Industry Luminaries Blazing a Trail for AI Adoption

AI Visionaries is Relativity's annual list of early adopters in legal, compliance, and risk who are playing a seminal role in advancing the use of AI in their organizations.

Focusing on technology and data has really allowed me to grow with a growing industry. We're creating the case law, finding differentiators, and helping our clients expect and achieve more.

Mallory Acheson

Head of Practice Innovation

As the head of practice innovation at Nelson Mullins, Mallory occupies a crucial position at the intersection of law and technology. She deeply engages with AI and evangelizes its benefits—from creating large review cost savings in e-discovery, to mitigating risk, to automating routine tasks that can help attorneys focus on more important matters like case strategy.

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The use of machine learning technologies has enabled us to essentially quadruple the size of our practice without adding additional people.

Tess Blair

Partner, Litigation

Tess is a litigator and legal entrepreneur who has practiced at the intersection of law, technology, and design for more than two decades. Tess is the founder and leader of Morgan Lewis’s eData practice, which combines great lawyering with technology and design to enhance the delivery of legal services.

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We are accountable to the justice system and our clients to establish ethical and expedient ways of working. AI can help us fulfill our obligations to support the fair and judicious resolution of matters.

Kelly Clay

Assistant General Counsel and Global E-Discovery Counsel

Kelly Clay, assistant general counsel and global e-discovery counsel at GSK, is an early adopter of AI and has evangelized the use of technology throughout her career. She has been a vocal proponent for the ways AI can be used to speed up manually intensive tasks so that attorneys can focus on human-centered work.

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AI tools are a force multiplier. They provide a competitive advantage, allowing us to get to the truth faster and to minimize risk.

Nick Cole

Director if Litigation Support

Nick has pioneered AI-based technical solutions in his role as director of litigation support at Foley & Lardner. In the digital age where cases are larger and more complex than ever, Nick has guided Foley’s attorneys on using AI to revive an old-fashioned relationship with clients. Nick has shown attorneys how AI can reduce cost and improves efficiency, which has allowed attorneys to spend more time on high-value tasks and really learn clients’ businesses, creating a stronger relationship with Foley’s clients.

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AI is not about ceding control; it's about harnessing technology to help us do our jobs better.

Selina Coleman


Selina is a partner in Reed Smith's Life Sciences Health Industry Group, focusing on False Claims Act litigation and regulatory matters. She views AI as an opportunity to increase efficiency, reveal critical information and patterns, and add value for her healthcare clients.

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Through the use of AI, it can be demonstrated clearly and emphatically that many legal problems can now be solved faster, more accurately, and at less cost than using manual processes.

Dan Cooperman

Board Member

Dan, who has served as general counsel for Apple and Oracle, was first introduced to AI in the early 2000s and has evangelized its benefits ever since. He sits on the boards of several AI companies, including Molina Healthcare and Lex Machina, and plays an instrumental role in AI adoption in the legal sector.

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AI and other technologies can provide a great lift and means to distinguish yourself from the masses.

John Davis

Senior Counsel

John is senior counsel at Crowell & Moring with years of experience advising clients on information law issues and representing companies in complex investigations and litigations. In his role, John has harnessed the power of AI to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of factual, confidentiality, and privilege review.

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Lawyers tend to be risk-averse and slow to change. The vanguard adopters have to blaze a trail.

Ausra Deluard

Co-Chair, Dentons U.S. Competition and Antitrust Group

Ausra Deluard, co-chair of Dentons’ U.S. Competition and Antitrust Group, was an early adopter of predictive coding, which helped her cut clients’ costs and timelines. She has used AI on multiple HSR second request matters and conducted a privilege review of documents subpoenaed in merger investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice.

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Looking at segments of our society that have been overlooked and finding ways for them to be included into mainstream products--that is where technology and AI can play a big role.

