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Professional Services

María Jesús González-Espejo

Managing Partner, Instituto de Innovación Legal

Spain

Bio

Maria is the Founding partner at Instituto de Innovación Legal a consultancy from which she advises many law firms, lawyers and organisations of the legal sector on innovation and digital transformation. She has organized three hackathons and two editions of the Legal Design Challenge, a pioneering program that has introduced the Legal Design Thinking methodology in Spain. Vicepresident of the European Legaltech Association (ELTA), co-organizer of Madrid #LegalHackers and Vicepresident of the Latin American Legal Professionals Women Association (AMJI). She has created and build several corporate and professional brands and is a lawyer passionate for Technology Law.

Maria Jesus devoted the first half of her career to the practice of law, specializing in #IP, #DataProtection and #Contracts’ Drafting. Admitted to the Madrid bar in 1989. She practiced first as a solicitor at Clifford Chance and Gómez-Acebo&Pombo; and later as a corporate counsel in several companies. Is author of several books on innovation and LegalTech, management of law firms, innovation and Legaltech. She contributes frequently to professional media and lectures in several universities, conferences and workshops. She has been recognized by the International Legal Tecnology Association (ILTA) as one of the 5 most influential women in Legal Tech. The Madrid Town hall named her ambassador of Madrid and she has been included in the ranking of Spanish Leading women, Top 100. She can work in Spanish, English, French, Italian, Dutch and Catalan.

Contribution to Legal Tech

She has organized several events with an strong impact: three hackathons (#HackTheJustice and #JustiApps) and two editions of The Legal Design Challenge, a pioneering program that has introduced the Legal Design Thinking methodology in Spain.  She has organised Madrid, 2020 European LegalTech Congress. She is a co-organizer of Madrid #LegalHackers. She has developed www.comparador-legaltech.com a directory of legaltech that lets users compare and choose the right tool. She has also develped www.conflictmap.com a legaltech help individuals a auto diagnosis of their interpersonal conflicts to understand them and help them finding a solution. She is author of several books on innovation and LegalTech, management of law firms, innovation and Legaltech. She also contributes frequently to professional media. She teaches in several universities and lectures frequently in conferences and workshops.

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