Lourdes Fuentes Slater
Lourdes Fuentes Slater is the Founder and CEO of Karta Legal LLC, a legal operations and technology management consulting firm. Lourdes is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Legal Project Manager. She has over 20 years of legal operations, technology management, and litigation experience. Throughout her career, as a partner in private practice and in her current role, she has represented governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, as well as publicly-held Fortune 100 companies. She recently was recognized as a “Trailblazer” by the New York Law Journal for being an agent of change, thought leader and innovator.
For the past ten years, Lourdes has overseen all legal operations and technology acquisition at Grais & Ellsworth, acting as its internal General Counsel. She is lead on all discovery and expert work on behalf of the FDIC and several Federal Home Loan Banks in connection with the residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS) litigation. Lourdes is the partner solely responsible for budgeting, reporting, and managing counsel and vendor spend in connection with the RMBS litigation on behalf of the firm’s major clients. Before that, she helped architect and manage the discovery and logistics in the Madoff bankruptcy litigation on behalf of the Trustee.
At Karta Legal, which is a certified women and minority owned company, she has assembled an entire ecosystem to help organizations in their legal innovation journey. Her goal is innovation and re-designing the delivery of legal services. While her mission is the digital transformation in legal, she is also passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Accordingly, included in her innovation goals is the diversification of talent in the legal industry because, simply put, it is good for business.
Outside the office, she sits on the Board of Directors of Birch Family Services and on the Advisory Board of the Merlin Legal Open Source Foundation. She is also a member of the Sedona Working Group 11, which is tasked with writing the AI core principles and guidelines for the legal industry. And she is a member of The Alumni Society, a membership-based organization for Latino leaders who are alumni of the most competitive universities and colleges, and have risen through the ranks of corporate America.