Meet Our Contributors

David Wheeler
David E. Wheeler: Assistant General Counsel, Verizon

David is enjoying a wonderful career and has been blessed with opportunities for which some wait their entire careers. He’s marshaled several multibillion dollar deals through the regulatory processes. He’s argued at a European Commission oral hearing and presented at the OECD. David has led scores of teams ranging from 350 attorneys to three…David advises senior leaders at Verizon, and clients have relied on his data analyses for more than just legal advice.   But David believes his greatest accomplishment is mentoring the generation of lawyers behind him … because others gave him unimaginable opportunities; it’s only right for him to do the same.

Susan Dunn
Susan Dunn: Founder & Head of Litigation Funding, Harbour Litigation Funding

Susan qualified as a solicitor in 1992. She worked as a commercial litigator in the UK and US and Vice-Consul Investment for the British Government in the US. Since 2002, she has helped originate and manage over 150 litigation funding cases totalling over £3bn in claim value and co-founded Harbour in 2007. She is a founding director of The Association of Litigation Funders in the UK.

Jules Miller
Jules Miller

Jules is an entrepreneur and operations expert dedicated to enabling technology and innovation in the legal industry. As co-founder of Evolve Law, an ecosystem of legal tech entrepreneurs, law firms and legal services companies, Jules builds communities and works with members on sales, marketing, partnerships and innovation goals. 

She was previously co-founder & COO of Hire an Esquire, a B2B labor marketplace enabling an on-demand workforce of attorneys, where she led sales, finance, HR and recruiting.  She also founded of Carbonado Group, a expert network and consulting firm, and spent 7 years as an ‘intraprenuer’ helping companies including Ernst & Young, Salesforce.com and Tiffany & Co. to launch and grow new business units.  She earned her BA from UCLA and her MSc from The London School of Economics.

Lecia Kaslofsky: Founder & CEO, FactBox
Lecia Kaslofsky: Founder & CEO, FactBox

Lecia Kaslofsky is founder and chief executive officer of FactBox. Ever since learning BASIC for the Apple II as a kid, Lecia has put technology at the center of her professional practice. From founding the investment arm of the first OCC-regulated Internet Bank to being the youngest equity partner of a large investigative firm, Lecia has pioneered the use of technology to reduce inefficiencies and enhance the role of the professional as storyteller. She is a frequent speaker on search technique and strategy, and presents seminars to law firms, bar associations, industry groups and graduate programs. Lecia is a graduate of Vassar College and the past recipient of a research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Rebecca Tweneboah: Legal Intern, New York City Football Club
Rebecca Tweneboah: Legal Intern, New York City Football Club

Rebecca Yaa Serwah Tweneboah is owner and creative designer of Moi by Yaa, an African-inspired clothing company, and an attorney for New York City Football Club, a newly established MLS team in New York City. In her in-house role, Ms. Tweneboah works on corporate governance, intellectual property and contract issues and advises departments on how to tackle challenges both domestically and abroad. She also played soccer at Notre Dame, where they won a National Championship, and for the Ghana Women’s National Team. Her favorite quote is, “…for (s)he preferred in everything to be, rather than to appear” – Voltaire.

Wendy Bernero: Co-Founder & Partner, Bernero & Press
Wendy Bernero: Co-Founder & Partner, Bernero & Press

Wendy Bernero is co-founder of Bernero & Press, a management consultancy that helps law firms maximize their client and market opportunities. Wendy specializes in helping firms enhance their profitability and revenue growth by developing and promoting high-value service offerings, building strong value propositions, results-oriented business planning and budgeting, and customizing and pricing their services to meet client needs. She also works with practice and industry groups and client teams to increase their contributions to the firm’s bottom-line.

