SOLID East Summit Agenda, Thursday September 13, 2018 

*Content Subject to Change

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Welcome Ceremony

Table Introductions

Session One: “Business of Law: Vision of the Future.”
Succeeding at the intersection of artificial intelligence, advanced technologies and the business of law.

“The Changing Legal Landscape and the Elephant in the Room – Denial is Not a Strategy” 12min SOLID Keynote
Stephen Poor, Chair Emeritus at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Stephen Poor will be delivering a detailed market landscape around the Big 4, their impact on the business of law, and how they will transform legal services in the coming years. Stephen believes the Big 4 are the biggest driver of change
that no one is picking up on.  Are they on your radar screen? With a combined force of over 8,000 global attorneys and over $160 billion in revenue, they should be. As the Big 4 rapidly grow in the U.K., Stephen believes they will disrupt the United States sooner than most predict. If you put together the moving puzzle pieces of the Big 4 – their size, intention, rapid expansion and acquisitions, combined force – you begin to see the bigger emerging picture. It may not be by tomorrow, or even December, but within the next 12-24 months, we will all begin to feel their impact.

“The In-House Counsel’s Point of View” 7min SOLID Talk 

Mark Smolik, VP, General Counsel & Secretary, Chief Compliance Officer at DHL Supply Chain

Mark Smolik will share his thoughts around the evolving role of the general counsel, from reactive legalist to proactive legal entrepreneur, and the impact this evolution has on outside counsel and the procurement of legal services. 


“The Expanding Business Relationship and Partnership Between the General Counsel & Outside Counsel”
7min SOLID Talk

Jennifer Suess, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary at RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust

How can outside counsel add value to their organization above and beyond traditional legal ways? Jennifer believes the relationship between the general counsel and external counsel is evolving into a business partnership and this co-creation and collaboration is needed to survive and thrive today. When outside counsel act as business consultants and go above and beyond being a “traditional” legal advisor, they are able to drive significant value. Now more than ever, you must be aligned with the mission and the vision of your organization and bringing outside counsel in and along is mission critical for the relationship.

Table Discussions and Takeaways

Morning Break

Session Two: “Innovation in Action – Corporate Use Cases.” 

“How to Design, Develop and Deploy ‘AI Legal Bots’ For Your Department” 7min SOLID Talk 

Amy Sellars, Associate General Counsel, Legal Operations and Innovation Group at Walmart

20% of Walmart’s low-value, low-margin legal work is being automated by an AI legal bot. Amy will share her experience as a case study for AI and innovation in action. How do you start an AI legal bot initiative? How do you get the buy-in, resources and authority to jump-start a successful program? 

“Moving the Market Together” 7min SOLID Talk

Jennifer Warner, VP Legal at Columbia Sportswear Company 

Jen will talk about how to drive meaningful change in the way legal services are provided, priced and consumed with a market-based approach and a call to action to in-house legal teams to strive to be more informed, strategic and collaborative consumers. 

“The Epic Hero Journey” 7min SOLID Talk

Kristi Anne Gedid, Senior Director, Global Legal Operations at Mylan Pharmaceuticals

What and how are legal operations acting as a driver of change? What is the impact of global legal operations on the procurement of legal services? What are the elevated expectations that a global legal operations director has on our law firms, service providers and next GEN new technology? How does Mylan manage a global legal operations juggernaut across 26 countries?

“Artificial Intelligence in Action” 7min SOLID Talk

Laura Caponi, Head of Strategy and Operations at Bristol-Myers Squibb

How are data lakes and artificial intelligence creating new sources of business intelligence, along with driving new law department value and programs, both internal and external?

Jonathan Anastasia

“Agile Lawyering – The Evolution of In-House Counsel” 7min SOLID Talk

Jonathan Anastasia, Senior Managing Counsel at Mastercard Labs

The holy grail for today’s General Counsel is the move from call-center to strategic asset that optimizes revenue.
Jonathan will present the use case on how MasterCard labs went from cost center to strategic asset in less than two years.

“Legal Blockchain – Who, What, Why and How?” 7min SOLID Talk

Speaker: Subject Matter Expert TBA

This SOLID Talk will cover who is doing what, with legal blockchain and how, as well as the top 5 things you need to know about blockchain and it’s impact on your career. This talk will explain how firms are funding a proof of concept, how many legal blockchain subject matter experts there are in the U.S., and blockchain’s rate of growth.

Corporate Sprint Panel 

Three corporate executives will share their story of innovation in practive. They will share details on how they have, or are currently, prioritizing and starting an innovation program driven by AI and/or NextGEN legal technology.  

Table Discussions and Takeaways

Town Hall and Collaborative Q&A 


New Table Introductions

Session Three: “Evolving Business Models, Groundbreaking Projects – Innovation in Practice.” 

“Law Firm Panels and How to Make Them Work” 7min SOLID Talk

Vivek Hatti, Director, Legal Operations at Avis Budget Group 

Avis reduced their outside counsel from 700 to 7. There is no shortage of controversy around the pros and cons of law firm panels. What are the five steps to make it work?


“How to Jumpstart Big Law Innovation” 7min SOLID Talk

Diana Stern, Legal Innovation Designer at Baker & Hostetler LLP 

Baker & Hostetler has hired seven subject matter experts in the past 18 months to jumpstart their innovation program. One digital data scientist/manager, two blockchain gurus and business digital content analyst, plus two researchers and a director of practice services, to test & sandbox technology. Diana will share what and how these various talents come together to drive change and move the needle.  

“Deploying a Monkey in Space” 7min SOLID Talk

Jeffrey Marple, Innovation Director, Corporate Legal at Liberty Mutual Insurance

Robert Taylor, VP, Senior Corporate Counsel at Liberty Mutual Insurance

Jeff and Bob will be sharing successful techniques to implementing change and advancing innovation within a corporate law department setting. They will be sharing their 2 favorite techniques: “deploying a monkey in space” and “the sneaky bastard.”

“The New Triangle Law Department Business Model” 7min SOLID Talk

Jamal Brown, Director of eDiscovery & Innovation at CBS Corporation 

James will be sharing how corporate legal departments are co-creating strategy and tactics with new partners and outsourcing the work/solution to drive new value and contain costs. 

Law Firm Sprint Panel 

Four law firm executives will share their approaches to jumpstarting innovation within a law firm that is reluctant to change.

Table Discussions and Takeaways

Afternoon Break

Session Four: “The Legal Workforce of the Future.” 


“The Next Generation of In-House Talent” 7min SOLID Talk

Robert Taylor, VP, Senior Corporate Counsel at Liberty Mutual Insurance

Bob Taylor will be sharing how Liberty Mutual is partnering with top law schools and hiring recent or new graduates to staff the future of their legal department. This is more new tech talent than you may think. 

“The Legal Workforce of the Future Working Group” 7min SOLID Talk

Group members will share the work-product they have created since SOLID West, San Francisco, in March 2018. They will share the demand and flow of talent, evolving roles and the top 10 emerging/evolving legal careers – which they have put into a 5-piece article series.

“The Rise of the Chief Innovation Officer (CINO)” 

Panel Discussion 


“The Legal Operations Professional of the Future” 7min SOLID Talk

Table Discussions and Takeaways

Town Hall and Collaborative Q&A 

Closing Ceremony 

Cocktails and Networking