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Benjamin Alarie is co-founder and CEO at Blue J Legal. As an academic, he holds the Osler Chair in Business Law at the University of Toronto where he is a full professor and former Associate Dean (2011-15). He is past-President of the Canadian Law and Economics Association, an affiliate faculty member of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and a TEDx speaker. Alarie served as law clerk to Madam Justice Louise Arbour of the Supreme Court of Canada (2003-04) and is a graduate of Yale Law School ('03). His forthcoming book, "The Legal Singularity," will be published later in 2022 by the University of Toronto Press.
As Global Head of Corporate Development, Haley Altman is responsible for strategic business initiatives and its merger and acquisition efforts. She also partners with various business units across the company on market development opportunities to strengthen how customers engage with the Litera brand and overall product suite.
Prior to the company's acquisition by Litera, Haley was founder and CEO of Doxly. She has over a decade of experience working on complicated transactions in the corporate, private equity, and venture capital verticals. Her practice has extended from the Midwest at Ice Miller to the West Coast at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
Haley previously served as a member of the finance committee and co-led the venture capital vertical at Ice Miller. She holds a J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and obtained a BA, Chemistry and Political Science while a science research fellow focusing on cancer research at DePauw University in Indiana.
Todd Bissett is a partner in Gowling WLG's Waterloo Region office. Todd is widely experienced business, technology, and international transactions lawyer, licensed in California and Ontario. He previously practiced for several years in Silicon Valley and Greater China. Todd's practice focuses on the complete life-cycle of startup companies, from formation and organizational work through equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and complex business combinations. Todd acts for both issuers and investors in investments, and sellers and buyers in M&A transactions. He has worked extensively with major institutional and strategic investors, venture capital and hedge funds, and companies and issuers from early stage startups to multinational public and private organizations.
Connie Brenton champions innovation and transformation at the intersection of business and law. She founded and served as CEO of CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium), the non-profit that fundamentally changed the legal operations profession globally. With more than a decade of legal operations expertise at major enterprises such as Oracle Corporation and Sun Microsystems, Connie currently serves as Vice President, Law, Technology and Operations at NetApp, Inc. During her tenure at NetApp, Connie has helped build an innovative and award-winning legal department that is recognized internationally for its groundbreaking work in the areas of strategic planning and digital optimization.
Connie holds a JD, an MBA and a BA in Economics. Her awards include Women, Influence and Power in Law, lifetime achievement award, the 2019 Powerlist, Corporate Counsel's National Women in Law, 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley and the Top 10 Deputy General Counsel by the Daily Journal. In 2021, Business Insider listed her as one of nine people disrupting the legal industry.
Connie founded the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) and served as the Chief Executive Officer for the organization's first three years, taking the organization from a membership of 40 to 2,000. Connie has the honor of being named a Market Shaper by The Financial Times in 2018 and named to the 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley, a Top Ten Deputy General Counsel in California and was recognized as LegalTech's Law Department Operations Manager of the Year.
Mike was trained in Fortune 100 settings with increasing responsibility in sales, operations, general management. Building new divisions and corporate development experiences led him to running successful start-up and growth companies. Finally, through Knox Capital, where he is an Operating Partner, Mike invests and advises early stage through lower middle-market tech and business services companies such as HaystackID where he is Executive Chairman.
Prior to the $40,000,000 recapitalization of Haystack, Mike was Co-Founder & CEO of nSource, a Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) firm that was boot-strapped over a five-year period. nSource was profitable within its first year of operation, thanks to an industry first, multi-million-dollar contract to design and manage the North American back office service center for one of the top 10 law firms in the world. nSource was successful in consulting and implementing across a wide range of large law firm back and "middle office" services including accounting, risk management, IT, research, marketing, and administrative support. After 4 years of 40%+ growth per year, nSource acquired a law firm accounting outsourcing firm that accelerated nSource's entry into law firm billing, AP/AR services. Under Mike's leadership, the company was recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in 2016 and remains a leader in the law firm consulting/services sector.
Before starting nSource, Mike was President at Integreon, a $100M per year global leader in business process services supporting the legal, financial services and corporate marketplace. He joined Integreon through their acquisition of CBF Group where he was CEO. Prior to CBF and Integreon, Mike served as EVP Strategy & Business Development at Bowne Business Solutions (NYSE:BNE), a $300,000,000 BPO provider. Bowne purchased Donnelley Enterprise Solutions a $100M IT, Litigation Support and BPO provider (NASDAQ: DESI). Over this ten-year period at DESI and Bowne, Mike held general management and business development roles, culminating in a global executive role responsible for Sales, Marketing, Strategy & M&A.
