Our 2016 Speakers

Clio invites exceptional industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators to speak at the Clio Cloud Conference. They’ve been expertly curated to provide you with an unforgettable learning experience covering a great range of topics that are essential to help grow and simplify your practice.

Here’s a taste of what 2016 had to offer. We set the bar high (on purpose), and look forward to topping it in 2017 with another amazing lineup. Stay tuned for updates.

Jack Newton
CEO at 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-­ related 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.
Gary Vaynerchuk
CEO, Entrepreneur, Investor, Best-Selling Author, and Speaker

Keynote speaker

Gary Vaynerchuk builds businesses. Fresh out of college he took his family wine business and grew it from a $3M to a $60M business in just five years. Now he runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies representing brands such as General Electric, PepsiCo, AB-Inbev, and Chase. Gary is the New York Times best-selling author of Crush It!; The Thank You Economy; Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook; and #AskGaryVee. Along the way he became a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, investing in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox before eventually co-founding VaynerRSE, a $25M angel fund.
He was named to both Fortune and Crain’s “40 under 40″ lists and has been profiled in the New York Times, Fortune and Inc.
Kimberley Motley
International Litigator, 2014 Ted Speaker, Founder MotleyLegal

Keynote speaker

Kimberley Motley is the first and only foreign litigator working in Afghanistan. Armed with an unwavering determination and a passion for justice, she navigates the country’s punitive and capricious legal system with unprecedented success. This former beauty queen, crowned Mrs. Wisconsin in 2004, has independently won freedom for countless victims, such as a six-year-old child bride, a 15-year-old girl raped and imprisoned, and a British ex-soldier accused of bribery. With her International Legal practice Motley currently represents clients on every continent, except Antarctica, and her trailblazing legal practices continues to grow. Her expert litigation, legal work, and precedent setting cases have earned her coverage with CNN, the BBC, NBC, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and many others. She currently has an award winning documentary entitled Motley’s Law which chronicles her work/life in Afghanistan and the U.S. that was just recently released.
Melanie Heller
Vice President and General Manager, Bloomberg Law

Keynote speaker

Melanie Heller was named Vice President and General Manager of Bloomberg Law, Bloomberg BNA's flagship legal and business intelligence product, in April 2015. In her current position she is responsible for the commercial strategy, growth and development of Bloomberg Law. Previously, Heller was Head of Market Strategy, a team focused on sales enablement, product development and brand awareness and manager of Bloomberg Law's transactional/regulatory editorial group. Prior to joining the organization, Heller was a Legal Director at Proskauer LLP, where she assisted the corporate department leadership in managing the business operations of the department. Before that, she was a corporate lawyer at the law firms Clifford Chance LLP and Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP. Heller has a B.A. in English & Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, an MPhil in Oriental Studies from Oxford University and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.
Anthony A. Marrone II
Attorney
@marroneelderlaw

Session Speaker

Anthony A. Marrone, II, Esq., is an attorney in private practice and the owner of The Marrone Law Firm, with offices in Central and Northern New York. He focuses his practice on elder law, trust & estate planning, and special needs planning. Anthony regularly speaks on those topics and on social media marketing for lawyers. He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Social Media Marketing Blueprint for Lawyers. He firmly believes that you should not outsource your social media marketing to a non-lawyer until you understand all of the business and ethical considerations for lawyers on social media.
David Leary
Small Business Ecosystem Evangelist at Intuit

Session Speaker

David Leary is a Small Business Ecosystem Evangelist at Intuit and an innovative force in the small business accounting world. His business sense, vast technical knowledge and domain expertise has helped bridge the gap between developers, small business owners and accountants. In his current role, David focuses on bringing third party SaaS solutions that work with QuickBooks Online to Apps.com. In 2015, David was named by Accounting Today as a "One to Watch" in their Top 100 Most Influential People issue.
Ed Walters
CEO, Fastcase

Session Speaker

Ed Walters is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, one of the world’s largest legal publishers. Before founding Fastcase, Ed worked at Covington & Burling and in the White House from 1991-1993, first in the Office of Media Affairs and then in the Office of Presidential Speechwriting. Licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Fifth Circuits, Ed continues to shape the legal industry and teaches Law of Robots, a class about the frontiers of law and technology, at Georgetown University Law Center.
Samantha Collier
Consultant & Author of Social Media for Law Firms blog

