Legal Knowledge Management (“KM”) has been getting a lot of buzz in the industry for the past few years. Want to know what all this hype on KM is about? Are you wondering if you can start a KM “program” at your firm, or if you can function without a full-blown KM department?
KM is a powerful tool that not only can increase your efficiency, but also affect your bottom line. With the right application, the return on investment (“ROI”) in KM is well worth your efforts. Our speakers will give you a crash course on KM, starting with an introductory overview of KM, from its history to its evolution to its current state in the U.S. today. We will then dive into how to start a KM project or program at your firm (if you don’t have one), how to improve the continued efficacy of KM projects, and how to work with non-KM departments to ensure the success of KM at your firm. We will discuss both KM successes and failures to highlight the types of pitfalls a practitioner might need to identify in advance of starting a KM project. Finally, we will focus on specific use cases for corporate finance and other corporate attorneys and discuss legal ethics issues regarding re-use of client information as part of a KM knowledge base.
Huu Nguyen is a deal lawyer who focuses his practice on cross-border commercial and corporate transactions. On the commercial side, he assists established and emerging companies on a range of national and international transactions, including Fintech transactions, supply chain agreements, reseller and distributor relationships, technology transactions, manufacturing and licensing arrangements, outsourcing, and many other commercial areas. On the corporate side, Huu advises on innovation program formations, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance, among other corporate matters. Huu’s prior experience before becoming a deal lawyer includes intellectual property litigation and patent prosecution. Huu holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley, Law School.
Thao Tran is the Knowledge Management Lawyer at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Thao focuses on process improvement and reducing daily pain points for her attorneys by building fully searchable and integrated databases, vetting legal tech/tools, training, and all facets of document management. Prior to her work as a KM attorney, Thao practiced as a leveraged finance attorney at Fried Frank. Thao received her BS from UCLA and her J.D. from UC Berkeley – Boalt Hall.
Elaine Wang is a Knowledge Management Lawyer for the Banking and Capital Markets practice groups of Latham & Watkins and is based in the New York office.
Prior to joining the firm’s knowledge management team, Ms. Wang was a senior associate in the Finance Department, having joined Latham in 2006. Her practice focused on all aspects of commercial real estate law, including commercial leasing, commercial acquisitions and dispositions, development projects and real estate financing, as well as the real estate aspects of mergers and acquisitions, project finance, leveraged finance, corporate banking and secured high yield transactions.
Ms. Wang is the co-author of “Revisiting the 24 Defenses of the Guarantor – 24 Years Later,” published in the January 2012 edition of The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, and is also the author of "Equal Protection in the World of Art and Obscenity: The Art Photographer's Latent Struggle with Obscenity Standards in Contemporary America," published in the Winter 2006 edition of Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law and awarded the Burton Award in June 2007.
faculty was great!