SOLID East, New York
September 11, 2019





SOLID East, New York
September 11, 2019





SOLID East, New York
September 11, 2019





SOLID East, New York
September 11, 2019

The Summit on Legal Innovation and Disruption
Great Location • Audacious Mission


SOLID East, New York September 11, 2019

8:30am – 9:00am Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00am Welcome Ceremony – Call to Action and Summit Overview

Table Introductions

                                                                                         Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Pahlka – Founder and Executive Director, Code for America

From Now to Next- The Big Picture

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America. She served as the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2013–2014, where she architected and helped found the United States Digital Service. She currently serves on the Defense Innovation Board in her personal capacity. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and is the recipient of several awards, including the National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award and being named by Wired as one of the 25 people who has most shaped the past 25 years. She previously ran the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine,, and the Independent Games Festival, followed by the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, California with her daughter, husband, and seven chickens.

Session 1: The Big Picture – Macro Drivers of Change

Brad Rogers – Chief Operations Officer and Chief of Staff, TIAA

Intentional Design of a Legal Function


Brad will share his experience creating a data driven staffing plan, enabled by re-engineered capabilities that has resulted in flexible and efficient staffing and world class capability, managed across a complex enterprise. Brad will highlight some of his process , including

  • Re-platforming the business with modern technology
  • Offshoring and outsourcing
  • Rethinking outside counsel and harnessing innovation of partners
  • Implementing real business discipline
  • Transforming the operating model

Tom Shen – Senior Manager of Data Analytics, Bloomberg Law


Tommy Shen is a data scientist with Bloomberg Law and will discuss data driven decision making in the legal industry as well as investment in the legal space as determined by Bloomberg Law’s research team. He will give an inside view on content creation and the adoption of machine learning technologies, as a practitioner.

Lisa Ripley – Director – eDiscovery and Information Governance – Legal, Oracle

The Unintended Consequences of Brilliant Innovation

So many firms are engaged and involved with saving money, driving efficiency, improving productivity and reducing information technology headcount. But what are the unintended consequences and new surprise expenses and challenges that come with some of this innovation. Lisa is an expert in eDiscovery, information governance, records management, information technology, and legal operations. She will share her journey and the pros and cons of clever innovation.

Eric Derk – Director – Executive Director, Ernst & Young

Legal Innovation, Enterprise Legal Transformation, Robotics and Automation – Let’s get real people!

Legal teams are being bombarded with buzz around innovation, robotics, artificial intelligence and automation. Plus, there is magic in the air with the “Single Platform Theory” so what’s the reality on these capabilities and how should legal teams be looking at their fundamental ways of working in the context of all this hype? This talk will focus on the practical realities and real world applications of these concepts with an eye to kickstarting innovation in your legal team.

Chris Brown – Chief Product Officer – Relativity

Transformation: Consumers the Source of Innovation

Innovation is driven by the need of the consumer. As the challenges that consumers face continue to evolve, so must the user experience and the technology behind it. Today, companies increasingly need to take charge of their data—to exercise more control over where it sits and implement thoughtful design around how their people interact with technology to derive value from data. Join Relativity’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Brown as he discusses this evolution and what Relativity is doing to continually innovate to anticipate customer needs, including simplifying user experience and increasing support for ever changing data sources.

Table Discussions and Town Hall

Morning Break

Session Two: Innovation in Action – Corporate Use Cases 

Bradley Peacock – Senior Vice President and General Counsel, FedEx Supply Chain

Building an Internal Client Base and Identifying the Metrics that Matter

The need to develop client relationships does not stop when you move in-house. And to effectively do that, we need to identify metrics to measure performance that will matter to the business. Bradley will share his thoughts on this critical topic and describe ways to transform the perception of the Legal Department from cost-center to a value-enabler.

Jessica Jones Escalera – Director, Head of eDiscovery, Legal CDO, Barclays

The Power of a Cross-Functional Team

Innovation starts with people. Jessica will share what she is doing and how she is doing it to connect people and ideas with technology and vision.

