Summit + ALTACON Speakers

The ALPMA Program Committee are excited to have a range of industry leading individuals with a wealth of knowledge in Empowering People, Enabling Technology, Evolving Together.


Jo Alilovic

Jo Alilovic is the Director and founder of 3D HR Legal, a director of My Leave, podcaster and author of “Homeforce”. 

Jo believes in creating great workplaces by challenging assumptions that leaders hold about what work looks like, and how, when and where it is done – and inspiring them to think what could be. 

Her podcast The Juggle, promoting gender equity, has been downloaded over 70,000 times, and her book Homeforce - written to help employers overcome the challenges of distributed teams and build a productive and engaged home-based team - was winner of the Management and HR category in the Australian Business Book Awards in 2022. 

Jo works with leaders in small businesses through to statutory bodies, who want to go from people problems to teams that get results. Using the 3D Framework of Discovery, Development and Departure, Jo helps clients get clarity on legal obligations and set expectations, coaches leaders through difficult conversations, investigates complaints, and conducts engaging and actionable workplace training to facilitate positive cultural change. 

All of this means Jo’s clients spend little time dealing with legal proceedings and more time focused on their mission.


David Atherton-Cooper

Better known to most as “DAC”, David has 25 years’ experience in delivering technology-based solutions across the legal and insurance sectors, using Legal Software Solutions to enable change in law firms, and enhance business process and productivity.

He moved to Australia in 2006 and has spent the last eighteen years launching and managing productivity and workflow tools for the Pacific legal profession, working closely with teams in Australia, UK, Canada and US. David has presented at ALPMA conferences and other events across the Pacific Region.

Last year, David moved into the role of Relationships Manager for LexisNexis’ Legal Software Solutions and describes his role as trying to understand the challenges facing firms across the region in the face of changing client expectations, technology improvements and changing working practices. 


Joel Barolsky

Joel Barolsky is a specialist adviser to managing partners, executive teams and practice group leaders on issues of strategy, culture, governance, partner remuneration, succession, pricing and capability development. He has advised over 100 leading law, accounting and advisory firms. Around 70% of his clients are repeat clients or come directly from referrals from
existing relationships.

Joel is a Principal of Edge International, MD of Barolsky Advisors, a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne Law School and co-author of the Thomson Reuters State of the Australia Legal Market Report. He writes for the Australian Financial Review Legal Affairs section and the LCA’s Law Management Hub. Previously Joel was head of the strategy practice of Beaton Research & Consulting



Renee Branson

Renee is the founder and principal at RB Consulting. Combining over 20 years in education, counseling, and non-profit leadership, her passion and purpose is helping law firms cultivate resilience and well-being. She works with firms all over the world and shines a light on the altruistic and economic benefits of investing in their lawyers' and legal professionals' well-being.


Sam Burrett

Sam Burrett is the AI Client Solutions Lead at MinterEllison. Working with a multidisciplinary team of legal, risk, and technology professionals, his work is focused on helping leading Australian organisations capitalise on the promises of AI and manage key risks. Sam combines his legal training with experience across management consulting, legal project management, technology and business strategy, to collaborate with clients on strategic and innovative solutions. Sam has experience working with corporate legal departments in ASX200 companies on their most pressing challenges, from resourcing to process design to technology implementation. Sam is trained / certified across a number of disciplines, including Project Management, Design Thinking, Lean Six Sigma, and has experience in client data management and across building legal technology applications.


Jan Christie

Jan is Director, Capability + Organisational Development at Gilbert + Tobin.  She is a member of G+T’s Capability + Development team, which is responsible for the implementation and delivery of capability and development strategy and programs across the firm.  She has worked in law firms for 35 years, first as a practising lawyer and then in learning and development and organisational development roles.  She has a particular focus in the alignment of organisational strategy, capability identification and individual development and is an accredited Gallup Strengths Coach.


