Ari Kaplan (US)
Ari Kaplan, a leading legal industry analyst, is an inaugural Fastcase 50 honoree, a finalist for ILTA’s Thought Leader of the Year award, and a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.
He is the principal researcher for a variety of widely distributed benchmarking reports and has also been the keynote speaker for events in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and throughout the U.S. Kaplan is also the founder of the Lawcountability® business development platform, a finalist for ILTA’s Innovative Solution Provider of the Year award.
Named a “Law Star” by LawCrossing, Kaplan provides law-related ghostwriting for a number of companies, firms, and individuals in the legal industry. He has served as a member of the Law Technology News Editorial Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Editors for ALM’s Marketing the Law Firm and Legal Tech.
The author of over 200 articles, Kaplan has received multiple Apex Awards for feature writing. He has been recognized in the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, the New York Post, the ABA Journal, Above the Law, the National Jurist, the Chicago Lawyer, and the California Recorder, among other publications. He also served as a legal commentator for CNET Radio and has been interviewed on CNN, WGN-TV Chicago, CBS Interactive’s BNET, WMGT-41 Macon, and Good Morning San Diego. His most recent book, Reinventing Professional Services: Building Your Business in the Digital Marketplace, was released in Japanese, and West Academic published the second edition of The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development in 2016.
Ari earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston University. He is admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.
Patrick McKenna (CAN)
Thought Leader Patrick J. McKenna is an internationally recognized author, lecturer, strategist, and seasoned advisor to the leaders of premier law firms. He is the author of eight books, most notably his international best seller, "First Among Equals", currently in its sixth printing and translated into nine languages. McKenna has lectured on professional service management and marketing for the Canadian, American and International Bar Associations; the Canadian Tax Foundation, the International Union of Lawyers, the Institute For Law Firm Management, The Institute For International Research, the Society for Marketing Professional Services, Centaur Conferences Europe and the Financial Times Of London.
He is a frequently requested speaker, having appeared in London, Geneva, Vienna, Munich, Marrakech, Istanbul, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Toronto for professional conferences and symposiums.
His work with North American law firms has evidenced him serving at least 62 of the largest NLJ 250 firms. His consulting expertise was acknowledged in 2008 when he was identified through independent research compiled and published by Lawdragon as one of the most trusted names in legal consulting and his three decades of experience in consulting led to his being the subject of a Harvard Law School Case Study entitled: 'Innovations In Legal Consulting' (2011).
He was the first “expert” in professional service firms admitted to the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches, the #1 US group for senior-level CEO coaches; was the recipient of an Honorary Fellowship from Leaders Excellence of Harvard Square (2015); and voted by the readers of Legal Business World as one of only seven International Thought Leaders (2017). Most recently McKenna helped launch the first International Legal Think-Tank (LIFT: Legal Institute For Forward Thinking) comprised of futurists, academics, researchers and consultants from three countries.
McKenna holds a MBA from the Canadian School of Management and is among the first alumni at Harvards Leadership in Professional Service Firms program.
Markus Hartung (GER)
Markus Hartung is a International recognized lawyer and mediator as well as Founder and director of Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (Bucerius Law School). He has extensive experience in the management of firms. In 1999, he became a managing partner at Oppenhoff & Rädler, the predecessor of Linklaters in Germany. During this time, he facilitated the firm’s merger with Linklaters and was thereafter, from 2001 to 2008, managing partner at Linklaters Germany and member of the Global Executive Committee at Linklaters.
At Bucerius CLP, the focus of his work is on researching the legal market. In addition, he is responsible for the design of the education, training and counseling programs for lawyers. His research interests are in market development and trends, in management and strategic leadership, and in the corporate governance of partnerships, including with respect to the legal requirements of different legal markets.
Since 2006, he is a member of the committee on the laws governing the legal profession of the German Bar Association (DAV), for which he has been chairman since 2011. Markus Hartung is a frequent speaker on the topics of leadership, management and professional ethics and has written numerous articles and book chapters. He is co-editor and author of Der Rechtsmarkt in Deutschland (The legal market in Germany), which quickly became a standard reference work for the German legal market since its publication in 2014.
Markus holds degrees from the Technical College of Public Administration, Law at the University of Cologne, Legal State exams at Free University of Berlin and an executive education degree from Harvard Business School.
