Sitting with the C-Suite – Merger Edition: Hal Brooks and Andrea Wallack of HaystackID

On August 12, I sat down with Hal Brooks, CEO of HaystackID, and Andrea Wallack, now President of HaystackID, via WebEx. Hal, Andrea and I covered HaystackID’s and NightOwl’s merger, which was announced on August 4, 2020. Hal will be returning to the show later in the year, to cover the combined entity in more detail; Andrea was the CEO of NightOwl prior to the merger. For this special preview, we discussed a variety of topics around the integration of the two companies, the expected benefits of the deal, planned service enhancements, the actual deal process, and much more.

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Sitting with the C-Suite: Joan Davison of Hire Counsel and Mestel & Company

On August 7, I sat down via WebEx with Joan Davison, the CEO of Hire Counsel and Mestel & Company. Joan and I covered the business of document review and staffing, including how she views the role of CEO, how to use human capital strategies in the legal setting, and how to measure the effectiveness of the staffing solutions being implemented.

Joan has more than twenty years of expertise in operations management as well as business development, marketing, recruiting, and staffing. For fifteen years, Joan was in a leadership position at Staff Management, which did business as Seton Corp., ultimately being named the President as well as the Chief Operating Officer of Staff Management. (more…)

Sitting with the C-Suite – Merger Edition: Wendell Jisa and Jay Leib of Reveal

On Monday, August 17, 2020, I sat down with Wendell Jisa, CEO of Reveal, and Jay Leib, the new EVP of Innovation and Strategy of Reveal, via WebEx. Wendell, Jay and I discussed Reveal’s acquisition of NexLP, which was announced on August 11, 2020. Jay was previously featured on this program, and extensively discussed NexLP’s history, strategy and vision. Wendell will be returning for a deeper dive in early October to discuss Reveal. This was our chance to cover this new integration, the vision and strategy, and what it means for the industry.

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Sitting with the C-Suite: AJ Shankar of Everlaw

On July 30, I sat down with AJ Shankar, the chief executive officer of Everlaw, via WebEx. AJ and I covered a variety of topics relevant to both in-house counsel and outside counsel using eDiscovery and litigation support software, including the essence of Everlaw’s vision; creating a virtual war room that facilitates collaboration even while remaining socially distant; and the company’s pro bono program, “Everlaw for Good.” 

Prior to founding Everlaw, AJ graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in Mathematics and Computer Science, and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009.  AJ co-founded Everlaw in 2011, seeing eDiscovery as a “fascinating, rich, [and] interesting problem that needed solving.” He wrote more about his history and the founding of Everlaw in his own blog post from June 28, 2016, available here. (more…)

Sitting with the C-Suite: Rakesh Madhava of Nextpoint

On July 23, 2020 I sat down with Rakesh Madhava, the chief executive officer of Nextpoint, via WebEx. Rakesh and I covered a multitude of subjects, including how the eDiscovery landscape has changed from paper to digital, technology adoption within the legal industry, and how COVID-19 will permanently alter certain aspects about how law is practiced.

Rakesh has extensive litigation experience, first as a litigation paralegal at, among other law firms, Kirkland & Ellis, and then as a litigation data consultant at FTI Consulting in the late 1990s. He was also the creative director of Hubbard One, now a division of Thomson Reuters, in 2000, where he “cut his teeth” on internet-based technologies supporting the practice of law.  In 2001, Rakesh founded Nextpoint, which has been an internet-based platform since its inception. (more…)