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20 November 09:00 - 16:00

Why you should be there

Future Lawyer is our yearly event designed for legal innovators, lawyers and leaders in the legal industry..

We dont' believe in "The End of Lawyers".  

This event is about understanding technology and the digital age

It is about learning new skills.

And it is about learning from concrete examples from the world largest law firms and legal departments. 

You will get inspiredchallenged, some laughs and specific advice you can apply towards staying a head of the game in the legal industry.

Best of all: You get to network with legal innovators as yourself.

If you're somewhere else the 20th of November, you're at the wrong place.

Our Story

We started Shifter because we saw the need to highlight Norwegian startups, and the shift traditional, established companies need to make to be able to survive in the digital age.

In just over a year we really feel we have made an impact and a difference.
We launched our first conference, «The Shift» because we want the entrepreneurs, innovators and investors we write about to meet each other to share their stories, their knowledge and maybe a drink.

Now we're launching Future Lawyer 2017, because the law industry is heading towards a great shift. Some see this as a threat, but we believe you see this as an opportunity. 

We belive a true entreprenurial mindset is the right way to approach the new changes, and we also believe you should be part of the change, in stead of letting change dictate you and your business.

Come, join us, and be a part of "Future Lawyer 2017"


Richard Susskind

Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of professional service and, in particular, the way in which the IT and the Internet are changing the work of lawyers. 

He has worked on legal technology for over 30 years. He lectures internationally, has written many books, and advised on numerous government inquiries.

Richard lectures internationally and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries and has addressed audiences (in person and electronically), numbering more than 250,000. 

He has written and edited numerous books, including Expert Systems in Law (OUP, 1987), The Future of Law (OUP, 1996), Transforming the Law (OUP, 2000), The Susskind Interviews: Legal Experts in Changing Times (Sweet & Maxwell, 2005), The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services (OUP, 2008), Tomorrow’s Lawyers (2013), and has written around 150 columns for The Times. His work has been translated into 10 languages.

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Michele DeStefano
Founder+Director @ LAW WITHOUT WALLS

How to Become an Innovative Lawyer

The proven 3-4-5 Method of Innovation designed specifically for lawyers.

Based in part on over 90 interviews with General Counsels of international corporations, Law Partners, and Heads of Innovation at law firms around the world, this session explores how thelaw marketplace is changing, what lawyers’ clients are saying, and the skillset needed of today’s lawyers.  

The session begins with why creativity, collaboration, and innovation in law are so important.  It concludes with an overview of the 3-4-5 Method of Innovation designed specifically for lawyers and how it (along with programs like LawWithoutWalls) transforms the way legal and business professionals collaborate and hones the mindset and behaviors that clients desire.

Michele DeStefano

Professor, author, speaker, and independent consultant and facilitator to law firms, corporate legal departments, and legal startups on innovation and technology, culture creation, teaming, and cross-practice, cross-border initiatives.  
Recently recognized by the ABA as a Legal Rebel, Michele is the founder of LawWithoutWalls, a multi-disciplinary, international think-tank of over 850 lawyers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and law and business students that collaborate to solve problems and create innovations at the intersection of law, business, and technology.  She is also the co-founder and co-editor of the Compliance Elliance Journal, an open access e-journal that publishes engaging authors' works about cutting edge issues in compliance and ethics. Last year she was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.  This year she remains affiliated faculty for Harvard Law School's Center on the Legal Profession and Guest Faculty in Harvard Law School's Executive Education.
As a professor of law, Michele researches and writes about the growing intersections between law, business, and legal innovation. Her most recent scholarship focuses on the changing role of the compliance officer and is based on interviews of over 70 general counsels and chief compliance officers of S&P 500 corporations (featured in Harvard Law School's The Practice click here). Currently, she is interviewing chief legal officers of publicly traded corporations and leaders of innovation at law firms for her upcoming book: Winning the Innovation Tournament in Law: Tactics to Transform the Way Lawyers Collaborate. Additionally, she writes, presents, and consults regularly on Innovation/Entrepreneurship, Teaming, Collaboration/Culture Creation, Compliance and Ethics, Technology and Global Education, and Litigation Funding. Her work has been published in leading law journals and featured in a range of media including Time Magazinethe Financial Times (UK), Forbes Women, ABA JournalNational Law JournalAmerican LawyerHarvard Law Today, The National Jurist, Legal Futures (UK), Inside Counsel Magazine, Harvard Law The Practice, and Bloomberg News
Michele has been invited to speak about her work at a number of law conferences, leading law firms, and law schools including Stanford, Harvard, IE Business School, University of St. Gallen, and Fordham.  And she has also delivered talks to legal departments within corporations and legal organizations such as Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, ABA, AALS, and NAFSA.  (Click here for a recent review). Through MoveLaw, a company Michele founded to help fund LawWithoutWalls, she creates bespoke experiential learning programs on innovation, teaming, problem solving, and technology for law firms and legal departments like Microsoft.  Michele also regularly consults on ethics, attorney-client privilege and work product issues, and organizational strategy.

