Experience #ClioCloud9

From astronauts to former U.S. Attorneys, 2017 was not only a year of incredible speakers, it was also the year we unveiled major changes from Clio, including the new Clio experience, our $1 Million Developer Fund, and our $100,000 Launch//Code contest.

Featured speakers

Jack Newton - Clio Cloud Conference keynote speaker

Jack Newton

CEO & Co-founder of Clio

Chris Hadfield - Clio Cloud Conference keynote speaker

Colonel Chris Hadfield

Canadian Astronaut, Commander, CSA & NASA Colonel, RCAF Fighter Pilot

Haben Girma - Clio Cloud Conference keynote speaker

Haben Girma

Disability Rights & Global Inclusion Leader

Preet Bharara

Preet Bharara

Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York

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Aaron George
Legal Tech Entrepreneur & Co-founder of Lexicata & LawKick

Aaron George is an entrepreneur with a background in law and technology. He got his start in the software space after starting a successful mobile app development business during law school, and currently he is co-founder of LawKick.com and Lexicata where he focuses on building innovative software products for the legal industry. In his personal life, he enjoys graphic design, music, and anything sports related.

Amanda Aguillard
Amanda Aguillard, CPA
Principal of Aguillard Accounting, Co-Founder of Elefant & Xero Evangelist

Amanda decided to become a CPA when she was 16, and never looked back. She started Aguillard Accounting LLC in 2012, committed to running a cloud-based practice from anywhere in the world. Aguillard Accounting is a Xero Gold Partner and Cloud Integrator, and Clio Certified Consultant, and Amanda regularly teaches the Xero Partner Certification course. While she holds a Masters Degree in Taxation from the University of Denver, she would much rather craft and implement ecosystems for retailers, law firms and creatives.

She was the Xero Evangelist of the Year in 2016 and is a Co-Founder of elefant, a Xero training company.

Andrea Evans - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Andrea Evans
Intellectual Property Attorney and Principal at The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC.

Andrea Hence Evans is owner of The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC, an intellectual property law firm. She is a graduate of The George Washington Law School in Washington, DC. Attorney Evans is a graduate of Spelman College and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia, where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelors of Civil Engineering, respectively.

She also is the owner of KidGINEER, LLC, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) hands-on science and enrichment program for children ages 5-10 in grades K-5. Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. is a member of the Texas bar and the United States Supreme Court bar. She is also a registered Patent Attorney. She was awarded the 2011 Nation’s Best Advocate award from the National Bar Association (NBA) and IMPACT and she was recognized for being one of the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and quoted in numerous national publications. She can be found on social media platforms @evansiplaw.

Andy Wilson - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Andy Wilson
CEO & Co-founder of Logikcull.com

Andy Wilson is Chief Executive Officer & Cofounder at Logikcull.com, which he launched in 2004 with CTO and cofounder, Sheng Yang. He is the visionary behind Logikcull’s product and marketing strategy, which focuses on simplifying and democratizing the discovery process. He earned his Bachelors in Business Information Technology from Virginia Tech.

Becky Bush
Development Manager at Google

Becky Bush, is a Development Manager at Google, where she works out of Google headquarters (yes, there are self-driving cars)! Hailing from San Francisco, Becky has 4+ years of digital advertising experience under her belt scaling in a variety of verticals, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses. Her passion lies in helping businesses grow through digital advertising and she knows all the tricks to do just that. In her spare time, Becky teaches cycling classes at a studio in San Francisco, loves eating tacos and traveling the world. Becky is so excited to share how you can WIN with Google advertising. Come see her session Monday at 11 a.m. in the Empire Ballroom at the Clio Cloud Conference.

Chris Heslinga - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Chris Heslinga
Civil Supervising Lawyer for the UBC Law Students' Legal Advice Program

Chris Heslinga is the Civil Supervising Lawyer for the UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), a non-profit, student run organization that provides free legal advice and representation to low-income individuals and is the second largest provider of legal services in the Province, helping thousands of individuals every year. Chris’s work with LSLAP requires him to supervise hundreds of students every year, both during the school year and during the summer. Chris also supervises students involved in a Family Law Workshop Project put on by the UBC faction of Pro Bono Students’ Canada, where students put on free family law workshop at community centres across Vancouver. Chris’s volunteer work also includes running a free telephone clinic through Access Pro Bono’s Mental Health Law Program, where individuals from across the Province of B.C. can call in and receive free legal advice about their mental health law issues. Chris also works for the Community Legal Assistance Society’s, Mental Health Law Program, wherein he provides representation to individuals who are detained under B.C.’s Mental Health Law Act and are seeking to be released. Previously, Chris worked in private practice in both Family Law and Criminal Defence and was counsel on one of the leading cases involving B.C.’s Child Protection Agency and a finding of Misfeasance in a Public Office, one of only a few cases in the country where such a finding has been made. That case was largely done Pro Bono as well as a number of other family law files Chris handled while in private practice. Chris believes passionately in providing access to justice for marginalized and disenfranchised people as well as educating law students on the values of poverty law work and community engagement.

Chris Trebatoski - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Chris Trebatoski
Founder Treblaw, LLC

Chris has been a trial and appellate lawyer handling primarily complex commercial and business transaction cases for more than 33 years. Four years ago, after spending time in a large national firm and two mid-sized Wisconsin based firms, Chris decided to start a firm on his own. The firm has experienced rapid growth in revenue and profits over the four years of its existence while only having one full-time lawyer during that period—Chris.

