Alisha Andert works as Head of Legal Innovation at digital employment law firm Chevalier. Previously, she held the same position at legal tech company Flightright. As a fully qualified lawyer and trained design thinker, her professional focus is on developing user-centric products and services for the legal sector. She also gains experience in this field as co-founder of This is Legal Design, an innovation consultancy and think tank focusing on innovative design in the legal sector with the help of legal design.
The goal of Legal Tech Verband Deutschland e.V. is to bridge the perceived gap between the legal profession and legal tech ventures inside and outside of law firms. Legal Tech Deutschland sees itself as a representative of legal tech ventures inside and outside of law firms and advocates for an innovation-friendly legal framework, legal certainty, and the promotion and facilitation of investments in legal tech ventures.
The initial demands of the initiative are the liberalization of lawyers’ remuneration regulations (release of contingency fees) and the creation of an RDG permit for extrajudicial, non-lawyer legal advice. Law firms should be given more freedom to develop their own legal tech services. Modern legal service providers, regardless of their organizational form, should have legal certainty for their business models.
Dr. Philipp Plog is Managing Partner Germany and member of the Executive Committee of the international law firm Fieldfisher. He advises on digital business models, in particular on contractual alignment, defense and licensing issues. A particular focus is on advising legal tech providers operating as law firms, software companies or collection service providers, and on litigation funding, compensation and financing models. Plog is a recognized expert on competition law (Juve Magazin) and author of Beck’s Legal Handbook Artificial Intelligence.
Antonia Pape is Co-Founder and Product Owner of Nominandum’s – a legal tech platform that transforms legal advice into a 21st century service. With her media and communications background, she combines modern working methods with legal workflows, deals with product strategies and is responsible for the development of the software. When accompanying law firms in their digital transformation, she focuses on change management, agile methods and modern marketing approaches.
Since 2015, attorney-at-law Dr. Philipp Hammerich has been the founder and managing partner of the legal tech law firm rightmart as well as the founder of the legal tech portal atornix. Through this activity, he is intensively involved with the legal tech market and its legal framework, in particular with the relationship of the RDG and the law governing the legal profession to the business models of legal tech companies.After training as a bank clerk, he began studying law in Hamburg in 1998. After his legal clerkship and his doctorate, he worked as a criminal defense attorney and lecturer in criminal law and has trained approximately 20,000 lawyers in this capacity since 2003.
Valesca Molinari is a lawyer, Project Lead of the Open Innovation Challenge x Legal Tech and one of the Global Innovation Ambassadors at Baker McKenzie. She is an adjunct lecturer on digitalization and law at the University of Giessen. As a Fellow at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR), her work focused on developing innovative approaches to shaping legal frameworks for autonomous cars and artificial intelligence. Today, she represents Baker McKenzie on the WEF’s Global Autonomous Vehicle Council. Prior to practicing law, Valesca was an entrepreneur and founded a renewable energy start-up in 2010.
Peer Schulz is co-founder of the legal tech company helpcheck, a digital platform for the enforcement of consumer law claims. During his international studies for a Master in Management (M. Sc.) in London and Paris, the business economist developed a close relationship to digital business models. He is particularly interested in the efficient automation of work steps, as well as the disruption and new development of products and services. In the past, Peer Schulz worked in various positions in tech companies in Bangalore, India and Berlin, among others.
Björn Frommer is a lawyer and managing partner of FROMMER LEGAL. His firm specialized early on in the legal and technical-operational solution of problems that threaten entire industries en masse. The challenges of the Internet and digitalization still determine the legal consulting focus of the firm, which has been developing its own technologies for over a decade with teams of lawyers, legal and software engineers. In 2020, he and other partners launched JUNE, a modular cloud platform for the complete handling of hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of legal processes. Just as JUNE is set to further revolutionize the way legal work is done, Björn Frommer, as co-founder, former board member and now advisory board member of the Legal Tech Association, wants to drive and accompany digitization in the legal market as a whole.
Cord Brügmann is a lawyer in Berlin. He advises nationally and internationally primarily on issues relating to the legal framework of trusted professions and on digitalization topics. Until 2018, he worked for the German Lawyers’ Association, since 2008 as Chief Executive Officer. Through leadership positions in and consulting work for various international organizations, he has many years of experience with legal market regulation topics. He regularly publishes on historical and future topics.
Philipp Kadelbach is a lawyer, founder and CEO of Flightright and a legal tech thought leader. He founded the company over 10 years ago and has turned it into one of the leading and best-known legal tech companies in Germany. Prior to Flightright, he earned his doctorate in competition law and worked as a lawyer in a supra-local law firm in the field of media and IT law. He participates as a speaker at startup and legal tech conferences and is an interview partner of national and international media.
Dr. Roland Vogl is a scholar, lawyer, and entrepreneur who has developed strong expertise in legal informatics, intellectual property law, and innovation after more than fifteen years of academic and professional experience. He is currently Executive Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. He focuses on legal informatics work conducted at the Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX), which he co-founded and serves as Executive Director. Dr. Vogl is also a visiting professor at the University of Vienna, Austria and serves on the advisory boards of FlightRight, LexCheck, IPNexus, and LegalForce.
Markus Hartung, lawyer and mediator, is founder of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession at Bucerius Law School. His legal specialties include legal professional and liability law as well as conflict management. In early 2019, he founded Chevalier Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, a legal tech-based law firm. He is a member of the Professional Law Committee and the Committee on Legal Professional Ethics of the German Bar Association. With his consulting firm The Law Firm Companion, founded in 2009, he advises law firms on strategy and management issues and regularly lectures and publishes on these topics.
Giesela Rühl is Professor of Civil Law, Civil Procedure Law, European Private International and Procedural Law, and Comparative Law at the Humboldt University in Berlin. In her research, Giesela Rühl deals with the challenges that globalization and European integration pose for law. She investigates how the tension between globally networked societies and nationally applicable law can be resolved. Her particular focus is on the question of how digitization can be made fruitful for the enforcement of rights in the context of (state) court proceedings – and what the (German) judiciary can learn from other countries and from the legal tech scene in the process.
Admitted to the bar in 1996, Volker Römermann has been teaching professional law at universities since 1997. At the Humboldt University in Berlin, he is an honorary professor and one of the directors of the Research Institute for Lawyers’ Law. Already 30 years ago, Volker Römermann dealt with the German Legal Advice Act (Rechtsberatungsgesetz) and presented the first commentary on the RDG in 2008. In countless mandates, lawsuits and legal opinions, he has fought on behalf of clients for freedom from outdated prohibitions under professional law. Volker Römermann is committed to better preparing the legal services sector for the demands of the digital age.