Session Speaker

Samantha Collier is a top Social Media and Content Marketing Specialist. Experienced in all aspects of the digital marketing world, Samantha has a keen understanding of social media content management as it applies to law firms. Leveraging her background in legal business development, Samantha is the author of the award winning blog Social Media for Law Firms. Today, Samantha works with lawyers across North America and focuses on how to use social media to improve your firm’s bottom line.
Darth Vaughn
Attorney & Principal with Procertas

Session Speaker

Darth Vaughn is a principal with Procertas (Professional Certifications and Technology Assessments) and a trial attorney in Southern California. As a former business technology consultant, Darth is passionate about keeping businesses growing and prospering. To that end, he promotes improving the quality and efficiency of legal professionals through the proper use of basic technology tools. Darth was honored in 2014 by the National Bar Association with the Ronda F. Williams Emerging Leader Award and was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both 2015 and 2016.
George Psiharis
VP Business Development at Clio

Session 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.
Sarah Glassmeyer
Attorney & Librarian

Session Speaker

Sarah Glassmeyer is a lawyer and librarian currently working as a research fellow in the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. She is a passionate believer in the idea that access to information is access to justice. Sarah’s research covers the accessibility and openness of law on the Internet and seeks to find ways to make it more useable to the average citizen.
Ken Adams
Attorney & Author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting

Session Speaker

Ken Adams isn’t a leading authority on the building blocks of contract language, he’s the leading authority. Besides being a deal lawyer, Ken is a writerly sort with a serious aversion to inefficiency in public affairs. He has spent the past twenty years wrestling with the nuances of indemnify and hold harmless and the like, a task evidently of limited appeal to others. Ken is author of the groundbreaking book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (3d ed. 2013). He gives seminars worldwide and helps companies improve their contracts.
Andrew Legrand
Founding partner at Spera Law Group, LLC

Session Speaker

Andrew Legrand is the founding partner at Spera Law Group, LLC, a cloud and paperless law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana. His practice primarily consists of advising small business owners on the day-to-day legal issues they face, without charging them by the hour. He blogs on Small Business Law at http://www.nolasmallbizlaw.com and is a technology consultant for PaperlessChase. You can find him at @LawByLegrand.
Andrew Arruda
CEO and Co-Founder of Y Combinator-backed ROSS Intelligence

Session Speaker

Andrew Arruda is the ‎CEO and Co-Founder of Y Combinator-backed ROSS Intelligence, the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney. A legal tech executive, strategist, and leader with over eight years of experience in the legal industry, Andrew is an attorney who aims to forever change the way legal services are delivered.
Gale Kirsopp
CEO at 4700Group

Session Speaker

Gale Kirsopp is CEO of 4700Group, a virtual accounting firm working exclusively with legal professionals. Gale is passionate about leveraging technology to increase productivity, increase efficiency, and to provide a competitive advantage for your business. An accountant and technology enthusiast, Gale leverages her vast experience to communicate complex financial topics in simple terms.
R. Amani Smathers
Legal Solutions Architect at Davis Wright Tremaine, De Novo

Session Speaker

Amani received her JD from Michigan State University College of Law. There she participated in the ReInvent Law Laboratory (now LegalRnD), which promotes improving the practice of law through the use of technology, data, design, and new delivery models. Her passion for legal service innovation led her to SeyfarthLean Consulting, where Amani helped legal teams find better ways to do their work by using custom technology tools to support improved processes. Amani recently accepted a position as Legal Solutions Architect with Davis Wright Tremaine, De Novo where she consults on and designs solutions that help improve the delivery of legal services – for lawyers and their clients.
Nehal Madhani
CEO, Alt Legal

Session Speaker

Nehal Madhani is an attorney and the founder and CEO of Alt Legal. Alt Legal's cloud-based software is trusted by Am Law 200 firms, boutique firms, and in-house legal departments to prepare and manage thousands of IP filings everyday. Before starting Alt Legal, Nehal practiced as an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP. He is a Python/Django developer and a CodeX fellow at Stanford Law School. Nehal speaks and writes regularly about the intersection of legal practice and technology. He has also co-authored several publications which have appeared in the Huffington Post and in the Journal of Management and Information Systems.
Katrina Leung
Lawyer & Founder of Intuos Law, Liaison Lawyer of Courthouse Libraries British Columbia

