Meredith L. Williams

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Chief Knowledge Management Officer
First Tennessee Building
165 Madison Avenue
Suite 2000
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
T: 901.577.2353
F: 901.577.4295

Meredith L. Williams is Baker Donelson's Chief Knowledge Management Officer.  Although trained as a lawyer, she is not actively engaged in the practice of law.  Instead, she oversees BakerNet, the Firm's industry-leading intranet, and coordinates strategic growth on behalf of the Firm in knowledge management, competitive intelligence and technology.  Ms. Williams is widely recognized as a leading authority in knowledge management issues for the legal field, and is a frequent presenter and author on knowledge management and competitive intelligence.  Follow her on Twitter @mlwilliams77.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter – "Should You Create Innovative Online Legal Products for Clients?" International Legal Technology Conference, Las Vegas, August 18-22, 2013
  • Presenter – "Manage Out: Selling Technology Within Your Firm," International Legal Technology Conference, Las Vegas, August 18-22, 2013
  • Presenter – "KM Peer Group Presents: An Insider's Guide to New Corporate Drafting Tools," International Legal Technology Association Webinar, June 20, 2013
  • Presenter – "Social Media in AsiaPac," Legal Tech Asia Technology Summit, Hong Kong, March 5, 2013
  • Presenter – "SharePoint: Cutting-Edge Case Studies," Legal Tech Asia Technology Summit, Hong Kong, March 4, 2013
  • Featured – "LAW FIRM 101 and How It Applies to You," ILTA magazine, Peer to Peer, December 2012
  • Presenter – "Beyond Extranets! What Clients Really Want" and "Next-Generation Intranets," International Legal Technology Conference, Washington, D.C., August 26-30, 2012
  • Presenter – "Technology & Trends in Knowledge Management," WestKM & ILTA Sponsored Online Webinar, May 17, 2012
  • Presenter – "Social Media Ethics and Compliance," The Network, Atlanta, GA, May 11, 2012
  • Presenter – "Attorney & Client Mobility: Managing the Movement of Confidential Client Information In and Out of the Firm," Memphis Bar Association, Memphis, TN, February 8, 2012
  • Presenter – "Social Media: What are the Ethical Risks & Pitfalls?” Atlanta Compliance and Ethics Roundtable, Atlanta, GA, November 8, 2011
  • Presenter – "Coming to Grips with Information Integration and Architecture," ARK Knowledge Management in the Legal Profession, New York, NY, October 26, 2011
  • Presenter – "Attorney & Client Mobility: Managing the Movement of Confidential Client Information In and Out of the Firm," Lit-Con 2011, Washington, D.C., October 16, 2011
  • Featured – "A New Breed of Professionals," ILTA magazine, Peer to Peer, September 2011
  • Presenter – "Ethical Implications of Social Media," Memphis Bar Association, Memphis, TN, August 11, 2011
  • Shy Alter interview about ILTA 2011 conference, ii3TV, August 2011
  • Author – "How KM Can Set Your Firm Apart," ILTA white paper, Knowledge Management: Conveyors of Organized Information, June 2011
  • Presenter – "The Argument for Mobility: One Firm, Two Perspectives," Virtual LegalTech, New York, NY, March 17, 2011
  • Presenter – "Social Media Policy Drafting: What are the Ethical Risks and Pitfalls?" Georgia Chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel, Atlanta, GA, March 8, 2011
  • Presenter – "Ethical Risks and Pitfalls of Social Media," Ben F. Jones Chapter, National Bar Association, Memphis, TN, March 3, 2011
  • Presenter – "SharePoint Collaboration Across your Team," Legal Tech New York, New York, NY, February 2, 2011
  • Author – "SharePoint Collaboration [LegalTech2011]," Above and Beyond KM, February 2, 2011
  • Presenter – "Leveraging Technology for Better Firm Efficiencies," Legal Tech New York, New York, NY, January 31, 2011
  • Author – "Law2020™- What Will It Take for Law Firms to Thrive?" National Law Review, December 24, 2010
  • Author – "eDiscovery & Social Media," National Law Review, November 23, 2010
  • Author – "Are You Ready For the Cloud?" National Law Review, October 29, 2010
  • Presenter – "Social Media: IP Issues for Businesses," Memphis Bar Association, Memphis, TN, October 28, 2010
  • Presenter – "Social Media and Ethics,"  Leo Bearman Inn of Court Meeting, Memphis, TN, October 12, 2010
  • Author – "Are Alternative Fee Arrangements (AFAs) the New Standard for Law Firms?"National Law Review, September 30, 2010
  • "Strategic Unity in law firms and Law 2020," ILTA TV Interview at 2010 Conference, August 2010
  • "Emerging Trends in Knowledge Management," ILTA Interview at 2010 Conference, August 2010
  • Author – "Social Media Policy Drafting: What are the Ethical Risks & Pitfalls?" The National Law Review's Blog, The National Forum®, August 26, 2010
  • Presenter – "Social Networking for Attorneys: Risks and Mitigation," ILTA TV Roundtable, May 2010
  • Presenter – Legal Marketing Association: "Leveraging Knowledge Management to Increase Efficiency and Improve Your Firm's Bottom Line," Denver, CO, March 12, 2010
  • Presenter – Legal Tech New York: "Assessing and Accessing the Knowledge you Already Have," New York, NY, February 1, 2010
  • Presenter – Legal Tech New York: "Maximizing your Knowledge Management Investment," New York, NY, February 1, 2010
