Join us for our "Investing in Legal Tech" panel on Thursday, July 26th, at the New York offices of Dentons, as we take a deep dive into how top investors evaluate investments in legal technology, what makes legal different as a tech investment vertical, and which are the key frontiers for the future of legal tech and innovation.
6:30 p.m. - Networking over food and drink
7:15 p.m. - Introductory remarks; community intros
7:30 p.m. - "Investing in Legal Tech" panel (For full panelist bios, visit: https://nyclegaltech.com/2018/07/11/investing-in-legal-tech/)
> Dan Jansen - Dan is the CEO and Managing Director of Nextlaw Ventures. He has a rare combination of entrepreneurial and professional services experience. As a serial entrepreneur Dan has helped to conceive, fund, grow and/or sell disruptive businesses in many diverse sectors, including legal, social media, financial services, and online recruiting. His most recent venture, as CEO of Nextlaw Labs, is a global innovation platform transforming the legal profession that was sponsored and funded by Dentons. He also has almost twenty years of professional services experience including roles leading the Global Media Practice for the Boston Consulting Group and with Arthur Young & Company advising startups.
> David Perla - David is a Managing Director of Burford Capital. An entrepreneur and legal industry leader with expertise in building high-growth legal and technology-driven businesses, he was named a Top 50 Innovator of the Last 50 Years by The American Lawyer. Prior to joining Burford, Mr. Perla served as President of Bloomberg BNA Legal Division/Bloomberg Law. Previously, Mr. Perla co-founded and was Co-CEO and a director of Pangea3, the top-ranked global legal process outsourcing provider. Pangea3 was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010 and grew to over 1,000 employees globally under Mr. Perla’s leadership. Mr. Perla began his career in the New York office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
> Jules Miller - Jules is an investor, 3-time entrepreneur and blockchain enthusiast. She is a Kauffman Fellow and Partner at LunaCap Ventures, and is launching a new VC fund focused on technology for professional services, including legal and compliance technology. She also works with IBM's Blockchain Garage, which uses the best practices of the startup world to build out blockchain MVPs for large enterprise clients. Previously Jules co-founded and led two legal tech companies: Evolve Law, a community of legal tech innovators that was acquired by Above the Law, and Hire an Esquire, a venture-backed legal labor marketplace.
> Alex Katz - Alex Katz is a Managing Partner at ff Venture Capital. He has been working with seed-, early-stage and growth companies for over 30 years. As a CPA and an attorney, Alex manages the firm’s accounting and legal operations, investment processes, regulatory compliance, and the establishment and implementation of other policies and procedures. Prior to ff Venture Capital, Alex practiced law with Mesirov Gelman and was a founding partner of Katz and Miele, LLP, a tax and corporate law specialty firm. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Fastener Distribution and Marketing Company, Inc., and as Chief Financial Officer of Lenape Dynamic, Inc. He has also worked as a Certified Public Accountant.
> David Mars - David is a Partner of White Owl Capital Partners LLC and is responsible for investing in early stage companies in the energy and technology industries. Mr. Mars currently serves as a director of Mass Appeal Media Inc., Vesta Inc., Windstream Energy LLC, and OpenPay Ltd. Mr. Mars is also Co-President of the Wharton Private Equity & Venture Capital Association and on the board of non-profit Global Potential. Mr. Mars is a graduate of Boston University, magna cum laude, and received an M.B.A. with concentration in Venture Capital from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
(Students attend free upon request.)