Maria Earley


Over the course of her legal practice in the financial technology industry, Maria Earley, a partner at Morrison & Foerster, has had a ringside view of technology’s power to create credit opportunities for unbanked populations. She believes that technology like AI can help solve hard problems, but it’s up to the people who deploy that technology to use it responsibly.

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The opportunity to leverage AI to bring unconscious bias to the surface can have a significant impact on creating a more equitable, fair performance review process.

Virginia Essandoh

Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

As the chief diversity officer at Ballard Spahr, Virginia plays a vital role in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion. Virginia is partnering with Text IQ on an exciting pilot project called the Unconscious Bias Detector. Built using Text IQ's foundational technology, the Unconscious Bias Detector identifies instances of unconscious bias in performance reviews and helps create a more equitable and meritocratic workplace. While the legal industry has made some efforts to improve its poor record in DEI, Virginia is the first legal professional to take an AI and data-driven approach to the issue.

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Widespread use of AI in our daily lives creates more data that needs to be analyzed and can become important evidence. e-Discovery and AI are mutually reinforcing.

Kelly Friedman

Senior Counsel & National Leader, Beyond eDiscovery

Kelly is the senior counsel and national leader of Beyond eDiscovery at BLG. After sparking an interest in digital evidence issues early in her career, Kelly has acquired a fierce reputation as an e-discovery leader who believes in AI's ability to enhance data analysis.

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The only way to innovate inside the law firm is to find the pain and address it--no pain, no change.

Manfred Gabriel


Manfred is a partner at Holland & Knight and a thought leader on innovation in the legal industry, e-discovery, and litigation readiness. He first leveraged machine learning on extremely large antitrust matters and now advocates for technological innovation within the legal industry.

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I've always been curious about new ways of doing things. How do we do things better?

Jennifer Harkins Garone

Senior Director, Privacy & Information Governance

A former marketer, Jennifer is now a highly reputed leader in privacy and cybersecurity, having built and led privacy programs at Microsoft, Carnival Corporation, and GE. As a technology-forward privacy leader and senior director of privacy and information governance at Carnival, she believes in using AI to elevate privacy programs.

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Finding the right tool to harness all the amazing work that is being done and channeling that to a constantly improving set of organized data is very challenging, but totally worth the effort.

Avi Gesser


As a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, co-chair of the firm's Data Strategy & Security practice and the leader of the AI practice, Avi has played a critical role in the Department of Justice’s BP Oil Spill Task Force. As a thought leader, Avi has written extensively on AI in the context of cybersecurity, bias, and other critical themes.

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As someone who fervently believes in the transformative nature and endless potential of technology, it has been especially rewarding seeing the success of our integration of AI and analytics into our discovery processes.

Ross Gotler

e-Discovery Counsel

Ross is e-discovery counsel at Paul, Weiss and oversees the firm’s services for e-discovery, analytics, project management, and technology. He and his team were early adopters of AI in e-discovery after seeing its potential to offer a critical advantage for the firm’s lawyers.

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I find the adoption rate for technology in the legal space typically requires someone else going first. So our attitude has always been, let's be first.

Alison Grounds

Partner & Managing Director

e-discovery advocate who combines legal strategy and evolving, leading-edge technology to discover the facts clients need. A thought leader within the e-discovery industry, Alison evangelizes the use of AI with her clients.

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AI allows us to see the unseen and to make logical sense out of data patterns too large for the average person to comprehend.

Ron Harry

Director, Legal Operations

Ron is the systems lead and director of legal operations for the law and government relations department at Honeywell. He has led the charge to weave AI and new technology into the fabric of the e-discovery program and other department initiatives, resulting in significant and measurable reductions in risk, review time, and costs.

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AI is probably the most efficient tool to help organizations turn massive amounts of 'senseless data' into more 'senseful data.'

Stefan John

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer BASF

Stefan is senior vice president, BASF Corporation as well as general counsel and chief compliance officer of BASF North America. Stefan has had a storied and cross-continental career with stints at General Electric, Stinnes AG, and as a board member at Dyckerhoff. He occupies a foremost position at the vanguard of AI adoption in the legal and compliance arenas, playing an instrumental role in advancing the use of AI to unlock value from data, particularly unstructured data.

