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Sitting with the C-Suite: Barry Dark of Legility

On June 4, 2020, I sat down with Barry Dark, the Chief Executive Officer of Legility, via WebEx. Barry and I covered how he has translated the changes he has witnessed in a long career in technology to the trends occurring in legal. We also discussed the strategic thinking behind certain acquisitions, how to remain adaptable in the face of change, and how to measure value from the in-house perspective.

Barry spent over 30 years in Financial Technology (FinTech), mainly helping large global banks leverage the rapid adoption of technology to optimize their businesses for the digital world, and joined Legility as CEO in May 2017.

From FinTech to Legal: Evolution of a Career

Barry explains his transition from FinTech to LegalTech, and how eDiscovery was the early use case for more automation and other process-based changes that are applicable to broader legal services.

M&A: Driving Client Value Through Strategic Acquisitions

Barry discusses several significant mergers and acquisitions that he has overseen since he became CEO and the value that the company seeks to bring with these strategic moves.

Observations on Organizations Managing Through COVID-19

Barry explores the need to manage through the intense change that has been brought on by the COVID-19 crisis and how to remain adaptable in the face of uncertainty.

Insights for In-House Counsel: Thoughts on Measuring Spend and Delivering Value in eDiscovery

Barry discusses the key things in-house counsel should manage, including a “thoughtful data strategy,” leveraging artificial intelligence, and provider consolidation.

Barry described Legility as “a tech-enabled legal services company” and a “New Law company.” Legility partners with both corporate counsel and law firms on a suite of services including eDiscovery technology and document review, flexible legal talent placements, and process-based solutions (Legility’s Enterprise Legal Solutions).

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at csanko@bakerdonelson.com. I would love to hear from you.

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