2017 Short List for Individual Awards

2017 Short List for Individual Awards


IT Professional of the Year

Beau Mersereau
Fish & Richardson P.C.

Beau, with the help of his teams, implemented DevOps at Fish & Richardson P.C. DevOps allowed Fish’s IT teams to build and deploy Fish.LKM. Fish.LKM won ILTA’s 2016 Project of the Year award. DevOps also allowed Fish to deploy Windows 10 and Office 2016 without IT intervention. Everything in the deployment was fully automated. Throughout his 20-year career in the legal industry, Beau has established himself as a globally recognized thought leader and expert in information management and legal technology.

Andrew Powell
Macfarlanes LLP

Andrew has overseen a program of rapid change within the IT team that has touched virtually every other department. Projects have been diverse, including a new headquarters building, cybersecurity improvements, agile working (underpinned by Surface Pro, Exchange and Skype for Business), rapidly deployed collaborative deal rooms for client engagements, and a range of risk and finance system and process improvements. It has been a busy and varied first year in the role, with more than half of all IT systems upgraded and the beginnings of a wider move toward cloud technologies. In addition, with the creation of an "innovation team," the skills and resources are available to build on this platform and deliver ongoing innovation to clients.

Liz Shannon
Littler Mendelson

Liz leads a team of 45 and is active in setting the agenda for technology projects across the firm. She works directly with leadership to guide the firm’s innovation strategy and with attorneys and clients to bring their ideas to fruition. Liz recently led a team in completing one of the firm’s most substantial technology projects. Built from scratch within Littler, Virtual Binder integrates all of the firm’s resources – email, chat, document management and financial information – in a single-entry network. Virtual Binder transforms how litigation matters are handled through automated workflow, streamlined communications and dashboards displaying the entire workflow and relevant financial data.



Knowledge Management Professional of the Year

Vishal Agnihotri
Akerman LLP

Vishal has had a long career in knowledge management (KM) and weaves her experiences from a boutique consulting firm, Big 4 firms and an Am Law 100 firm to create a strong suite of professionalism, deep domain knowledge and a fluid style that can relate to any situation. She understands the unique nature of professional service firms and partnership structures and the consequential need for knowledge-sharing and strengthening a firm’s collective intelligence. Using the standard KM concepts of communities of practice and coupling them with available technologies, Vishal is a strong advocate for networked knowledge. She believes formal knowledge management programs strengthen an organization's position in the marketplace,  helping with improved productivity, business development efforts and organizational learning, and are needed today due to the nature of the modern digital workplace.

David Hobbie
Goodwin Procter

David has provided his firm with innovative insight into case experience through the Goodwin Litigation Intelligence (GLI) resource, a Tableau visualization of high-quality matter information. GLI is an important step in providing the tools needed for Goodwin’s litigators to become even more able to meet client needs through data. He has also enhanced the ability of less experienced lawyers to take advantage of the collective wisdom of his firm through the Litigation Knowledge Tree, an internal portal that organizes substantive knowledge management and a half-dozen other resources around frequently encountered litigation tasks.

Sukesh Kamra
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Sukesh is responsible for the implementation of a national knowledge management (KM) strategy focused on working smarter and delivering client-facing knowledge. He is tasked with creating a culture of knowledge-sharing and repositioning KM as a revenue generator. Sukesh exemplifies leadership through a unique value proposition: a commitment to produce tangible results with strong communication skills and an open mind to creativity. He has the ability to convince senior management to make strategic investments in KM. Sukesh has led the development of a state-of-the-art client innovation portal. This client-facing platform provides for interactive collaboration between the firm and key client teams. He is responsible for the Innovation Hub, an area dedicated to business process automation through the creation of business apps using advanced technology.



Litigation Support Professional of the Year

Stephanie Clerkin
Korein Tillery

As a project manager, Stephanie leverages over 10 years of experience in finance, consulting and data analytics to manage massive litigation projects and the firm’s ediscovery platform. Working with all departments in the firm, she understands how to bridge the gap between the legal teams and IT personnel to streamline discovery efforts and design cost-effective solutions for clients. She is responsible for the processing, analysis, review and production of numerous terabytes of electronically stored information. Stephanie is an ACEDS Certified E-Discovery Specialist and Relativity Certified Administrator. She is an ILTA Member Liaison for the St. Louis area and is on the steering committee for the St. Louis Relativity User Group. Outside the office, she dedicates countless hours to several community organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the St. Louis Make-A-Wish Young Professionals.