Sheetal Deo

Sheetal Deo (She/Her) is an advocate, strategist, and connector. Sheetal is passionate about leveraging platform and privilege to bridge gaps in awareness, education, and accessibility. Sheetal has engaged in a political and social science studies for over 12 years, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Science in Canada before obtaining her Juris Doctor, Master of Laws and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in Australia. She is a keen believer in 'calling in', not 'calling out' and creating safe and comfortable spaces to ask ands learn about otherwise uncomfortable topics. Sheetal is driven to effect positive social and systemic changes through an intersectional lens and bring this approach to diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility forums. She recognises that bridging the gap between awareness and action often requires unlearning and challenging the status quo and this needs vulnerability, kindness and compassion. Sheetal strongly believes that issues relating to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility may not be our fault, but it is our responsibility.


Leanne Douglas

Leanne has a diverse background ranging from Human Resource Management, Legal Practice, Consulting and Training. Having over 18 years' experience within the legal industry, 13 of those years with LexisNexis as a consultant and trainer, assisting 100’s of legal practitioners with their learning journeys within the Lexis Affinity practice management system.
Leanne has seen significant advances in technology over the years and has had the opportunity to fine tune her skills in understanding human behaviors towards environmental and technological changes and advancements. She has come to learn and understand how to navigate the world of change and how to help others do the same.


Jason Elias

Jason Elias is the Founder and CEO of Elias Recruitment. He is a lawyer by qualification but left the profession in 2000 to launch what is now one of the leading legal specialist recruitment agencies in Australia supporting law firms, not-for-profits, government and inhouse legal teams.

With a experienced team and wide network, Jason has been awarded Recruitment Leader of the Year and Business Leader of the Year. In 2023, Elias Recruitment won the SEEK SARA award for Best Boutique Recruitment Agency in Australia.

Also in 2023, Elias continued to invest in new technologies with the launch of the Legal Talent Pool - a new AI supported platform to help both clients and candidates keep up with the changing pace of recruitment in the legal profession.

Jason is a regular speaker on issues affecting staffing in the legal profession and how progressive employers can source top legal talent in a changing market.


Tayla Faigenbaum

Talya Faigenbaum has spent the last decade of her legal career at the forefront of innovation in legal practice. Talya has explored the use of emerging technologies, imagination and human-centred design to change the way family law is practiced in Australia: in private practice, in the community legal sector and as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Legal Innovation. Talya continues to advocate for and spearhead innovation and technology in legal practice through speaking and writing on legal trends, and while heading Nest Legal's family law team.
Laura Vickers is a pioneering lawyer at the forefront of legal innovation in Australia, merging technology with the law to redefine customer and lawyer experience. Her leadership has not only developed Nest Legal's approach to the delivery of legal services and the practice of law, but has also inspired a new generation of lawyers to build firms that use technology to enrich their and their clients' lives. She is an Accredited Specialist in Property Law, the founder of Facebook community NewLaw Chambers and regularly advocates to improve the law and legal profession through speaking, writing and commentating.


Amanda Fajerman

Amanda is the Chair of WALTA having been on the ALTA Board since 2023 and part of the WALTA subcommittee since its launch in 2021. Since then, she has, along with the WALTA subcommittee launched WALTA, launched an 100-page eplaybook as a resource for women on legal technology journey and launched theWiLD, a directory of women in legal technology. She won the WALTA Champion for Change in 2022 at the inaugural ALTA awards, was a finalist in the Women in ICT Awards in 2023 and was a finalist in the Women in Law Awards Innovator of the Year in 2019. Amanda passionately believes in WALTA’s mission and values – in particular, creating actionable outcomes to pave a legacy for the women of legal technology of tomorrow. She is also a founding member of the Access to Justice Network and is a Legal Technology Evangelist at Barhead Solutions.


Karen Finch

Karen Finch is a passionate legal innovator and legal technology enthusiast.  Karen brings together these two passions in her role as Founder and CEO of Legally Yours, an Australian Legal Tech company transforming the way Australians access legal services.  Classified as a tech-enabled RaaS platform (aka providing Relationships As A Service), Legally Yours closes the justice loop by connecting Australians to fixed-fee lawyers around Australia for all their personal and business legal matters, and helps small law firms build, scale and grow innovative legal practices.

Karen is also a Co-Director of  ProHelp Legal Australia, President of the Australian Legal Technology Association (ALTA) and Women of ALTA (WALTA), and the Head of Legal Policy at the Law Institute of Victoria. 


