Lourdes Fuentes Slater| Legal Process Designer| Chief Change Instigator | CEO, Karta Legal LLC
I am the Founder and CEO of Karta Legal LLC, a legal operations and technology management consulting firm. I am graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Legal Project Manager.
I have over 20 years of legal operations, technology management, and litigation experience. Throughout my career, as a partner in private practice and in my current role, I have represented governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, as well as publicly-held Fortune 100 companies. I am honored to have been recognized as a Trailblazer by the New York Law Journal for being an “agent of change, thought leader and innovator.”
For the past ten years, I have overseen legal operations at Grais & Ellsworth. I lead the e-discovery and expert work in connection with the residential mortgage backed securities litigation and am responsible for managing counsel and vendor spend. Before that, I handled discovery management in the Bernie Madoff bankruptcy litigation. Outside the office, I sit on the Board of Birch Family Services, Inc.
At Karta Legal, I have assembled an entire ecosystem to help your organization in its legal innovation journey. In my team, I have experts in process mapping, technology, AI, cybersecurity, data science, e-discovery, project management, and litigation support. We know what works, what doesn’t, and how much it should cost.
My goal is innovation and re-designing the delivery of legal services. The path to innovation is simple. First, focus on the people. Second, design or redesign the process. Third, pick the right technology for your specific needs and your budget. To achieve those goals, I use a variety of design thinking and business process improvement tools selected from Lean Six Sigma and Agile Project Management methodologies. Over the years, I have curated and tailored these tools to fit the needs of the legal industry and have applied them successfully. Included in my innovation goal is the diversification of talent in the legal industry because, simply put, it is good for business.
My experiences as a Latina and native Spanish speaker, who came to the U.S. at 17 on a merit scholarship, shaped the lawyer I became. I have spent my entire professional career challenging stereotypes, breaking down barriers, educating people, and now mentoring the younger generation. I speak on diversity and inclusion often, in particular to law students. I have two imperatives with #CafeConLourdes: 1) that the young LatinX entering the industry understand that they are represented at the top levels; and, 2) that we work to increase that representation. We have much talent to showcase and much more to cultivate.
Together, let’s design the future of the profession.