2019 Conference2019-01-18T15:51:36+00:00

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The price is $1895. $995 if local and no room needed!

This all-inclusive price includes the three-night hotel accommodations, all food & beverages (open bar), important networking, “hot topic” educational design thinking sessions, and your 2019 membership fees to ALT! All you have to do is get to the beautiful Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona!

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All-Star Speaker Lineup

Zach Abramowitz

Chief Executive Officer
Session 1: New Legal Service Delivery

Shawnna Hoffman

Global Cognitive Legal Co-Leader
Watson AI & Quantum Computing, IBM
Session 2: Artificial Intelligence

Dennis Garcia

Assistant General Counsel
Session 3: Security and Privacy

David Cambria

Global Director of Operations
Baker McKenzie
Session 4: Adoption and Change Management

Conference Agenda

Saturday, February 9, 2019

3:00pm – 6:00pm – Registration

6:00pm – 9:00pm – Welcome Reception & Dinner
6:00pm – 7:00pm – Welcome Reception

7:00pm – 8:00pm – Dinner w/Design Thinking Introduction
8:00pm – 9:00pm – After-Dinner Drinks

Sunday, February 10, 2019

7:00am – 8:00am – Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 12:30pm   
New Legal Service Delivery
Until recently, almost all legal services have been delivered by law firms, or the law departments of businesses and organizations. That is not true anymore. Every day more and more work is being done by alternative legal service providers, overseas LPOs, and self-service models, all of which leverage technology to maximize productivity. This session block will focus on all the new opportunities clients have in buying new services—and the opportunities firms have in delivering them—as well as the technology backbone behind them.

8:00am – 8:45am
Zach Abramowitz
Prior to starting ReplyAll (an online dialogue platform), Zach attended NYU Law and practiced as a transactional associate at Schulte Roth and Zabel. Zach has been writing about innovation in the legal industry and interviewing experts since 2014 for Above the Law, Bloomberg and TechCrunch. ReplyAll conversations have appeared on legal websites including ALM, Lawyerist, LegalIT Insider and Artificial Lawyer and many legal brands including Relativity, Axiom, Seal Software, Doxly and Epiq have been ReplyAll sponsors. In 2018, Zach advised alternative legal service provider Gravity Stack on the development of their first SaaS product Periscope and has published extensively on the growth of alternative legal service providers.

8:45am – 9:15am – ALT TALK
Brad Blickstein
Principal, Blickstein Group
Brad Blickstein is principal of the Blickstein Group, a consultancy serving the corporate legal community. He often focuses on the relationship between law departments and their outside service providers and assists clients in a wide range of activities, from strategic planning to messaging to media relations. He is also publisher of the Annual Law Department Operations Survey and a columnist for Legaltech News. Prior to forming the Blickstein Group, Brad was a founder and the president of Corporate Legal Times (now known as InsideCounsel), He is a frequent speaker and writer, often on the topic of how firms and law departments can maximize their use of technology.

9:15am – 9:30am – AM Networking Break

9:30am – 11:30am – Legal Design Thinking sessions
11:30am – 12:30pm – Legal Design Thinking summaries

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Networking Lunch

1:30pm – 6:00pm
Artificial Intelligence
There has never been more noise in the legal marketplace about any technology as there is today about Artificial Intelligence. Every day we see more articles, press releases, conferences, webinars, and more about how “AI will impact the future of legal.” AI has the potential to
change not only how legal work gets done, but also, through its value as a predictive mechanism, what legal work gets done. This session block is designed to help attendees better understand what AI is, what it can do in the context of the legal function, and how to leverage AI tools for your firm’s or department’s benefit.