Mike began his career at Eastman Kodak Company where he spent a decade in sales and management roles with Kodak's multibillion-dollar B2B systems division, culminating in an early-stage role in Kodak's entry into the BPO sector, through the start-up of Kodak Imaging Services. Mike was responsible for leading KIS' growth of the professional services market.
Mike completed an Executive MBA program in Product Development at MIT's Sloan School of Business and has a BBA with Honors from University of St. Francis where he played intercollegiate tennis and is an active alumnus. Mike resides in Riverside, IL where he enjoys spending time with his family, continues to play competitive tennis and works with civic organizations focused on underprivileged youth. Mike was on the Chicago launch committee for Cradles to Crayons which provides children from birth to age 12, living in low-income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.
Howard Chao is an investor, lawyer and counselor to entrepreneurs. He began his work life as a corporate lawyer with O'Melveny & Myers and for many years was the Chair of the Firm's Asia Practice. He helped establish the firm's offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, and practiced for many years as a cross-border investment specialist based in Asia. Since 2001 Howard has been based in Silicon Valley and continued to dedicate substantial time covering the Asia markets.
In recent years Howard has moved to the principal side of investing and deal-making. Howard actively makes angel and other VC investments in earlier stage companies through his personal vehicle, Doon Capital, usually in collaboration with other investors. He maintains close working relationships with various VC and PE funds. Howard invests primarily in startups located in the Silicon Valley and China. Because of Howard's extensive experience with Asia, many of his deals have an Asian (particularly Chinese) nexus.
Howard also maintains an active strategic consulting practice. Howard's extensive experience with investment and financing transactions in both the US and China leads him to advise and assist various clients in both places. His transactions span many different sectors, and include multinationals, financial investors and startup companies.
Ken Crutchfield leads the Legal Markets Group and is responsible for setting the vision and strategic approach with a focus on developing leading digital products. The Legal Markets Group within Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. provides legal professionals across a wide range of markets with expert content and analysis and leading workflow solutions.
Ken brings three decades of experience to his new role. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., he was the Senior Vice President & General Manager for the Bloomberg Tax Technology division of Bloomberg BNA. Crutchfield also served in executive-level positions at organizations including Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis. Throughout his career, he has successfully led the growth of multiple businesses in varying industries, including tax & accounting and legal.
Ken earned an MBA from Wright State University and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Frank Dec is the CEO of bundle, the first major platform in the settlement industry for obtaining attorney prepared, curative documents. Frank earned his BA from the College of St. Rose and his JD degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. Having closed over 10,000 real estate deals as the bank attorney for various lending institutions, authoring and publishing many legal articles, and speaking frequently at industry conferences, Frank is an expert in the field of real estate law. Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, Frank's legal background and expertise in real estate led him to build the nation's largest attorney prepared document service from the ground up.
Emad Elwany is the CTO and co-founder of Lexion. He has held senior principal engineering roles on Microsoft's core AI products, specifically as founding and lead engineer on their core conversational AI and NLP platform (https://dev.botframework.com/, https://luis.ai) as well as their AI scheduling assistant (https://calendar.help). Emad co-founded Lexion as a CTO-in-residence at the Allen Institute for AI. Trained in AI at Stanford, Emad has a rare combination of research excellence, with practical experience in building real world AI applications that solve real customer problems.
Joe Green is Director of Client Experience at Gunderson Dettmer, where he leads the firm's efforts to design and implement innovative processes leveraging technology and data to provide a more valuable, client-centric experience. He is also Of Counsel in Gunderson's New York office, with extensive experience advising startup and emerging growth technology companies and venture capitalists. Joe has authored dozens of articles on startup-related issues, the business of law, legal technology and the future of the legal industry. He speaks regularly on these topics at industry and academic conferences, law firms and law schools. Joe left Gunderson for a time to join Thomson Reuters as a Senior Legal Editor at Practical Law, where he created content and technology solutions enabling thousands of law firm and in-house attorney customers in the startup and venture capital space to deliver services more efficiently and effectively. Joe started his legal career as a securities lawyer with Simpson Thacher in New York.
