Women of Legal Tech: Debbie Reynolds

The Legal Technology Resource Center’s Women of Legal Tech initiative is intended to encourage diversity and celebrate women in legal technology. This initiative launched in 2015 with a list of innovators and leaders in legal technology and with this year’s additions, that list now includes 141 talented and influential women leaders.

Every Monday and Wednesday, we have featured a woman from our class of 2022. Today we have Debbie Reynolds!

Debbie Reynolds is CEO & Chief Data Privacy Officer of Debbie Reynolds Consulting LLC.

Find her on Twitter @DebbieDataDiva.

 

Three points to summarize you and your work in legal tech.

Be curious about technology, look to any technology innovations and how they can apply to and impact legal tech, be a mentor.

I was doing digital transformation as part of library science when I was asked to create databases of legal documents. I am still in technology but focused now on Data Privacy and Technology.

What projects have you been focused on recently?

I work on standards for companies working on emerging technologies, I also teach data, Data Privacy, and technology to lawyers.

What do you see as the biggest challenge in legal tech today?

The biggest challenge with legal tech today is to stay ahead of the technologies that will end up on your doorstep at some point.

Has the pandemic changed anything about the way you, your firm, or your organization does business? Has the changes that have resulted from the pandemic improved or altered your work or how you do it?

I think the pandemic proved that there are many ways to do work and be productive. Also without technology many businesses would have been out of business. Embracing technology is vital to the future of legal.

What legal tech resource helped you the most in your legal tech career?

I love all the articles and insights from Legal Tech News over the years.

What do you see as the most important emerging tech, legal or not, right now?

The introduction of biometrics in all type of business applications will create more opportunities and risks for people in legal tech.

What do you see for the future of legal tech?

The future of legal tech is bright. We have learned that technology is not just something that is nice to have but something that is vital to the foundation of legal.

What advice would you give to other women who want to get involved in legal tech?

My advice to women who want to be involved in legal tech is to be curious about technology and find ways to incorporate the things you have learns in your work.

Give a shout-out to another woman in legal tech who you admire or have learned something from!

I have three great women who I admire and adore in Legal Tech, they are Joy Heath Rush, CEO of ILTA, Mary Mack, CEO of EDRM and Jennifer Mailander, Deputy General Counsel, Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity at Fannie Mae.

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