Session Speaker

Katrina Leung is a sole practitioner and founder of Intuos Law, a business law firm based in Vancouver, Canada. She runs and manages her firm out of Clio's headquarters trading her feedback on the software and insight on the industry, for a stimulating office environment. Clio's position as thought-leader in the legal landscape inevitably filters into and informs her practice. She is also liaison lawyer with Courthouse Libraries British Columbia and manages projects for training for lawyers and the public in substantive and practice management topics. She is an active speaker with business chapters, conferences and law schools on topics including how libraries can better serve the legal industry and how alternative legal practice should no longer be categorically thought of as alternative.
Greg McLawsen
Managing Attorney & Founder, Sound Immigration

Session Speaker

Greg McLawsen is the founder and managing attorney of Sound Immigration, a cloud-based immigration law firm. In 2015 Greg took his law practice with him while travelling through India with his wife and six-month old son. In February 2016 the firm was managed from Hawaii, and in October will be based in Laos. Greg has championed the reinvention law practice as Chair of the Solo and Small Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association and as co-facilitator of Seattle's Legal Technology and Innovation Meetup group.
Bryan E. Wilson
Attorney, Texas Law Hawk
@TexasLawHawk

Session Speaker

Loud and proud of his Texas roots, Bryan E. Wilson was born and raised in Fort Worth. Bryan, otherwise known as the Texas Law Hawk, is licensed as an attorney and counselor at law, admitted to practice in state courts by the Supreme Court of Texas. Recently, Fort Worth, Texas Magazine selected Bryan as a 2015 Top Attorney of Tarrant County in Criminal Law with under five years of practice. In January of 2016, Above the Law honored Bryan with the 2015 Lawyer of the Year award for showing “the world that yes, lawyers can have a sense of humor.” Bryan has been featured or interviewed by many publications including CNN, Fox News, Huffington Post, and ABC News.
Jayesh Patel
Vice President, Portfolio Planning and Strategy
Vonage

Session Speaker

As Vice President Portfolio Planning and Strategy, Jay is responsible for the Vonage Business and Residential product strategies and roadmap. With more than 20 years of experience in technology planning, leading development and implementation of product strategy, Jay has built and guided top-performing product development teams across several companies. Jay joined Vonage in May of 2016. Prior to Vonage, Jay was a Vice President at Motorola Mobility where he held various senior-level roles. Areas of focus included: technology development, product development, customer–facing roles and product marketing. Jay has a proven record of accomplishment in technology planning, product development, and market introduction. His vast experience has allowed him to develop solid leadership skills to communicate effectively with management, customers, suppliers, and internal organizations. Jay holds a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Jennifer Reynolds
Attorney, Founder of Fresh Legal

Session Speaker

Jennifer Reynolds is the founder of Fresh Legal, a law firm in Ottawa, Ontario, which focuses on family law. She leverages technology and collaboration to help her clients find the best long-term solutions for their family as quickly and easily as possible. Her favourite beverage is coffee, she rides her bike to work whenever she can, and she wants to own a Vespa and a French Bulldog.
Jules Miller
Co-Founder, Evolve Law
@JulesEMiller

Session Speaker

Jules is dedicated to bringing more technology and innovation to the legal industry, even though she’s not a lawyer. She is co-founder of Evolve Law, a community of tech entrepreneurs and innovators in the legal industry, and was previously co-founder & COO of Hire an Esquire, a B2B labor marketplace enabling a flexible, on-demand workforce of attorneys. Prior to this she spent 7 years as an ‘intraprenuer’ helping companies including Ernst & Young, Salesforce.com and Tiffany & Co. to launch and grow innovative new programs within large organizations.
Mary Redzic
Attorney, Blogger, and Co-founder of Shape the Law
@maryredzic

Session Speaker

Mary Redzic is an attorney and a proponent of disruption of the legal industry through innovative technology. She is a co-founder of a San Francisco-based organization, Shape the Law, with a mission of improving the lives of both lawyers and consumers of legal services. She is also a legal tech blogger at Disrupt.Legal, a blog dedicated to raising awareness of innovative legal tech companies and the people who built them and are making a difference.
Steven Silberbach
Senior Vice President of Global Sales

Session 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.

It’s not just our speakers who say such nice things. Read what last year’s attendees had to say:

Jayne Reardon

Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

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

Bob Amrbogi

 LawSites Blog

The conference vibe remains Silicon Valley hip, from the dancing staffers to the abundance of black tee-shirts to the yoga breaks and massage chairs. But the takeaway is entirely practical. It is a conference that many of the attendees have come back to year after year, and that tells you a lot about what they get out of it.

Susan Draffen

Call & Gentry Law Group LLC

WOW. ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW. This guy blew me away.