Dina Ganz Traugot – Group General Counsel and Chief Contracts Counsel, Legal CDO, Travelers

“Contagious Innovation” How to run an Innovation Sprint for the legal department and empower your legal team

What started out as a modest innovation Sprint wound up involving 87 teams of lawyers and resulting in the creation of The Legal Innovation Experimentation Team that has changed the image, brand and reputation of the Traveler’s legal department.

Ryan Costello – Head of Data Privacy Engagement Services, Legal CDO, ProSearch

What Rome’s Clandestine Do-Gooders Can Teach Us About Innovation

In Rome, Italy, the secretive G.A.P. organization is a group of clandestine municipal volunteers who have taken to patching roads and cleaning up city structures where the Eternal City’s bureaucracy has failed local citizens. Masked and under cover of night, the gappisti’s constructive sabotage is re-defining what the average citizen can do to affect change. How can the concept of constructive sabotage be applied to considering innovation for what it truly means? And what might the implications for be for technology and eDiscovery? A simple, straight-forward agent for change might be the most innovative concept yet.

Table Discussions and Town Hall

12:30pm – 1:15pm Lunch – Tables switch

Session Three: Innovation in Action – Process Driven

New Table Introductions

Deb Tatar, VP Global Corporate Systems – MetLife

Co-creating innovation with new service providers. The heroes journey

How Do you on board a new service provider that looks and sounds irresistible? First, funding from significant savings and sunsetting unproductive software and services. Then the hard part of making it work.

Malvina Iannone, General Counsel- Compliance – Corporate Governance – General Electric

What Not To Do When Jumpstarting Your Legal Innovation Program…and Still Succeed


NextGEN Technology can look so shiny and promising but without the right “Why,” metrics, and business focus you will fail. Here is the recipe on how to recover and succeed from The Shiny Technology jumpstart.

Marc Jenkins – Director of Legal Operations, Senior Counsel, Asurion

How to Get Started: Jump-Starting an Innovative Legal Program – From 0 to 60 (Spoiler Alert – It’s Hard)

Marc Jenkins shares his journey from 2 months of frustrations to 3 years of wild success, and how you can do it too.

Rishi Varma – General Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Lawyers That Code

Hewlett-Packard has one of the most advanced and unique law department business models of the country. HP hires lawyers right out of college and the first thing they do is train them to code. This helps them understand the business, stakeholders and client needs almost immediately and drastically increases their technical knowledge and value to the business. Rishi will share both the benefits of hiring lawyers right out of school as well as the impact these newbies have on mid-level and senior-level staff.


Christine Kaufmann – Head of Legal Operations, Takeda

How to Reshape Legal Operations Efforts When Global Giants Merge


Christine will share her experience, including who’s in charge of what, and how to either untangle or share resources.

Catherine Casey – Chief Innovation Officer, DISCO

Surviving the swipeocalypse- adapting to the new digital dataverse

Catherine Casey Chief Innovation Officer of Disco will talk about Innovations in technology.


“The Changing Legal Landscape – The Big 4 Accounting Firms Influence in the Market”

(Speaker to be announced)

Table Discussions and Town Hall

Afternoon Break and Table Switch

Session Four: Innovation in Action – People Driven

New Table Introductions

Michael Avalos – Assistant General Counsel, AIG

Build Your Talent Pipeline Like A Major League Baseball Organization

Law departments can learn a lot in attracting, training, and retaining talent by looking at other industries, particularly professional sports organizations, on how they recruit, train, and optimize bottom-up talent. Michael will share how AIG developed a new talent optimization model, where lawyers are hired right out of law school and placed into a two year rotational program which maximizes their value to the organization and accelerates their legal training. How does this program differ from traditional hiring of experienced lawyers from outside counsel ranks and what impact does this have on the provision of internal legal services and the bottom line to the business.

