About Nextlaw Labs

The legal profession has not benefitted from technology like other professional services industries.

We hope to change that.

We are a global collaborative innovation platform focused on developing, deploying, and investing in new technologies and processes to transform the practice of law around the world.

We are interested in building relationships with a wide swath of companies, people and other stakeholders focused on advancing the legal profession in any part of the world.

Dentons, the global law firm, is our lead supporter and investor, serving as the global testing ground for new products, services and other ideas to be vetted, piloted and scaled. Dentons is driven to provide clients a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2016 Global Elite Brand Index, Dentons is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality in new and inventive ways. www.dentons.com

Our Team

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    Dan Jansen

    Chief Executive Officer

    About Dan Jansen

    Dan Jansen has a rare combination of entrepreneurial and professional services experience. As a serial entrepreneur Dan has helped to conceive, fund, grow and/or sell disruptive businesses in many diverse sectors, including social media, financial services, and online recruiting. He also has almost twenty years of professional services experience including roles leading the Global Media Practice for the Boston Consulting Group and with Arthur Young & Company advising startups.

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    John Fernandez

    Global Chair Nextlaw Labs, US Chief Innovation Officer and Partner at Dentons

    About John Fernandez

    With more than 13 years of executive experience, John has earned a reputation as a strategic thinker and creative problem solver. As US Chief Innovation Officer and Partner at Dentons, John works closely with the Firm’s lawyers and professionals to identify and deploy client service solutions that fully capitalize on the Firm’s diverse legal expertise, industry thought leadership, global footprint and entrepreneurial spirit. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as President Barack Obama’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.  During his tenure, he launched new coordinated federal initiatives to accelerate innovation-based growth strategies, including the “i6 Challenge” and the “Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge.” In his capacity as our Global Chair, John will work to ensure that the full experience and capabilities of Dentons are brought to bear on opportunities being developed at Nextlaw Labs.

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    Dean Khialani

    Chief Technology Officer

    About Dean Khialani

    Refusing to be constrained by the stereotypical label of CTO, Dean brings a unique approach to leveraging technology towards business value and entrepreneurship. His expertise ranges from a strong foundation in computer science to experience as a technology executive in diverse industries including education, healthcare, finance, and legal services. A staunch advocate of using technology to spearhead innovation, he was instrumental in the launching of information systems that streamlined matter management and litigation financing for one of the premier innovators of legal services in the U.S. southeast. A disruptive thinker by nature, Dean’s modus operandi is “You don’t have to think outside the box if you’re not in it!”

    At Nextlaw Labs, Dean is responsible for overseeing the development and expansion of all of the company’s legal technology products and spearheads technology due diligence during investment considerations.

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    Maya Markovich

    Director of Product

    About Maya Markovich

    Before entering the legal tech industry in 2006, Maya Markovich practiced as a civil litigator. Since that time, she has honed her skills as a subject matter expert at the intersection of law and technology, tackling topics from e-discovery SaaS platforms to intellectual property protection and  litigation management solutions.

    Maya leads the definition, development and launch of new products for Nextlaw Labs, and has primary product management and marketing responsibility for a broad portfolio of products and partnerships.  With access to Dentons attorneys and staff around the globe to target innovation opportunities across multiple practice areas, Maya now focuses on evolving Nextlaw Labs’ development, partnership and investment strategies.

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    Jonathan Chow

    Business Development Manager

    About Jonathan Chow

    As Business Development Manager for Nextlaw Labs, Jonathan oversees Nextlaw Labs’ internal and external communications, marketing strategy, web & social media presence and deal flow pipeline. Jonathan works closely with Dentons’ BD & Marketing professionals to drive innovation within the firm, enhance business development proposals, and engage in new ways with Dentons clients. Jonathan brings extensive international experience to the Nextlaw Labs team having previously managed Dentons’ Asia Pacific BD & Marketing team from Dentons’ Shanghai office.

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    Marie Bernard

    Strategic Advisor Nextlaw Labs, Europe Director of Innovation and Knowledge at Dentons

    About Marie Bernard

    As a strategic advisor to Nextlaw Labs, Marie seeks out and develops internal and external ideas for new products, services or startups with potential applications in the legal sector and seeks potential business partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Simply put, she is the voice and face of Nextlaw Labs in the EMEA region.

    In addition to her role with Nextlaw Labs, Marie is also the Director of Innovation and Knowledge at Dentons Europe. She is a passionate promoter of technology and innovation within the firm, who helps to assess partnership opportunities with startups, clients and other law firms, share information on all things innovation in the industry, helping others frame achievable service design and product development deliverables, and promote learning from other chief innovation officers of all industries across the globe.

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    Andre Garber

    Strategic Advisor

    About Andre Garber

    Andre Garber is a strategic advisor to Nextlaw Labs. Based in Toronto, Andre is an experienced Dentons attorney and the Director of the Dentons Canada Startup Program. The Startup Program at Dentons works with a number of Canada’s most innovative and fastest growing technology startups. Andre regularly contributes to Dentons’ techstartupcenter.com online platform. In his role as strategic advisor, Andre supports Nextlaw Labs’ growth and development in the Canadian legal tech market. Outside of practicing law, Andre is involved with various member-driven organizations aimed at growing the technology ecosystem in Canada.