Growing the firm from $266,000 in sales the first year to more than $800,000 so far this year has been an amazing ride. Clio and the Clio Cloud Conference have provided the backbone for Chris’s practice and ideas for growth and innovation. Chris’s approach has been the use of strategic partnerships and powerful software tools to increase both revenues and the bottom line while maintaining independence of essentially a solo practice. Blogs, vlogs, and branding have been an important part of Chris’s marketing strategy.

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David Schnurman
CEO of Lawline

David Schnurman is the CEO of Lawline, the leading provider of online Continuing Legal Education (CLE) in the country. The company recently celebrated serving over 150,000 attorneys with over 3,000,000 courses completed.

David’s success has been recognized by his peers both in entrepreneurship and the legal industry. Most recently, he was given a Rockies Award for Resourcefulness by the Entrepreneurs Organization in NY. David was also a finalist for SmartCEO’s Deals of Distinction Award for his acquisition of an Illinois CLE provider. He was recognized as a Fastcase 50 winner when Lawline opened up its courses for free viewing for a period of 2 years.

David is also the author of the upcoming book “You Can’t Lose!” where he focuses on the most important thing for an entrepreneur to get right, their mindset. In the book David details a term he has coined “The FFwd Mindset” that, when applied in small increments, allows individuals to accomplish more faster. The book came out of David’s own suffering around his many Fears and lack of Focus in different areas of his business.

David actively speaks at high schools, colleges, and businesses on topics ranging from marketing, leadership, culture, and entrepreneurship and he has also published articles in Forbes on all of these topics garnering thousands of views for each one. He is currently on the board of Entrepreneurs Organization NY as the Coaching Chair and is managing their first college student entrepreneur competition to be held in January of 2018.

Lastly, David has a love for adventure and discovery. He has run several marathons. He has hiked the mountains of Patagonia, paraglided in the Colorado, gone skydiving, and taken flying lessons. He currently lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife Kelli and three beautiful children.

Doug Edmunds - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Doug Edmunds
Assistant Dean for IT at UNC Law & Clio Certified Consultant

Doug Edmunds has served as assistant dean for IT at the UNC School of Law since January 2007 and has been actively engaged in the Clio community since implementing Clio there in the fall of 2011. UNC was one of the first large public law schools to adopt the software. Doug has become known as a thought leader in the area of legal technology and cloud computing and was one of two keynote speakers at the inaugural Clio Cloud Conference in 2013. His areas of professional interest include user interface design, virtual & cloud computing and the many ways in which technology is impacting the practice of law. He co-teaches a course in law practice technology for the UNC Law and is an adjunct instructor at the UNC school of information & library science. In addition, he’s a Clio Certified Consultant who has worked with numerous clients throughout the country, mostly in academic settings.

Outside of work, Doug enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and most of all, making music. His past musical endeavors include the critically acclaimed pop rock band, Gladhands, whose sophomore album, La Di Da, Billboard magazine described in a spotlight review as “a record whose wonders never cease.” The group toured extensively and shared stages with Ben Folds Five, The Dandy Warhols, Bob Mould and Canada’s beloved native sons, Sloan, among many others. His current band, The Stars Explode, continues to record and perform. Its 3rd album, Too Late to Save the World, is due out in fall 2017.

Houman Shadab - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Houman Shadab
Co-Founder and CEO of Clause

Houman Shadab is a cofounder of Clause and a prolific and influential expert legaltech, blockchain, and smart contracts. As a professor at New York Law School, he has testified before the federal government several times, including before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on bitcoin and blockchain.

Houman often speaks at high-level academic and practitioner events, including for The Economist magazine and at Stanford’s Future Law conference and the Internet of Things World. His work has been cited by a wide range of academics and governmental authorities, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Delaware Court of Chancery, and the U.S. Congressional Oversight Panel.

Ian Hu - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Ian Hu
Counsel, Claims Prevention and practicePRO at LAWPRO

As the face of Claims Prevention and practicePRO at LAWPRO, Ian evangelizes the principles of good law practice management and claims prevention. He has spoken at over 100 events, from keynotes to panels, for law firms, schools, societies, and bar associations. Having had experience in private practice under his belt with various sizes of firms, Ian has seen the trials and tribulations lawyers go through. He has served as Vice President of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, mentored young lawyers, and advocated for diverse lawyers and students. He currently sits as Chair of the Sole, Small Firm & General Practice Section at the Ontario Bar Association, and has also sat as a member-at-large of the Young Lawyers Division. He is a Leadership Member of the ABA Law Practice Division, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and Law Practice Today Board.

Ian enjoys social media and invites you to tweet him @IanHuLawpro or comment on his blogs at SlawTips.ca and Avoidaclaim.com.

John Porter
CFO of AffiniPay

John Porter is the CFO of AffiniPay, the parent company behind the popular LawPay solution, and is responsible for the company’s business development strategies including integrated partnerships, corporate development, and other strategic initiatives. John also collaborates with the various AffiniPay departments to seamlessly and efficiently execute the company’s vision.

