Meet the Hackers Who Are Reengineering Legal Operations

Are you ready for a friendly competition? These legal operations professionals raised their hands and said, “Hack, yeah!”

Two weeks ago, we announced our new hackathon: Hack the House.

The competition unites Onit customers, partners and staff to re-imagine the role of technology in legal operations. With the foundation of the no-code Onit Apptitude platform, they’re creating Apps to address real challenges – and their processes – faced by corporate legal departments.

The competition, held in conjunction with Cosmonauts, welcomes five teams, including Team IP, Team HR, Team Europe, Team Diversity and Team Pro Bono. Each team has three weeks to identify problem, define requirements and build the solution.

Winners will be determined by public voting (sign up here to get the notices) and a judging panel of in-house legal leaders that features:

Kristi Anne Gedid, Sr. Director Global Legal Operations, Mylan
Dr. Maria Anassutzi, legal IP Counsel EMEA, Cannon Europe
William Hayes, Senior Lawyer, BBC
Jonathan Powers, Director of Learning and Development, Onit
Mary Shirley, head of culture of integrity and compliance education, Fresenius

Voting opens in December, with winners announced before the end of the year.

Ready to meet the legal and business experts, certified App Builders and project managers blazing a new trail for legal operations? Let’s do it.


Team Europe

Our team overseas is packed with talent. Led by Robert Johnson, Onit’s managing director (you may have seen his spirited series on Legaltech101),the team also has:

Ed (Eduardo) Rastelli, Legal Consultant at Standard Chartered Bank
Lee Harrison, Senior Developer - Legal Systems at BT Group
Claire Banham, Associate Director Sales Engineer at Onit
Alyssa Kokilah, Legal Consultant at Cognia Law
Tyler Reno, Sales Engineer at Onit


Team IP

Team IP brings some real heavy hitters together to combat legal operations inefficiencies for intellectual property. It includes:
Matt (Matthew) Burdman, Global Legal Organization and finance manager at Colgate-Palmolive
Ken Capece, Manager, Patent and GLO Operations at Colgate-Palmolive
Larry (Lawrence) Gianneschi, Director, Legal Technology at Colgate-Palmolive
Nadine Stuttle, Managing Director at Duff & Phelps
Rebecca Cotton, Analyst at Duff & Phelps
Josie Johnson, Marketing Director at Onit


Team HR

HR and legal go together like Jobs and Wozniak (well, in the early days). This team of pros will identify a critical HR/legal challenge and take it down with technology. Members include:
Curtis Batterton, Legal Operations & Global Technology Manager at McDonald's Corporation
Chris Hultgren, Business Analyst - Global IT HR at Deere & Company
Weston Wicks, Director of Legal Technology Implementations at Morae Global
Brett Baccus, Managing Director at Morae Global
Dipesh Parmar, Sr. Associate at Morae Global
David Duffey, Account Manager at Onit.



Team Diversity


From CEOs to GC, businesses are prioritizing diversity. This team of legal ops leaders will streamline and automate a critical diversity-related process to further this initiative. Working on this team are:

Eric Kabot, Director, Senior Associate Counsel at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Michele Compasso, Legal Ops Consultant at Corteva Agriscience™
Gregg McConnell, Legal Operations Leader at Corteva Agriscience™
Sam Lu, Senior Manager, Law Department Management Consulting at Consilio
Lisa Morris, Manager - Law Department Management at Consilio
Debby Young, Senior Associate at Consilio
Jesse Viani, Regional Sales Director and Senior Account Manager at Onit
Rhonda Oliver, Account Manager at Onit



TeamPro Bono

Andfinally, our fifth team, which includes these talented individualsworking on a solution to track an organization’s pro bono legalefforts. Pro Bono team members are:
Nick Panagoplos, Manager at Chubb
Kim Takacs, VP of Corporate Real Estate at Chubb
Massimo Penzo, Sr. Consultant at Morae
Paige Edwards, Director of Customer Experience at Onit

We’ll have more updates as Hack the House continues. Sign up for the latest news on these teams’ progress. Good luck to everyone!