Speakers

Clio invites exceptional industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators to speak at the Clio Cloud Conference. They’ve been expertly selected to provide you with unforgettable, industry-leading knowledge essential to helping you grow and simplify your practice.

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

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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.

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

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

“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

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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.

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Session Speakers
Andrea Evans - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Andrea Evans
Intellectual Property Attorney and Principal at The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC.
Andy Wilson - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Andy Wilson
CEO & Co-founder of Logikcull.com
Chris Heslinga - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Chris Heslinga
Civil Supervising Lawyer for the UBC Law Students' Legal Advice Program
Chris Trebatoski - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Chris Trebatoski
Founder Treblaw, LLC
David Schnurman - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
David Schnurman
CEO of Lawline
Doug Edmunds - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Doug Edmunds
Assistant Dean for IT at UNC Law & Clio Certified Consultant
Ian Hu - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Ian Hu
Counsel, Claims Prevention and practicePRO at LAWPRO
Julia Shapiro - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Julia Shapiro
CEO & Co-founder of Hire an Esquire
Keith Lee - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Keith Lee
Lawyer, Writer & Founder of "Associate’s Mind" Legal Blog
Kevin Okeefe - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Kevin O’Keefe
CEO of LexBlog, Inc.
Mark Britton - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Mark Britton
Founder & CEO of Avvo
Mary Juetten - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Mary Juetten
CEO of Traklight
Melanie Leonard - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Melanie Leonard
Clio Certified Consultant & Principal Attorney at the Law Office of Melanie C. Leonard, P.C.
Nicole Abboud - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Nicole Abboud
Founder of Abboud Media; Host of The Gen Why Lawyer Podcast
Peter Aprile - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Peter Aprile
Founder of Counter Tax Lawyers & Co-Host of Building NewLaw Podcast
Sam Glover - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Sam Glover
Founder and Editor in Chief of Lawyerist.com
Tom Martin - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Tom Martin
CEO & Founder of LawDroid
Vanessa Vasquez de lara - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Vanessa Vasquez de Lara
Founder & Owner of Vasquez de Lara Law Group
Andrea Evans - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Andrea Evans
Intellectual Property Attorney and Principal at The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, LLC.

SESSION SPEAKER

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

SESSION SPEAKER

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.

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

SESSION SPEAKER

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

SESSION SPEAKER

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.

David Schnurman - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
David Schnurman
CEO of Lawline

SESSION SPEAKER

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

SESSION SPEAKER

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.

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

SESSION SPEAKER

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.

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

SESSION SPEAKER

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.

Keith Lee - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Keith Lee
Lawyer, Writer & Founder of "Associate’s Mind" Legal Blog

SESSION SPEAKER

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.

SESSION SPEAKER

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 world-wide, 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

SESSION SPEAKER

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

SESSION SPEAKER

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.

SESSION SPEAKER

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.

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

SESSION SPEAKER

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.

Peter Aprile - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Peter Aprile
Founder of Counter Tax Lawyers & Co-Host of Building NewLaw Podcast

SESSION SPEAKER

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.

Sam Glover - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Sam Glover
Founder and Editor in Chief of Lawyerist.com

SESSION SPEAKER

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.

Tom Martin - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Tom Martin
CEO & Founder of LawDroid

SESSION SPEAKER

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.

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

SESSION SPEAKER

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.

Clio Speakers
George Psiharis - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
George Psiharis
Vice President of Business Development at Clio
Steven Silberbach - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Steven Silberbach
Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Clio
George Psiharis - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
George Psiharis
Vice President of Business Development at Clio

CLIO SPEAKER

George Psiharis is the Vice President of Business Development 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.

Steven Silberbach - Clio Cloud Conference speaker
Steven Silberbach
Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Clio

CLIO SPEAKER

Steven Silberbach is the Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Clio. Prior to joining in 2013, he 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.

See what people are saying.

Don’t take our word for it. Check out what attendees had to say about last year’s event:

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The speakers are thought leaders—and not only in the tech space. I once again left the conference inspired about the future of law!

Jayne Reardon

Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
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WOW. ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW. This guy blew me away.

Susan Draffen

Call & Gentry Law Group LLC
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...the talks and keynotes on technology and innovation are thought provoking for lawyers and legal professionals from firms of all sizes.

Kevin O’Keefe

CEO & Publisher at LexBlog Inc.

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