Michael Bacina

Partner
Piper Alderman

Michael Bacina

Partner
Piper Alderman

Michael is a Partner in Piper Alderman’s Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Group based in Sydney.

The cryptocurrency and Blockchain space presents unique challenges merging cutting edge technology and a challenging regulatory space as rapid development and adoption of this exciting technology occurs.

Michael has advised a significant number of the top ten token sales in Australia during 2017 and 2018 including CanYa (Australia’s 2nd largest ICO for 2017), Loki (3rd largest ICO in 2018 thus far), Invox, Adbit, Liven and Legaler.

Since founding and exiting a successful IT start-up in the early 2000s, Michael has maintained an active involvement in information technology. He is knowledgeable in the workings of, and legal issues surrounding, virtual currencies/crypto-currencies, crypto-tokens, blockchain and smart contracts.

This technical knowledge coupled with a highly commercial approach enables Michael to add real value to his client’s businesses. Michael delivers targeted advice for the whole token sale process, including securities analysis and negotiation of commercial agreements including shareholder, advisor, supply, and software development agreements.

Michael regularly publishes on cryptocurrency and Blockchain matters and presents on Smart Contracts and regulatory issues facing Blockchain businesses both internationally (New York, San Francisco and Singapore) and in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane). He is an active member of both the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce and Blockchain Australia.

Michael’s team also provides a retainer based agile counsel service for businesses who value a pro-active approach to their legal needs. This service includes a considered review of the business plans for the coming year, review, negotiation and deployment of commercial documents, regular strategic advisory meetings as well as early stage dispute resolution.

 

Lyria Bennett Moses

Associate Professor, UNSW Sydney
Director, Allens Hub for Technology Law & Innovation

Lyria Bennett Moses

Associate Professor, UNSW Sydney
Director, Allens Hub for Technology Law and Innovation

Lyria is Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney. Lyria's research explores issues around the relationship between technology and law, including the types of legal issues that arise as technology changes, how these issues are addressed in Australia and other jurisdictions, the application of standard legal categories such as property in new socio-technical contexts, the use of technologically-specific and sui generis legal rules, and the problems of treating “technology” as an object of regulation. Lyria is currently a Key Researcher and Project Leader on the Data to Decisions CRC, exploring legal and policy issues surrounding the use of data and data analytics for law enforcement and national security. Lyria is also Lead of the UNSW Grand Challenge on “Living with 21st Century Technology” and a PLuS Alliance Fellow.

 

Jonathan Brayne

Partner
Allen & Overy

Jonathan Brayne

Partner
Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy partner Jonathan Brayne has been a leading member of the firm’s innovation programme for nearly 20 years, most recently as chairman of Fuse, A&O’s legal tech collaboration and innovation space in its London office. He is also the founding chairman of aosphere, a pioneering provider of alternative solutions for legal risk management. Previously, he was an elected member of the firm's board and chairman of its global banking group. Jonathan also worked in and was a founding partner of A&O’s New York and Hong Kong offices.

 

Athol Birtley

CTO & Co-Founder
Settify

Athol Birtley

CTO & Co-Founder
Settify

Athol Birtley is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Settify, a client-facing technology that uses Expert System AI to provide intake and induction services in family law and estate planning. Launched in February 2017, Settify has been adopted by 80 firms around Australia, and has assisted over 10,000. Athol holds a combined Law and IT degree with first class honours from Melburne University. Before starting Settify, he was a corporate lawyer at Allens, and before that, he ran a video game development studio that was sold to EA Games.

David Bushby

Managing Director, InCounsel
Founder, Law Hackers

David Bushby

Managing Director, InCounsel
Founder, Law Hackers

David spent half of his career practising law in-house and in private practice, before trading in his suit and tie for the startup life in 2009. Since then, he's worked in, managed and launched multiple startups, primarily focussed on the legal sector both here and in London. He's the Managing Director of lawyer marketplace, InCounsel and has featured 716 #lawtech startups from across the globe in his weekly Law Hackers newsletter."