Debbie McGlynn
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Debbie is a true discovery management professional with a flair for implementing innovative technology solutions. She excels at evaluating successes and challenges to determine best practices and is a supportive team player who believes in the power of collaboration. Since joining Cassels Brock, Debbie has implemented strategies to significantly reduce the number of documents reviewed by our legal review team for several cases; developed customized reporting to manage review projects; and implemented a standardized quality control process to be followed before productions go out the door. With high standards, Debbie carries out her duties with an eye on maintaining the reputation of her team, the firm, clients and the profession at large.



Vicki Spillane
Ward and Smith. P.A.

Vicki manages the firm's ediscovery and litigation support team. She supports litigation efforts by leveraging technology while following the guiding principles set forth by the Electronic Discovery Reference Model, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and Ward and Smith, P.A. standards. She is responsible for providing ediscovery and litigation technology guidance and support to the legal team during all phases of the litigation process. Vicki also designs, implements and manages the firm's ediscovery review projects and firmwide technical training initiatives. She is a Certified E-Discovery Specialist, a TrialDirector Certified Trainer, a Microsoft Certified Trainer and a certified Litigation Support Professional.



Technology Advocacy Professional of the Year

Jennifer Beaudette
Fish & Richardson P.C.

Jennifer has a palpable passion, not just for technology, but for her firm as well. She doesn't just implement technology solutions, she deeply understands the goals of the firm and works tirelessly to combine her knowledge and aptitude of both business practices and technology to create powerful solutions. Jennifer is a proactive and highly trusted advocate for all practice and administrative groups and has been a key player at the table for numerous projects that have achieved outstanding and transformative results for her firm.

Neroli Butt

Neroli has played an important and significant role in supporting MinterEllison's strategic goals and business objectives. She has worked with a wide range of technology solutions, including developing solutions herself, to increase productivity, enable greater collaboration with the firm's clients and improve employee engagement. Her advocacy for the technology solutions, both off-the-shelf and built in-house, has resulted in significant uptake across the firm, where she has positively and directly affected close to three-quarters of the 1,000 legal personnel. As a champion, originator and leader of innovative technology projects and initiatives, she has driven significant uptake of technology within the firm and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from clients for her work.
Heath Harris
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

As a former opera singer, Heath had to not only learn to sing in a new language, he had be able to make others understand that language through song. Designing a workflow system is similar, as you must find a common language with all who have a hand in its creation. Harris successfully implemented the firm's workflow system for new business intake. The lifeblood of every law firm is new business; when effectuating a strategic plan, it is essential to harvest relevant data of all business in your firm in a way that is understandable and actionable. Heath designed this workflow with strategy in mind, empowering deciders to understand and act. The system spans the entire organization, collaboratively incorporating everyone's hand in setting its vision and ultimate creation.



Technology Support Professional of the Year

Bradelynn Boyce-Dendy
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Bradelynn has led the deployment of the firm's Windows 10 image rollout project this year and the education and support of employees as we move forward toward project completion. Her creative overhaul of learning opportunities for all varieties of learning styles is especially geared to the firm's attorneys and continues to maximize the learning, development and support of all of the firm's employees. Bradelynn's legal, technological and educational knowledge paired with her creative, organizational and writing skills have brought the technology skills of our users to new heights. She continues to be the driving force behind the learning and development department and its continued success and use as a role model for others.

Carrie Kirby
Day Pitney LLP

Carrie is responsible for the development and implementation of technical training for over 600 attorneys and staff across 11 offices. Most recently, she instituted a continuing technical education program for staff and attorneys by creating a multi-year, core-competency-based training strategy designed to increase efficiency and technological proficiency of all attorneys and staff, keeping in line with the firm’s core values. Carrie has successfully adapted the cutting-edge learning methodology of Flipped Learning to the legal training environment and, along with two colleagues, was recognized with the Academy of Human Resource Development’s Excellence in Scholarly Practice award for her efforts. Carrie has been praised for her ability to understand and respond to business needs and requirements with creativity and energy, and she fosters a learning culture that cultivates technical excellence within her organization.

Vanessa Lozzi
Flagstar Bank

Vanessa regularly interacts with all departments within the bank. She has the confidence and ability to manage legal issues while comprehending and understanding the technical side of the coin, which is why she serves as the technical liaison between the legal and IT departments. Vanessa’s background and expertise is unique and diverse. She has extensive training and knowledge as a paralegal and with understanding the technological aspects and challenges the legal industry faces today. This makes her skill set a valuable asset and is a large contributor to the technical success of the legal department. Vanessa’s involvement and contributions to the legal department’s strategic initiatives has made the department more efficient, resulting in saved time and money.



