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Innovator and Author
Paul architected Litéra Anywhere. Prior to joining Litéra in 2014, Paul served as the CIO for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, one of the world's largest law firms, and as the CTO for Zurich Insurance. For more than three decades, Paul has been a thought leader, innovator and architect of data centres, global networks, cloud integration solutions, legal enterprise search solutions, legal centric security frameworks, law firm productivity and mobility solutions, and team building in internal IT departments.
Chief Information Officer Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Brian Donato is Chief Information Officer at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.  He brings 30+ years of experience ranging from software developer to process engineer to IT Director to his current position at Vorys, where he has worked for the last 20+ years.
Mr. Donato is the firm’s Security Officer, a member of the firm’s Information Governance, Innovation and Technology committees, and technical advisor to many practice groups. Mr. Donato is a past member of the LegalSEC Steering Committee for the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), current ILTA Talent Council member and steering committee member for the Law Firm Information Governance Symposium. He frequently publishes and speaks on IT and IG topics.
Director of Electronic Discovery and Litigation Support Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Stephen is an experienced leader in addressing the practical needs of the data management and discovery process and has diverse experience in implementing teams and solutions to address those efforts. With over 25 years of industry experience, he has been instrumental in developing and maintaining two litigation support departments and currently is the Acting Director of the Electronic Discovery and Litigation Support department at Sullivan & Cromwell. Stephen actively participates in supporting the growth and education around the business of data and discovery management in the industry.
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
VP, Strategic Sales NetDocuments
Marc has over a decade of experience servicing and supporting many of the Am Law 100 firms and corporate legal departments at NetDocuments. Marc's passion and enthusiasm for document management shows in his presentation skills and ability to translate technology-enabled solutions into a coherent narrative regardless of the audience's technical expertise.
IT Manager Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
National Director, Data Analytics Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Zev is a data scientist focusing on applications in HR, labor and employment law, and legal services. He has significant experience practicing labor and employment law, providing management and HR consulting, and performing predictive analytics. He was honored as one of "40 Under 40 Rising Legal Stars" by the National Law Journal, and is frequently quoted in the media as an expert on big data solutions, contracts, labor, and employment law issues.
VP Information Mgmt & Policy; Information Governance; Data Privacy; E-Discovery Baxalta
COO Vaporstream
Avi Elkoni is the COO and CTO of Vaporstream, providers of secure, ephemeral and compliant messaging for the enterprise. Prior to joining the Vaporstream team, Avi headed US Operations for Equivio, Inc. (acquired by Microsoft in December of 2014). While at Equivio, he oversaw the growth of the company’s Rockville, MD headquarters, developed and delivered industry-acclaimed seminars, and contributed significantly to new business growth. Avi has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Bar Ilan University.
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Chief Operating Officer; Chief Information Officer Hinshaw & Culbertson

 Before taking on her current role, Tracy was the CIO of Bingham McCutchen, a 1,000-lawyer firm with 29 offices. Tracy was the co-founder and managing partner at Aztech Consulting Group, LLC for 11 years prior to going in-house with Bingham in 2008. She currently serves on ILTA's Board of Directors and was previously a conference co-chair, conference team coordinator and conference team member. Tracy has been a speaker at multiple ILTA conferences.

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Head of Content/Legal Market Strategy InsideLegal.Com
Jobst brings extensive experience in market analysis, market research, public relations and product marketing to the legal industry. He has served as a legal market strategist for the last 17 years, advising companies entering the legal market, involved in mergers and acquisitions, and expanding operations overseas. His clear view of legal trending, market development and market perception uniquely positions him to advise companies, legal associations and law firms as they align their business strategies to reflect market realities. Jobst regularly writes and speaks on legal technology trends, technology innovations and futures, legal marketing, big data and cloud technologies. He is a member of the ABA’s Big Data Committee. He can be reached at or via Twitter @InsideLegal. Jobst has been involved with ILTA since 1999.
Senior Director of Legal Operations and Innovation Quarles & Brady LLP

As co-leader and COO of BCXponent, Chris advises law departments and helps them work better with their internal business clients as well as outside counsel and vendors. BCXponent works with law departments to leverage data, technology, process, and best practices focused on the needs of legal, which were developed over the last two decades inside Bryan Cave. Common areas of consulting and technology implementation include contract management, matter management, legal spend analysis and convergence, and portfolio litigation management.