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Pointing out how attorneys are already using some form of AI in their personal digital life can help them understand how it can be applied in their practice.

Kate Jansons Johns

Litigation Support Manager

Kate is the litigation support manager at Nutter, where she provides direct consultation and technical solutions to the firm’s attorneys, senior management, and clients. Kate advocates the use of technology like AI as a way to give lawyers time back in their day.

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By being able to approach discovery in a new way, using technology, we are creating a more informed legal team that can focus on what really matters--the merits of the case.

Laura Kibbe

Assistant General Counsel

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Technology can help us reach the efficiency we're looking for and free up our team to work on what they're truly good at doing.

Josh Kreamer

Director of e-Discovery

Josh, director of e-discovery at AstraZeneca, was an early mover in AI adoption. An evangelist for AI’s uses and potential, Josh has leveraged AI not just to enhance e-discovery capabilities, but to quantitively prove the cost benefits of applying AI to automate manually intensive processes.

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We need new technology to survive. There's just no way to keep up with the way humans are communicating with each other without new technology.

Meghan Landrum

Director, Head of Discovery

Meghan is the director and head of discovery for Google. In her role running e-discovery and information governance at one of the world's largest technology companies, Meghan has enthusiastically explored how AI can help her team navigate the challenges of unstructured data.

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AI has the potential to radically transform our lives in positive, privacy-protective ways. But it also has the potential for significant harm if not well managed.

Peter Lefkowitz

Vice President, Chief Digital Risk Officer

Peter, vice president and the chief digital risk officer at Citrix, oversees legal and regulatory risk associated with data, products and systems, as well as policy engagement on digital issues. A noted privacy expert, he believes AI will play a major role in privacy going forward.

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This isn't like the unattainable triangle where you have to pick two out of three benefits. It can be faster, cheaper, and better with AI.

Jason Lichter

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Instead of always looking down and doing the everyday work, somebody needs to have their eyes on the horizon at all times.

Katherine Lowry

Head of IncuBaker; Director of Practice Services

Katherine leads an exceptional team of innovative legal tech consultants, placing her at the intersection of technology, digital business, and the law. Her effective use of AI to help clients enhance their incident response strategy directly aligns with the mission of BakerHostetler's Digital Assets and Data Management practice group and its powerhouse status of mitigating risk and protecting assets.

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I'm really intrigued by the value proposition of AI and how it can enhance the speed, precision, and efficiency of traditional legal work while reducing spend.

Bobby Malhotra

e-Discovery Counsel

Bobby is e-discovery counsel at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. He is a notable e-discovery leader and industry expert who develops innovative, cost-effective, and defensible strategies for the preservation, collection, review, and production of electronically stored information in high-stakes litigation and regulatory matters. He also serves as a trusted e-discovery advisor to multiple Fortune 100 financial and technology sector clients. Bobby has been at the forefront of incorporating AI to build defensible e-discovery processes.

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At this point, particularly for matters with a large e-discovery component, you can't ignore AI.

Jessica Maurer

Antitrust Partner

Jessica has built a stellar antitrust practice at Mayer Brown, advancing the use of AI in responding to burdensome HSR Second Requests. After seeing the benefits of technology-assisted review early in her career, she has leveraged AI to increase the speed and accuracy of privilege reviews and generate significant cost savings for her clients.

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To paraphrase Jerry Maguire, technology like AI helps us help the business.

Stephanie Mendelsohn

Associate General Counsel and Senior Director

Stephanie, associate general counsel and senior director at Genentech, has applied AI to find significant cost and time efficiencies in managing data, particularly unstructured data. As a leader in the information management and e-discovery law practices, she is interested in leveraging AI to protect information and to enable its highest use.

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If the big picture goal for your organization is to gain insight and understanding through data science, then AI, even broadly defined, promises to reduce that time to insight.