Wendy has more than 20 years of experience serving in senior-level management roles for major law firms, including Proskauer Rose, Fried Frank, Paul Weiss, and Akin Gump. Her consulting experience includes several years as a partner in Hildebrandt International, where she assisted firms with a broad range of strategic planning, practice management and development, client team development, research, and branding projects. Beyond the legal sector, her experience includes serving as head of product development, marketing and public affairs for Washington Bancorporation and as press and legislative aide to a U.S. Congressman.

Mark A Cohen

Mark A Cohen

Mark A. Cohen is the CEO of Legalmosaic (www.legalmosaic.com), legal business consulting company. He is widely regarded as a global thought leader in the legal vertical. Prior to founding Legalmosaic, Cohen was Co-Founder of Clearspire (www.clearspire.com), a groundbreaking legal service provider whose disruptive, proprietary IT platform and reengineered legal model has been reported in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The ABA Journal, Reuters, and a host of other sources. He serves as the Managing Director of Clearspire Law Company, overseeing all matters related to the practice of law.

Cohen has published over a hundred articles on legal delivery. He is a regular online contributor to Forbes where he writes a weekly column. His articles and commentary have also appeared frequently in Bloomberg Big Law Business, the ABA Journal, Law 360, and many other domestic and international media outlets. Cohen has been a keynote speaker at Harvard Law School’s Speaker Series, Reinvent Law, 3M’s Global Legal Alignment Summit, LegalZoom, and countless industry conferences and symposia. He has also been interviewed by many media outlets and academic institutions including the University of St. Gallen global thought leader interviews and Legal Business World, and was recently named a 2016 FastCase 50 recipient as one of “law’s most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.”

Cohen is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College and the College’s first Rhodes Scholar Nominee. He earned three postgraduate degrees from Oxford University (law and anthropology), and a law degree from the University of Connecticut.

Brent Stanley
Brent Stanley

Brent Stanley is a technology entrepreneur with deep experience in the application of leading edge solutions for the legal industry, starting with the development of broker-dealer 17a-4 email compliance tech in the early 2000’s for Lehman and Citi.  Brent is an avid student of artificial intelligence and machine vision and is constantly looking for ways to accelerate adoption of that tech to reduce cost and improve efficiency.

Brent’s work history includes Eastman Kodak and Iron Mountain, and is the founder of several successful tech companies.  He is the holder of two patents to date. Publications include “Best Practices for Data Mining to support Asset Integrity Management Programs”.  Brent has dual residency in Houston and Boston, and holds degrees in Math, Physics and Mechanical Engineering from CWRU.

Cohen is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College and the College’s first Rhodes Scholar Nominee. He earned three postgraduate degrees from Oxford University (law and anthropology), and a law degree from the University of Connecticut.

David Holme
David Holme

As a CEO & founder of Exigent, David Holme provides the strategic direction and plays a key role in developing partnerships, identifying significant growth opportunities and managing key stakeholders for the company.

David (BA Hons) is a KPMG qualified ACA where he specialized in corporate finance and restructuring work. Subsequently he became head of support services investment at Bridgepoint (a $5bn private equity fund) where he invested $0.5bn. David has a broad range of experience as a main board director of over 50 businesses during his career to date.

Colin Rule: Co-Founder & COO, Modria
Colin Rule: Co-Founder & COO, Modria

Colin Rule is Co-Founder and COO of Modria.com, an ODR provider based in Silicon Valley.  From 2003 to 2011 he was Director of Online Dispute Resolution for eBay and PayPal. He has worked in the dispute resolution field for more than a decade as a mediator, trainer, and consultant. He is currently Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at UMass-Amherst and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School.

Colin is the author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business, published by Jossey-Bass in September 2002. He has contributed more than 50 articles to prestigious ADR publications such as Consensus, The Fourth R, ACResolution Magazine, and Peace Review. He serves on the boards of the Consensus Building Institute and the PeaceTech Lab at the United States Institute of Peace.

