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BlackStone Discovery’s VP of National Markets, John Munro, will be speaking at Legaltech 2018 as part of a panel addressing The Rise of Alternative Legal Service Providers. The panel, which will be moderated by Fenwick & West’s Technology and eDiscovery expert Robert Brownstone, is CLE eligible and will provide varying perspectives into the impact that ALSPs have on how legal work gets done. Legal Innovation thought leaders like Gail GottenhrerHoward Hoffman, Sylvie Stulic, and Tom Finke round out a panel that is sure to impress.

With the rise of a new digital age, alternative legal service providers have shown that they are here to stay. What began as individual service offerings leveraged primarily by corporate law departments has now become a value add for law firms as well. Partnerships with alternative legal service providers are helping leading firms to address client demands, control costs, scale in strengths, and utilize technologies and subject matter experts. Many ALSPs are also providing the newest and greatest legal technology solutions, forcing firms and corporations to engage them or be left behind.

“Companies and law firms alike are realizing that ALSPs like BlackStone provide the expertise they need to combat their core legal and business challenges,” Munro said. “The newest innovations are allowing ALSPs to bring even more value to the market by providing ‘right-sized’ solutions that combine technology and expertise to their greatest value.”

The Legaltech session will discuss the historical, current, and future landscape for the use of ALSPs and dive into the various benefits you can receive from transitioning portions or all of your legal services to alternative providers. The panel will debate the driving force and considerations behind working with ALSPs, as well as the supervisory obligations to be aware of. Attendees will benefit from practical guidance for law firms and corporate legal departments looking to incorporate ALSPs, a la carte or in bulk, into their business.

About Legaltech

Legaltech is the largest and most important legal technology event of the year. Legaltech® provides an in-depth look at what the technological world has in store for you and your practice AND offers an expansive exhibit floor with the most extensive gathering of innovative products designed to meet your current and future technology needs

Meet the Panelists

As Chair of Electronic Information Management (EIM) Group and Technology & eDiscovery Counsel at Fenwick & West LLP, Robert Brownstone has authored over 50 articles on law and technology issues and delivered almost 300 presentations on a variety of topics, including Compliance, Data & Records Retention/Destruction, eDiscovery/Electronic Information Management (EIM), Privacy and/or Social-Media in the Workplace, Information Security Obligations, and Metadata Concerns. Brownstone has also taught electronic discovery and process law courses at top schools like Santa Clara University and University of San Francisco.

John Munro is BlackStone Discovery’s Vice President of National Markets where he helps a wide range of firms and corporations find cost effective solutions for eDiscovery, forensic, and document review needs. With over 20 years of experience building and leading teams of eDiscovery focused ALSPs, Munro delivers value by constantly educating attorneys and corporations on innovations and challenges related to information governance, eDiscovery, document review, and computer forensics.

Gail Gottehrer is a Partner at Ackerman LLP where she focuses on legal issues relating to existing and emerging technology. She frequently speaks on topics relating to the implications of technology in law, business operations, real estate, and the data driven workplace and is a fellow at The American Bar Foundation and Center for Innovation at Vermont Law School.

Howard Hoffman is the Chief Executive Officer of EXTEND Resources and serves on boards of both public and privately held companies. He has extensive experience in financial and operational restructuring and litigation management.

Sylvie Stulic is the Manager of Legal Operations and Litigation at Electronic Arts Inc where she specializes in vendor management, eBilling and matter management, litigation discovery management, and eDiscovery management and solutions.

Tom Finke is the Managing Director of West Region Operations at Axiom. His experience ranges from leadership positions at pre-revenue startups to the $200 million + division of a fortune 500 company.