Briordy Meyers

Director, Senior Counsel e-Discovery

As director of senior counsel and e-discovery at Boehringer Ingelheim, Briordy has been an early proponent of AI and has advanced its adoption in e-discovery and privacy workflows. Briordy was honored as the AI Catalyst of the Year at Relativity Fest 2021.

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Ignoring technology is no longer an option. The cross-section between legal and technology, including AI, is here to stay.

Scott Milner

Partner, e-Discovery

Co-leader and one of the original attorneys in Morgan Lewis’s e-data practice, Scott advocates for AI’s potential to increase efficiency and solve problems. A Relativity Innovation Award finalist, Scott led a team that developed an AI-based identification tool that automated the identification and extraction of personally identifiable information.

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Some of the AI-backed technology we have adopted over the years has allowed us to handle tasks at a scale and pace that ordinary humans are unable to match.

Jackie Orchard

Head of Monitoring & Surveillance, Execution Team

Jackie, the head of monitoring and surveillance, execution at Westpac Group, is an accomplished business leader, recognized for driving innovation and change across process, culture, and technology. She led the establishment of Westpac’s e-discovery division, which won Legal IT Team of the Year at the prestigious Lawtech Summit Awards.

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For me, experimenting, exploring proof of concepts, vetting something new--it's an opportunity. It's not scary.

David Orensten

Director, Corporate Counsel

With more than 20 years of multinational enterprise and big law experience, David has experienced firsthand how AI can provide valuable support to legal departments in routine task automation. Under his leadership, his teams and cases directly benefitted from early enterprise AI adoption for privilege review, resulting in vast gains in accuracy, efficiency and cost savings.

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We recently had a judge tell us that a task needed to be done 'at the speed of electrons.' That statement reflects that technology, and AI in particular, is changing expectations for how quickly our work can be done.

Scott Reents

Lead Attorney, Data Analytics and e-Discovery, Discovery, & Litigation

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In my experience, using AI to assist with classifying data, identifying PII, and flagging data types is vital to achieving litigation and compliance requirements in a consistent, defensible, and cost-efficient way.

Wendy Riggs


Wendy is the founder and force behind SBO | Strategic Business Operations. A recognized leader and innovator in her field, Wendy’s experience, which includes designing and operationalizing the information governance and legal operations teams at Airbnb, Twitter, and Zynga, sets SBO apart from other consulting firms. Wendy advises against a one-size-fits-all approach to AI, instead advocating for creative applications that are uniquely suited to an organization’s needs.

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Ideally you have a human-AI partnership, where AI is doing a lot of the heavy lifting and humans can then do what we still do best--the lateral thinking and strategic insight that help steer the AI and the data growth, understanding the subtext, to make smarter long-term decisions.

Adam Rouse

Senior Counsel and Director of e-Discovery Operations

Adam is director and senior counsel of e-discovery at Walgreens. An experienced lawyer and technology engineer with a long history of working in the space where technology and law intersect, he has championed the use of AI at Walgreens as a way to support human decision-making.

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We are always looking for the most efficient and compliant way of solving a problem. AI allows legal to do that in many ways--and many more to come.

Jeff Salling

Global Director of e-discovery

Jeff is global director of e-discovery at Novartis and an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. At Novartis, he formed a global discovery team that revamped the way the organization looked at discovery and utilized technology, especially AI, across 153 countries. He specializes in bridging the gap between technologists and attorneys.

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With the explosion of data created and maintained in the normal course of business, we have had no choice but to consider more efficient and effective ways to fulfill our obligations.

Pam Schieffelin

Vice President, Legal Counsel

Pam, vice president and legal counsel at Qualcomm, has incorporated AI to increase the accuracy of privilege review and reduce the costs associated with it. She believes in cutting through silos and using AI to build data governance that leads to benefits across teams and departments.

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With AI, we are about to fundamentally change the way we work, and this will take time to digest, learn, and adopt.

