With origins in the tech startup space, our team grew up in the world of scalable, exponential technologies and businesses. We’ve seen this mentality permeate other traditional and professional service industries including: education, accounting, insurance and more.
The legal industry has been under attack for its lack of innovation. It’s our belief that legal hasn’t quite found its formula when it comes to discovering and leveraging exponential technologies, and building legal products and services at scale.
We believe individuals and small, agile teams within larger organizations will drive this movement. Legal professionals who discover opportunities to dramatically reshape the ways in which they deliver legal services will make the transition away from traditional practices, and become exponential.
After finishing law school and taking the bar, Mike pivoted from the practice of law to focus on designing digital products. At the inception of FoundationLab in 2016, he began combining his legal education and experience with his product design skills - working with law firms and legal departments to build digital products and drive innovation efforts. He has a strong passion for design and working with individuals to unlock their creative potential. Through his collaborations with forward thinking legal professionals, Mike has become uniquely capable of shaping, testing and launching radical ideas for delivering legal services at scale.
Refusing to be constrained by the stereotypical label of CTO, Dean leverages technology towards business value and entrepreneurship. He couples his foundation in computer science with his experience as a technology executive in diverse industries that include: education, healthcare, finance, and legal services to drive execution of complex products and services for FoundationLab clients. Prior to Foundationlab, Dean served as CTO at Nextlaw Labs, a subsidiary of Dentons, where he was responsible for overseeing the development and expansion of all of the company’s legal technology products and spearheaded technology due diligence during investment considerations.
Christie Guimond is an experienced strategy and innovation manager at White & Case LLP, who has worked at the forefront of disruption in the legal industry for over a decade. She describes herself as a “project manager by trade” and has a Masters (with Distinction) in Project Management from Newcastle Business School. Her first foray into the world of legal innovation came in 2011 when she developed and managed one of the first legal project management capabilities in the London market. Christie is also the co-Founder of “She Breaks the Law”, a network for female leaders of innovation within the legal industry.
Dennis Kennedy is an information technology lawyer and legal technology author well-known for promoting innovation and the use of technology in the practice of law. He currently focuses on legal technology, innovation, speaking, writing, and coaching and is an adjunct professor in the LegalRnD program at Michigan State University College of Law. Dennis is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and recently finished a term of three years as chair of the board of the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center. Dennis retired as Senior Counsel for the Digital Payments & Labs group at Mastercard in 2017.