Adrian Cartland

Principal, Cartland Law
Creator, Aililra

Adrian Cartland

Principal, Cartland Law
Creator, Aililra

Adrian Cartland, the 2017 Young Lawyer of the Year, has worked as a tax lawyer in top tier law firms as well as boutique tax practices. He is now the Principal of Cartland Law, a boutique tax and commercial law firm. Adrian is also the Creator of Ailira, the Artificially Intelligent Legal Information Research Assistant, which automates legal research and advice. Ailira has enabled non-professionals to pass University Tax Law exams and is currently used by hundreds of Australian tax lawyers and accountants for tax research and to unlock internal intellectual property. Ailira can also provide tailored legal information to consumers, initially in the areas of Domestic Violence (for which Cartland Law has already delivered a SA Government funded prototype), Business Structuring, and Wills and Estates. Ailira has powered the world's first Law Firm Without Lawyers. Adrian is known for his innovative advice and ideas and also for his entertaining and insightful professional speeches.

Patrick Fair

Partner
Baker McKenzie

Patrick Fair

Partner
Baker McKenzie

Patrick Fair leads Baker McKenzie’s cybersecurity practice in Australia. He is a leading adviser in telecommunications regulation and data protection law.  He is Chairman of the Communications Security Reference Panel at Communications Alliance. He is a member of the IoT Alliance of Australia Security Working Group and principal author of the IoTAA’s national IoT Cyber  Security Strategy.  Patrick is supervising Editor of  LexisNexis Practical Guidance (Cybersecurity, Data Protection and Privacy) and joint author of the Cyber Security chapters in that publication. He is a past President of the Law Society of New South Wales. He was described as an “Excellent Practitioner” in Asia Pacific 500.

Campbell Fisher

Managing Partner
FCB Group

Campbell Fisher

Managing Partner
FCB Group

Campbell has over 25 years’ experience in providing ASX 100 private companies and public-sector clients with high-level strategic advice. He is the only lawyer in Australia to be an accredited specialist in employment and industrial law in both New South Wales and Victoria.

Campbell is highly regarded by the legal and business communities not only because of his expertise in workplace relations law, but also for his innovative approach to delivering legal services. His clients value his creativity as a business strategist, his incisiveness as a lawyer, and his extensive experience of working in a broad range of industries.

Matt Francis

Marketing & Solutions Manager
Clevertar

Matt Francis

Marketing & Solutions Manager
Clevertar

Matt is the Clevertar’s Marketing and Solutions Manager and leads the Sales and Marketing activities of the company. Matt is passionate about helping various companies to incorporate virtual agents into their workflow in order to improve the customer experience and create organisational efficiencies.

Brendon Hill

Head of Solution Consultants (APAC)
Nuix

Head of Solution Consultants (APAC)
Nuix

Brendon has a wealth of experience encompassing eDiscovery, litigation support, and computer forensics. Prior to joining Nuix, Brendon was a senior data analyst with Australian law firm Clayton Utz. In this role, Brendon was accountable for the accurate identification, collection, validation, and presentation of data for legal review across large scale litigation matters and regulatory notices. Brendon was frequently called on to consult with senior partners and in most cases directly with clients. Brendon was responsible for maintaining the integrity of the Nuix infrastructure and ensuring junior staff were appropriately trained and familiar with the necessary workflows and methodologies.

Previously as a computer forensics expert, Brendon was exposed to a variety of investigations ranging from intellectual property theft, terrorism, child protection, and fraud. Brendon also prepared numerous expert reports to be used as evidence in civil and criminal court proceedings.

David Hobley

Chief Information Officer
GlobalX

David Hobley

Chief Information Officer
GlobalX

David is the Chief Information Officer at GlobalX. With over 15 years’ experience in the Telecommunications sector, David has held numerous roles including in Development, Business Analysis, Project Management and IT Management. With a degree in Computer Science graduating with honours from the University of Sussex, David has been instrumented at numerous companies including Optus, Telstra and British Telecom.

Daniel Kavan

Business Development Director
KLDiscovery

Daniel Kavan

Business Development Director
KLDiscovery

Mr. Kavan is a lawyer admitted to practice in Australia and has over 10 years’ experience consulting for eDiscovery, working extensively with clients in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. He holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from Deakin University in Melbourne.

Jeremy Levy

COO
Witz Cybersecurity

Jeremy Levy

COO
Witz Cybersecurity

Jeremy divides his time between Witz Cybersecurity and his law practice and sees significant overlap between the two in the interplay of corporate governance and risk management with business execution.