Maurus Schreyvogel

Chief Legal Innovation Officer

Maurus is the chief legal innovation officer at Novartis and has helped the company find innovative ways to get to key information faster. As CLIO of one of the world's largest pharma companies, Maurus has been an early adopter of AI.

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I may not fully understand the inner workings and technical aspects of AI, but I have seen the value that it can create.

Alexis Stroud

Executive Director, Ethics and Compliance

Alexis, executive director of ethics and compliance at Boehringer Ingelheim, is an agile, solutions-focused leader who is accomplished in developing ethics and compliance strategies that reduce regulatory risk. Her interest in AI stems from wanting to figure out how to use data to highlight areas of concern and enable better strategic decisions.

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Opportunities to bring greater value to the legal function through the use of AI are endless.

Janet Sullivan

e-Discovery Counsel and Global Director of Practice Technologyy

In her current role as e-discovery counsel and global director of practice technology, Janet strongly encourages the use of AI technology and advanced analytics as a standard practice to accelerate the pace of document review in both disputes and transactions.

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Team members need to feel comfortable--even better if they feel incentivized--to identify problems and come up with creative solutions.

Heather Sussman

Global Head, Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation Practice Group

As head of Orrick's global Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation Group, Heather has blazed a trail for AI adoption in legal workflows. By using AI to accelerate data breach response for her clients, she stands out as one of the leaders within the legal industry who is applying AI in novel and substantive ways.

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How can we do the work that we do as efficiently as possible, in the best way possible? Over the last few years, we are relying more and more on technology like artificial intelligence.

Jennifer Swanton

Legal Director and Discovery Counsel

Jennifer Swanton is legal director and discovery counsel at Medtronic and a thought leader within the e-discovery industry. She believes that e-discovery departments, with their experience with AI tools, are well-placed to champion its use in other areas.

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It just makes sense that as more and more data emerges, we should be open to new technologies and new workflows to keep pace.

Brett Tarr

Senior Privacy Counsel

Brett is senior privacy counsel at Collibra and an accomplished strategic leader within the legal innovation space. He speaks widely of the benefits of new technologies like AI to address complex data challenges, mitigate risk, and build sustainable legal processes.

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When you build an algorithm, using AI to help you extrapolate the human decisions, you end up with a better result.

Jeane Thomas

Partner, Antitrust & Competition and Privacy & Cybersecurity groups

As a partner in Crowell & Moring's Antitrust & Competition and Privacy & Cybersecurity groups, Jeane is helping to keep the firm at the cutting edge of innovation with technology like AI—and with thoughtful leadership practices.

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What fascinates me about artificial intelligence is that, when used correctly, it makes me a better lawyer that makes better decisions.

Geoffrey Vance

Litigation Partner and Chair of E-Discovery Services & Strategy Group Perkins

Geoffrey is a partner in Perkins Coie LLP’s litigation practice and firmwide chair of the e-discovery services and strategy practice. He has dedicated his career to learning how to use technology to improve the quality and reduce the costs of legal services, and in recent years has become an outspoken evangelist for the use of AI.

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I still believe that responsible AI has significant potential to make our lives better.

Ruby Zefo

Chief Privacy Officer; Associate General Counsel for Privacy and Security Uber

As Uber's chief privacy officer, Ruby has been the driving force behind the company's industry-leading privacy initiatives. As a member of Text IQ's Customer Advisory Board, she brings her rich perspectives and insights to bear on the development and commercialization of AI.

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AI has become so central to discovery that our clients now expect us to leverage it, and we demonstrate our value to them by the sophistication of our approach in using it.

Josh Zylbershlag

Director, e-Discovery Services Paul, Weiss

Josh Zylbershlag is director of e-discovery services at Paul, Weiss, and an ardent supporter of AI and machine learning. He established the firm’s e-Discovery Analytics and Review Technology Team, which comprises AI experts who work with lawyers and clients to help them harness the power of new technologies.

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