Leadership Award

Scott Forman
Littler Mendelson

A member of Littler’s Board of Directors and co-chair of the firm’s Innovation Council, Scott is a driving force behind Littler’s commitment to leveraging technology to provide greater value to clients. He leads over 100 lawyers, researchers, technologists and operational specialists and is known as an inspiring and collaborative leader who rallies the firm around a unified vision. Scott re-engineered the delivery of legal services through the award-winning Littler CaseSmart, which has grown significantly under his leadership. Recently expanded to class and collective action litigation, the platform has now handled over 18,000 administrative agency charges, nearly 800 single-plaintiff employment cases and nearly 100 class and collective actions. Scott's latest innovation helps Littler more efficiently manage litigation. A first-of-its-kind technology solution in the legal industry, Virtual Binder is a single-entry network that provides automated workflow, improved communication and attorney dashboards with a real-time view of litigation matters and financial data.

Michelle Mahoney
King & Wood Mallesons

Michelle is responsible for the design and delivery of the firm’s innovation and transformation agenda and portfolio for the firm. She is a member of the firm's leadership team and is leading the innovation team. Michelle’s role is heavily reliant on leadership and influencing to encourage working differently and the adoption of new technology. Drawing on her deep understanding of professional services, design thinking, continuous improvement and technology, Michelle has delivered a number of impressive projects and solutions driven by what clients value, including working with tertiary educational bodies to design and deliver legal hackathons; driving the firm’s various Digital Advisor Apps and customized Digital Advisor App deployed into a client; investing in a globally leading innovation platform to support crowdsourcing ideation and engagement; and helping the next generation of the firm become future-ready by introducing the firm’s first coding training program for lawyers.

Mick Sheehy

Mick’s thought leadership, organization and drive in championing legal innovation is recognized both within Telstra and in the wider legal profession. He formed and leads Telstra’s Legal Innovation Forum, which has resulted in material time and cost savings so the Telstra legal team is freed up to focus on more strategic, high-value activities. More than 40,000 hours per year of low-value, nonstrategic work have been cut from the legal team’s workload in 2016. This translates into more time for our lawyers to plan ahead and focus on work that’s valued by the business. The Forum will continue to play a critical role in focusing efforts around innovation and inspiring Telstra's legal team to strive for world-class improvements in the way we operate.




Young Professional of the Year

Kelli DeBellis
Hunton & Williams LLP

With no background in legal or technology, Kelli grew in many areas to blossom into the practice technology trainer she is today. Kelli provides support to individuals and teams to optimize their utilization of technology. Coaching almost 100 people, she translates IT from technical to understandable. Kelli's commitment to excellent service is admirable, as seen in her projects in 2016. The most junior member of the team, she led a successful focus group for the upcoming environment. Kelli also taught herself code to create a macro that, with the push of an icon, saved over 5,000 hours of work. Part of a new firmwide initiative, she managed a group across offices and teams to develop and implement 21 elearning modules. Her nontraditional background allows her to build out-of-the box ideas into powerful solutions. She has become a leader in her firm for emerging technology and change management.

David Hasman
Bricker & Eckler LLP

David joined the firm in 2012 as its first litigation support manager. Upon his arrival, Dave took the initiative to lead the litigation department in researching and administering litigation support software. He also single-handedly designed litigation management software, developed and implemented the firm’s media encryption policy, and developed a litigation support new hire training program. Today, Dave is part of a growing team of IT support personnel. He plays an important and leading role in developing solutions for many of the firm’s high-profile clients and has been involved in several groundbreaking cases. Still young in his career, Dave has already demonstrated his abilities and knowledge regarding electronic discovery. He has proven himself an invaluable asset to not only Bricker & Eckler, but also to the ediscovery community as a whole.

Luke Schnoebelen
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Luke joined the firm as a technical training facilitator in November 2011 and was promoted to manager of learning and development in March 2014. Luke’s experience and creativity in teaching technology applications and hardware is an asset to the firm and supports its vision of being the best in the world at providing creative and practical solutions at an unsurpassed value. Luke was a leader during the launch of the firm’s Knowledge Management Champions program; deployed an award-winning video training initiative; and is currently serving as co-chair of Shook’s intranet redesign. He is dedicated to collaboration, technology, return on investment and challenging the status quo.