Witz Cybersecurity provides a full-service cybersecurity support solution focusing on people (training, awareness, governance), process (ensuring appropriate policies are implemented and followed), backed by innovative and disruptive technologies.

Jeremy works with Boards and senior management in organisations to ensure they have appropriate cybersecurity strategies and resources in place, as well as supporting CISOs and senior cybersecurity specialists to provide solutions to protect their organisations’ networks and data. Witz Cybersecurity’s solutions are primarily sourced out of Israel, one of the world’s leading countries for development of cybersecurity technologies.

Business First Legal Services: 12+ years in-house legal experience with large multinational companies at a regional and local level provides a strong base for Jeremy’s legal practice, which has a strong focus on the life sciences sector as well as on privacy/cybersecurity law, policies and governance.

About Witz Cybersecurity

Witz Cybersecurity Pty Ltd specialises in providing a full-service cybersecurity support solution focusing on people (training, awareness, governance), process (ensuring appropriate policies are implemented and followed), backed by innovative and disruptive technologies.

Witz Cybersecurity was spun out of Witz Cloud Services, which has been providing managed IT services since 2012, and focuses on providing and implementing SaaS solutions as well as cybersecurity governance and policy support for organisations.

Witz Cybersecurity’s management team has a background in IT services and senior management in large enterprises. They understand the pressure that IT professionals are under to secure their organisations and have selected unique products to bring to the Australian and New Zealand markets which support early detection of vulnerabilities, malware and compromised systems. Witz Cybersecurity’s solutions are primarily sourced out of Israel, one of the world’s leading countries for development of cybersecurity technologies.

Karan Mehta

Applied Legal Technology Manager
Allens

Karan Mehta

Applied Legal Technology Manager
Allens

Karan has over 13 years of experience in legal technology. At Allens, Karan has advised a number clients in Australia and internationally on the strategic use of technology and best practices on a range of matters involving investigations, eDiscovery, due diligence, courtroom setup and electronic data exchange.

As a manager in the Allens LawLab and the Allens Arrow teams, he has played a key role leading teams in the development of the firm's document analytics and predictive coding capabilities. He is a key adviser for multiple clients and legal teams on the best practice for the implementation of AI and collaboration technologies to solve complex problems.

Karan is passionate about the use of technology in law and is an expert at helping lawyers and clients navigate to commercially viable and practical solutions in the use and implementation of complex technologies. This passion is supported by Karan's qualifications with a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Master's degree in Business Information Technology from RMIT.

Tanya Newhouse

CEO
Clevertar

Tanya Newhouse

CEO
Clevertar

Tanya has 10 years senior management experience in health and human services alongside 7 years in early-stage technology commercialisation and 5 years in enterprise information technology management. Tanya leads the executive team & market development for Clevertar.

Caryn Sandler

Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer
Gilbert + Tobin

Caryn Sandler

Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer
Gilbert + Tobin

Caryn leads the Legal Service Innovation Team who provides specialised services to support Gilbert + Tobin’s legal service delivery and innovates to deliver new tools and services benefiting the firm’s practice and clients. A former practising corporate lawyer, Caryn brings 15 years of experience in legal, knowledge management, legal technology, change management, transformation and solution design to her role. Caryn regularly works with a variety of in-house legal clients to explore opportunities for legal triage, better workflow management and automated service delivery.

Caryn is a regular speaker at legal technology and innovation conferences.  Most recently, she was a keynote speaker on the ‘Economics of AI’ at the Artificial Intelligence in Legal Practice Summit organised by the Centre for Legal Innovation and also spoke at the CeBIT 2018 conference on ‘How machine learning is changing the future of law’.  Caryn was a panel member at both the ACC Australia Victorian Corporate Counsel Day, discussing ‘Legal Tech Insights: what are you using and is it working for you” and the World Forum Disrupt on ‘Open Innovation’. Caryn has been recognised as one of Australia’s top legal innovators in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2018. 

Her team’s expertise and execution of successful innovative projects are recognised by the market as Gilbert + Tobin has been awarded ‘Most Innovative Firm’ in the 2018 AFR Client Choice Awards and ‘Most Innovative Australian Law Firm’ at the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2017.