Joshua Kubicki - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Josh Kubicki
Chief Strategy Officer at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Josh is the Chief Strategy Officer at Seyfarth Shaw, a law firm recognized for its client service model that combines the principles of the design thinking and Lean Six Sigma process improvement with project management and tailored business and technology solutions. In this role, Josh oversees the firm’s practice development, marketing, business development, pricing, Lean solutions, business design, and business intelligence teams.

A recognized expert and thought leader within the legal sector, Josh has held a number of leadership roles within global legal service organizations. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Michigan State University, where he developed design-thinking coursework for J.D. candidates.

Amy ter Haar
President of Integra Ledger Canada

Coming soon.

Julia Shapiro - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Julia Shapiro
CEO & Co-founder of Hire an Esquire

Julia Shapiro is an attorney and the CEO and Co-founder of Hire an Esquire—an on-demand legal staffing platform that connects law firms and corporate legal departments to seamless staffing management and a curated network of over 6,000 verified attorneys. Julia was one of LinkedIn Next Wave’s Top 10 Legal Innovators for 2015 and in the FastCase 50 for 2016. She has been published in Bloomberg Law, and featured in Above the Law and CNNMoney. Prior to Hire an Esquire, Julia has been an adjunct law professor, Am Law 200 contract attorney, and subject matter expert for legal industry clients.

Justin Brooks
Professor, Director and Co-founder of the California Innocence Project

Professor Justin Brooks is the Director and Co-Founder of the California Innocence Project, a law school clinic at California Western School of Law in San Diego dedicated to freeing the innocent from prison. Over the course of his career, Professor Brooks has exonerated many innocent clients and served as counsel on several high profile criminal cases (including representing former NFL player Brian Banks). He is also known for his work training law students, defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement throughout Latin America and launching innocence organizations around the world. Professor Brooks has been named several times as one of the top one hundred lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Post Conviction Lawyer of the Year in San Diego, and has twice won the California Lawyer Magazine Attorney of the Year award. He is a tenured professor, a graduate of Temple University, American University, and Georgetown Law Center, and the author of the only legal casebook devoted to the topic of Wrongful Convictions.

Keith Lee
Lawyer, Writer & Founder of "Associate’s Mind" Legal Blog

Keith Lee is a lawyer and writer. He founded Associate’s Mind, a popular legal blog, that’s been mentioned in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, and lots of other places. In 2013, he wrote The Marble and The Sculptor: From Law School to Law Practice, an ABA bestseller. Keith serves as an adviser to the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. He also runs LawyerSlack and practices law sometimes too. Most importantly, Clio says Keith is one of the best people to follow on Twitter, calling him, “informative and hilarious.” He’s got a blue check too. Amazing.

Kevin Okeefe - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Kevin O’Keefe
CEO of LexBlog, Inc.

Kevin O’Keefe is a trial lawyer from rural Wisconsin turned legal tech entrepreneur. Now CEO of Seattle-based LexBlog, a managed WordPress platform for the law used by over 15,000 lawyers worldwide, he is an authority on the use of blogging and social media for business development.

Mark Britton - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Mark Britton
Founder & CEO of Avvo

Mark is the founder and CEO of Avvo, the leading online legal services marketplace connecting consumers and lawyers. Prior to founding Avvo, Mark was the executive vice president of Worldwide Corporate Affairs of InterActiveCorp Travel (IACT) and Expedia, Inc. (NSDQ: EXPE). In this position, Mark oversaw all accounting, finance, strategy, corporate development, legal, human resources and government relations functions for the IACT companies, including Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Classic Custom Vacations and Interval International. Mark was also Expedia’s first general counsel.

With Avvo’s success, Mark regularly speaks around the country on technology, consumer and legal issues. His media appearances include ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox Business News, CNN Money and Dow Jones MarketWatch. Mark also received Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award in 2015 and was previously named a “Seattle Top 25 Innovator” and “Tech Titan 2.0” by Seattle business magazines.

Mark received his law degree from George Washington University. He holds a degree in finance from Gonzaga University. Mark serves on Gonzaga’s Board of Regents.

Mary Juetten - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Mary Juetten
CEO of Traklight

Mary Juetten is founder and CEO of Traklight, and has dedicated her more­ than­ 30­ year career to helping businesses achieve and protect their success. In 2015, Mary co-­founded Evolve Law, an organization for change and technology adoption in the law. She was named to the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center 2016 Women in Legal Tech list and the Fastcase 50 Class of 2016. She serves on the Group Legal Services Association Board and is an Access Advocate for LegalShield. Follow her on Twitter @maryjuetten and check out her new book on Small Law Firm KPIs.

Melanie Leonard - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Melanie Leonard
Clio Certified Consultant & Principal Attorney at the Law Office of Melanie C. Leonard, P.C.

As a young lawyer working at large firms in downtown Chicago, Melanie Leonard was horrified by the stacks of paper that coated the desks of her colleagues. In 2006, Melanie started her own firm, driven by a single guiding principle: No Paper Allowed. To achieve that lofty goal, she searched for a cloud-based practice management software up to the task. In 2008, Melanie discovered the newly launched Clio and became one of the first lawyers to deeply integrate the software into every facet of her firm.

In the years since, Melanie has built a thriving real estate law practice and successfully kept her desk free of paper. She is also a Clio Certified Consultant, helping solo practitioners and small law firms streamline their work flow and increase their revenue. Melanie resides in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and their two ridiculously adorable children. A native Texan who spent her pre-teen years in Massachusetts, Melanie maintains her allegiances to the Dallas Cowboys and the New Kids On The Block.

