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.

Enjoy this special merger edition of the Sitting with the C-Suite series. (more…)

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…)

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…)