1:30pm – 2:15pm
Shawnna Hoffman
IBM Global
Cognitive Legal Co-Leader, Watson AI & Quantum Computing, Global CoC
Ms. Hoffman serves as the Global Co-Leader of the IBM Cognitive Legal Practice and is a member of the IBM Global Center of Competency. She was certified as an IBM Thought Leader in 2015 and has two patents pending for Detecting Clusters and Relationships in Large Data Sets (END920160377US1) and Method and System for Pattern Based Home Network Configuration (END820160894). She also co-authored the book “eDiscovery Plain & Simple” (ISBN-13:97814394079), is the Co-Founder of Women in eDiscovery (Founded in 2007) and the Co-Founder of Diversity in Blockchain (Founded in 2017). In 2017, Ms. Hoffman-Childress became an Advisory Board Member for Integra Ledger and became a pioneering member of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium and the MIT Legal Forum for AI & Blockchain. Recently, she spoke at the United Nations at the Blockchain for Impact Summit and GlobalMinded on the subject “Blockchain, Financial Fuel for Sustainable Development”. In September 2018, she was appointed to the U.S. Commodity Future Trading Commission’s Distributed Ledger Technology and Market Infrastructure Subcommittee for the 2018 – 2019 term. As her give back to her local community, Ms. Hoffman-Childress co-founded and serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Hope Center of Osceola County which has helped over 27,000 homeless families since its inception. The Community Hope Center has received multiple awards and most recently was presented with the Bob Allen Award from the Walt Disney Company and the Good Neighbor Award from Bank of America for the fight against homelessness. The Community Hope Center was an inspiration and was featured in the Oscar Winning Movie, The Florida Project. 

2:15pm – 2:45pm – ALT TALK
Robert Blacksberg
Principal, Blacksberg Associates
Bob’s experience spans two decades of technology consulting and implementation, following a law practice in which he was a partner at two Philadelphia law firms. Bob is a certified NetDocuments consultant who has worked extensively on NetDocuments training and support projects. He also writes regularly on technology and the law, including the White Papers published for the 2018 ALT conference and posts on the Litera Microsystems blog and the Collaborista blog published by Intralinks. Bob served as Director, Practice and Project services at Drinker Biddle & Reath, where he led the adoption of the iManage document management system, SharePoint and Plumtree portal technologies and served as project manager for other key projects, including disaster recovery. Earlier Bob was Director, Practice Services, at TechLaw, leading consulting engagements and implementations of document management, Microsoft Office and document assembly tools at law firms, corporate law departments and government agencies across the United States. He practiced law at the firms Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman and Cohen and Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen, concentrating in municipal and corporate finance. Bob earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School and A.B. at The University of Chicago.
Arup Das
Founder & CEO, Alphaserve Technologies
Arup Das is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of New York-based Alphaserve Technologies, a Digital Transformation Advisory and Managed Services technology service provider to Legal, Financial, Healthcare and Global multi-nationals. Over his 20+ year career as an entrepreneur in the technology services industry, Mr. Das has founded three successful venture capital and private equity backed IT services companies serving global enterprise clients. He is a thought leader in the industry of digital transformation strategy and technologies and has domain expertise in asset management, legal & media industries, as well as deep technical knowledge in AI/ML, Automation, Web Development & DevOps, and Cloud & Cyber technologies. He holds an MBA from Cornell University with a concentration in Finance & Marketing. Additionally, he has a Masters from SUNY Stony Brook in Computer Engineering, as well as a Master of Science in Analytics, Machine Learning | Artificial Intelligence from Villanova University.

2:45pm – 3:00pm – PM Networking Break

3:00pm – 5:00pm – Legal Design Thinking sessions
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Legal Design Thinking summaries

6:00pm – 7:30pm – Legal Lions’ Den
A panel of “Legal Lions” will consider pitches from Strategic Partners (legal tech vendors) seeking an “investment” of their time in the form of agreeing to an opportunity to learn more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to request an appointment. Strategic Partners will have 10 minutes to deliver their value proposition, and answer questions from the Lions, who are advised to hold nothing back. Audience members will get an entertaining look at what Strategic Partners have to offer and can watch as experts evaluate them in real time.
Participants: American LegalNet; Alphaserve Technologies, SecurIT360, ThoughtRiver, BEC Legal Systems, Intelliteach

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Networking Dinner

8:30pm – 9:30pm – Strategic Partner Round Robin
Attendees are evenly divided into groups and sent to vendor suites where they will sign in. After 15 minutes, they can go visit other vendor suites. Signed in attendees will be entered into drawing for airline tickets and weekend stay at Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Beer and wine provided.

