Michele DeStefano

USA Florida

“Digital transformation is here...companies all over the world are transforming digitally and lawyers need to be a part of that transformation. Digital transformation is not just about technology, it is so much more. It's about mindsets, skillsets, behavior - it's about changing culture. And today's lawyers need new skills and new mindsets in order to help their business counterparts digitally transform.”

Recognized by the ABA as a Legal Rebel and by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers (North America) as one of the top 20 most innovative lawyers, Michele DeStefano is a Professor of Law at the University of Miami and Affiliated Faculty at Harvard Law School’s Executive Education Program and at IE School of Law. She is the founder of LawWithoutWalls, a multi-disciplinary, international think-tank of more than 2,000 lawyers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and law and business students who collaborate to hone new skillsets and create innovations at the intersection of law, business, and technology. Recently, Michele helped co-create and spearhead the development of the Digital Legal Exchange, a non-profit designed to inspire general counsel and their teams to become digital leaders in their businesses to drive commercial value. DeStefano researches, writes, and speaks about creative problem solving, collaboration, culture change, and innovation in law. Her latest books include Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law and New Suits: Appetite for Disruption. Michele earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth and J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.