Legal Operations: Challenges, Opportunities & Future Trends


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Today, law firms and in-house legal professionals are much more savvy when it comes to understanding the critical role of legal operations. But they need more work to drive operational efficiencies. This discussion will explore what “innovation” means within the context of a modern law department, the most pressing legal ops challenges, and how firms and legal professionals can overcome them.

Join this webcast to hear from Connie Brenton, a legal operations pioneer and VP of Law, Technology and Operations at NetApp, and technology experts from DISCO discuss:

  • Legal ops trends we can expect to see in the coming years

  • How to ensure law departments are aligned with the business

  • What has changed in legal ops since Connie started her career

  • How technology will support operational objectives in the coming year


Connie Brenton | V.P. of Law, Technology, and Operations | NetApp

Connie Brenton champions innovation and transformation at the intersection of business and law. She founded and served as CEO of CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium), the non-profit that fundamentally changed the legal operations profession globally. With more than a decade of legal operations expertise at major enterprises such as Oracle Corporation and Sun Microsystems, Connie currently serves as Vice President, Law, Technology and Operations at NetApp, Inc. During her tenure at NetApp, Connie has helped build an innovative and award-winning legal department that is recognized internationally for its groundbreaking work in the areas of strategic planning and digital optimization.

Katie Debord | Vice President | Disco

Katie DeBord helps guide DISCO’s product strategy with invaluable insights and leadership, as the company continues to expand its innovative offerings across the litigation lifecycle and into new practice areas. Katie is a proven leader in scaling legal practice transformation, and partners closely with customers to further establish DISCO as a crucial partner and platform of choice for legal teams embracing technology to achieve better legal outcomes. Prior to DISCO, Katie was the global chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, where she led the firm’s international cross-disciplinary team dedicated to the innovation and optimization of legal services. AT BCLP, she managed a team of lawyers, technologists, and related professionals to implement new practice technologies and innovations, design point solutions for practice groups and clients, and develop productized solutions for clients. Katie began her legal career at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP as a trial attorney specializing in complex contract, patent, and IP licensing matters, as well as consumer class action defense, and is a popular speaker about legal innovation at industry conferences, educational venues, podcasts, and thought leadership events.

Kristin Zmrhal | Vice President | Disco

Zmrhal helps to drive product strategy and innovation at DISCO, and is passionate about modernizing and improving the business of law through technology. Zmrhal is an experienced executive with 15+ years of experience in legal technology consulting and support and 7 years as a manager in Google’s Legal Department. At Google, Zmrhal built a team of 20+ project managers and technical specialists that make up the company’s litigation support operations practice. Prior to Google, she spent years as a consultant for a number of Fortune 500 companies and AMLaw 200 firms.

Stephanie Wilkins | Editor-in-Chief | Legaltech News

Stephanie Wilkins is the Editor-in-Chief of Legaltech News at ALM. She has spent the better part of the past decade following the evolution of legal tech and learning how it can help in-house counsel, law firms and others in the legal industry. As a former practicing litigator, she is particularly interested in how legal tech can and should be used in real-life practice and the valuable differences it can make. Stephanie is also keenly interested in shining a light on the ways legal tech is being used to help the greater good.

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