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Marie Bernard
Europe Director of Innovation @Dentons

Marie is a passionate promoter of technology and innovation within the firm, who helps to: (i) assess partnership opportunities with startups, clients and other law firms; (ii) share information on all things around innovation in the industry, helping others frame achievable service design and product development deliverables; (iii) promote learning from other chief innovation officers of all industries across the globe.

In addition to her role with Dentons, Marie is also a strategic advisor to Nextlaw Labs.  Marie seeks out and develops internal and external ideas for new products, services or startups with potential applications in the legal sector and seeks potential business partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Simply put, she is the voice and face of Nextlaw Labs in the EMEA region.

She accelerates internal development and innovation culture at Dentons and promotes the cooperation with legal-tech initiatives and strategic projects throughout Europe. For more than 15 years Marie has been working in the field of business development and customer relations with professional service firms.

Marie also serves as a board member within the European Legal Tech Association (ELTA). Most recently she was ranked among the 2017 ‘Fastcase 50’, recognizing of the world’s leading innovators in law.

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Erik Vermeulen
Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University & Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips

Erik Vermeulen is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC). He is also Senior Counsel Corporate of Philips (a technology company) in the Netherlands.

Much of his current research focuses on the life cycle of a company – from idea to fully mature company, the sources of capital available at each stage of a company’s development, and the importance of collaborations and partnerships with other firms and institutions to ensure innovation, growth and value creation. In the context of the corporate life cycle, he also examines international trends in corporate governance and the development of company law and securities regulations. Furthermore, his research focuses on financial markets and innovation policies and ecosystems.

His work has been widely published in top journals and books. In 2006, he became the Director of the International Business Law LLM Program at Tilburg University. He teaches courses on corporate governance, venture capital, entrepreneurship, joint ventures and company law. 

He serves as a Vice President at the legal department of Philips where he advises on corporate governance issues, including the global structure of the Philips group of companies, corporate law, corporate venturing, international joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. 

In addition, he has worked on national and international projects with organizations, such as the European Commission, the OECD, the Dutch Development Finance Institution, UNCITRAL and local governments in the Netherlands, concerning financial markets, venture capital and innovation ecosystems, corporate law, and corporate governance of listed and non-listed companies.

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Knut-Magnar Aanestad
Head of Innovation @ Kluge

Knut-Magnar Aanestad is Head of Innovation at Kluge Advokatfirma. Management positions in three leading law firms has made him an undisputed thought leader within legal innovation in Norway and internationally reknown as a highly respected expert. 

His business contribution at Law Firm Schjødt, in a period with remarkable financial results, led to international awards: the 2013 Deltek Innovation Award and EntrepreneurLawyer’s “2013 Top 10 Smokin’ Hot Lawyers &/or Entrepreneurs!”, amongst others.

After years of success in legal business development, Knut-Magnar joined Kluge Law Firm and leads their development, transforming client approach through technology and activities.

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Merete Nygaard
CEO @ Lawbotics

Merete Nygaard is an experienced corporate lawyer with her heart in innovation and entrepreneurship. 

After nearly a decade working in the established world of top tier law firms - having tech firms, brand-owners and entrepreneurs as clients - she decided to jump off the beaten track. 

Instead she joined the entrepreneurial bubble by founding the leading legal tech company in Norway: Lawbotics.  Her vision is to help disrupting her own conservative field of business, by using technology to make legal knowledge more accessible, transparent and affordable for everybody.

