collocation, DR/BC, email messaging design and migration, document management, and hybrid/thin-client architecture. His recent work has focused on designing solutions for law firms to make the transition to the Windows-as-a-Service model.
As a Sr. Solutions Engineer, Brian is responsible for representing the technical capabilities of Bomgar products during evaluations and making sure that features & functions match the business requirements of Bomgar prospects. He has been involved in information technology for over 35 years in positions ranging from programmer, technical support manager, and systems engineer. Brian has a BA degree from LaGrange College, an MA from Virginia Tech, and is certified in ITIL v3.
Director, Program Management Office
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
VP, Legal Business Solutions
Pratik leads the global legal business solutions practice, which focuses on helping law departments and law firms innovate around the operations and the business of law. More specifically, Pratik leads a team that focuses on legal analytics, spend management, legal project management, outside counsel management, lean for legal and strategy development. Pratik is part of Elevate’s executive management team, has been recognized by ILTA as the most innovative legal consultant in 2015 and also serves as inducted faculty for College of Law Practice Management.
Senior Director of Product Line Management
James manages portfolios of software and directs product development teams. His contributions and leadership to the advancement of mobile initiatives helped give legal professionals the power to manage the practice while away from the office. James launched qualitative and quantitative market research to better understand how customers choose to buy, who the decision-makers are, what they need in practice management tools and how LexisNexis can identify greater areas of opportunity. This research led to a repositioning of individual products to be more finely targeted to specific market segments. With more than 15 years in management consulting, business development and product line management, James brings an analytical mind and innovative spirit to market dynamics, people management, revenue generation and profits. His experience in international startups to Fortune 500 companies gives him a breadth of accomplishment that drives his strategy and style.
Chief Legal & Technology Services Officer
Beth is the Chief Legal & Technology Services
Officer for Allens, an international law firm based in Australia with offices
throughout the Asia Pacific region and an integrated alliance with global law firm Linklaters. She is an industry
leader who combines strategic technical, project
management, legal and commercial expertise to deliver innovative legal
technology and outsourcing solutions in this age of big data. With more than
two decades of experience, she has worked on multinational and global litigation
and corporate matters, many of which were the largest in the Asia Pacific
region. Beth is a regular presenter at local and international conferences and
has published numerous articles. Her range of
experience across industries and countries puts her in a unique position to
address the challenges digital disruption brings to the legal industry
Senior Corporate Counsel
Pedro is a Senior Corporate Counsel at Oracle and he supports the Oracle Data Cloud and Big Data licensing organizations within the company. He has been at Oracle for 2 years. Prior to joining Oracle Pedro was in private practice and also served in government.
Author and Speaker on Legal Technology
Donna Payne is a recognized expert in IT, with specialization in legal software and technology. Payne speaks about privacy concerns, metadata, STEM and leadership. She has keynoted at conferences, spoken to Congress, and presented for government and security agencies worldwide. Donna authored and co-authored on 13 books on technology and is currently working on her first non-computer related book.
Donna founded PayneGroup nearly twenty-five years ago and has worked with clients around the world throughout her time with the company. She is the recent recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award (2019) from the International Legal Technology Association and had previous won Thought Leader of the Year (2013) from ILTA. Payne also received the first Lex Proficio award recipient for lifetime achievement (ABA Tech Show) and Law Technology News magazine’s inaugural Consultant of the Year.
Before starting PayneGroup, Donna worked in government, telecom, Fortune 500 and even did a stint as a rock and roll singer.
US Magistrate Judge
US District Court Southern District of New York
Judge Peck is a frequent lecturer on issues related to electronic discovery. He is a member of the Sedona Conference and the Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Board. He was awarded the Champion of Technology Award for 2011 by LawTechnology News. In his spare time, Judge Peck is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and other Sherlock Holmes societies.
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Jarmila Pencikova has been the Director of Finance and Controller at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, a 450+ lawyer firm, for the past 9 of her 29 years at the firm. She played a major role in the implementation of various projects over the past 29 years and was involved in the implementation of Aderant Expert, Chrome River, Prebill Viewer, Intapp Time, Intapp Open and other financial systems at Osler. Jarmila earned PhD in Mathematics from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and received her Certified Management Accountant and Certified Public Accountant designation in Canada.
Client Service and Engagement
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Lawton Penn is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, a national full-service firm. After 25 years as a practicing employment lawyer, and holding several leadership roles at the firm, she now leads Davis Wright Tremaine’s legal solutions design team, DWT De Novo. De Novo is a cross-functional team of legal solutions architects, legal process improvement experts and technologists, among others. It is focused on improving the delivery of legal services by combining excellent legal knowledge with technology, new staffing models, process improvement and data analysis to deliver a more comprehensive business solution. Lawton received her undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford University and her JD from UCLA School of Law.
VP and Chief Operating Officer, Office of Legal and Administrative Affairs
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Law Department
Design Build Legal
Andy has spent the last nine years throwing himself into designing better engagement between law firms and in-house teams — more transparent, more collaborative, and more efficient — where decision-making is driven by data as much as by gut feeling. Having spent much of that time working inside an AmLaw 200 firm, he recently co-founded Design Build Legal, where he advises lawyers and legal operations professionals on designing technology, process, data analysis, and staffing initiatives that solve some of their most difficult legal and business challenges.