Jack Newton is a name familiar to many, especially those with an interest in legal technology. He is the forward-thinking CEO and founder of Clio. Clio is a legal technology company focused on making technologies to help lawyers manage legal matters and client relationships. Jack is the type of person much-needed in the legal industry – one with a keen focus on making the industry focused on clients and NOT on lawyers.
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I had the pleasure of speaking with Carlos Gamez, a leading legal thinker and legal innovator.  Carlos has been leading and working on legal innovation initiatives at Thomson Reuters for the past several years, as part of: the Legal business, Thomson Reuters Labs, and most recently within a dedicated legal technology innovation team. Throughout this time, he has worked on and delivered over 50 projects in partnership with stakeholders across the enterprise, as well as externally with customers, startups, academic institutions, and industry forums. He also has been charged with helping to define & refine the innovation and emerging technology strategy for law firms and corporate counsel.

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Carlos worked with startups in different capacities in Silicon Valley. Before that,he practiced intellectual property law in one of Mexico’s leading law firms. He has a Bachelors in Law from the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey (Mexico), and obtained an LL.M. at Stanford Law School and an MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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Nelson Rosario is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Illinois. Nelson is interested in the intersection of law, technology, and society.

His practice is focused on providing counseling to clients with respect to overall legal strategy, and in particular their intellectual property strategy. He has worked with clients in a range of areas including artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, blockchain, and smart contracts; financial technologies; business methods; trading systems; telemedicine; network and internet communication; and navigation and routing.

Nelson has also served as an adjunct professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law where he has taught classes on “Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and the Law,” and “International Tech, AI & Digital Privacy.” He has have given numerous talks on emerging technologies, and the legal considerations surrounding them.

Prior to becoming an attorney Nelson was an election professional in Leon County, Florida working for the Supervisor of Elections office administering elections which covered the 2008 and 2010 election cycles.
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Gary Doernhoefer is an experienced former general counsel in both U.S. and international businesses, and from startups to publicly traded corporations. He has an entrepreneurial background having served as the first General Counsel for the travel website Orbitz, which was founded in 2000 and completed its first IPO in 2003. He was also a Co-Founder and General Counsel for Accertify, Inc., now a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMEX. My international experience comes from three years as General Counsel for the International Air Transport Association, the global trade association for the world’s airline industry. After three decades of experience managing legal issues and disputes in a wide variety of contexts, Gary became the Founder and Managing Director of ADR Notable, the first company to provide technology specifically designed to work alongside the listening and communication skills of mediators and other dispute resolution professionals.

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Alex Su is a former lawyer who successfully transitioned to the business/tech world. He specializes in helping startups sell their technology to law firms and legal departments. Currently, Alex serves the Director of Business Development at Evisort, an AI-powered contract lifecycle management system developed out of Harvard Law/MIT.

Previously, he was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, clerked for a federal judge, and graduated from Northwestern Law, where he was an editor of the law review and the student commencement speaker. Alex is also the author of The Unauthorized Guide to Getting into Law School with Bad Grades.

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Jonathan Cullen serves as Canadian Vice President & General Counsel & France-Canada Cluster Lead at Pfizer, a leading pharmaceutical organization.

He “always wanted to be a lawyer 👨‍⚖️, just not a boring one 👨‍🚀. He has over 16 years of legal & management experience in healthcare leading teams in Canada & Europe. His passions are the legal profession & developing people. He is also a struggling special needs dad.

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Marc Lauritsen is president of Capstone Practice Systems. Capstone advises, trains, and builds systems for top law firms and departments, as well as many nonprofit organizations. Marc has served as a poverty lawyer, taught in and directed the clinical program at Harvard Law School, done path-breaking work on document automation and artificial intelligence, and been an executive in several startups. He’s a leader in international law and technology organizations, a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and past co-chair of the American Bar Association’s eLawyering Task Force.

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I had the honor of speaking with Joshua Walker. Joshua Walker is the author of “On Legal AI”, perhaps the first systematic and practical treatment of this topic. With over 20 years of experience in this and allied fields, as well as over 17 as an IP attorney, he is seeking to deploy the next next generation of advanced legal solutions. Walker is a co-founder of CodeX, as well as Lex Machina. For the latter, he led the successful spin off from Stanford Law School, serving as  CEO and Chief Legal Architect. Currently, he is the Chief Product Officer for a large risk management company.  All thoughts herein are his own and not those of any particular party.

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In her role as Evangelist at Litera Microsystems, Alma Asay is a legal technology expert and trusted advisor to Litera clients, helping them to bring innovative ways of thinking and practice to life.

Before joining Litera, Alma was the Chief Innovation Officer, Legal Solutions, at Integreon Discovery Solutions, a leading global provider of alternative legal services. Alma joined Integreon as part of its acquisition of her litigation management software business, Allegory, where she was Founder and CEO. Allegory is a platform offered in the cloud and on-premise that automates everyday litigation tasks and connects the people, facts, and evidence that litigation teams need to build their winning story in a central, secure place. Allegory is used by Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 100 law firms, and top litigation boutiques, including firms in both Vault’s “Top 10 Law Firms” and “Best Litigation Boutique Law Firms.”

Alma began her career as a litigation attorney at Gibson Dunn, where she worked on high-profile litigations for big entertainment companies, including NBC Universal, IAC/InterActiveCorp, and Cablevision.

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Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Mark Yacano has guided a wide range of law departments on both legal and business strategy. As a law firm leader, a practitioner and a strategic advisor, he has worked with clients to reduce their legal exposure, control their expenses and streamline their operations.

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