Andrea Foot

Andrea Foot coaches leaders to manage the individual, team and system-level challenges that change brings for their organisations. From personal experience, she knows that leading can be an isolating experience, placing unique pressures on individuals at the top of any business. For nearly four decades she has worked extensively in the legal ecosystem in Europe, North America and APAC with legal technology, law firms and legal teams. 

She holds an Executive Master in Coaching & Consulting for Change with distinction from INSEAD, one of the most highly rated European business schools and holds a postgraduate qualification in psychology. She regularly deepens her experience and awareness of working with groups as part of the Group Relations community locally and internationally.

Whether acting as an executive coach, a non-executive director, or a strategic advisor, she applies a blend of practical business knowledge, coaching expertise, and systems-psychodynamic lenses to help organisations work through complex challenges.


Dr Graham Kenny

Graham Kenny is an internationally recognised expert in strategy and performance measurement. He writes regularly for the Harvard Business Review, has written more than 70 articles for international journals and has authored six books.

He is passionate about helping boards, executives and managers lead successful organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

He does this in three ways: 1) Upskilling leaders – through more than 20 years of seminars and workshops on strategy and performance management; by producing world-class materials; and through keynote speaking; 2) Consulting and facilitation – working with leaders to develop their business strategies and performance scorecards; 3) Publishing – through books, articles and manuals.
 
Graham’s executive experience has been extensive - as a turnaround manager, CEO, Plant Manager, Market Development Manager, Design Engineer, and Construction Supervisor.

He has also enjoyed a successful academic career having been a Professor of Management in universities in the US and Canada. He holds PhD and master’s degrees in management with a first degree in engineering.

Graham is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a Member of the U.S. Strategic Management Society.


David Lisitsa

David is the founder of Newlaw.com - a Legal Technology Consultancy and Australian law firm specialising in Legal Software Advice, implementation, data migration and Automation. With a depth of Legal operation Experience and hundreds of legal tech change management projects under his belt, David advises mid tier firm technology roadmaps.
 
David’s deep product knowledge and industry assist him in helping lawyers balance excitement for new technology with the practicalities of making them work. 
 
On the non-for-profit front, David board secretary of the Southport Community Legal Service, having volunteered and advocated for equal access to justice for a decade. ‘’ David holds an LLB and BCOM degrees.


Jen Little

A business owner, innovator and classically trained professional opera singer, Jenn has an extensive network across business and the arts on both sides of the Tasman. A natural connector, Jenn enjoys developing long-term relationships built on trust, transparency and commitment. Known for her creative thinking, progressive approach, energy and passion, Jenn leads change. After seven years building and managing a trans-Tasman search and recruitment business to include key national executive appointments, Jenn has entered the tech sector having built the Insource bespoke technology platform for law firms and other professional service sectors. Jenn has more than twenty years’ experience working with the legal sector. After working in leading law firms for eight years, Jenn spent 12 years searching and placing lawyers into many of New Zealand and Australia’s top-tier, mid-tier and boutique law firms before launching Insource in 2021. Insource is the leading recruitment platform used by over 50 of the leading law firms across Australasia. Her deep knowledge of the legal sector has seen her regularly advise on succession planning, business growth, talent development and retention and remuneration.


Helen Mackay

Helen Mackay is the founder and leader of NewLaw firm and in-house legal services provider Juno Legal. She has been an in-house lawyer and legal champion for more than 20 years with previous roles including as General Counsel of New Zealand Oil & Gas. She is a former President and CEO of the In-house Lawyers Association of New Zealand and co-chair of the founding committee of In-House Counsel Worldwide. Her personal interest is in enabling lawyers to navigate their own pathways in the legal profession, and in ensuring the profession is safe, diverse and inclusive as well as better serving client interests. She is a committee member of the Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association and spearheads an initiative to connect first-in-family law students and graduates with practising lawyers. Helen was recognised this year with a Borrin Travel and Learning scholarship to research emerging legal trends internationally and to present her findings to the New Zealand legal profession. She is also the co-founder of Future Law Aotearoa Group (FLAG).
Helen has been recognised as Managing Partner of the Year <100 lawyers at the 2022 New Zealand Law Awards and by NZ Lawyer as an Influential Lawyer in 2022 and 2023.