David Saunders

Regional Manager
Fileman Cost Recovery

David Saunders

Regional Manager
Fileman Cost Recovery

David is the Regional Manager for Fileman, a company that develops and delivers information management solutions that enable law firms to efficiently manage and safeguard client information using best practices. With over 10 years’ experience in the information management industry, David works with firms of all sizes to integrate innovation and technology and create a competitive advantage.

Shaun Temby

Partner
Maddocks

Shaun Temby 

Partner
Maddocks

Shaun Temby is a commercial disputes partner at Maddocks with over 20 years experience focusing on helping clients avoid and resolve disputes in the areas of consumer markets, franchising and fast-moving consumer goods. He is also very passionate about the role that legal technology and innovation can play in helping law firms respond to the challenges and disruption currently facing the legal sector.  Since 2011, he has held leadership roles in the areas of e-discovery and litigation support and, most recently, as the Innovation Partner at Maddocks. 

Kim Trajer

Chief Operating Officer
McCullough Robertson

Kim Trajer

Chief Operating Officer
McCullough Robertson

Kim is the Chief Operating Officer at McCullough Robertson and for more than ten years has implemented innovation projects and driven cultural change aligned to strategy. 

Before that, Kim spent 15 years as a client-facing lawyer, so has a unique understanding of the challenges facing clients and lawyers, and insights into how law firms operate. 

Her experience as a lawyer, combined with her current responsibility for operational functions across Finance, IT, Business Development and Marketing, HR, PMO, and Risk and Knowledge Management means Kim has a unique perspective.  This, and working with the firms’ practice group heads and across several sector focus groups, has given Kim a platform to recognise opportunities to develop solutions focused on improving client experience, employee engagement and financial performance.

Kim believes in doing things differently, learning something new every day, and embracing change as an opportunity.  She is also responsible for coordinating the McCullough Robertson’s Community Partnerships Program, is a Director of the McCullough Robertson Foundation, a Director of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA) and a member of the CEO Institute.

Brendan Smart

CEO
LEAP Legal Software

Brendan Smart

CEO
LEAP Legal Software

Brendan Smart is Chief Executive Officer of LEAP Legal Software, Australia. 

He is tasked with providing guidance to the executive team on innovative business practices and with providing superior technology to law firms. He is responsible for LEAP’s overall business performance, with an underlying focus on delivering and supporting innovative legal software solutions to clients in Australia.

Prior to joining LEAP, Brendan worked in the Legal Software and Information Brokerage industries in Australia for eight years, with experience working in senior management roles both here and abroad. He specialises in change management with a focus on growing sales revenue. 

As a noted business professional, Brendan frequently speaks on legal technology innovation to audiences in Australia.

Daniel Weis

Lead Penetration Tester & Security Specialist
Kiandra IT

Daniel Weis

Lead Penetration Tester & Security Specialist
Kiandra IT

Dan has over 24 years’ experience in I.T, in a range of different industries, and was one of the first 10 people in the world to become a Certified Ethical Hacker.

Dan heads up Kiandra’s team of Cyber Security Experts, proactively assessing company and government networks to increase their security posture and not become the next "headline".

Earning the nickname “The General” as a result of his multitude of industry qualifications, Daniel also holds an additional 22 industry certifications.

In his spare time Daniel undertakes research on the cybercrime underground, facilitates training sessions for budding ethical hackers, is a regular on the speaker circuit, has a number of published resources including books, magazine articles, newspaper appearances, online posts and youtube videos, and is an active participant in a variety of renowned security and industry programs.

Darran Wilson

GM of Sales
InfoTrack

Darran Wilson

GM of Sales
InfoTrack

Darran has over 15 years’ experience in Sales, having worked as a Sales Executive for numerous companies in various industries. Darran’s key goal as the GM of Sales at InfoTrack is to inspire his team to help them bring out their talents and uncover their true passion within selling.

Darran joined InfoTrack in 2015 as the National Sales Manager, where he was responsible for building the Sales team and taking the company from a strong player within the legal sector to its current positioning as the dominant player in the legal sector. After a 12-month stint in the United States, Darran returned to InfoTrack as the GM of Sales in 2018. Having worked within Sales teams across various industries including Trades, Music and Media, Pharmaceutical and Software, Darran understands the importance of knowing what your customers need and building a foundational relationship with them, as opposed to just pushing sales.

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