Michael Semanchik
Managing Attorney at the California Innocence Project

Michael Semanchik is the Managing Attorney at the California Innocence Project and has been with CIP since 2010.  Michael was instrumental in exonerating NFL linebacker Brian Banks in 2012.  For his work on the case, California Lawyer Magazine named Michael Attorney of the Year in 2013.  Along with litigating innocence cases, Michael oversees budgeting and grants, marketing, in-office volunteering, and CIP events.  In 2013, Michael and two other attorneys from CIP walked from San Diego to Sacramento to protest the incarceration of 12 innocent inmates and deliver clemency petitions to Governor Brown.  He has presented at numerous schools and universities and appeared in the media over three dozen times.  He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.

Mirriam Seddiq - - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Mirriam Seddiq
Lawyer at Seddiq Law

Mirriam Seddiq was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan and emigrated to the United States when she was 18 months old, well before the Soviet invasion.  She is a criminal defense and immigration attorney who lives in Northern Virginia and practices in Maryland and New York State.  She went to Union College where she got her B.A. in philosophy an went to law school at Albany Law in upstate New York. After law school, Mirriam worked for the District Attorney in Albany County, then defended the State of New York against federal lawsuits for the Attorney General’s office under Elliot Spitzer. She was a terrible prosecutor. But that’s because it turns out she was meant be a criminal defense attorney.

Mirriam’s family was almost featured on the PBS Special “Frontline” after 9/11 but they were too boring.

She is the founder of the first Political Action committee for Muslim Women called American Muslim Women PAC and is a founding member of Dulles Justice Coalition  – a proud airport lawyer!

Mirriam is a frequent speaker on the intersection of immigration and criminal law. She’s been consulted as an expert on how criminal convictions affect immigration consequences and has given talks around the country on a variety of topics such as coalition and movement building, why you should vote Democrat, and knowing your rights.

Like most semi-public Muslims, she is waiting to find out what her ties to the Muslim Brotherhood are.

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Mitch Jackson
Senior Partner, Jackson & Wilson Inc.

Mitch Jackson enjoys combining law, social media and technology to disrupt, hack, and improve his clients’ companies, causes, and professional relationships. He’s an award-winning 2009 Orange County Trial Lawyer of the Year and 2013 California Litigation Lawyer of the Year, who enjoys speaking around the world about business, law and digital.

When he’s not trying cases, Mitch uses social media and technology to help good attorneys become great trial lawyers and to show everyone (not just lawyers) how to effectively communicate and negotiate to help their clients and make the world a better place. He’s an early adopter of livestreaming and has spoken at the New York, San Francisco, Los Angles Periscope Summits (Summit.live), and Social Media Day San Diego. He has also appeared on live video shows with Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, Seth Godin, Peter Diamandis, and Gary Vaynerchuk and his weekly live video show, TheShow.live, is one of the longest running weekly live video shows on the Internet.

Mitch recently served as a consulting expert on “Shame Nation” a highly anticipated new book by Sue Scheef with the forward by Monica Lewinsky. He also has been profiled in David Meerman Scott’s last two marketing books and recently shared the stage with David at the Tony Robbins Business Mastery Event in Las Vegas. Because of his interest in social media, he’s also been a contributing consulting expert re the California State Bar’s “Effective Introduction of Evidence in California- Chapter 54 Electronic and Social Media Evidence.”

You can connect with Mitch on social media at Mitch.Social and enjoy his weekly podcast at MitchJacksonPodcast.com. If you’d like to learn more about Mitch’s new cutting-edge global legal mastermind community, visit LegalMinds.lawyer

Nicholas Hite
Founder of the Hite Law Group

Nicholas opened The Hite Law Group in 2013 with the goal of creating inclusive, expansive, and affordable legal services he knew his community in New Orleans needed. Nicholas has since served over 500 clients across 10 parishes in Louisiana and continues to provide leading edge legal services for LGBTQ-identified clients, especially adult and child survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Nicholas also proudly serves as part of the Louisiana State Bar Diversity Committee, the ABA Diversity Committee, the national Transgender Legal Services Network, and the PFLAG New Orleans Board of Directors. Nicholas was an inaugural LSBA Legal Innovators For Tomorrow (LIFT) Fellow and is a current ABA Family Law Section Fellow.

Nicole Abboud - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Nicole Abboud
Founder of Abboud Media; Host of The Gen Why Lawyer Podcast

Nicole Abboud is the Founder at Abboud Media – a video branding agency for lawyers. She is a Millennial speaker, producer and host of The Gen Why Lawyer Podcast, attorney, and college professor. The internet is the best thing that happened to Nicole as she has been able to build a thriving personal brand and business using digital platforms like social media and her award-winning podcast. Now she helps lawyers do the same by tapping into the power of online videos and podcasts.

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Peter Aprile
Founder of Counter Tax Lawyers & Co-Host of Building NewLaw Podcast

Peter Aprile is a tax controversy and litigation lawyer and the founder of Counter Tax Lawyers, a Toronto-based firm that develops innovative strategies for resolving tax disputes. From its proprietary tax dispute and litigation software, CounterMeasure, to its other technology tools and its independently audited performance results, Counter is committed to disrupting the world of tax law and encouraging other lawyers to join its (sometimes starry-eyed) mission to engineer how law firms work.