Peter Maloney

Peter is CEO and Managing Director of AUCloud. Protecting Australia’s digital economy, AUCloud is a leading provider of sovereign cloud solutions. We focus on data security & location. We wrap our solutions in trusted controls which are compliant with regulations, supporting Australia’s national interests.
Peter has over 20 years of experience as a CEO, with a proven track record of leading various tech companies in Australia. Prior to joining AUCloud in 2023, Peter was CEO of leading legal & prop-tech company; GlobalX. In 2021, Peter led the sale of GlobalX to Dye & Durham for A$170M, and was subsequently appointed Managing Director Dye & Durham Australia, overseeing the ownership transition and merger with SAI Global Property Division.
Peter previously was COO of iCare Solutions which built electronic health records for residential aged care, and Director Credit & Information Services with Dun & Bradstreet where Peter was part of the Management Buyout Team which acquired the Australian & New Zealand operations from D&B Corporation.


Jason Malouin

Jason is a World-Renowned, Award Winning Portrait Specialist and the founder and CEO (Chief Expression Officer) of Superpower Portraits. 

His work can be seen on the pages of Entrepreneur, GQ, Forbes, Financial Review... not to mention ALL OVER Doyle's Guide.  Plus dozens of book covers, billboards & bus stops all over the world. 

Jason is obsessed with Communication itself as an art form.  And believes that focussed, strategic self-reflection is the key to the most responsible, effective, authentic, and powerful self-expression - in business and beyond.

He has been photographing 'professionals on the rise' exclusively for over 12 years and loves working closely with real people doing great things.  And now he is working with lawyers and other professionals to Redefine, Realign and Reignite their Purpose in order to communicate their unique vision & value to Differentiate properly in a Sea of Sameness.


Remi Marcelin

With a background in math and marketing, Remi Marcelin is the head of Marketing for the people2people group. Under his leadership, people2people has won over 10 industry awards in the last five years, and has delivered insightful market updates to over half a million Australians and Kiwis.


Fiona McLay

Fiona McLay, founder of McLay Legal Consulting, is a friendly face in the world of legal tech. Fiona helps lawyers make their firms not just more profitable, but also more enjoyable places to work, thanks to smart use of the right tech. With 25 years as a dispute resolution lawyer under her belt, she’s seen it all – having worked in top tier, mid-tier, NewLaw, and in-house. This journey has given her an insider's view of how lawyers use their tech - and how to help them do it better.


Chantal McNaught

Chantal is undertaking a PhD in Law at Bond University, on "How Can Lawyers Effectively Navigate the Conflicts Between Law as a Profession and Law as a Business?" She has a LLB (Hons) from Bond University and a GDLP and LLM from the Australian National University. She is an admitted lawyer to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia, and has practised as a solicitor and migration agent in Queensland, before moving into legal marketing and legal tech. Chantal now lives in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand and works as a Legal Practice Advisor for LEAP Legal Software, helping hundreds of lawyers with their technology transformations.

Chantal is always learning and creating. She likes reading, dance, and theatre in her free time. She has also volunteered with many human rights organisations, such as Amnesty International, the Queensland Prisoners Legal Service and the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.


Rebecca Niebler

Rebecca is a mindset and leadership coach and facilitator. She is also the owner and founder of Mind Cultivation, of a small coaching practice based in Brisbane. She holds a degree in business psychology from Germany and has 15 years of experience in organisational learning & development and culture change roles across a diverse range of industries, including the Queensland Law Society. Her approach to working with individuals, leaders and teams is deeply rooted in positive psychology and guided by her philosophy, “the way you speak to yourself sets the tone for every other relationship in your life”. Rebecca’s passion is to help her clients gain a clearer understanding of their inner narratives, unique strengths, and core values, and how these can be leveraged to unlock higher performance levels, protect personal wellbeing, and increase interpersonal effectiveness.


Lior Nickig

Lior is the Head of Legal and Consulting Operations for Industry and the Disputes, Competition and Insurance and Consulting Solutions businesses at MinterEllison. She leads and executes digital transformation initiatives within these businesses and across industries, focusing on service design, harnessing workflow automation, GenAI and digital technologies to streamline internal processes and elevate the client and employee experience.

The foundation of Lior's career was spent practicing as a lawyer and notary, after which she transitioned into knowledge management and she has been involved in the legal operations profession since 2019. She is passionate about strategic service design and the intersecting role of people, process and technology as a mechanism to drive change and deliver legal and consulting services efficiently and innovatively.