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Awais Iqbal
Law student and Founder

At the young age of 19, Awais has jumped early into the legal tech space, by establishing LawTech, while studying law at the University of Oslo. 

Currently he is engaged in the process of gaining clarity and developing a practical approach to how technologies like AI, might be implemented and bring actual value to the legal industry. 

He has also been assisting Norwegian law firms in marketing and talent acquisition activities, through leveraging experience acquired through his first business venture, within e-commerce, which he started at 17, and later was acquired. 

Although he unwillingly has been presented as a tech-entrepreneur, he considers himself to be an «entrepreneur in the making».

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Niklas Larsson
Chief Digital Officer @ Wiersholm

Niklas aims at transforming Norway's leading law firm, Wiersholm, and in the process modernizing the Norwegian legal landscape. 

He brings fresh perspective based on a background in engineering and business as well as a distinguished career at the forefront of digital disruption and the intersection of technology and business. 

Before joining Wiersholm he worked in a range of leadership positions in Management Consulting, Software Development and Product Management in leading companies such as McKinsey & Company, Accenture, and Schibsted Media Group. 

A common thread through his work is the focus on client value and delivering on that by being pragmatic while innovating using technology through agile processes that encapsulate the old mantra "Think Big. Start Small. Scale Fast".

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Magnus Jones
Tax Technologist @ EY

Magnus Jones is a Tax Technologist at the law firm of EY, in Oslo Norway, combining law and technology in his daily work as Nordic lead for Tax Technology & Transformation within all service lines of EY.

He loves to challenge the business model of the traditional old law firm, assisting both colleagues and clients with new relevant technology and process improvements.

As a board member of the Norwegian Computer Society Group for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, combined with some of his other roles at EY Norway as head of SAF-T (Standard Audit File – Tax), and VAT Analytics he has great experience with law and technology.Magnus is also an experienced speaker within digital trends, and a lecturer at EMBA classes at BI Norwegian Business School.

As the Norwegian Ambassador of European Legal Technology Association, Magnus help promote legal tech all over Europe.

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Audun Moen
Group General Counsel @ DNB

Audun Moen has worked as a capital markets lawyer for many years, first with the law firm BA-HR, later as an in-house counsel to Norway's largest broker dealer - DNB Markets. 

Since he was appointed group general counsel in DNB in 2013, Audun has worked hard to move the legal department of more than 60 lawyers closer to DNB’s business areas. He claims that there is currently nowhere else in Norway where you can gain the same quality of legal and business experience within banking and finance as in DNB.

As new customer expectations arise and new market entrants challenge the way banks run their business, Audun and the in-house legal department play an important role in the transformation of DNB.

Audun strong believes that new digital solutions provide quicker responses and free up time to offer better counselling and advice to the benefit of the business areas and the customers. In combination with unique sector insight, new digital solutions make it possible to deliver both increased profitability and better customer experience, he claims.

Foto: Killian Munch

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5 reasons you should attend Future Lawyer 2017

Sharpen the Saw

Every now and then you need to sharpen your skills to survive and eventually get ahead. The legal industry has up until now been shielded from the consequences of the digital transformation every industry will go through. But something is happening. Don’t react before it’s too late.

Meet experts and thought leaders face to face

At Norway’s first pure legal innovation conference we have invited some of the sharpest legal innovators in the world. Here is your chance to hear them speak and meet them face to face. Don’t miss this opportunity. Your competition isn’t.

Networking opportunities

At this conference, you will not only meet lawyer’s from competing firms, but also your potential next customer. What kind of lawyers do you think they prefer? Forward thinking innovaters, aiming at making better services, or the other guy that relies on everything staying the same?

Good conferences have opportunities for attendees to mix and mingle, form new relationships, and strengthen existing ones. Over coffee, lunch, or cocktails, you may make a connection with the perfect provider or prospect. You may find yourself sitting next to your next customer or mentor. 

New tools and takeaways

No one knows everything, but many knows a lot. At Future Lawyer 2017 you’re bound to be inspired, get some tips and insight in new technologies, and new business models. Maybe even concrete tools or ways of working you can implement when you’re back in your office.

An investment in yourself- is an investment in your company

Remember, by investing in building your own skills, you are also investing in your company’s future. Everyone needs to transform, not only the “head of innovation”. When seeking out new business