Along with fellow cult member Counter lawyer Natalie Worsfold, Peter is also the co-host of the podcast Building NewLaw, which he started mostly to give him an excuse to talk to other odd, creative, hardworking, and obsessive people who are looking to shove the practice of law off the beaten track.

Peter and his podcast have both won awards: Peter won a Precedent Setter award in 2016 and was one of the Fastcase 50 in 2016; Building NewLaw won a 2016 Clawbie award for Best Podcast. He is a regular speaker and writer and has shared his views on the practice of law and on tax issues in several different venues. He is constantly trying to make things better, which can prove exhausting and sometimes downright infuriating for those around him, but he is pretty sure that the final results are worth it.

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Sam Glover
Founder and Editor in Chief of Lawyerist.com

Sam Glover is the founder and Editor in Chief of Lawyerist.com. Sam helps lawyers understand the economic, demographic, and technological changes shaping the present and future of small-firm law practice so they can build successful, client-centered law firms. Visit Lawyerist.com for more information, ideas, and discussions by and for small-firm lawyers and legal service providers.

Seth Price
Managing Partner of PriceBenowitz.com and Founder of BluSharkDigital.com

Seth Price, Esq. is the co-founder and managing partner of Price Benowitz LLP, a law firm with offices in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia that boasts award-winning criminal defense and personal injury practices, in addition to qui tam, corporate, OFAC economic sanctions, trusts and estates, and white collar criminal defense practices. Under Mr. Price’s direction and management, Price Benowitz LLP has grown over the last decade from a small two-attorney firm to a now multi-practice mid-size law firm. Mr. Price is also the founder of BluShark Digital LLC, a legal marketing agency that works for firms across the country to strengthen their SEO and online presence.

Sonja Tonnesen
Deputy Director of Root & Rebound

Sonja is the Deputy Director of Program Innovation & Strategic Partnerships and a founding staff member of Root & Rebound, a reentry legal resource center that provides expertise in all areas of reentry law to individuals with past justice system involvement, families with incarcerated loved ones, and community-based organizations and agencies, so that the United States can become a society that supports opportunities for all. In just four years, the organization has reached almost 40,000 people through its California programs and services, and is working to expand its model nationally.

Prior to Root & Rebound, Sonja received her J.D. from Berkeley Law, where she worked in advocacy for survivors of violence, criminal justice reform, and youth justice. She was an editor for two law journals, the California Law Review and the Berkeley Journal of General, Law & Justice. In 2013, her piece, “‘Hit It and Quit It’: Responses to Black Girls’ Victimization in School” was published in the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, exploring connections between the school-to-prison-pipeline, and race, gender, and implicit bias. Prior to law school, Sonja received her B.A. in Urban Studies and African Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and worked for an urban nutrition nonprofit in Philadelphia.

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Tom Martin
CEO & Founder of LawDroid

Tom is a legal tech advocate, author, and speaker. He is a lawyer and founder of LawDroid (a bot consultancy and development company for the legal industry), co-founder of Vancouver Legal Hackers, advisor to ATJ Tech Fellow Program, member of ARAG Technology Innovation Committee, and Chair of Education for Group Legal Services Association. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Tom now lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife and two daughters.

Abby Openshaw
Sales Development Representative

Abby is a Sales Development Representative at Clio. She works with our potential new clients to understand the challenges they are facing with current systems, and shares how switching to Clio can make their life easier. Abby also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Cell Biology & Genetics.

Ainsley Robertson
Product Manager

Ainsley Robertson is a Product Manager at Clio. She is part of Clio’s Product team and specializes in Clio’s iPhone and Android apps as well as Clio Connect. Ainsley has been a member of the Clio Team for just over one year. Ainsley holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing.

Alexander Kardash
Sales Development Representative Team Lead

Alex started at Clio as an Sales Development Representative and was promoted recently to an Account Executive. Alex is a Clio evangelist and lives by the Clio value of “Customer Success Comes First”. If our customers are not successful then neither are we! Alex graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management.

Andrea Stevenson
Partnerships Coordinator

Andrea is the Partnerships Coordinator at Clio. She is responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships within our community programs such as the Academic Access program and the Clio Incubator program. Andrea is passionate about expanding Clio’s knowledge and commitment to the practice of law through practical experience and advocacy.

Andrew Booth
Customer Success Trainer

Andrew is a Customer Success Trainer and a former member of the Customer Support team. As a result, Andrew has extensive workflow and technical knowledge for all different firm sizes and practice areas. You may also recognize his voice from the regular occurring product and training webinars.

Andrew Gay
Manager of Strategic Partnerships

Andrew is the Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Clio. Andrew joined Clio in 2016 and is responsible for the leadership and vision of Clio’s Partnerships team, including Clio’s network of bar association partners, the Clio Certified Consultant network, Clio’s Academic Access Program, and the community of integration partners.

Brittney Lloyd
Channel Development Coordinator

Brittney is the Channel Development Coordinator at Clio and works with Bar Partners and Channel Resellers across the United States and around the globe. She aims to cultivate strong partner relationships by maximizing resources and leveraging mutual expertise and goals.