Hugh Kirkpatrick is a Vice President at Banneker Partners. At Banneker, Hugh focuses on evaluating investment opportunities and providing operational support to Banneker's portfolio companies. Previously, Hugh worked at True Wind Capital and prior to that at Corinthian Capital.
Jon Metcalf is the Principal Data Scientist at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He works with legal and administrative groups throughout the firm on all aspects of data collection, management, analysis and reporting. Jon's DataOps team in the IT Department is currently focused on building data pipelines and standards across the enterprise for more streamlined and accurate reporting of critical and strategic data.
Bill Mills is the Head of Corporate Development for NexisLexis Legal & Professional (a RELX company), responsible for M&A, Business Development, and third-party content licensing. LexisNexis is a leading global provider of content and technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, government, academic organizations to make informed decisions. Before coming to NexisLexis, Bill served as the Head of Corporate Development for eBay Enterprise, Forbes Media, DoubleClick. Prior to that, he served as a Director of Media Investment Banking at Salomon Brothers and Bear Stearns. He has a broad experience in M&A, capital-raising and accounting. He earned his CPA while at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and obtained his MBA from NYU.
As a Managing Director in the New York office, Scott brings 25 years of M&A, capital markets and operating experience working with global organizations in the business information, technology, news distribution and B2B media industries. Scott has added experience across the Legal, Compliance, Public Relations, Investor Relations and Technology verticals.
Prior to joining JEGI CLARITY, Scott led Bloomberg's legal market business, was global co-head of M&A for UBM and had added responsibilities at PR Newswire and Vannin Capital, one of the world's largest legal finance organizations.
Scott earned his BA degree from Williams College, and his JD degree from Fordham University School of Law. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Pro Bono Net, a not for profit organization focused on using technology and innovation to close the Access to Justice gap, and a certified FINRA representative.
Gaurav Oberoi (CEO) is the CEO and co-founder of Lexion. He started his career as an engineer at Amazon, before moving on to found and sell two startups (BillMonk, and Precision Polling), and build a $20M+ ARR business from $0 as a VP of Product at SurveyMonkey. Gaurav co-founded Lexion as the first EIR at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. He thrives on building products that customers love, with diverse teams that enjoy working together.
Naveen R. Pai
Naveen is Of Counsel and Director of Knowledge Management at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP. Naveen leverages his legal experience and background in technology to lead the firm's efforts to develop and implement innovative solutions that enable attorneys and staff to provide clients with high value service. Naveen practiced as a Corporate and Securities attorney at Gunderson for eight years prior to his current role and was a software engineer prior to law school.
Jeroen is a former attorney. Having founded a few LegalTech company's, led the innovation team at a global law firm and built Practical Law US, he is an investor and advisor to legal tech companies, law firms, PE and VC funds, law companies and in-house legal departments. Currently he spends most of his time as co-founder of LegalTechHub a platform to help buyers of LegalTech solutions find solutions and vendors market their solutions.
Jeremy Potter is the Head of Legal and Capital Markets for Stavvy. Stavvy is a Boston-based, fintech company digitizing the workflow and solutions for lending, banking and legal transactions, like foreclosure. At Stavvy, Potter works on legal, policy and product development. Prior to Stavvy, Potter was Senior Director of Strategy & Innovation at Rocket Mortgage leading a team of product managers and housing policy analysts. In that role, Potter worked closely with large mortgage investors like Fannie & Freddie as well as start-ups and fintechs looking to disrupt the real estate market. Potter joined the Capital Markets group at Rocket Mortgage from Legal where he spent 2+ years as Legal Counsel to Rocket Mortgage. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for CATIC Financial, a title insurance company and advises several start-ups and fintechs. Potter graduated from UCONN Law School and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington.
Nik Reed is the co-founder, and COO of Ravel Law, a legal research and analytics platform acquired by LexisNexis in 2017. While at Lexis, Nik led the business and product strategy for the company's award-winning litigation analytics product Context, a product resultant of the combination of Ravel's AI based technology with LexisNexis' content. In November 2019, Nik joined Knowable as SVP of Product, Design and R&D, where he is now putting his product, data science and legal analytics experience to work on contracts.
As a law student at Stanford, Nik co-founded Ravel, as a joint research project between the law school, the design school, and the computer science department, with the goal of using modern AI based tools to help attorneys better perform legal research. Prior to Ravel, Nik worked in management consulting where he focused on international mergers and acquisitions in the technology industry. Nik has a JD from Stanford Law School, an MS in Management from Hautes Etudes Commerciales Paris and a BA in Political Economy from Stanford.
