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With Over $1B in Venture Backed Capital, Could We be on the Verge of Another Tech Bubble?

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Runtime: 63 minutes
Recorded Date: February 04, 2020
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  • Solution landscape of LegalTech startups per area of focus
  • Heatmapping the hottest growth areas of legal innovation
  • Profiling VCs funds that are investing most heavily in legal AI companies, and why
  • Business of law implications

Runtime: 1 hour, 3 minutes
Recorded: February 4, 2020


f you’re head’s spinning while trying to keep up with the recent explosion of legal AI companies & capraise pressers of the past couple years, this session will slow things down for you. We’ll map out the new LegalTech landscape, key innovations, trendlines, and of course all the expectations that come with that hype. We’ll also profile the biggest players in the VC space and how they’re reshaping our profession.

This program was recorded as part of's Legalweek Conference on February 4th, 2020.

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Wade Peterson

CEO & Founder
ENF Discovery

Wade is a litigation, electronic discovery and information technology professional. With over 45 years of experience, he specializes in maximizing performance through strategic design, management and implementation of technology and resources. Wade has held technology leadership positions in law firms and with vendors servicing the legal field.

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Alex Nwaka

Touchdown Ventures

Alex is a Principal at Touchdown Ventures, a firm that helps corporations run professional venture capital programs. He focuses on enterprise software disrupting the future of professional services, including Legal Tech and intelligent enterprise solutions.

Alex holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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James Goodnow

President & Managing Partner
Fennemore Craig

 James Goodnow is Fennemore Craig’s President and Managing Partner. Nearly two decades after starting his career at our firm as a file clerk, he became the youngest known chief executive officer of a major law firm in U.S. history. He holds his JD from Harvard Law School and a management certificate from Harvard Business School.

James is known for his thought leadership at the intersection of law and business. He has been featured on the cover of The American Lawyer (“Meet the New Boss ... James Goodnow Shows What the Firm of the Future Might Look Like”), and ABA Journal named him one of “America’s Techiest Lawyers.” Apple profiled James on and in a worldwide “Apple in Business” ad campaign. He is a contributor to Forbes and writes a legal innovation, leadership and management column for Above the Law. He is the co-author of Motivating Millennials, which debuted at #1 on Amazon in the business management new release category. He has appeared on or been covered by CNN, CNBC, Good Morning America, Today, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Entrepreneur, Inc., and more.

Outside of the office, James serves on the board of directors for Make-A-Wish® Arizona and the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. He is married to his high school sweetheart and is the proud father of two children.

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Christine Chalstrom

Sadie Blue Software

Founder and CEO Christine Chalstrom brings years of experience as a litigator, technologist and entrepreneur to Sadie Blue Software. After running her own legal practice and building a successful eDiscovery company, Christine founded Sadie Blue Software in order to help others in the legal industry find solutions to solve their technical problems and run their practices more efficiently.

Christine is an attorney, programmer, and certified forensic investigator. Dedicated to education in the legal industry, she has developed comprehensive eDiscovery training courses and serves on the Board of Trustees at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN.

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Brad Blickstein

Blickstein Group

Brad Blickstein, principal at the Blickstein Group, has spent his entire career bridging the gap between in-house counsel, law firms and legal service providers.

In 1991, he was on the small team that launched Corporate Legal Times (now Inside Counsel), which covered the relationship between client and counsel, but from the client’s perspective. For most of its readers, CLT was the first information source of any kind specifically for in-house counsel. Brad led a management buyout of the company in 1998 and launched the CLT SuperConference selling the company in 2002 and launching Blickstein Group. Brad is also publisher of the Annual Legal Spend Survey and a regular columnist on the topic for both Above the Law and Legaltech News. He also conceived of and is project editor for National Law Journal’s Trailblazer series, which celebrates groundbreaking attorneys and legal professionals in areas ranging from IP to litigation to emerging technology.

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Tess Blair

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Tess Blair and her team offer full-cycle electronic discovery and information governance services to organizations across the globe. Tess is the founder and leader of Morgan Lewis’s eData practice, which seeks to combine great lawyering with technology and process to deliver real efficiency and value to clients. The team includes both lawyers and technologists who support a state-of-the-art data center and technology portfolio to deliver comprehensive counseling and technical services under one roof.

As the leader of the eData team, Tess works with lawyers and clients to develop and implement strategies to successfully manage complex litigation. A recognized thought leader in electronic discovery, she has developed industry-leading best practices that are designed to provide clients with sensible, defensible options for the discovery process. A Six Sigma Green Belt, Tess invests heavily in training the entire eData team in Legal Project Management and Legal Lean Sigma.

As a Morgan Lewis partner, Tess counsels and defends clients primarily in the areas of product liability, mass torts, and complex commercial litigation. A considerable portion of her practice involves the defense of clients in national serial litigation and class actions.

Tess lectures regularly on civil procedure and eDiscovery, and writes frequently on eDiscovery and information governance for legal publications. She is ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global in their listings of leading business attorneys. Bringing entrepreneurial experience to her clients, Tess started and operated a small business before entering law. She also holds a master of professional studies in law firm management.

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