Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting - Is Artificial Intelligence Transforming the Legal Sector?

  • 14 Aug 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
  • Apple 250 S Mathilda Avenue Sunnyvale , CA 94086

Is Artificial Intelligence Transforming the Legal Sector?

Artificial intelligence has been used in the legal sector for quite some time. What’s the difference in types of technologies and what’s new out there in this second wave? What are applications for litigation as well as other parts of the legal industry. Our panel of industry thought leaders will discuss strengths and drawbacks on technologies when put to practical use. A candid discussion of open-source and commercial data-science applications for analyzing structured and unstructured data will be discussed as well if the tools have hit the mainstream attorney yet. Are we in autonomous self-driving review mode yet?

Sonya Sigler, Esq., Moderator

Sonya is an experienced executive with skills and knowledge in the legal, operations, marketing, and business development functions. She consults with corporations and law firms on a variety of projects, focusing on strategic planning and the implementation of solutions too difficult and seemingly intractable problems. She also consults with start-ups and other companies seeking to grow quickly or reinvent themselves. She is an executive leadership coach for first time CEOs and women who run things. She has been an in-house IP and Corporate lawyer for over 25 years. Ms. Sigler is a frequent writer and speaker on entrepreneurism, advanced search and retrieval techniques, first-time in-house counsel, legal operations, and other legal related topics. She also speaks and trains others on career planning, mentoring, goal setting, personal branding, rainmaking, grant writing, fundraising, and advocacy. She is a staunch supporter and advocate for women, and girls, in law and technology.


Matthew Nelson is Associate General Counsel, Privacy & Security for DiscoverReady and also oversees the company's Advisory Services team. He is also a co-founding member of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Information Governance Committee where he currently serves as the Annual Meeting Program Chair. He began his career as a litigator in Silicon Valley during the technology boom and later worked for Dell/EMC, Symantec and three successful legal technology start-up companies in various roles. Matt’s thought leadership, diverse experience and efforts to educate the legal community about the role of technology in reducing enterprise risk and cost have resulted in his becoming a respected and well-known advisor in the legal technology industry. Matt is a nationally recognized author and speaker and his book titled: Predictive Coding for Dummies (over 25,000 copies), helped usher a new era of machine learning and AI technology into modern litigation practice.

Paul Starrett is a licensed attorney and private investigator specializing in high-profile investigations, compliance consulting and legal counseling especially where electronic data is central. He is founder and CEO of Starrett Consulting, Inc., a full-service investigations and consulting firm where they leverage open-source and commercial data-science applications to analyze structured and unstructured data. His 25-year career includes roles as general counsel and chief risk officer, information-security software engineer, information-management consultant and corporate-security executive. Paul holds a Master of Science degree in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from Golden Gate University. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and EnCase Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (EnCE).

Brandon Barlow serves as Director of Litigation Technology for Litivate Reporting + Trial Services. Brandon has been in the legal services industry since 2003, during which time he has created and managed multiple facilities across the west coast with capabilities that span all aspects of litigation support, from production floor operations, document review, and project management to eDiscovery, document hosting and computer forensics.

Thank you to our generous food sponsor Litivate!

Please RSVP by Friday, 8/10. Hope to see you there!

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