Hailey Rice is the Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President of Compliance at Canopy, a due diligence provider for asset-backed securities. Hailey works across internal teams and with loan originators, secondary market investors, and securitizers to develop and deliver due diligence services that leverage the advantages of technology. Hailey is the company's subject matter expert on regulatory compliance in residential mortgage loan origination.
Jacqueline Schafer is the founder and CEO of Clearbrief, a legal tech startup using AI to transform the process of writing and analyzing litigation documents. She began her career as a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison, and spent much of her career as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington and Alaska Attorney General's Offices, where she specialized in appellate practice and complex litigation. Before joining the startup world, Jacqueline also served as Senior Director, Program Counsel for the national nonprofit Casey Family Programs, where she negotiated agreements with state courts across the country and managed impact litigation. Jacqueline was recognized by VentureBeat as one of four semi-finalists for the 2020 Women in AI Rising Star award for founding Clearbrief, as well as for her Dec 2020 law review article describing how AI and natural language processing (NLP) will transform courts and government social services. In addition to her regular pro bono appellate advocacy for several nonprofits in the Northwest, she serves as a founding board member of the Washington State CASA Association, and a board member of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. She also serves as an advisor to two AI organizations focused on social impact AI innovation, the Microsoft-backed startup X4Impact and Think of Us. She earned her B.A. in English and French from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Ali Shahidi, Chief Innovation & Client Solutions Officer at Sheppard Mullin, oversees the firm's knowledge, legal technology and innovation initiatives. Ali and his team collaborate with attorneys and clients to develop practical and state-of-the-art solutions for the delivery of legal services. Under his leadership, knowledge managers, business analysts and data scientists use advanced technologies, such as process automation and data analytics to enhance legal service offerings to clients and make the practice of law more efficient.
Kevin Smith has served as the Chief Product Officer since April 2021. Prior to joining us, Mr. Smith served as SVP, Portfolio Strategy and Operations for Carbon Black, Inc. (subsequently acquired by VMware, Inc.) from August 2018 until September 2020. Before this, Kevin held various positions at CA Technologies from May 2011 to July 2018, most recently serving as VP, Business Unit Strategy for the Agile Management Division, responsible for product and strategy, business planning and M&A. Previously Mr. Smith worked in the Technology and Private Equity practices at Oliver Wyman and as well as at Citigroup in London. He holds a B.B.A. from the College of William & Mary and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Todd Smithline is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bonterms, a company simplifying commercial contracting. Bonterms is releasing best-practice, open source forms for the enterprise and developing a Negotiation as a Service Platform.
Todd has been designing, negotiating and teaching contracts for nearly thirty years.
Todd was General Counsel of Marimba, a publicly traded enterprise software company and managing principal of Smithline PC, a boutique technology transactions firm that represented a who's who list of Silicon Valley unicorns and public companies and pioneered fixed-fee subscription billing. Todd started his legal career with Latham & Watkins and Gunderson Dettmer.
Todd teaches at UC Berkeley School of Law and is a board member or advisor to multiple start-ups.
Nick Sramek is a Managing Director of Doon Insights, leading workshop development, content creation, and outreach. Nick has extensive experience assisting organizations in preparing for a world not yet visible. An exceptional communicator of complex issues to diverse stakeholders, Nick has focused expertise in understanding and communicating global macroeconomic, technological, and geopolitical trends, as well as the importance of the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.
Previously, Nick served as the Director of International Relations of Silicon Valley Forum, a Silicon Valley organization that focuses on startup mentorship, corporate digitization, and government innovation strategies. Prior to that, he was the Program and Knowledge Director for the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, a non-profit educational organization based out of San Francisco that assists corporations, pension funds and financial institutions in carrying out their responsibilities in respect to the Asia-Pacific. Through research fellowships, he has also developed a passion for understanding the role of technology in society, particularly in developing economies.
Nick received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and History from Trinity University (Texas), and a Master's degree in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego's school of Global Policy and Strategy. He is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.
