Is Artificial Intelligence the New Normal for Legal? Hype vs. Reality

[On Demand Webinar - DL1076]

Course Type: Audio / PowerPoint Presentation

Course Registration Fee: Lex Mundi Member Fee: No Charge 

Duration: 60 minutes

Course Description:

This course is only available to Lex Mundi members.

How do you distinguish between the hype and the reality of Artificial Intelligence?  Everyone is talking about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) will disrupt the legal industry. Join this live webinar, for Lex Mundi members, to learn what AI really is and what it can (and can't) do. Hear from experts on the future of AI.

    What You Will Learn:

    • What is AI and why it is important for your firm?
    • What are the differences between AI hype and reality?
    • What is the future of AI for Lex Mundi member firms?





    Gordon Vala-Webb, Principal, Building Smarter Organizations

    Gordon helps leaders of organizations improve their business results by transforming how their people collaborate, innovate and share what they know. He is an award-winning social business and knowledge practitioner and thought-leader with 15 years of experience working with large / complex public- and private-sector organizations.

    Gordon was National Director of Innovation and Information at McMillan LLP (a Canadian business law firm) where he was responsible for developing and executing firm-wide strategies for innovation and information strategy that helped shape and implement "best-in-class" internal processes, tools and technologies.

    Previously he was National Director of KM for PwC Canada and led the Business Value / Design team as part of the selection and rollout of a global social networking platform across PwC's network of firms (175,000 people in 150+ countries). That platform won Jive's best-in-show "New ways in business" in 2012. 

    Gordon has worked with a number of the leading social networking platforms (Sharepoint, Yammer, Newsgator, IBM Connections, Cisco Show and Share). Some of the projects he has led include:

    • Developed and launched an innovation program for a 6,000 person national firm – 100 new ideas in 5 weeks
    • Reducing email overload and improving leadership communications by shifting corporate communications from emails to tailored streams of news on mobile devices and portal
    • Creating an internal YouTube-like video channel for leadership communications, training and knowledge sharing
    • Driving operational efficiency and revenue enhancement through an innovation program using social networking platform (100 ideas in 30 days)

    Teams he has led have been recognized through awards such as the NN/g Top Ten Government Intranets and the IIR Best Portal, Content and Collaboration Excellence Award. Gordon is frequently asked to speak at conferences and other events in both North America and Europe.

    Gordon has a MA (Politics) from Queens and a Masters in Management Science (Technology) from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is also certified as a Human Capital Strategist (HCI).




    Ian McDougall, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, LexisNexis Legal & Professional

    Ian McDougall is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the LexisNexis, Legal & Professional division of Reed Elsevier.

    Mr. McDougall joined LexisNexis in 2004 as Vice President and Legal Director for LexisNexis International (LNI), where he oversaw the legal function for the group, including Regulatory Compliance, Commercial Agreements, IT, Intellectual Property and Litigation.  Mr. McDougall was also involved in business strategy, acquisitions and general business planning.  At LexisNexis, Mr. McDougall has stepped into varying roles, including Interim HR Director for LNI and Interim Managing Director for LexisNexis New Zealand.  In addition, he led the LexisNexis implementation of the U.K. Bribery Act compliance and created the organization’s first broad regulatory compliance review program.

    Before joining LexisNexis, he led Legal, HR and Facilities departments at Telco Global Ltd., previously one of the largest U.K. independent telecom providers.  Mr. McDougall also acted as Chief European Counsel and Group Company Secretary for Hughes Electronics, a former subsidiary of General Motors Corp. Prior to that, Mr. McDougall served in various legal leadership roles for a number of technology and finance organizations; he also has extensive private practice experience.

    Mr. McDougall sits on the United Nations Rule of Law Steering Committee and is a member of the UN General Counsel Advisory Board.  Until Mr. McDougall’s move to New York he was a Board Director and Trustee for U.K. charity Peaceful Place, which is dedicated to providing support to sufferers of early-onset dementia.  He was also appointed as judge in the Barrister’s Disciplinary Tribunal and is a broadcast cricket commentator in association with the Royal National Institute for the Blind.  Mr. McDougall is based in New York.





    Anthony McFarland, Information Governance Partner, Bass Berry & Sims (Lex Mundi member firm for USA, Tennessee) and Chair of Lex Mundi's KM-subcommittee 

    Tony McFarland has more than 30 years of experience working with leaders at public and private companies, particularly those in the financial services and healthcare industries, in complex individual and class action business litigation and disputes.

    Tony has represented and counseled clients involving:

    • Financial institution and broker-dealer liability claims, including those brought under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection, and Bank Secrecy Acts, Regulations E and J, the Tennessee Financial Records Privacy and Tennessee Consumer Protection Acts, and the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, and those incorporating customary negligence and misrepresentation accusations.
    • Data security and privacy matters, including electronic information security best practices, data breach ramifications andresponse, data retention plans, and design and use of creative technology solutions for data management. Tony is the chairman of the Lex Mundi Knowledge Management Subcommittee.
    • Public and private company business disputes, including claims involving breach of contract and fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, misrepresentation, securities violations, and other business-related activities, including high dollar insurance coverage disputes.
      Tony's representation and advice has assisted the firm's clients avoid more than $900 million in liability exposure.
    Tony is a Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow and an active participant in the Nashville Bar Association pro bono program.





    Sergio Solera, Managing Partner, Facio & Cañas (Lex Mundi member firm for Costa Rica)

    Member of the Costa Rican bar Association since 2002.

    Member of Facio & Cañas since 2005.

    Admitted to practice in the State of New York.

    Member of New York State Bar Association

    Member of New York County Lawyer's Association.

    Listed by Law Business Research’s “Who’s Who Legal, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers”

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