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Great (Definite) Line Up for Lexpo 2017

Lexpo presents the following experts:

David B. Wilkins: Professor Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Faculty Committee of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. Prof. Wilkins has given over 50 endowed lectures at universities around the world and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and law firm and corporate retreats. He is the author of over 80 articles on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals as well as a co-author of several books, including The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization (forthcoming 2016), Diversity in Practice (2016), and Problems in Professional Responsibility for a Changing Profession (5th edition 2009). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2012 and the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors in 2014 and most recently was the recipient of the Harvard Law School Association Award in 2016. His major research interests include the legal profession, legal ethics, diversity and globalization.

Ron Friedmann (US): Ron Friedmann has spent over two decades improving law practice and legal business operations with technology, knowledge management, and alternative resourcing. Ron, currently Partner at Fireman & Company, was one of the first non-practicing lawyers hired by a large law firm, Wilmer, Culter & Pickering (now WilmerHale) to manage practice support. He pioneered legal process improvement, knowledge management, electronic discovery, virtual law libraries, law firm portals, and online legal services.

Jordan Furlong (CA): Jordan Furlong is a leading analyst of the global legal market and forecaster of its future development. He is a consultant for law firms and legal organizations that try to better understand why the legal services environment is undergoing radical change. Jordan addressed dozens of law firms, lawyer organizations, legal regulators, and others throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. His presentations help lawyers think differently about the services they provide and counsel law firm leaders about re-engineering their firms’ purpose, strategy, and operations. In 2007, Jordan launched Law21 which went on to become the only non-American blog to be included six straight years in the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100.

Daniel Katz (US): Professor Daniel Katz is a scientist, technologist and law professor who applies an innovative polytechnic approach to teaching law. His forward-thinking ideas helped to earn him acknowledgement in the 2013 Fastcase 50, an award which "recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law." He was also named to the American Bar Association Journal's 2013 Class of "Legal Rebels”.

Rohit Talhar (UK): Rohit is a top 10 global futurist, strategist and award winning speaker noted for his humour, inspirational style and provocative content. He advises global firms, industries and governments on how to survive, thrive, spot and manage emerging risks and develop innovative growth strategies in the decade ahead. Recently, Rohit and his team at Fast Future Research conducted ILTA’s “Legal Technology Future Horizons” research study. Rohit was the project director and lead author of the research report. Currently he is involved in writing a book on exponential innovation in the legal industry for next year’s ILTACON conference.

Matthew Homann (US): Matt Homann's passion is helping people think, meet and learn together better. He's working to reinvent the meeting as the founder and CEO of Filament in the U.S. While he no longer practices law, Matt continues to author the award-winning legal blog "the (non)billable hour." He is a a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and has been named a "Legal Rebel" by the American Bar Association Journal and as one of the fifty most innovative thinkers in the legal industry by FastCase.

Katie Atkinson (UK): Katie is Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the research department was ranked 1st in the UK for 4* and 3* outputs, with 97% of the research being rated as world leading or internationally excellent. Katie’s department also works with a variety of industrial partners to apply the research and involve industry in education programmes. Besides her academic work, Katie currently serves as President of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law.

Kevin O’Keefe (US): As a lawyer for 17 years and an entrepreneur for the last 16 years. In 2003, Kevin left behind his successful law practice to found LexBlog. LexBlog empowers lawyers’ worldwide to network through the Internet via blogs and social media solutions. What started out of a garage has grown to a 25-person team supporting over 10,000 lawyers on the world's largest legal blog network. The American Bar Association and other key industry organizations routinely cite LexBlog as the legal industry’s authority on social media marketing.

Adam Billing (UK): Adam is a partner of the Møller Professional Services Firms Group (Churchill College, University of Cambridge). He is an experienced practitioner, lecturer and facilitator, specialising in innovation culture, user-centered design, creativity and cross-boundary collaboration. Adam is also the founder and director of Treehouse Innovation, a leading innovation consultancy based in London.

Lisa Hart Shepherd (UK): Lisa is CEO of Acritas, a company she established in 2002 to exclusively service the research needs of professional services firms. During this time, Lisa has worked on projects with many of the world’s largest law firms, devising research programmes to help clients develop strategy, achieve service excellence, brand strength, employee engagement and global growth. Ten years ago, Lisa developed Acritas’ flagship product, Sharplegal. It is now the world’s most comprehensive annual study of the legal market. It delivers over million of data and covers many aspects of the legal business in great depth, including brand, changing buyer behaviour, client service, pricing and international needs.

And what to think of the panel with: Geert Potjewijd (managing partner of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek), Knut-Magnar Aanestad (Head of Innovation at Norwegian law firm Kluge), Hanneke Dorsman (GC at ABN AMRO) and Prof. Dr. Ir. Jan C. Scholtes (Prof. at Department of Data Sciences and Knowledge Engineering in the Artificial Intelligence group at the University of Maastricht and chairman and chief strategy officer of ZyLAB) and Richard Tromans (UK) LegalTech and AI specialist.

Besides presentations Lexpo also offers a 'marketplace' with top Legal (Tech) companies, who will present their latest products and insights.

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