Deborah Quinn
Deborah Quinn

Ms. Quinn has executed mapping and pipeline projects which have included senior women, veterans, and people of color for financial institutions, law firms, and consulting firms. Ms. Quinn was VP, Global Head of Talent Acquisition with XL Catlin where she led a global team of talent acquisition professionals and had direct responsibility for offshore operations in Poland and India. She was VP, International Executive Recruiting, First Data where she built systemic and scalable recruiting programs that enabled the organization to meet aggressive hiring goals.

Ms. Quinn was a Managing Consultant with Korn Ferry/FutureStep. She was President of Quinn & Associates, Inc., a boutique search firm. Ms. Quinn was a Senior Manager with KPMG’s Consulting Practice, VP of University Relations and Diversity Recruiting with Citibank and an Analyst at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. She provided unbundled executive search services for Fortune 100 companies. Ms. Quinn was the National Director of Strategic Planning for the Consulting Practice at Ernst & Young. In this capacity, she was responsible for creating firm wide staffing plans and managing the recruiting processes for all professional hires and acquisitions of similar businesses.

Jay Benegal
Jay Benegal

Jay has been advising and serving Professional Service Firms (PSFs) for over 10 years. His focus over this period has been primarily on the Legal Industry. At Citizens Financial Group (CFG), his focus has now broadened to serve other industry verticals that fall within the PSF space.

As a Senior Corporate Banking Relationship Manager, Sanjay works closely with Leadership and C-suite Executives at these firms to partner and advise on aligning CFG’s strengths and capabilities with the firms’ operational needs. Additionally, Sanjay also works closely with the individual Principals and Partners at these firms to provide Private Banking and Wealth Management solutions. Sanjay works with all types of businesses that fall into the PSF space.

David Willink: Barrister, LAMB Chambers
David Willink: Barrister, LAMB Chambers

David worked at the centre of law, government and the judiciary for over 10 years, during which he represented the UK Government at the European Parliament, European Commission and the European Court of Human Rights; spoke at international conferences; and appeared before committees of both Houses of Parliament.  Since his call to the Bar, he has developed a broad civil practice in personal injury, property, chancery and commercial law in Lamb Chambers, London.  

He writes regularly for online publications, as well as writing and editing chapters in practitioners’ textbooks on civil procedure and limitations.

Lisa Roitman
Lisa Roitman

Lisa L. Roitman is a Business Development and Marketing Strategist for Bloomberg Enterprise Solutions and was previously General Counsel for Litespeed Management LLC. She has held business, legal and compliance positions both on the buy-side and on the sell-side, and experienced first hand the largest US bankruptcy as Managing Director at Lehman Brothers in 2008. Lisa then spent three years running teams working on the unwind of Lehman’s derivative assets and setting up a claim and valuation process for defaulted Lehman bonds before leaving the bankrupt estate to join the hedge fund industry as a General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.

Lisa has been invited to join the National Association of Corporate Directors and is a member of Women in Derivatives and 100 Women in Hedge Funds. She is active in the Managed Futures Association and has spoken at the Hellenic Banking Association and at the Boston University business school reunion. Lisa enjoys being a problem solver, connecting people, mentoring and learning and would like to continue to expand her network. Lisa earned her LLM from the Morin Center for Banking Law Studies, Boston University School of Law; she earned her JD from New England Law, Boston. She is grateful to Boston University for making her career possible. Today she still uses the skills she learned during her LLM program. After her LLM presentation, A BU alum took time to interview her and push for her hire at Bankers Trust, where she started her career. Throughout her career, she has focused on supporting young talent as a way to give back. At Bankers Trust she help co-found a mentoring program matching Associate and AVP level women with VP, Director and MD level mentors, Lisa has lectured at Barnard College and at Pace Law School and actively participates in a corporate externship program at Pace Law School taking on interns each semester and mentoring them through graduation and beyond.

Joseph Tiano, Jr.
Joseph Tiano, Jr.