Advisory Board

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    Casey Flaherty

    Founder of Procertas

    About Casey Flaherty

    Casey Flaherty is the founder of Procertas, a legal technology consultancy. He is the creator and pioneer of the Legal Technology Assessment, which tests and trains legal timekeepers and staff on the use of basic technology, such as word processing and spreadsheets, to complete commonly encountered legal tasks. His novel approach has been profiled in the Washington Post and Casey has been celebrated as a “Legal Rebel” and labeled an innovator by prominent legal trade publications. He began his legal career as an associate at Holland & Knight LLP and later served in the general counsel’s office at Kia Motors America.

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    Keith Austin

    Senior Vice President and Head of Legal for the UKIEMEA (UK & Ireland , Russia and CIS, Middle East and Africa) region of DP DHL

    About Keith Austin

    Keith Austin is the Senior Vice President and Head of Legal for the UKIEMEA (UK & Ireland , Russia and CIS, Middle East and Africa) region of the largest logistics company in the world, DP DHL. He is an innovator in the area of transforming legal operations and is based in the United Kingdom.

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    Gastón Bilder

    Senior Legal Counsel for Total

    About Gastón Bilder

    Gastón Bilder is a Senior Legal Counsel for one of the largest energy companies in the world, Total. He has a wealth of experience in M&A and in legal tech, both as an entrepreneur and an investor, and is based in Belgium.

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    Bill Henderson

    Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Founder of Lawyer Metrics, LLC

    About Bill Henderson

    Bill Henderson is a member of our advisory board and founder of Lawyer Metrics, LLC, a research company specializing in the use of data in law firm strategy, as well as a professor of law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. His incisive analysis of the structural changes occurring in the legal profession has prompted numerous accolades, including being named to the National Law Journal’s list of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” and the “Fastcase 50” for innovation within the legal industry. In 2015, The National Jurist identified him as the “Most Influential Person in Legal Education.”

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    Dan Katz

    Co-founder LexPredict

    About Dan Katz

    Daniel Martin Katz is a member of our advisory board and is a technologist, scientist and law professor, blending education and thought leadership with quantitative analyses of law and society. Professor Katz teaches at IIT – Chicago Kent, is the author of the “MIT School of Law” and is an editor for a number of academic and industrial journals. Dan’s forward-thinking ideas helped to earn him acknowledgement as a “Legal Rebel” by the ABA Journal and as a member of “Fastcase 50.” In addition to his academic work, Dan is the Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder of the consulting group LexPredict.

Nextlaw Labs is actively recruiting additional advisors to represent the breadth and geographic diversity of the global practice of law.
Please check back to hear about additional advisory board members we will be adding over the coming months.

Our Partners

We've built an innovation ecosystem by leveraging the talents of numerous stakeholders—technology providers, venture capitalists and others—to become a driving force of change, focused on transforming the legal market for the benefit of clients.

Dentons, the global law firm, is our lead supporter and investor, providing invaluable input from end-users and integrating lawyers into the entire developmental and commercialization process.

We are always looking for more partners. Join us and help reinvent the practice of law.



In working with IBM, Nextlaw Labs will provide legal tech startups with access to IBM Cloud and the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups. These companies will also have access to IBM’s platform-as-a-service, Bluemix, the largest Cloud Foundry deployment in the world.



Nextlaw Labs has partnered with Seedcamp, the first round fund for ambitious founders, to co-sponsor a global callout to early stage legal tech startups. Selected startups will receive training, mentorship and investment from both Nextlaw Labs and Seedcamp.

Legal Geek

Legal Geek is a community of legal tech startups focused on providing online resources, thought leadership, social gatherings and events. Nextlaw Labs partnered with Legal Geek in an unprecedented European road trip to scout high potential legal tech startups and is providing travel grants for 20 founders selected from the road trip to attend the Legal Geek Conference in London in Oct 2017.

Join Us

We are fundamentally changing the practice of law around the world by developing, deploying and investing in new technologies, companies, products & services, and collaborating with established enterprises for the benefit of clients.

Whether you are an investor, business accelerator or startup, we want to hear from you. We are always looking for strategic and complementary partnerships that will drive transformation of the legal industry.

  • If you are a Legal Technology Startup with a great idea looking for investment, please fill out our Investment Application.
  • If you are a Business Accelerator seeking increased access to opportunities or have a legal tech company to introduce; an Investor, looking for a co-investor or broader investment opportunity; or if you are interested in a Strategic Partnership and want to join our innovation ecosystem, please email us at contact@nextlawlabs.com. We look forward to hearing from you!


Contact Us

Our goal is to develop, deploy, and invest in new technologies and processes that fundamentally change the practice of law around the world, improving client service and enhancing client results.

Although we have both virtual and physical locations scattered throughout the world, our primary location is in Palo Alto, California.

Contact Address

1530 Page Mill Road
Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1125

P +1 650-798-3650

Contact Details

Jonathan Chow, Business Development Manager