In his spare time Chris can be found playing with Legos and eliminating aliens in Destiny with his boys.

Zapproved, Inc.
Monica has extensive management experience and software expertise and has grown Zapproved into a leading cloud-based software provider for corporate legal. Monica leads the company in its mission to provide e-discovery for all and transforming the way corporate legal departments respond to litigation, so they can take control over the process, mitigate risk and reduce costs. Prior to founding Zapproved, Monica spent over 15 years with blue-chip companies, such as Intel and IBM. Monica is a frequent speaker and active member in the entrepreneurial community in Portland. In 2015, Monica was recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the top 10 executives of the year, and she has led the company to many accolades, including small business company of the year, best e-discovery legal hold product and a vendor to watch.
Chief Technology Officer Helient Systems LLC

Jamie is a systems architect, business analyst, and hands-on systems engineer. As one of the founding partners of Helient Systems, Jamie brings a broad range of IT knowledge and experience drawn from his extensive background as a legal solutions provider. Jamie tends to specialize in end-user computing, with a sharp focus on several key areas such as designing fully redundant Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions, Operating Systems and application deployment, customization, integration and management, legal Document Management Systems, load testing and benchmarking, and end-user experience optimization.

Jamie has provided technical, sales, and operational leadership to several consulting firms and scores of clients over his 25 year career in IT.

Pricing Director Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Brian oversees a group that works directly with clients and lawyers to ensure matters are accurately and profitably scoped, budgeted, and priced. Brian’s team also provides project management support throughout the lifecycle of the firm’s matters including identifying process improvement opportunities, budget and profitability reporting, and post-mortem data collection and analysis.
Director of Legal Service Delivery Cooley LLP
Monet is a Practice Engagement and Delivery Manager at Cooley LLP. Based in New York City, she works with the firm's legal teams to drive adoption of internal and client-facing technology solutions. With a background in trial practice, legal tech startups and large scale litigation technology, she is excited about being part of the next wave of legal service delivery.
Partner, Global Chief Innovation Officer Dentons

In his new role as Global Chief Innovation Officer for Dentons, John is developing and overseeing the growth of innovative projects globally across the Firm. John has been serving as Chief Innovation Officer for Dentons' U.S. Region, and is also the Global Chair of Nextlaw Labs, Dentons' legal technology business accelerator that identifies opportunities for new technologies to deliver greater client value.

A graduate of Indiana University, John was nominated by President Barack Obama to the post of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, leading the Economic Development Administration. Fernandez was sworn into office on September 14, 2009. As the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), Fernandez was charged with leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the global economy. With over 13 years of executive experience, Fernandez has earned a reputation as a strategic thinker, creative problem solver and effective manager.

Prior to his appointment, Fernandez led the new development and acquisition team at First Capital Group, an Indiana-based real estate investment firm. Fernandez played a critical role in expanding the firm’s regional and national investment footprint.

Fernandez also served as Of Counsel for Krieg DeVault LLP, an Indianapolis-based law firm, where he advised private and governmental organizations on economic development, public finance and policy issues. Fernandez served as Bloomington, Indiana’s mayor from 1996 to 2003. With his leadership, Bloomington’s economy thrived despite facing significant changes arising from the new global economy. Fernandez worked with business and Indiana University leaders to launch Bloomington’s Life Sciences Partnership, securing more than $243 million in private investments and creating more than 3,700 jobs. He also developed an aggressive downtown revitalization plan resulting in more than $100 million in new investments.

Chief Information Officer Shipman & Goodwin, LLP
Joe Ficocello has specialized in the law firm IT field within positions of senior management & executive leadership for nearly two decades. He was most recently the Chief Information Officer of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP, and responsible for technology service delivery, information security, and practice technology solutions for all 30 of their offices.
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