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…)

Sitting with the C-Suite: Ian Wilson of Servient

On July 21, I sat down with Ian Wilson, the founder and chief executive officer of Servient, via WebEx.  A former lawyer turned legal tech entrepreneur, Ian discussed a wide range of topics from the relationship of machine learning and searching, information governance implementation and what’s next on the horizon for Servient. 

Ian handled complex commercial litigation in private practice.  He founded technology-based company DiscSense in the early 1990s, which was later sold to West Publishing Company in 1998.  Ian then went on to found Servient in 2013. (more…)

Sitting with the C-Suite: Jay Leib of NexLP

On July 9, I sat down with Jay Leib, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NexLP, via WebEx. Jay and I covered a broad range of topics regarding the application of artificial intelligence to eDiscovery, information governance and compliance activities.

Jay Leib founded NexLP in 2013 after many years in legal technology. Jay held management roles at numerous companies including DocuLex, FTI Consulting, and Ernst & Young. Prior to founding NexLP, Jay was the Chief Strategy Officer for Relativity. (more…)

Sitting with the C-Suite: Chris Weiler of KLDiscovery

On July 8, I sat down with Chris Weiler, the CEO and Founder of KLDiscovery, via WebEx. Chris and I covered a broad range of topics, including the lessons he has learned providing technology and services to the legal industry, how he would suggest in-house counsel evaluate eDiscovery service providers, and the most likely new eDiscovery developments.

Chris Weiler’s ties to technology services in the legal industry date back to his founding of On-Site Sourcing in 1992 after his military service as a naval officer.  On-Site Sourcing provided services for litigation copying and digital printing. Chris then went on to found LDiscovery in the first quarter of 2005, which became KLDiscovery in 2016. (more…)

Sitting with the C-Suite: Dr. David Lewis of Brainspace

On July 2, I sat down with Dr. David Lewis, the Chief Data Scientist of Brainspace, via Webex. Dave and I covered a variety of topics dealing with the current application of machine learning to eDiscovery, ways to evaluate eDiscovery technology solutions, and what is likely to develop in the future of eDiscovery technology offerings.

Dr. David Lewis has over 30 years of data science experience, specifically with machine-learning and text classification. Dave holds numerous patents and joined Brainspace Corporation, an AppGate Company, in 2016. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. (more…)