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President Fireman & Company

Joshua is Fireman & Company’s founder and president. He has practiced law with two of North America’s largest law firms and was in-house counsel at a multi-billion dollar multinational corporation. Joshua is recognized as one of the leading experts in law firm strategic consulting and is a recognized thought leader in areas such as knowledge management and change management.

With a 15+ years of consulting experience, Joshua has advised clients on the development of firm strategies, knowledge management, change management and client collaboration strategies. He has led complex engagements executing strategic plans, including the implementation and integration of portals, enterprise search, file, document and email management, and records management. He is a frequent speaker at law firm retreats and industry conferences.

Chief Information Officer Best Best & Krieger LLP
Steve Fletcher is Chief Information Officer at Best Best & Krieger LLP, a 200-attorney firm with nine offices nationwide, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C.  Steve has over 30 years of experience in law firm technology. He’s served in executive positions with Informatics Legal Systems and Financial Software, Inc. and has extensive strategic IT consulting expertise with medium to large law firms. Prior to joining Best Best & Krieger, Steve spent nine years as the CIO of a North Carolina law firm, and five years as Director of IT & Facilities at Maples and Calder in the Cayman Islands. A regular conference speaker and author, he is the 2009 recipient of the LTN “IT Director of the Year” Award.
Chief Information Officer Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Judi has 24+ years of leadership experience with Am Law 100 and 250 firms as both a strategic and operational director. Honored by The National Law Journal as one of 50 Legal Business Trailblazers & Pioneers in the category of Technologist, she received the IT Director of the Year award from Law Technology News and has been recognized as one of the Global Top 100 CIO’s by City Tech magazine. Judi has served as an officer for ILTA, including a term as president, past Chair of ILTA's LegalSEC, chair of the Membership Task Force and currently serving on the PARC. Judi is a frequent author and speaker at industry conferences.

Director of Pricing and Profitability Eversheds Sutherland
Dwight Floyd is a scientist and (reformed) litigator advocating adaptive solutions for law firms in a rapidly changing environment.  Whether you believe the climate is changing or an asteroid is hurtling toward us (or already hit in the fall of 2008), the question is not just how we survive but how do we thrive in the face of these new pressures?  Three years ago, Dwight became the first Director of Knowledge Management at Parker Poe, a firm of about 200 attorneys in North and South Carolina.  He worked across practices and administrative groups to create and facilitate Pricing, Profitability, LPM, and KM/efficiency initiatives that were both practical and measurable.  He began his career as a commercial litigation associate at McKenna Long & Aldridge in Atlanta before becoming a partner at Parker Poe in Columbia, SC.  He is a graduate of Clemson University, Colorado State University, and the University of Virginia School of Law. 
Director of Sales - Northern California Veritext Legal Solutions
Clare Foley has been a driving force in the litigation services market for more than 23 years. In her current role, Clare advises law firms and corporate clients on their cloud collaboration strategies, specifically around the deployment of our Opus 2 Magnum platform. Although originally from Ireland, Clare lives in the US and guides both US business strategies and international services for Opus 2. Clare is a contributing author to several trade publications and she is a regular speaker on cloud technology. Putting the customer first is Clare's unswerving philosophy, which is directly in keeping with the Opus 2 culture. Clare started out in the Legal industry at Nightrider ( Later called IKON ) and went from here to head the services division of LiveNote, joining Opus 2 in 2010.
Chief Information Officer Johnson Winter and Slattery

Ross Forgione an IT professional with 30+ years’ industry experience. Commencing his career as an engineer, designer and implementer of technical systems when computers weighed as much as a small vehicle, Ross has witnessed and been part of the profound impact that technology has had on our personal and professional lives.

Having worked in manufacturing, media, online and now professional services industries, Ross has a unique insight into the commercial, social and human resource benefits that can be derived from the effective implementation of IT services.

Realising that his impact in commercial businesses was limited as an engineer, Ross undertook and attained his Master’s in Business Administration from a Group of 8 accredited university. From this point, Ross has focused on closing the gap between humans and technology. Utilising business process analysis and improvement frameworks to identify opportunities and the subsequent delivery of aligned IT services. Ross has successfully “Humanised” IT delivering double digit uplift in business performance, cost reduction and providing staff work life balance.

As a leader and mentor, Ross has been successful in turning around business perceptions of the IT teams he has inherited with a number of his former staff now working as leaders in other organisations.

Ross has received the following industry awards for innovation and the application of technology and IT services driving commercial performance whilst enhancing customer service and consumer experience.

  • Max Wilson Award for engineering excellence (2007 Broadcasting)
  • Australian Telecommunications User Group award for Innovation driving Commercial and Consumer benefit (2006)
  • Best IT team Legal firm (2014 <300 Attorneys).



