Keynote Speakers

Margaret Hagan

Director, Legal Design Lab at Stanford Law School

Margaret Hagan directs the Legal Design Lab, an R&D lab for more accessible, intuitive, and engaging legal services at Stanford Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession. She is a lecturer at the Stanford Institute of Design (the, and a lawyer with a JD from Stanford University. Margaret is also known for her blog on legal innovation.

Ron Sepielli

Leadership Sherpa, Retriever Advisors

Ron coaches leaders and teams to define and articulate compelling, strategic business possibilities, enabling leaders to then create the conditions which engage key stakeholders, and unleash the human passion, competencies and capabilities within the organization to earn the respect of customers, and establish a credible, successful presence in the marketplace.


Beau Mersereau

Director, Applications, Development and Support, Fish & Richardson

Beau has authored and implemented policies and procedures related to the Software Development Life Cycle, change management, incident management and business analysis. He promotes effective cross-departmental communication and collaboration and ensures development team’s utilization of Agile software development, principles, and practices.

Rick Hellers

Executive Director & Founder, ALT

Rick has more than 25 years experience in legal technology and operations management for various law firms (including two Amlaw 200 firms). Rick is a former member of Association of Legal Administrators and a founding member of International Legal Technology Association (formerly LawNet). He has more than 15 years experience managing legal vendors and is also a frequent speaker and writer on legal technology and management issues.

Sam Davenport

Director, De Novo Operations, Davis Wright Tremaine

Sam directs the De Novo team, designing various legal solutions for business, “I deliver high-impact outcomes to solve urgent, complex, and vaguely-defined problems. I balance big-picture vision with in-the-weeds process to determine the right goals and scope for the fastest big return. Then I build teams that execute and get it done. My tool box includes design thinking, ops best practices, legal knowledge, data analysis, and BI visualization.”

Steven McCue

Chief Information Officer, Keker, Van Nest & Peters

Steve is the Chief Information Officer with the law firm of Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP.  He has over twenty-five years of experience in information technology, twenty of which have been in management focused on the use of technology in law firms.  He has managed various information technology projects related to utilizing technology to achieve the business goals of law firms.  Those projects have included relocation, business process automation, knowledge management, client collaboration and finance.  Steve has served in several volunteer roles including the Open Text Strategic Relationship Liaison with the International Legal Technology Association. He has also served ILTA as the San Francisco City Representative, as a member of the Open Text Enterprise Content Management Steering Committee, and is a founding member of the Association of Legal Technologists.

Sally Gonzalez

Senior Consultant – Fireman & Company

Sally is recognized as a leading expert in knowledge management, strategic technology planning, AI, and experience management for the legal services industry. As a sought-after subject matter expert, organizations rely on Sally’s 30+ years of experience in strategic planning and implementation of complex, knowledge and information-intensive solutions that require tight integration of policy, process, people and technology. She brings her clients strong leadership, facilitation, program management, analytical and advisory skills combined with innovative thinking and practical implementation experience.  Her clients include global and national law firms based in the US, UK, and Canada as well as the law departments of Fortune 100 companies.  Throughout her career, she has also held top KM and IT leadership positions at global law firms including Norton Rose Fulbright, Dentons, Akin Gump, and Jones Day. Sally is on the editorial board for Practice Innovations, is a frequent and well-respected speaker for industry and educational conferences, and has had numerous articles published in the legal trade press.  She has also served on the judging panels for several legal industry awards, including the Managing Partner Forum’s Practice Management Awards and the Legal IT Awards.

David Cambria

Director of Global Operations – Law, Compliance and Government Relations for Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)

David works with the General Counsel to develop and lead a “best-in-class” law department operations function with a primary focus on aligning the department’s day-to-day operations with the business strategy. His team is responsible for overseeing the non-legal and tactical aspects of running the department, including day to day management of the following: finance, information technology, law firm and vendor management, client service/delivers and general administration.  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.

Brian Fanning

Pricing Director, Davis Wright Tremaine

Brian oversees a group that works directly with clients and DWT lawyers to ensure matters are accurately and profitably scoped, budgeted, and priced. His 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.

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.

Jeffrey Brandt

Chief Information Officer – Jackson Kelly

Mr. Brandt started his career in the world of litigation support/eDiscovery.  He has been a consultant, a vendor and the Chief Information Officer for several top US law firms.  He has worked on projects as diverse as: information governance, organizational development & design, change management, security, process innovation & improvement, knowledge management, leadership & team building, training and mentoring, and IT executive coaching.

He is a strategic executive with a proven ability to lead large scale change initiatives and drive business growth through integration of technology with the business and practice of law.   With thirty years of experience in the field of legal automation, he has an established track record of effective IT leadership.  He is an innovative problem solver and creative thinker with considerable experience implementing and managing change in diverse cultures.

Mr. Brandt is also the Editor of the popular PinHawk Law Technology Daily Digest (a daily aggregated newsletter with a circulation of over 16,000 legal and technology professionals), a respected thought leader in the legal technology community and frequent educational speaker at the regional and national user, trade shows and industry conferences.  In October of last year, he chaired The Legal AI Forum ’17 in London.

He currently works as the Chief Information Officer at Jackson Kelly PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia.

Alice Armitage

Director of Startup Legal Garage, UC Hastings College of the Law

Professor Alice Armitage is the Director of the Startup Legal Garage at UC Hastings, overseeing the administration of a program that connects students with leading attorneys to provide corporate and intellectual property work to early-stage startup companies. She is also involved in research for the Institute for Innovation Law on the legal issues facing startup companies, focusing most recently on regulating the platform economy. Her early career included years at Arnold & Porter and the Treasury Department, and she has taught as an adjunct at UCLA. More recently, Alice was founder and CEO of a mobile safety app startup that won first place in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Apps Against Abuse Challenge, sponsored by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. She has also provided consulting services to other startup companies.

Professor Armitage is a graduate of the Yale Law School where she was the first woman Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. She also has an A.B. and an M.A. in British and American Literature from Brown University.

Jason Baker

Supervisor Helpdesk and Applications Architect, Fish & Richardson