David Perry
Customer Support Manager

David is the Customer Support Manager at Clio, and has been with the company for just shy of 4 years. His career has always been customer focused and he has developed a passion for optimizing customer experience over the years. He has had the chance to speak and write on Clio’s behalf in regards to building an award winning Customer Service organization on multiple occasions. Come say hi! If you’re shy, he really likes dogs… start with that.

Emily van Siereveld
Live Events Manager

Clio’s Live Events Manager, Emily organizes Clio’s attendance at conferences across North America. This enables her to speak with attorneys across the country about their firm and work flows while sharing the benefits of Clio and the cloud. She previously was a Clio client when she worked as the office manager for a busy immigration law firm where she implemented multiple automation techniques and tools, enabling the firm to triple in size and expand to a second location. With an additional background in project and case management, Emily continuously works on improving efficiencies in whichever capacity she can.

Emily has attended the Clio Cloud Conference twice before as a client and is excited to attend as a speaker this year.

Eric Bin
Director of Product Management

Eric is the Director of Product Management at Clio. He joined Clio in 2015 and sets direction on Product strategy with his team. Prior to Clio, Eric was a member of the Amazon’s Books team where he helped thousands of booksellers grow their online business.

Ernie Bin
Director of Design

Ernie is the Director of Design at Clio, overseeing Product and Marketing design. He’s been a part of the Clio team since 2016 after a career designing digital experiences for clients such as Starbucks, Nike, and North Face, as well as leading Design at Microsoft for Xbox.com.

Erin Hall
Customer Support Specialist

Erin is a Customer Support Specialist at Clio. She is part of the broader Customer Success team and helps new and existing customers get the most out of Clio by answering phone, chat, and email inquiries. Erin married her passions for tech, law, and innoviation by joining Clio in May after completing a degree in International Relations.

Fiona Finn
Associate Product Marketing Manager

Fiona has been part of Clio for over two years and works with many teams across Clio everyday in her role as Associate Product Marketing Manager. Originally from Ireland, Fiona has worked in legal technology for over three years, enjoys getting into new trends in both tech and the legal sphere, and holds an LLM in Intellectual Property Law from Stockholm University.

Frances Bourikas
Strategic Account Executive

Frances is a Strategic Account Executive on the Clio Sales team assisting larger firms transition to the cloud. She has been a part of the Clio Team for just under a year but is no stranger to the legal/tech industries. Frances graduated with her JD in 2015 and worked at one of the largest cloud-computing companies in the world before joining Clio.

George Psiharis
Vice President of Business Operations at Clio

George is the Vice President of Business Operations at Clio. Specializing in customer development and data operations, George has worked extensively with law schools, bar associations, and other legal professionals to help make information on cloud computing and law firm economics increasingly accessible.

Irina Belova
Senior Product Designer

Irina is a Senior Product Designer working with the Accounting, Billing and Payments teams. Got ideas about Clio’s billing workflows? Come chat with Irina in the Clio Lab during the conference.

John Brennan
Senior Software Developer

John is a Senior Software Developer at Clio. He is part of Clio’s Product team and specializes in Clio’s Billing and Payment workflows. Prior to joining Clio in January 2017, John worked at the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan, implementing the secure client portal for current and retired educators. John holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and English from the University of British Columbia.

Joshua Lenon
Lawyer in Residence

Coming soon.

Kyle d'Oliveira
Software Architecture Specialist

Kyle is a Software Architect and has been part of the Clio team for about 5 and a half years. As a Jack of all trades and a master of some, he specializes in taking ideas and rapidly converting them into scalable and reliable software. Kyle holds a Master’s Degree with Distinction from the University of British Columbia. Recently, Kyle has been working on building the infrastructure for Clio’s new API.

Marc Dyer
Director of Customer Experience

Marc is the Director of Customer Experience at Clio. A prolific change agent with 18 years of experience in the Services and Technology industries, Marc joined Clio in 2016. Marc has successfully lead change in startups and multibillion dollar enterprises alike.

Mark Hazlett
Product Manager

Mark is a Product Manager at Clio. He is part of Clio’s Product team and specializes in customer lifecycle and product infrastructure. Mark has been a member of the Clio Team for nearly two years. Mark has worked for large web and mobile companies like iStockPhoto and Expedia before joining Clio.

Michelle Lodge
Payroll Manager

Michelle is the Payroll Manager at Clio. She is part of Clio’s Finance team and oversees the processing and payment of all Clio Employees. Michelle has been a member of the Clio Team for over 2 years. Michelle holds her Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification.

Nikola Dimoski
Account Representative

Nik is a Account Representative on the Sales team. He’s been with Clio for a year working to bring new firms into the fold and raise awareness about Clio. Nik holds a dual major degree in Political Science and History, and almost decided to pursue law school before joining Clio.

Prashant Jacob
Strategic Account Executive

Prashant is a Strategic Account Executive on the Sales team. He has been a member of the Clio team for over three years. Prashant’s career has been focused on helping companies effectively leverage cloud technology. Prashant holds his MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Robert Froment
Chief Financial Officer CPA, CA

Rob is the Chief Financial Officer at Clio. Prior to joining in 2014, he spent 14 years in senior finance leadership roles with a number of early stage venue backed companies such as Cleankeys, CodeBaby and MessagingDirect. Prior to that, Rob spent 14 years in public practice with Grant Thornton.

Roshini Sakhrani
Customer Success Trainer

Roshini is a Customer Success Trainer and a product wizard. She has been with Clio for two years and specializes in workflow implementation and tailoring Clio based on your legal practice areas.

