About Nextlaw Labs

Nextlaw Labs is the industry’s first and leading legal technology and innovation catalyst. Leveraging insights gained working with the world’s largest law firm, its clients, and an ecosystem of myriad cutting-edge technology partners, Nextlaw Labs has become the definitive global intelligence hub focused exclusively on legal innovation via early-stage legal tech.

Nextlaw Labs curates, pilots, and adapts technology and processes to proactively predict client needs and address real-world business problems. We often work in partnership with Nextlaw Ventures, the world’s first venture capital fund focused exclusively on early-stage legal technology startups, and Nextlaw In-House Solutions – a strategic advisory helping legal departments leverage modern processes and technology, to provide Dentons lawyers and clients with comprehensive solutions that improve quality and efficiency.

Our goal is to empower lawyers with the latest actionable insights in legal industry innovation. The Nextlaw Labs user-centric, practical approach enables us to collaboratively address workflow pain points with the right solutions. We focus on providing results that demonstrate real-time, measurable value.

Our Team

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    Dan Jansen

    CEO, Nextlaw Labs and Nextlaw Ventures

    About Dan Jansen

    Dan has a rare combination of entrepreneurial and professional services experience. As a serial entrepreneur Dan has helped to conceive, fund, grow/or sell disruptive businesses in many diverse sectors, including legal, social media, financial services, and online recruiting. Dan has almost twenty years of professional services experience including roles leading the Global Media Practice for the Boston Consulting Group and Arthur Young & Company advising startups.

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    John Fernandez

    Global Chair Nextlaw Labs, Global Chief Innovation Officer at Dentons

    About John Fernandez

    With more than 13 years of executive experience, John has earned a reputation as a strategic thinker and creative problem solver. As Dentons’ Global Chief Innovation Officer, John works closely with the Firm’s lawyers and professionals to identify and deploy client service solutions that capitalize on the Firm’s diverse legal expertise, industry thought leadership, global footprint, and entrepreneurial spirit. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as President Barack Obama’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. During his tenure, he launched new coordinated federal initiatives to accelerate innovation-based growth strategies, including the “i6 Challenge” and the “Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge”.

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    Maya Markovich

    Chief Growth Officer

    About Maya Markovich

    Maya currently leads analysis, collaboration, launch, and adoption of early-stage legal tech for Nextlaw Labs. With her unique background spanning behavioral science, law, investment, and change management, she delivers next-generation technology, process, client, and business growth services across the globe for the Dentons ecosystem, including acceleration of legal tech startups in the Nextlaw Ventures portfolio. Collaborating with legal tech communities and experts worldwide, she continually evolves Nextlaw Labs’ partnership and investment strategies. A thought leader in the legal innovation space, she was named one of five “Influential Women of Legal Tech” by ILTA in 2020, a “Woman Leading Legal Tech” by The Technolawgist in 2019, and an ABA Legal Technology Resource Center “Woman of Legal Tech 2018” for her work in encouraging, designing and implementing the future of the legal profession.

Advisors

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    Keith Austin

    Senior Vice President and Head of Legal for the UKIEMEA (UK & Ireland , Russia and CIS, Middle East and Africa) region of DP DHL

    About Keith Austin

    Keith Austin is the Senior Vice President and Head of Legal for the UKIEMEA (UK & Ireland , Russia and CIS, Middle East and Africa) region of the largest logistics company in the world, DP DHL. He is an innovator in the area of transforming legal operations and is based in the United Kingdom.

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    Gastón Bilder

    Senior Legal Counsel for Total

    About Gastón Bilder

    Gastón Bilder is a Senior Legal Counsel for one of the largest energy companies in the world, Total. He has a wealth of experience in M&A and in legal tech, both as an entrepreneur and an investor, and is based in Belgium.

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    Casey Flaherty

    Founder of Procertas

    About Casey Flaherty

    Casey Flaherty is the founder of Procertas, a legal technology consultancy. He is the creator and pioneer of the Legal Technology Assessment, which tests and trains legal timekeepers and staff on the use of basic technology, such as word processing and spreadsheets, to complete commonly encountered legal tasks. His novel approach has been profiled in the Washington Post and Casey has been celebrated as a “Legal Rebel” and labeled an innovator by prominent legal trade publications. He began his legal career as an associate at Holland & Knight LLP and later served in the general counsel’s office at Kia Motors America.

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    Bill Henderson

    Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Founder of Lawyer Metrics, LLC

    About Bill Henderson

    Bill Henderson is a member of our advisory board and founder of Lawyer Metrics, LLC, a research company specializing in the use of data in law firm strategy, as well as a professor of law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. His incisive analysis of the structural changes occurring in the legal profession has prompted numerous accolades, including being named to the National Law Journal’s list of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” and the “Fastcase 50” for innovation within the legal industry. In 2015, The National Jurist identified him as the “Most Influential Person in Legal Education.”

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    Dan Katz

    Co-founder LexPredict

    About Dan Katz

    Daniel Martin Katz is a member of our advisory board and is a technologist, scientist and law professor, blending education and thought leadership with quantitative analyses of law and society. Professor Katz teaches at IIT – Chicago Kent, is the author of the “MIT School of Law” and is an editor for a number of academic and industrial journals. Dan’s forward-thinking ideas helped to earn him acknowledgement as a “Legal Rebel” by the ABA Journal and as a member of “Fastcase 50.” In addition to his academic work, Dan is the Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder of the consulting group LexPredict.

Nextlaw Labs is actively recruiting additional advisors to represent the breadth and geographic diversity of the global practice of law.

Let's Talk

We are a virtual team. Our offices are where our computers are: at a Dentons office, a co-working space, a coffee shop, in an airport or on a train.

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1900 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 2006-1102

Contact Details

P: +1 202 408 6195
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