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Christina Blacklaws
President,
Law Society of England and Wales

Christina is the President of the Law Society of England and Wales and performs a range of ambassadorial and representative functions both domestically and internationally. She holds a range of public appointments including as a member of the Family Justice Council, trustee of Law Works, member of the Judicial Diversity Forum and chair of the government’s Lawtech Delivery Panel. As Chair, Christina leads on the Society’s relationship with Barclays to develop lawtech incubators.

Christina studied Jurisprudence at Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 1991. She has developed and managed law firms including a virtual law firm and setting up the first ABS with the Co-op. More recently, she was Director of Innovation at a top 100 firm.

She is heavily involved in the technological issues relating to supra-national legislative and regulatory frameworks as well as the need to demystify lawtech and empower all lawyers to embrace relevant technology.

Christina is an award-winning (for innovation and diversity and inclusion) published author, speaker and lecturer and frequent media commentator.

Jonathan Ewing
Co-Founder, Next Level Mediation

Jonathan Ewing is a lawyer, mediator, and co-founder of Next Level Mediation (NLM). Ewing is a U.S.-based commercial litigation attorney who devotes most of his legal practice to international business transactions and litigation.  Recognizing that the traditional mediation model often fails to take into account a client’s true priorities and emotional disposition, he co-developed NLM’s disruptive D2S platform as a means to cut through the emotional fog and establish clear litigation priorities – so that each party can make dispassionate and informed decisions in the context of settlement.

Mary Bonsor
CEO, F-Lex

Mary Bonsor is the CEO of F-LEX is an online platform which connects pre-vetted law students to law firms and general counsel for a flexible, on demand service. F-LEX has over 2,000 law students on it’s platform and over 120 clients including magic circle firms, FTSE250 companies and SMEs. F-LEX won Legal Supplier of the Year 2018 in the Legal Business Awards. Mary was a property litigator in a top city firm before starting F-LEX

Mary is passionate about the future education of the profession and how tomorrow’s lawyer will qualify.  She sees the SQE offering a huge opportunity to law students to get relevant work experience during their studies and is also very interested in how law firms can retain and attract the future generation.

Tyler Todd
COO, 1Law

Tyler T. Todd Esq. is an attorney and legal tech entrepreneur who delights in working with others to augment legal services and make inefficiencies more efficient through technology. Alleviating pain points by enabling lawyers to connect with consumers and enabling consumers, regardless of geographic location or financial status, to have access to legal resources. Changing the world by protecting ones legal rights and providing the platform in which to use their voice! I am a lawyer skilled in civil litigation, strategic planning, negotiation, public speaking, and legal writing. Mr. Todd received his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University – Hawaii and obtained his juris doctorate degree from California Western School of Law. Changing the legal world one node at a time!

Eric Hunter
CTO, Bradford Barthel

Eric is a global futurist, speaker, and author. He is the Chief Technology Officer for the US based law firm, Bradford & Barthel, LLP and the Managing Director for the futurist consultancy Spherical Models, LLC.

Eric studies how the future of technology and human behavior continually evolve and intersect the globe over. Spherical Models teaches how to recognize, create, and leverage new business and process models in leading organizational change through the current reality of global business model disruption. For the past 9 years, Eric has worked with organizations across the world such as Google, IBM, Shapoorji Pallonji Group, TEDx, the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Social Now in Portugal and many more. Eric is currently expanding his focus on the future of technology, business, and human behavior within his next book: “The Future of Human Behavior” due to be published in 2019.

Lee A. Schneider
General Counsel, Block one

Lee A. Schneider is General Counsel at Block.One, one of the world’s largest blockchain companies and author of the EOSIO software.  In that role, Schneider is responsible for various aspects of the legal function as well as the company’s government affairs initiatives. He joined Block.One after leading the FinTech and blockchain practices at two major international firms.  Lee has been recognized as one of the leading voices in blockchain related regulation and compliance and has played a role in structuring several of the largest and most successful blockchain-related projects.

Mr. Schneider co-hosts Appetite for Disruption, a bi-weekly FinTech podcast with former SEC Commissioner Troy Paredes, and has contributed to the global-leading guidance, “A Securities Law Framework for Blockchain Tokens” developed by Coinbase.  Lee is also a co-founder of Genesis Block, a blockchain and start-up consulting firm.

Mr. Schneider holds a Juris Doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan.  He is the father of two wonderful, exhausting teenage ladies and learns about Japanese art history from his wife.

Prof. David Larson
Professor & Senior Fellow, Dispute Resolution Institute,
Mitchell Hamline Law School

Professor David Allen Larson is an accomplished Professor of Law at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a Senior Fellow at the Dispute Resolution Institute, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Professor Larson is the System Designer and has been instrumental in creating an online dispute resolution platform for the New York State Unified Court System.  Professor Larson has more than 60 legal publications and has made more than 150 professional presentations in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, England, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. A leader in the American Bar Association (ABA), his current assignments include an appointment as Co-Chair of the Section of Dispute Resolution Technology Committee. A post he has held since 2015

Ruud H,W. Van Herpen
General Counsel Xebia International Group

Ruud van Herpen is a seasoned legal management executive with over 25 years of experience in various legal roles. He was active as an attorney at law, secretary to the board and corporate lawyer for various international companies for a decade before founding his own dispute resolution practice in the year 2000.

Ruud was a co-founder and board member of the Dutch Mediators Association and was the Chairman from 2010 until 2014.

He is currently General Counsel at Xebia International Group. In his daily legal practice as General Counsel, Ruud integrates his IT and dispute resolution experience to a more holistic approach for the future legal department. He is not only focusing on the introduction of new legal technology solutions but also pairs them with the further development and integration of legal skills for his team members.

In 2011 Ruud has been appointed as mediator to the ITDR, an organization that specializes in IT and Data conflict management. Ruud is co-founder and since 2018 chairman of the Dutch Association of Corporate Mediation.

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