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KM Lobby Incredible Edition – KM in Law Firms

This podcast is part of the Because You Need to Know series from Pioneer Knowledge Services.

Vishal Agnihotri, Evan Shenkman, and Ian Rodwell bring their deep expertise of knowledge management (KM) in law firms to the KM Lobby podcast with Ginetta Gueli, Monica Danese-Perrin, and Edwin K. Morris M.S. from Pioneer Knowledge Services.

Ian Rodwell

Ian works with Linklaters’ key clients on a range of knowledge and learning initiatives. He delivers guidance, workshops and masterclasses globally on knowledge exploitation, collaboration, high-performing teams, creativity, the role of trust, virtual working and motivational leadership. He is also an experienced coach and a member of the Linklaters training faculty.

Ian joined Linklaters in 1992, originally working in their Real Estate Department where he helped set-up the group’s first knowhow system. He then ran an Information Unit providing research and analysis services to 260 lawyers and business development practitioners in the firm’s mainstream corporate practice.

A regular speaker at conferences and events, Ian is a doctoral researcher at City University, London and has supported the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on a workshop that looks at business collaboration via the lens of a jazz ensemble. He also authored Knowledge to Action – a report that looks at how effective KM practices can help in-house legal teams add value to the wider business.

Vishal Agnihotri

Vishal Agnihotri has held operational, consulting and leadership roles for over 20 years in enterprise Knowledge Management spanning business research, knowledge technology implementation, training and adoption, and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO).  Prior to joining Hinshaw as its first Chief Knowledge Officer, she was the Chief Knowledge Officer at Akerman LLP. Earlier, she led Knowledge Management groups at two Big 4 consulting firms, KPMG and E&Y.

Her focus is to equip practitioners with enabling services, tools and insights. Vishal started her career in Knowledge Management at a boutique research and advisory firm which supported Fortune 500 clients with market perspective that informed and provoked their new product development, new market entry, strategic growth and innovation efforts.

Vishal holds an MBA from the University of Leicester (UK). She frequently speaks on Knowledge Management in the professional services firm, and her audiences have included podcast listeners of Technically Legal, The Geek in Review and the Modern Lawyer and conference attendees at  ILTA, AALL, the World Bank KM Forum, the Lex Mundi Roundtables, the Ark Group Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession Conferences, Ark Group Law Libraries Conferences, APQC, E2, IABC’s Intranet Global Forum, Digital Workplace Group, and the EY Human Capital Conference.

Evan Shenkman

Evan Shenkman is the Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer at Fisher Phillips, an AMLAW 200 labor and employment law firm with 36 offices across the United States, where he leads the firm’s Knowledge Management, Innovation, and Library functions. Constantly at the forefront of change in the legal profession, Evan was named to the 2021 Fastcase 50 List, recognizing “50 of the smartest, most courageous, innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law,” and he received the 2020 Legal Innovator of the Year Award, recognizing his team’s numerous innovations during the coronavirus pandemic. At Fisher Phillips, Evan’s responsibilities include harnessing the power of knowledge, A.I., and data analytics to the benefit of firm attorneys and clients; creating processes, practices, and software to allow firm attorneys to work smarter, faster, and more in sync; creating internal and client-facing collaborative tools; and introducing innovative technologies and approaches to help firm attorneys and clients thrive in the modern workplace.

A frequent author, presenter, and podcast guest in the KM and Innovation space, Evan has been featured in The American Lawyer, the ABA Journal, Law.com, the AALL Spectrum, The Modern Lawyer Podcast, LiteraTV, and the Reinventing Professionals podcast, among others. Before entering the KM field in 2011, Evan was an AV-rated employment litigator for a decade.

Edwin K. Morris

Edwin K. Morris is the president and founder of Pioneer Knowledge Services which produces the educational program, Because You Need To Know. It is part of the mission to educate and bring awareness around knowledge management and nonprofit concerns.

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