Kim Padmore

Kim began her career in recruitment in 2010 and has since gained a breadth of experience in Perth, Sydney and London. She has recruited for a wide range of law firms from sole practitioners through to some of the largest and most prestigious legal and professional services firms in the world. Having left people2people in 2015 to experience life in the UK, Kim returned to Australia and set up people2people in Perth, developing a successful Legal specialisation.


Cathy Reynolds



Alex Rosenrauch



Mary Savova



Stephen Spencer

Stephen is the Head of Operations & Pricing at DLA Piper Australia and leads the pricing strategy of the firm. His focus is to offer compelling, innovative and profitable pricing proposals to clients that are mutually beneficial, foster long term commercial relationships and sustainably improve the economics of the firm.

Stephen began his professional career as a chartered accountant and has subsequently worked in the UK, US and Australia across a variety of industries. He has spent the last 15 years with leading law firms in Australia, starting at Herbert Smith Freehills, Henry Davis York and now DLA Piper.


Brent Szalay

With over 25 years of experience, Brent Szalay, FCPA, Managing Director of SEIVA & Leaders In Business, is an influential figure in the accounting and legal industry. With expertise in strategic advisory services for small and medium businesses, Brent is a visionary leader dedicated to promoting business enhancement, wellbeing, and growth.
 
Known for his high-energy, enthusiasm and ability to captivate audiences, Brent delivers practical strategies for audiences to leverage their focus and prioritise what truly matters in work and life.
 
Brent's extensive expertise encompasses strategic planning, financial management, driving leadership and culture, and developing impactful leadership programs. He understands the challenges faced by business owners and strives to provide solutions and resources, enabling them to thrive and build a better business.
 
Past President of the Victorian Divisional Council with CPA Australia, recipient of the prestigious Henry Fox award and consecutive Wellness Initiative of the Year accolades, Brent's commitment to fostering a positive work environment is unmatched. Under his guidance, SEIVA earned the 13th spot in the coveted ranking of Best Places to Work in Australia for small businesses in 2022.

Brent is a dynamic and accomplished leader who empowers individuals and businesses to focus on what truly matters.


Anita Thompson



Laura Vickers



Giles Watson

Giles Watson is a legal practice management consultant primarily focusing on pricing, productivity, profitability and client experience for small-medium practices, and is also Director/Consultant at training company CX Training. He lectures on the MBA Program at Kaplan Business School, on costs communication on the Legal Practice Course at QUT, and at the QLS Practice Management Course.

Prior to setting up his own consultancy in 2015, he ran the Practice Management Course for QLS, managed the Lexcel Legal Practice Management Quality Mark for the Law Society of England & Wales, and was a business development manager for 3 London law practices.  


Carl White

Carl is a recognised leader in Client Experience (CX), service culture and legal transformation. He is the Founder of CXINLAW and a Director in Legal Business Solutions at PwC Australia specialising in law firm transformation and human-centred design. Carl combines his unique background in theatre arts and practice with a Newlaw career that began with Ashurst in the UK. He is passionate about the value of focusing on CX, enabling People and realising the benefits of technology and data in our evolving legal world. Carl is a Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Legal Innovation, College of Law. He presents regularly at law societies and legal educators and at key industry events and is the author of market-changing CX research supported by the UK College of Law and ALPMA. 




Key Dates

Call for Abstracts Closes
Thursday, 21 March 2024

Early Bird Registration Available
Monday, 3 June 2024

Early Bird Registration Closes
Wednesday, 10 July 2024

Standard Registration Available
Thursday, 11 July 2024

Registration Cancellation Cut-off
Tuesday, 16 July 2024

Standard Registration Closes
Wednesday, 21 August 2024

Late Registration Applies
Thursday, 22 August 2024

ALTACon
Wednesday, 11 September

2024 ALPMA Summit Opens
Thursday, 12 September

2024 ALPMA Summit Closes
Friday, 13 September 2024

Summit Convener

Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA)

The Australasian Legal Practice Management Association, (ALPMA), is the peak body representing managers and lawyers with a legal practice management role. Our purpose is to educate, promote, and develop legal practice management skills and thought leadership knowledge within the legal industry.




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