Joseph Tiano, Jr. is the founder and chief executive officer of Legal Decoder.  Legal Decoder has developed a proprietary software/data analytics technology that analyzes complex legal spend data.  Legal Decoder’s technology helps legal industry leaders price and economically evaluate legal services.  Clients and their law firms get better predictability, visibility, efficiency and value when it comes to legal services using Legal Decoder’s solution.

Previously, Joe was a Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP and Thelen LLP where he grew and managed all aspects of a multi-million dollar cross-border finance practice. Joe graduated from Georgetown University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration and received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1995.

Basha Frost Rubin

Basha Frost Rubin: CEO & Co-Founder, Priori Legal

Basha Frost Rubin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Priori Legal, a curated legal marketplace that optimizes the outside counsel search and hiring process for legal departments and entrepreneurs. She speaks and writes extensively about how technology is changing – and will change – the market for legal services. Her writing has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Inc, Women 2.0 and Under30CEO. Basha holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. from Yale College and is a member of the New York Bar. She also sits on the boards of A Blade of Grass and the Rubin Museum of Art and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.

Mark Torres,

Mark Torres, General Counsel Teamsters Union Local 810

Mark serves as General Counsel of the Teamsters Union Local 810, a large New York City area Labor Union.  He also serves as the Director of Legal Affairs for the Union’s affiliated pension and welfare funds. Prior to this role, Mark was employed as a Refrigeration Engineer at New York University and Union shop steward for nearly 20 years. Mark also an author who released his debut novel, A Stirring in the North Fork in December of 2015.

David Mitnick

David Mitnick: President & Founder, DomainSkate

Prior to starting DomainSkate, David spent ten years as an intellectual property lawyer with Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP in New York, working in all phases of intellectual property law including trademark licensing and prosecution, patent and copyright litigation and Internet law.

Previously, David worked as a Finance Associate at the Sanwa Bank in the International and Project Finance Groups. He serves as the Advisory Board Chairman of the Brooklyn Law School Trade Secrets Institute. David earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

Mary Juetten: CEO & Founder, Traklight

Mary Juetten: CEO & Founder, Traklight

Mary Juetten, JD, Founder and CEO of Traklight, has dedicated her more-than-30-year career to helping businesses achieve and protect their success. Mary recently co-founded Evolve Law, a community that is the catalyst for change in the legal industry. Using her extensive education including Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill and a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State, as well as her US and Canadian accounting certifications, Mary created the only self-guided software platform that creates your custom intellectual property (IP) strategy plus assesses business risk – Traklight.

Mary is an international author, writer, speaker, and mentor. She previously represented entrepreneurs on the Board of the Crowdfunding Investment Regulatory Advocates and as the Secretary for the Emerging Enterprise Committee of the Licensing Executives Society. She speaks internationally on change and technology adoption in the legal industry. Mary was named to the American Bar Associations’s Legal Resource Technology Center 2016 Women in Legal Tech list and FastCase Class of 2016. She now serves on the Group Legal Services Association (GLSA) Board. In 2016, Mary authored Small Law KPIs: How to Measure your way to Greater Profits for Thomson Reuters.

Steven Weisbrot

Steven Weisbrot: Executive VP of Notice & Comment, Partner, Angeion Group

Steven is a nationally-recognized class action notice expert and one of the premier thought leaders in the class action administration industry. He has authored numerous articles in national legal publications on such diverse topics as media notice programs, using digital media to notify class members, class action claims administration and proper claim form design. Largely accepted as the leading proponent for the use of digital and social media in the class action notification industry, Steven has consulted with and advised some of the largest corporations in the country on their class action notification needs. He has also lectured extensively to many of the largest law firms in the world, as well as hedge fund managers, bar associations and in-house counsel on class action notice and claims procedures.

Prior to joining Angeion Group, Steven was Director of Class Action Services at a leading class action claims administration company, where he designed and implemented notice and settlement processes. Before that, he spent the better part of a decade in private law practice and was associated with several leading law firms where he concentrated his practice on complex civil cases.