Monday, February 11, 2019

7:00am – 8:00am – Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 12:30pm 
Security and Privacy
Law firms and law departments often have access to their clients’ deepest and darkest secrets, such as privileged communications with executives, patent applications, upcoming merger activities, etc. Clients are demanding both better security from their law firms, and more transparency, as well, through security audits. This session block will focus on developing security strategies and leveraging technology to execute these strategies.

8:00am – 8:45am
Dennis Garcia  
Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
Dennis Garcia is an Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft Corporation based in Chicago. He practices at the intersection of law, technology and business and leads the legal support function to Microsoft’s U.S. Enterprise Commercial sales team. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dennis worked as an in-house counsel for Accenture and IBM. Dennis received his B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut and Illinois (House Counsel). Dennis is a Fellow of Information Privacy, a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States and a Certified Information Privacy Technologist with the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He serves on the Board of Directors of Illinois Legal Aid Online, the Minority In-House Counsel Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel – Chicago Chapter and as ViceChair of the Chicago Bar Association Financial and Emerging Technology Committee. Dennis is also a Fellow to the 2018 Class of the College of Law Practice Management. Please follow Dennis on Twitter @DennisCGarcia.

8:45am – 9:15am – ALT TALK
David Forrestall
CISSP CISA, 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 nine years, SecurIT360 has represented over 150 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.
Frank Ziller
Chief Information Officer, Intelliteach
Frank brings more than 25 years of technology leadership experience leading global IT organizations in both the business services and financial services industries. Prior to joining Intelliteach, Frank led key strategic initiatives for Ricoh Americas Corporation, including the alignment of technology with business strategies and the development of global teams with strong alignment to business operations. After leaving Ricoh Americas Corporation, he joined Elavon, a US Bank subsidiary.  While at Elavon, Frank successfully led a transformation to a globally aligned IT delivery model, inception of multiple security and compliance programs and drove operational efficiency though process improvement and the use of innovative technology. Frank received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Kennesaw State University’s Southern Polytechnic College of Computing and Software Engineering. He has remained very involved with the University having served in several alumni association leadership roles. He currently serves as a member of the Industry Advisory Board aligned with the College of Computing and Software Engineering.
Scott McFetters
Founder & President, CoreTech Leasing
CoreTech Leasing is an independent technology and equipment lessor. Founded on over two decades of leasing expertise, the CoreTech Executive Team delivers over a century of multi-industry expertise in technology and equipment leasing and lease administration services to law firms, including over 100 of the nation’s most distinguished law firms as well as corporations, medical and educational institutions, manufacturing enterprises, professional services organizations and the semiconductor industry. Scott speaks widely on best practices in technology and equipment finance; his articles have been published in Legal Management, Legal IT Professionals, Forefront and Law Journal Newsletters’ Accounting & Financial Planning for Law Firms. CoreTech proudly provides year over year sponsorships of key industry events such as ILTA, ALA Annual Conference, Thomson Reuter’s Elite, Aderant, the COO CFO Annual Forum in New York City, and SEMI, the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chain for the micro-and nano-electronics industries.
Eli Nussbaum
Managing Director, Keno Kozie Associates
Eli joined the firm as an intern in 1998 as part of its Y2K audit team. He then shifted into a full-time engineering position and has held every position within the engineering department, including Director of Engineering. During Eli’s tenure with Keno Kozie, he has focused on physical, virtual, and Cloud infrastructure design and implementation services. Eli has been focused on providing clients with economical and appropriate solutions that satisfy their IT needs. While keeping budgets in mind when architecting solutions, he assists clients in solving their operational concerns with an eye to tomorrow’s needs. Eli earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is proud to say that he grew up and continues to live in Chicago. Eli resides in Lakeview and spends his free time with his wife, four children, two dogs, six birds and too many fish to count.

9:15am – 9:30am – AM Networking Break

9:30am – 11:30am – Legal Design Thinking sessions
11:30am – 12:30pm – Legal Design Thinking summaries

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Networking Lunch

1:30pm – 6:00pm
Adoption and Change Management
Nothing is more frustrating than going through the trouble of researching, selecting, and implementing a technology solution, only to have no one use it. However, change is difficult and lawyers are especially change averse. This session will focus on how legal technologists can maximize their impact by leveraging change management techniques and identifying the right tools to maximize user adoption.

