Refusing to be constrained by the stereotypical label of CTO, Dean brings a unique approach to leveraging technology towards business value and entrepreneurship. His expertise ranges from a strong foundation in computer science to experience as a technology executive in diverse industries including education, healthcare, finance, and legal services. A staunch advocate of using technology to spearhead innovation, he was instrumental in the launching of information systems that streamlined matter management and litigation financing for one of the premier innovators of legal services in the U.S. southeast. Dean currently serves as CTO at Nextlaw Labs, a subsidiary of Dentons, where he is responsible for overseeing the development and expansion of all of the company’s legal technology products and spearheads technology due diligence during investment considerations.
A disruptive thinker by nature, Dean’s modus operandi continues to be – “You don’t have to think outside the box if you’re not in it!”
Christie Guimond is an experienced strategy and innovation manager at Bird & Bird 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.
People-driven change, organisational strategy and innovation are her passion and she subsequently moved on from legal project management into more strategic and innovation roles. She has had the opportunity to work on numerous innovation initiatives – including developing and implementing new legal services and technology-driven client solutions. Christie also spends significant time monitoring the changing legal landscape and advising senior executives in her own firm, as well as clients, on how to respond to these changes to the business of law. She also works closely with several legal technology start-ups, advising them on areas including strategy and funding. Christie has been published in several books, including: (1) Strategic Innovation as an Emerging Firm Function: Innovating Strategically; (2) New Directions in Legal Services: Implementing and Sustaining Change; and (3) Career Development for Women Lawyers.
Christie is also the co-Founder of “She Breaks the Law”, a network for female leaders of innovation within the legal industry. She Breaks the Law provides a platform for women in leadership to build their strategic networks by connecting with like-minded women, to widen their opportunities to develop themselves and others, to share experiences and to create new ideas with other innovative women from all over the world.
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.
Dennis wrote the legal technology column for the ABA Journal for many years, and has co-authored several books including “The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies (2nd edition, 2018) with Tom Mighell. He co-hosts The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network, and has written his blog, DennisKennedy.Blog, since 2003.
Dennis is a member on FoundationLab’s Advisory Board.