Nancy May

Nancy May: CEO, BoardBench Companies

Nancy May is President and CEO of The BoardBench Companies, a corporate governance advisory firm whose services includes: director search/succession services, board evaluations, director education, and individual director candidate coaching advisory services. Ms. May has over 25 years of experience as a strategic advisor to CEOs and boards of high-growth, mid-cap and Global 100 public and private companies on issues impacting board governance, director succession, financial health, rapid growth, succession planning, and sustainability. She has worked with some of the most recognized global institutions, mid-sized public and private companies, and

investment firms in industries that include: automotive, banking, insurance, chemicals, energy, natural resources, technology, healthcare, consumer goods, education, financial services, industrial manufacturing, media, communications, bio-tech, communications, and more.

Nancy has been recognized by clients for her innate ability to quickly identify key action points and resolve complicated boardroom and business challenges impacting corporate governance and performance. Her skill and insight into many different industry environments comes from her long-term, diverse experience with many companies from rapid-paced start ups and IPOs, to broad complex corporations and institutions.

Daniel Walker

Daniel Walker: Founder & CEO, Dragon Law

Daniel Walker is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dragon Law, the trusted platform to manage law online. Prior to founding Dragon Law, Daniel practised at DLA Piper, Stephenson Harwood and Clyde & Co, in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the UK. 

Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of London. He is the Board Director and Founder of Lawyers Without Ties, Hong Kong’s first plain-English legal consultancy that provides business consultancy service and legal process outsourcing for startups, SMEs and global law firms.

Joe Reevy

Joe Reevy

Joe Reevy was born and raised in the USA, but is the UK’s leading expert in the use of content for business development for law firms, serving more UK law firms than any other UK supplier. In an earlier life he was for 14 years the marketing partner for his area’s fastest-growing accounting practice before retiring to have more fun. From 2000, he edited LawZone, which he built to a subscriber base of 28,000 before being sold to The Lawyer in 2003.

The next BD automation package in development is www.Crosselerator.com, an automated cross-selling tool for silo businesses, showing 60% click-through rates in test.

Joe holds BA and MSc degrees from the Universities of Exeter and Southampton (Institute of Sound and Vibration Research) and is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. He is director of his family company and Hoppings Softwood Products plc. He likes football (soccer), music, science and spends as much time as he can in Madeira.

 

David Kinnear

David Kinnear

David draws on 20+ years’ experience in both legal practice and in business services delivery since his own call to the Bar in 1989. With several years in the startup environment, including as a co-founder in the legal tech space specifically, he brings a unique and timely perspective on the role of data, automation and artificial intelligence in the modern and efficient delivery of services for legal consumers. Having been both a corporate buyer of legal services and a services provider, he identifies the greater efficiency and value that can be achieved in legal operations for corporate buyers especially.

An attorney, David worked for law firms Pinsent Masons and Linklaters in London before moving to New York to join Credit Suisse. As CAO, he helped negotiate & execute the relocation of Credit Suisse into its new NYC global HQ. Subsequently, David directed major global outsourcing, shared sourcing, HR operations & process efficiency initiatives including the digitization of records, the global roll-out of PeopleSoft HRMS & Y2K. David has worked extensively in the UK, US, Philippines, India and China markets in the areas of data management, human resources and business process outsourcing. 

Most recently, David has been successfully investing in and serving as an advisory board member of several legal services start-ups including a cloud-based solution for legal process automation and e-filing; and a technology solution for large-scale capture of court and other public data used for litigation analysis, among others.

David graduated from the University of Manchester with Honors in Law and Bar School (College of Legal Education) in London, and has been a member of Middle Temple since 1989. He is the founder and former Chairman of The Global Sourcing Council. 

Member: Bar of England & Wales, ABA, NYCBA, ACC, DRI, LMA