1:30pm – 2:15pm
David Cambria
Global Director of Operations, Baker McKenzie
David is responsible for ensuring that the strategies for pricing, legal project management and other commercial activities are closely matched to increasingly sophisticated client needs and expectations. He works directly with major clients to both help shape delivery of the firm’s services and to assist clients in addressing the development of their own operations. He provides a deep focus on rethinking legal processes to make them more productive and cost-efficient as well as aligning the legal and business services of the firm with the organization of its clients. David has presented at various domestic and international industry seminars and executive briefings as well as authored several articles for publication. In 2013 he was named by the National Law Journal as one of the Top 50 Legal Business Trailblazers & Pioneers. He is chairman of the advisory board for the Annual Law Department Operations Survey, where he also serves as editor and contributor. He received his BA, with honors in Political Science and Economics from St. John Fisher College and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Dayton, School of Law.

2:15pm – 2:45pm – ALT TALK
Debbie Foster
Managing Partner, Affinity Consulting Group
Debbie Foster is a nationally recognized thought leader on efficiency and innovation in professional legal organizations. Her 20+ years of experience, combined with a mix of strategic management and strong leadership skills, has enabled Debbie to develop a unique ability to work with law firms and legal departments to help them navigate the ever changing legal services delivery landscape.
Florin Boiangiu
Director, Digitus Information Systems (inMailX)
Florin has more than 20 years of experience in legal document management systems, business process re-engineering and change management. Founding Digitus Information Systems Pty Ltd (“Digitus”) in 1999, it has grown to become a dynamic and innovative software development and business information systems provider. Digitus has developed and released inMailX, which is an enterprise email management, compliance and productivity suite for Microsoft Outlook and third party document management systems. inMailX introduces a modular architecture with optional connectors for integration with Content Manager, iManage, NetDocuments, SharePoint, Worldox and Cloud Stores (Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, GoogleDrive), enabling users to work with multiple repositories from one common interface. Throughout his business career, Florin has been committed to reducing the complexity and time required to develop and implement flexible and cost effective legal solutions, incorporating innovation, simplicity and reliability. Improving user experience and productivity, and decreasing training requirements and costs has been a key focus in Florin’s approach to delivering legal solutions that add immediate value to all legal and support staff and their firms.
Mike Jones
Chief Executive, Americas Region, ThoughtRiver
Mike has more than 30 years sales experience, balancing his career between financial services and professional services during which time he has held senior sales and marketing roles in major players such as Zurich Financial Services and Ernst & Young. After four years of being one of Ernst & Young’s most successful Sales Directors, Mike came to prominence in the legal sector by becoming the world’s first in-house Sales Director at a law firm. Mike has also helped develop Global Leaders in Law – one of the most respected GC networks in the World. Mike studied Psychology at The University of Western Australia, is a well-known conference speaker and has published a number of articles in the legal press. Mike is also a visiting professor at BPP University, London, lecturing on their highly acclaimed MBA Legal Services programme.
Dan Biegel
Chief Client Experience Officer, American LegalNet
Dan has more than 10 years experience serving on leadership teams at award-winning SaaS technology companies. Prior to this role, he led ALN’s Product Management organization, working closely with clients to dramatically evolve the company’s products. At Digital Map Products, he led product management, data operations, and business development (including forming key partnerships with Google, Microsoft, and Redfin) for real estate data, API and SaaS products that he created and are still used by millions of people every day. Prior to that, Dan was the head of Marketing for Anametrix, the pioneer of multichannel analytics and data science. He also led products at ApMetrix (VR/AR and mobile analytics) and MomentFeed (SEO/SEM and digital advertising). Dan holds a J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of San Diego, a B.S. in M.I.S., and was a top-rated programmer earlier in his career.
Glenn Marsa

2:45pm – 3:00pm – PM Networking Break

3:00pm – 5:00pm – Legal Design Thinking sessions
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Legal Design Thinking summaries

6:00pm – 7:30pm – Legal Lions’ Den
InMailX, Affinity Consulting Group, JuraLaw, Trumpet, CoreTech Leasing

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Networking Dinner

8:30pm – 9:30pm – Strategic Partner Round Robin

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

7:00am – 8:00am – Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 11:00am – Overview and Next Steps

Thank you to our 2019 Strategic Partners!