Founder of Littler CaseSmart; Co-chair of Littler’s Innovation Council Littler Mendelson, P.C.
A member of Littler’s Board of Directors and co-chair of the firm’s Innovation Council, Scott Forman is a driving force behind Littler’s commitment to leveraging technology to provide greater value to clients. He leads a team of over 100 lawyers, researchers, technologists and operational specialists working within Littler CaseSmart®, a platform he founded to more efficiently and effectively manage employment matters, and Virtual Binder, the firm’s internal network for managing litigation. Forman is a frequent media commentator and speaker on legal technology and innovation, and is regularly recognized as an innovator by such organizations as the Financial Times, National Law Journal and FastCase 50.
Managing Partner SecurIT360

David Forrestall is the founder of SecuIT360, an independent, cyber-only security consulting firm.  The firm actively monitors the current threat landscape for its clients and performs assessments to enable prudent security decisions.  Over the last ten years, SecurIT360 has represented over 250 Law Firms, performing various types of independent assessments and advising on improving their security programs.  SecurIT360 also performs Managed Detection and Response services and regularly works with Breach and Monitor Counsel and Cyber Insurance during security incidents.  They are intimately familiar with legal nuances including full service and specialty firms.  David is a Business Professional with proven expertise in technology, security, finance, and operations.  He has over 25 years of IT and business consulting experience, and has worked with clients in a wide range of industries.

Senior Security Consultant Datashield
Jim has 18 years of experience in IT and IT security. Recently retired as the Director of Information Security and Risk at Kelley Drye & Warren where he was responsible for assessing the security of the firm, designing and implementing security policy, monitoring the systems in place, security awareness, and incident response. Jim is a former member of ILTA's Information Goveenance Peer Group, and a frequent speaker at ILTA, LegalSEC, ARMA, and Legaltech. He is currently working as Senior Security Consultant for DataShield, a Managed System Security Provider.
Director of Pricing and Practice Economics Perkins Coie
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 LAC Group

Ron Friedmann is Chief Knowledge + Information Officer for LAC Group. He helps clients and LAC find, use, organize, and re-use information and know-how. Part of his mandate is innovating how LAC delivers its services and results to clients.

He has extensive experience in information-intensive businesses, including law, management consulting, and data analytics. Over three decades, he has worked for two large law firms, two legal software companies, two legal consulting companies, and two legal outsourcing companies.

In many of these roles, Ron has innovated. He was early to work on multiple now common approaches in the legal market: created hypertext systems before the web was invented (1989); co-designed a digital system to manage paper in discovery with scanning, OCR, NLP, and structured databases (1990); co-conceived one of the first law firm Intranets (1995); built, explained, and promoted legal expert systems (1998); supported enforceable online contracts via digital signatures (2000); explained and delivered outsourced services in the legal market (2003); recognized and promoted the potential of AI applications in law (2006); wrote functional requirements for one of the first commercial LPM software products (2012); and started the legal market conversation around Blockchain by suggesting, organizing, and moderating first ILTA session on it (2016).

Before his work in the legal market, Ron worked as an econometrician for economic forecasting firm and management consultant at Bain & Company.

Ron is well-known in the legal market via his blog (Strategic Legal Technology), Tweeting, frequently published articles, and regular conference presentations.

Chief Solutions Officer- Global Operations Special Counsel
Assistant General Counsel Microsoft Corporation - Legal and Corporate Affairs
Dennis Garcia is an Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft based in Chicago. He leads the legal support function to Microsoft’s U.S. Central Region Enterprise & Partner Group – a team of sales, technical and services professionals based in an 18 state region. Dennis received his B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. He is admitted to practice law in New York, Connecticut and Illinois (House Counsel).
Director of PMO Goulston & Storrs, P.C.
Angel Garcia-Manso is Director of the IT Program Management Office for Goodwin. He is responsible for providing strategic leadership in program and project management processes and methods serving as the overall subject-matter expert in Project Management knowledge areas. In this position he engages with the CIO and IT leadership to evolve long-term and annual plans into executable portfolios of projects that properly consider business objectives, risk levels, service level measures, product roadmaps and appropriate resources. Prior to joining Goodwin in 2011, Mr. Garcia was the Director of Product Management at Thomson Reuters where he provided strategic direction and execution of several product lines.
Director of Knowledge Management Locke Lord LLP
Director of Knowledge and Innovation Offit Kurman
Tony Gerdes guides Offit Kurman’s Learning and Development Department.  A skillful educator with over 15 years of experience, Tony is responsible for creating training content, marketing new initiatives and rollouts, and delivering technological and professional growth opportunities. He also administers the firm’s learning management system, Offit Kurman University.  In addition, Tony serves on the Certification Pod of LTC4 (the Legal Technology Core Competencies Certification Coalition).
Director of Practice Technology Solutions Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Lisa is the Director of Knowledge Management with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLC where she is responsible for intranets, extranets, search, expertise location, as well as all marketing and business development technology (websites, blogs, SEO/SEM, CRM, experience management, proposal generation, etc). She held similar roles at Reed Smith, Hunton & Williams, Dewey LeBoeuf, and Hogan Lovells. She is a former legal technology consultant, a writer/editor for Practice Innovations and speaks frequently on KM. She and her teams have received ILTA's SharePoint Innovator award in 2009 and 2012 and were finalists in 2010.
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