Dr. Roland Vogl is a lawyer, scholar and media entrepreneur who, after nearly fifteen years of professional and academic experience, has developed a strong expertise in intellectual property and media law, innovation, and legal informatics. Currently, he is Executive Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology (LST) and a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. He focuses his efforts on legal informatics work carried out in the Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX), which he co-founded and leads as Executive Director. Also, he researches international technology law through the Transatlantic Technology Law Forum (TTLF), a think-tank dedicated to transatlantic tech law and policy issues. Dr. Vogl initiated and spearheaded the development of the Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange, a Stanford research initiative focused on solving content licensing inefficiencies in higher education. The initiative was spun off from Stanford in Fall of 2012 as a privately held company, SIPX Inc., which was acquired by ProQuest LLC in 2015. Dr. Vogl is a co-founder of SIPX Inc. and served on its Board of Directors. Dr. Vogl is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna, Austria where he teaches about United States intellectual property law; and a Senior Fellow (by courtesy) at the Berkeley Informatics Lab. In addition, Dr. Vogl serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Law Technology News, a publication of ALM (American Lawyer Media) and of the Legaltech West Coast Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Boards of AdviseHub, Inc, IPNexus, Inc., LegalForce, Inc., and.LiTIQ, Inc.
Previously, he co-founded and served as CFOO of Vator.tv, a next-generation business social media company, leveraging community-generated content to create data services and news. His experience also includes working as the first teaching fellow of Stanford Law School's international LLM degree program in Law, Science and Technology, as an IP associate at Fenwick & West LLP, as a press associate at the European Parliament and as a law clerk at the European Commission's Directorate General for Audiovisual Media, Information and Communication.
Vogl holds both a Dr.iur. (JSD) and a Mag.iur. (JD) from Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck, Austria as well as a JSM from Stanford Law School.
Chris Walker is Co-Founder and Head of Product at Bonterms. Chris has over a decade of experience in enterprise software. As a product leader at Palantir Technologies, Chris led teams building analytics software for Fortune 500 customers in the Banking, Oil & Gas, and Health Insurance sectors. Following Palantir, Chris held product leadership positions at DataFox, Oracle and DraftWise, a legal tech startup.
David Wang is the firm's Corporate Strategic Innovation Counsel. As Corporate Strategic Innovation Counsel, David coordinates, develops, and helps to lead the firm's innovation efforts for the corporate practice group. David also practices corporate and securities law as a full-time practitioner, working with private and public companies on general corporate and transactional matters, including offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital financings.
Prior to joining the firm, David was an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in Beijing, China.
Ivan Whittey is a Director on the investing team at Carrick Capital Partners, a firm that invests $30 million - $100 million into software and technology-enabled service providers. One of the companies that Ivan works closely with in Carrick's current portfolio is Factor Law, a provider of complex legal work at scale. Ivan leads the thematic sourcing efforts within the legal, risk & compliance, and education sectors. Prior to Carrick, Ivan was an investor at Spire Capital Partners and Lindsay Goldberg and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Ivan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California and received his MBA from The Wharton School.
Michelle Curtis VonderHaar
Michelle VonderHaar leads the Global Legal Affairs team supporting HP's Commercial organization (GLA CO). This GLA CO team are located in 37 countries and partner with the global Commercial organization to provide legal support for HP's sales and services go-to-market motions (including, enterprise, SMB, retail, public sector, channel, omnichannel, and services) for HP's $63.5 billion business. This team also provides strategic advice and thought leadership to enable HP's sustainable growth in a highly dynamic market environment.
Michelle has 30 years of legal experience, both as outside and in-house counsel, leading various legal functions, and working and living in the United States, Europe and Asia. She joined HP Inc. in May 2018 and served as the Company's Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel for the Print GBU, and well as Global Ethics & Compliance, Employment, Brand Security, Litigation, Privacy, Supply Chain, Antitrust, Environmental, Health & Social Responsibility.
Wenting Yu is a corporate transactional lawyer specializing in securities offerings, venture financings, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. She regularly assists startup, midsize, and large companies across a variety of industries, including biotechnology, life sciences, Internet, mobile, software, semiconductor, electronic design automation (EDA), gaming, media and marketing. Wenting also has significant cross-border transaction experience, particularly with Cayman entities doing business in the U.S. and China.
Kaichen ("KC") Xu is a partner with Zhong Lun Law Firm, one of the most prominent law firms in China. KC has a unique combination of experience. Before joining Zhong Lun, he was previously a partner at DLA Piper and Bird & Bird, both are large international law firms.
In addition to being law firm partner, he was a
managing director and general counsel of a large private equity firm, responsible for its formation, fund raising and control investment project.