Sean Filiatrault
Senior Product Designer

Sean is the Senior Product Designer at Clio responsible for Matters, Timekeeping, Tasks, and Documents. Sean has spent his career helping international companies such as Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Arc’teryx understand and empathize with their customers. Sean also has a passion for mentorship, helping many young designers and entrepreneurs realize their aspirations as the Lead User Experience Design Education at BrainStation, before joining Clio in 2016.

Shaheer Shabbir
Software Developer

Shaheer is a Software Developer at Clio. As part of Clio’s Product team, Shaheer works to develop the application focusing on Matters, Activities, Documents, and Tasks. Shaheer’s been with Clio since April 2016 and holds a bachelor’s degree from from Simon Fraser University majoring in Computer Science and minoring in being awesome.

Shawky Hanana
Product Manager

Shawky is a Product Manager at Clio. He is part of Clio’s Product team and responsible for Clio’s core workflows such as Calendaring, Matters, Documents, Communication and Timekeeping. Shawky received a B.Sc. in Engineering, M.S. in Business, and has worked for international companies like Microsoft, Barco, and Schlumberger before joining Clio in 2016.

Steven Harbaruk
Product Manager

Steven is a Product Manager at Clio. He is part of Clio’s Product team and specializes in Clio’s Accounting, Billing, and Payments functionalities. Steven has been a member of the Clio Team for just over two years. Steven holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a specialization in Entrepreneurship.

Steven Silberbach
Senior Vice President of Global Sales

Steven is the Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Clio. Prior to joining in 2013, Steven spent 8 years in senior sales leadership roles at Salesforce.com. Steven is a cloud computing evangelist with extensive experience in building high performance sales teams. Over the past 10 years, he has worked with businesses in every industry to harness the power of the cloud to drive growth, efficiency, and innovation.

Tariq Esmail
Sales Manager

Tariq has been with Clio in  for just over a year and is currently a Sales Manager overseeing a team of 15 young Clions. He loves nothing more than helping his reps help lawyers. Huge advocate of tech and making the machines work for you.

Teresa Matich

Teresa is a Copywriter at Clio. She is part of Clio’s Marketing team and she writes about legal technology and the business of law for Clio’s blog. She previously worked as a reporter in the financial sector, and prior to that, Teresa worked as an office clerk at a Vancouver real estate law firm.

Tys von Gaza
Director of Product Development

Tys is the Director of Product Development and joined the Clio team as employee #2 over 8 years ago. Over his career at Clio he has worn many hats from being a Mobile & API Developer, to Product Manager and finally Director of the Engineering organization. Most recently, Tys has been working on keeping the product development department running smoothly – delivering a fantastic product for our customers.

Wade Fraser
Account Executive

Wade is an Account Executive on the Clio Sales team. He works with Clio’s existing customer base to help gather feedback and also to advice on which of Clio’s plans best suit each firm’s needs.

Walt Nathaniel
Account Executive

Walt is an Account Executive at Clio on the Sales team. He has worked with new and existing customers in several different sales roles and has built an extensive knowledge of law firm workflow.

Jack Newton - Clio Cloud Conference keynote speaker
Jack Newton
CEO & Co-founder of Clio

Jack Newton is the founder of Clio and a pioneer of cloud-based practice management. Jack has spearheaded efforts to educate the legal community on the security­, ethics­ and privacy­ issues surrounding cloud computing, and has become a nationally recognized writer and speaker on these topics. Jack also co-­founded and is acting President of the Legal Cloud Computing Association (LCCA), a consortium of leading cloud computing providers with a mandate to help accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the legal industry.

Vanessa Vasquez de lara - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Vanessa Vasquez de Lara
Founder & Owner of Vasquez de Lara Law Group

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara, Esq. is the founder and owner of the Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a law firm dedicated to assisting families by giving them and their loved ones peace of mind in and out of family and probate court. She has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015 and a Super Lawyer in 2016 and 2017. She is an experienced family, probate, and guardianship litigator who handles simple and complex matters such as divorce, custody, and probating of wills.

Mrs. Vasquez de Lara has been featured multiple times on Univision’s Despierta America , a national television show, for her family law knowledge. When she’s not appearing in television, court or her office, Ms. Vasquez de Lara can be found with her two rambunctious boys and long-suffering husband.

Chris Hadfield - Clio Cloud Conference keynote speaker
Colonel Chris Hadfield
Canadian Astronaut, Commander, CSA & NASA Colonel, RCAF Fighter Pilot

“Good morning, Earth!” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield—writing on Twitter—woke up the world every day while living for five months aboard the International Space Station. Through his 21-years as an astronaut, 3 spaceflights and 2600 orbits of Earth, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon. Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Chris Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.

Colonel Hadfield is a pioneer of many historic “firsts”. In 1992 he was selected by the Canadian Space Agency as a NASA Mission Specialist—Canada’s first fully-qualified Space Shuttle crew member. Three years later, aboard Shuttle Atlantis, he was the first Canadian to operate the Canadarm in space, and the first Canadian to board a Russian spacecraft as he helped build space station “Mir.” In 2001, aboard Shuttle Endeavour, Colonel Hadfield performed two spacewalks—the first Canadian to do so—and in 2013 he was Commander of the International Space Station – the first only Canadian to ever command a spaceship—so far.