  • Contributing Author – " Ethical Risks and Pitfalls of Social Media," ILTA White Paper - Social Networking Learn the Rules of Engagement, January 2010
  • Presenter – Knowledge Management for the Legal Profession: "How Can Law Firms (and KM) Profit from the Commoditization of Legal Services and an Increased Client Demand for Value?" New York, NY, October 22, 2009
  • Presenter – Legal Information Technology Conference (LIT-Con) on Managing Risk through Information Management: Current Challenges in the Legal Environment, "Closing Keynote Session: The Realities and Risks of Social Media," Orlando, FL, October 16, 2009 
  • Presenter – ILTA '09 Leading Technology/Optimizing Value: "Creative Adoption Techniques for KM Initiatives," Washington, D.C., August 26, 2009
  • Presenter – ILTA '09 Leading Technology/Optimizing Value: "SharePoint for Large Firms: Integration, Customization, Client Collaboration and Search," Washington, D.C., August 24, 2009   
  • Contributing Author – "Chapter 5: Case Study: Redesigning the intranet at Baker Donelson," ARK Report: Creating a Successful Law Firm Intranet, July 9, 2009 
  • Contributing Author – "Creative Adoption Techniques for Knowledge Management Initiatives," ILTA White Paper - Knowledge Management: More than the Sum of Its Parts, June 2009
  • Presenter – Competitive Intelligence in the Modern Law Firm: "Web 2.0—From Noise to Information to Intelligence," New York, NY, June 11, 2009  
  • Presenter – Legal Tech New York: "KM from a Client Services Perspective," New York, NY, February 2, 2009
  • Presenter – Legal Tech New York: "SharePoint Best Practices," New York, NY, February 2, 2009
  • Moderator – International Legal Technology Association: "Email Retention & Management," December 4, 2008
  • Presenter – International Legal Technology Association: "Risk Management Cage Match," August 2008
  • Presenter – International Legal Technology Association: "Making External Information Manageable," August 2008
  • Presenter – ARK Group Seminar: "How to Turn Information Overload into Actionable Information," AMA Executive Center, New York, June 10, 2008
  • Presenter – DAMA MidSouth: "Case Study: Data in a Legal Environment, 'Are We Worthy to Store Our Client's Data?'" University of Memphis, February 26, 2008
  • Presenter – LegalTech New York 2008: "How Knowledge Management Has Grown Up," February 5, 2008
  • Presenter – Chicago ARK Group Seminar: "Taking Competitive Intelligence to the End User," October 24, 2007
  • Presenter – International Legal Technology Association Conference: "Current Awareness: Critical Information Management Tools," Ritz Carlton, Orlando, August 22, 2007
  • Presenter – Chicago ARK Group Seminar: "Technical Integration: Taking Competitive Intelligence to the End User," Hilton, Chicago, July 11, 2007
  • Presenter – LegalTech West Coast 2007: "How Knowledge Management has Grown Up," Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, June 21, 2007
  • Presenter – Memphis Bar Association Legal Technology Expo, "How to Avoid Committing Malpractice with Your Computer," Hilton, Memphis, April 4, 2007
  • Presenter – LegalTech New York 2007: "Critical Success Factors for a KM Strategy," January 30, 2007
  • Presenter – Chicago ARK Group Seminar: Knowledge Management for the Modern Law Firm, "KM: From the Theoretical to the Practical," October 10, 2006
  • Presenter – International Legal Technology Association Conference, "Expertise Location: Case Studies," August 24, 2006
  • Presenter – International Legal Technology Association Conference, "West KM: Because You Already Invented the Wheel," August 23, 2006
  • Author – "State v. Brown: Expanding the Constitutional Right to Present a Defense," 4 Tenn. J. Prac. & Proc. 31, Summer 2002
  • Presenter – Knowledge Counsel Forum, "One Firm's KM Environment," Westin, New York, March 22, 2006

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Recipient – ILTA Distinguished Peer Award, Project of the Year, 2012, for Baker Donelson's Legal Project Management Initiative and System
  • Board of Directors – International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), 2011 – 2013
  • Conference Vice President – ILTA, 2010 – 2011
  • Recipient – ILTA's Young Professional of the Year Award, 2011
  • Track Coordinator – International Legal Technology Association (Information Management, Knowledge Management, Records Management and Risk Management) 2009
  • Track Chair – International Legal Technology Association, Information Management, 2008
  • Member – American, Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations
  • Board of Directors – Memphis Bar Association Technology Section
  • Member – Association of Women Attorneys
  • Board of Directors – Susan G. Komen Midsouth Affiliate
  • Associate Editor – Tennessee Journal of Practice & Procedure, 2001 – 2002
  • Member – Phi Alpha Delta Honor Society, 2001 – 2002
  • Recipient – Dean's Distinguished Service Award, 2002
  • Volunteer Advisory Team Chairman – University of Memphis Chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2002

Education

  • University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • University of Memphis, B.B.A. with concentration in Accounting, 1998