David Cowen – President, The Cowen Group

NextGEN Legal Talent and Allied Professionals

We’re in the early stages of building a community of tech-savvy, ultra-resourceful attorneys. These are people trained in the law, but who also possess the critical thinking skills and tech knowledge to help create the future of the legal industry. (If you understand design thinking, that’s even better.)

Sprint Panel on legal Innovation and takeaways.

Tess Blair – Partner, Morgan Lewis’s

Nicholas A. Long – Senior Director of Legal Operations , Reed Smith LLP



Brad Rogers – Chief Operations Officer and Chief of Staff, TIAA

Howard Hill – Manager Legal Operations, General Counsel’s Office, American Express




Table Discussions, Town Hall and Final Thoughts

5:00pm – 6:00pm Cocktails

Thank you for joining us. We hope to see you at our next SOLID.

SOLID Hong Kong, June 4, 2019 SOLID Toronto, July17, 2019
SOLID East, September 11, 2019 SOLID London, November 7, 2019

What is SOLID?

SOLID is a TED Talk style summit focused on innovation and the business of law. Did you ever listen to a great SOLID Talk or panel and wish you had time to engage and brainstorm in real time on how to apply those ideas to your business? 14 speakers will give TED-style talks around the intersection of innovation, advanced technology and the business of law. They share what they are doing, how they are doing it, and the business impact it has.

Our talks are followed by facilitated table talks, sprint panels, and town hall discussions, whereby participants discuss what they know now that they did not know before the session started and how to apply these lessons to their own organizations. SOLID provides participants with maximum interaction with peers and colleagues in a round table, workshop environment to assess current challenges and design concrete solutions.

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Reasons to Attend SOLID

Our day will be broken into four themed segments focused on innovation and disruption. We will focus on challenges and barriers, identify opportunities for meaningful change, and develop solutions for all market segments.

100 legal professionals and subject matter experts from law departments, law firms, alternative legal service providers, and academics.

Purposefully moderated tables with curated participants from all market segments.

Participants will switch their tables 2 times throughout the day.

“Solid is unique in size, format and quality of participants and presenters. I met so many talented professionals, given the intimate setting I was able to collaborate with others who shared similar challenges, was inspired by the innovative ways others approach them and gained strategic insight into emerging capabilities that I could bring back and apply. It’s a great forum to expand your insights into innovative approaches that are driving real improvements for how corporations deliver legal services. It’s not your ordinary conference if you want to engage in a thought provoking learning experience while expanding your network. I would highly recommend it.”


Deb Tatar


VP Corporate Systems at MetLife

“If you can attend this, I highly recommend it! Compliance Discovery Solutions was at SOLID East last month in NYC. The format allows for an exchange of ideas with a variety of legal professionals. In one day, I felt like I learned as much or more as I’ve learned from multi-day conferences!”


Maria Maccarone


Vice President, Client Solutions at Compliance Discovery Solutions

“Before SOLID I would say I was a bit of an accidental innovator. I was naturally interested in looking for new and better ways to structure and manage my legal department and spend, but I was not aware of the incredible depth of knowledge out there about how to do that most effectively. SOLID brought all of the pieces together for me and allowed me to make lasting connections with others who are innovating within their teams and across the legal industry. I now have a much deeper understanding of how to draw upon a wide array of resources and technology to reshape what we are doing in a way that drives more value for less total spend. It’s also just a really fun and interesting group of people and the whole experience has expanded my circle of go-to colleagues.”


Jennifer Warner


VP Legal at Columbia Sportswear Company

“I think the most valuable thing for me has been the chance to collaborate with, but also to listen to clients. Getting to hear first hand from GC’s and the C-Suite about their pain points and expectations is truly valuable. It really helps us to “sense check” and to ensure we are not only listening, but hearing and acting on what our clients expect and need from their outside counsel.”


Bryant Isbell


Managing Director, Global eDiscovery & Data Advisory at Baker & McKenzie, LLP