During his multi-faceted career Hadfield has intercepted Soviet bombers in Canadian airspace, lived on the ocean floor, been NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia, and recorded science and music videos seen by hundreds of millions.

A heavily decorated astronaut, engineer, and pilot, Colonel Hadfield’s many awards include receiving the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the Top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy, and has been inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. He is the author of two internationally bestselling books, an Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here, and has been commemorated on Canadian postage stamps, Royal Canadian Mint coins, and on Canada’s newest five dollar bill (along with fellow astronauts Steve MacLean and Dave Williams).

Haben Girma - Clio Cloud Conference keynote speaker
Haben Girma
Disability Rights & Global Inclusion Leader

Haben Girma has earned recognition as a White House Champion of Change, Forbes 30 under 30, and BBC Women of Africa Hero. The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben advocates for equal access to information for people with disabilities. Based in San Francisco, she travels the world working as a disability and inclusion consultant and public speaker. Haben combines her knowledge of law, sociology, and technology to teach clients the benefits of fully accessible products and services. Her insights help to expand our thinking, creating lasting, positive change among people and communities.

Because of her disability rights advocacy she has been honored by President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, and many others. Haben is working on a memoir that will be published by Grand Central Publishing in 2019.

Preet Bharara
Preet Bharara
Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Preet Bharara is an American lawyer who served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017, nominated to the position on May 15, 2009 by President Barack Obama. Mr. Bharara’s nomination was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and he was sworn in on August 13. During his tenure, Bharara earned a reputation as one of “the nation’s most aggressive and outspoken prosecutors,” according to The New York Times. His office’s case against SAC capital, for example, resulted in the largest fine ever paid in the history of insider trading prosecution and served as the inspiration for the television series Billions, currently airing on Showtime.

In 2012, Mr. Bharara was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and appeared on its list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.“ He was included in Bloomberg Markets magazine’s “50 Most Influential” lists in 2014. He was also included in Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment” lists, and Worth magazines, “The Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Finance” lists in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He was named in City & State’s “Power 100-New York City” and “Power 100-Albany” lists in 2013 and 2014; and in New York Observer’s “The City State: Albany’s Top 40″ list in 2014 and 2015. He was also included in their “New York City’s Political Power 50” list in 2016. That same year, City & State also named him “Newsmaker of the Decade.”

As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bharara oversaw the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Southern District of New York. He supervised an office of more than 200 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handled a high volume of cases involving terrorism, narcotics and arms trafficking, financial and healthcare fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations.

Under Mr. Bharara’s leadership, the office experienced one of the most productive periods in its history. Early in his tenure, he formed the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, which has continued the office’s long history of prosecuting leaders and associates of global and domestic terrorists, narco-terrorists, cartels, and money-laundering organizations. Its convictions have included major terrorists, arms traffickers, and even a Somali pirate.

During Mr. Bharara’s tenure, the office continued the tradition of being at the forefront of prosecuting financial misconduct, including securities fraud. The office secured convictions of numerous other insider trading defendants, including Raj Rajaratnam and Rajat Gupta. The Civil Frauds Unit brought a number of significant civil actions alleging financial and healthcare fraud and collected hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements for fraud relating to faulty lending practices. His office held to account several of the world’s largest corporations for their misconduct – defrauding consumers, causing environmental damage, and for violating U.S. sanctions abroad. The Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit also prosecuted some of the most cutting-edge financial fraud cases, in addition to sophisticated tax fraud, bank fraud, and cybercrime cases involving core members of the hacking groups LulzSec and Anonymous, drug trafficking website Silk Road, and digital currency providers.

Under Mr. Bharara’s supervision, the office also brought a series of significant and systemically revelatory public corruption cases against members of New York City and State governments: New York State Senators and Assemblymen, New York City Councilmen, the Former Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, and the Former Speaker of the New York State Assembly.

Furthermore, the office continued its traditional civil rights work by, for example, conducting a multi-year investigation into the treatment of adolescent males at Rikers Island and filing Americans with Disabilities Act cases against leading New York City institutions like Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, while simultaneously bringing new and innovative cases under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. The office also prosecuted more than 1,000 violent members and associates of various gangs, including the Bloods, Latin Kings, and Trinitarios, in an effort to make communities in the Southern District safer for their residents.

Mr. Bharara has delivered the keynote address at the commencements of Fordham Law School, Columbia Law School, Cardozo School of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law, Pace University School of Law, New York University School of Law, and in 2014, he spoke at Harvard Law School’s Class Day ceremony.

On April 1, 2017, Mr. Bharara joined the NYU School of Law as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence.

Prior to becoming the U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bharara served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. During his tenure, he helped to lead the Senate Judiciary Committee investigation of the firing of United States Attorneys.

From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Bharara served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted a wide range of cases involving organized crime, racketeering, securities fraud, money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and other crimes.

Mr. Bharara was a litigation associate in New York at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman from 1996 to 2000 and at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 1993 to 1996. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in Government in 1990, and from Columbia Law School with a J.D. in 1993, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review.

2017 Clio Cloud Conference Recap

From astronauts to former U.S. Attorneys, 2017 was not only a year of incredible speakers, it was also the year we unveiled major changes from Clio, including the new Clio experience, our $1 Million Developer Fund, and our $100,000 Launch//Code contest.

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