Ron Friedmann (US)
Ron Friedmann is one of the top legaltech specialists. He currently is Chief Knowledge + Information Officer at the LAC Group. He is a lawyer by training and has spent over two decades working in the legal market. His extensive experience includes partner at Fireman & Company; executive at a legal process outsourcing company; CIO at Mintz Levin; practice support head at Wilmer Cutler (now WilmerHale); consultant to law firms, law departments, and legal vendors; and marketing professional at two legal market software companies.
Prior to joining the legal market, Ron worked as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company and as an economic and financial analyst for Data Resources, Inc. (a McGraw-Hill company).
Ron is a Fellow of and former 9-year Trustee of the College of Law Practice Management. Other professional activities include co-founder and organizer of the Law Practice Technology Roundtable; founder and organizer of the DC Large Law Firm KM Group; and member of the NYC Large Law Firm KM Group and co-organizer of its annual global large law firm KM meeting. Ron regularly publishes articles and blog posts about and speaks on how to improve law practice efficiency and improve law firm business operations.
Ron holds a JD, New York University School of Law and a BA in Economics, Oberlin College (Honors at both).
Gabe Teninbaum (US)
Gabe Teninbaum is professor and legal technologist. He has spent the past decade as a faculty member at Suffolk University Law School, where he has taught nine different courses and published more than twenty articles. He is the director of Suffolk Law’s Institute on Law Practice Technology & Innovation, as well as the director of the school’s Legal Tech. & Innovation Concentration. He also holds appointments as a Visiting Professor at the MIT Media Lab, and as a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project
He founded the educational technology startup spacedrepetition.com and is a former trial attorney at Sugarman & Sugarman. Before attending law school, he protected dozens of dignitaries – including two sitting U.S. presidents—while serving as an Operations Support Technician in the U.S. Secret Service. In 2016,
Gabe was named to the FastCase 50, which honors “the law's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders.”
Gabe holds a BA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, he got a Master of Management degree of Cambridge College in Cambridge and holds a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Rudy Moenaert (BE)
Prof. Dr. Rudy Moenaert MBA is a Full Professor and academic director of the Executive Master of Marketing program at Tias School for Business and Society. He holds a licentiate degree in applied economic sciences from the University of Antwerp (cum laude), and an MBA from the same university (magna cum laude). He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Ghent (summa cum laude) on the subject of the R&D/Marketing interface in technological innovation.
Previously, he has been on the faculty of the Free University of Brussels (Brussels, Belgium), the Delft University of Technology (Delft, the Netherlands), the University of Ghent (Faculty of Economics and Business; Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School) and Nyenrode Business Universiteit (Breukelen, the Netherlands).
He has also been a visiting doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, USA). He wrote several best selling books on Strategic Marketing and Innovation. In his consultancy, he has worked with companies such as Rabobank, InSites, DSM, Robeco, ANWB, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Océ, VelopA, Barco, KPN, GfK, Stork, Deceuninck, De Witte Lietaer, 3M, ING.
...An experienced leader and advisor with a passion for problem-solving and for enhancing the ways inwhich businesses operate and optimize the opportunities they face, including through the applicationof technological solutions and other innovations to business and legal processes....
Harry Trueheart (US)
Harry Trueheart is Immediate Past Chair and CEO of TerraLex, a global network of more than 150 leading business law firms with more than 19,000 lawyers in 100 countries. He is the Chairman Emeritus of Nixon Peabody LLP where is served as the firm’s chief executive of over 14 years. Under his leadership, Nixon Peabody grew to be a national and internationally ranked law firm with offices in major US and international markets. Nixon Peabody has been recognized as a Fortune 100 Best Place to Work.
Harry was a Member of the Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession of the New
York State Bar Association, and past Chair of Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is a Fellow and past trustee of the College of Law Practice Management and he writes, speaks and advises on law firm management issues. Besides extensive legal market experience Harry also is a trustee of a major technical university, serves on an advisory board to a regional telecommunications company and has served as Chairman of the Board of a regional public broadcasting corporation.
He is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Distinguished Neutral on the CPR - International Institute for Dispute Prevention and Resolution Panel of Neutrals and a Member of its Advisory Council. He is an attorney and independent neutral serving as an arbitrator and mediator in U.S. and international business disputes.
He holds a B.A. with a concentration in economics from Harvard University, a J.D. from the Harvard Law School and completed the University of Michigan School of Business Executive Program for senior business executives.