As Innovations Manager, Rebecca provides clients, in-house legal teams and colleagues with forward-thinking solutions that improve quality and efficiency.
An experienced data scientist and attorney, Rebecca combines her analytical, business and legal skills with out-of-the-box thinking in a law firm setting. She provides insight into how the firm can stand out to clients through its use of cutting-edge technologies, methods and products. Leading the firm’s Innovation Advisory Team and the associate’s Legal Innovation Team, she encourages attorneys to create a culture of innovation and improve efficiency and quality by developing best practices and leveraging technology.
Rebecca identifies and evaluates innovative ideas and products with clients in mind. She takes a hands-on approach, testing some software and solutions herself. She keeps abreast of advances used at other firms and analyzes technology that can enhance transparency, increase access and create efficiencies to improve client service. She also engages with clients and in-house counsel to better understand their needs, develop relationships and collaborate on innovative and effective solutions.
Daniel W. Linna Jr.
Senior Lecturer & Director of Law and Technology Initiatives
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law & McCormick School of Engineering
Patrick J. McKenna is an internationally recognized author, lecturer, strategist, and seasoned advisor to the leaders of premier law firms; having had the honor of working with at least one of the largest firms in over a dozen different countries. A sparing partner and sounding board to firm leaders, McKenna helps by asking the right questions, confronting orthodoxies, unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit, building strategy alignment and enhancing profitability
He is the author of eleven books most notably his international business best seller, First Among Equals, currently in its sixth printing and translated into nine languages; with his most recent work entitled Strategy Innovation: Getting To The Future FIRST (Legal Business World, 2019).
Patrick’s decades of experience led to his being the subject of a Harvard Law School Case Study entitled: Innovations In Legal Consulting (2011). Examples of that innovation include his being instrumental in working with the College of Law Practice Management back in 2004 to develop the annual InnovAction awards; wherein he was responsible for selecting the name for the awards, participating in framing the award categories and criteria, and serving on the judging panel for the first three consecutive years. He is also known to have launched the first instructional program designed to specifically address the issues that new firm leaders of larger firms face in their First 100 Days – which graduated over 80 new leaders, many from AmLaw 100 and 200-sized law firms, as well as from notable accounting and consulting firms
Patrick serves on the advisory boards of companies in the international media; legaltech; and healthcare industries. He is a contributing editor to Of Counsel, The Legal Practice and Management Report based in New York; writes a periodic column for Legal Executive Institute; is the recipient of an “Honorary Fellowship” from Leaders Excellence of Harvard Square; and was voted by the readers of Legal Business World as an international Thought Leader (2017 – 2019).
Head of Practice Innovation and Knowledge Management
Formerly: General Counsel, Stanford University and Stanford Medical Center; Golden West Financial Corporation; Managing Partner, Morrison & Foerster's Los Angeles Office; Chair of Association of Corporate Counsel
Michael Roster formerly was managing partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Los Angeles office, co-chair of the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group worldwide and a member of the firm’s policy committee. In 1993, Roster was appointed general counsel of Stanford University, Stanford Medical Center and Stanford Management Company. He subsequently was executive vice president and general counsel of Golden West Financial Corporation. Roster also has served as chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel, an outside director and vice chair of Silicon Valley Bank, chair of the Stanford Alumni Association, steering committee co-chair of ACC’s Value Challenge, and chair of two start-up companies. He currently teaches Contract Drafting and Analysis at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and is a director of MDRC in New York, a nonprofit organization that evaluates the effectiveness of government and other programs affecting lower- and moderate-income families and individuals.