Our Leadership

“The pursuit of innovation for innovation’s sake is futile. We can help set your goals and achieve them.”
Lourdes M. Slater
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Karta Legal LLC
950 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
T 212.897.9500
M 203.561.7273
lslater@kartalegal.com

The genesis of Karta Legal is our CEO's desire to push forward team, process, and technology innovation and change management. Her approach to effecting change is to use design thinking and Lean Six Sigma methodologies, as well as Agile project management techniques. By doing this, the success of any innovation initiative is optimized. This approach also maximizes efficiencies, resulting in significant savings in resources, including time and money.

Lourdes's approach to innovation and commitment to legal process improvement has been recognized by the prestigious New York Law Journal. In 2019, Lourdes was named a New York Trailblazer for being "truly an agent of change," an "innovator," and a "thought leader."


Her detour from courtroom to tech-room, from litigator to technologist, happened seamlessly. Years ago, when Big Data and electronic document review began to take over, most lawyers wished it would all go away. Known as the “Fixer,” Lourdes was up to the challenge. She thrived in finding solutions and creating workflows for her clients. She was at the forefront of that critical path that merged IT, litigation support, technology and the law. For the last eight years, Lourdes has lead the data, discovery and vendor management in dozens of RMBS cases. Prior to that, she managed discovery efforts for the Madoff Trustee. While her partners handled the claims of the litigation, she handled the logistics to create a well-oiled machine in some of the most high-profile and complex data cases of the last decade.

Ms. Slater is a law graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a certified Lean Six Sigma Sensei. She has decades of experience litigating in federal and state courts, and in international arbitrations. She also has a passion for education and training, and believes these are part of Karta Legal's core mission. A team builder and skilled negotiator, Lourdes has saved clients millions of dollars in everything from thorny discovery disputes to data management, vendor procurement, auditing, and contracting. Lourdes is a sought-after speaker on process improvement, legal technology, artificial intelligence, and e-discovery issues, among others.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD
  • Georgetown University, BSFS
Legal Experience
  • Partner, Grais & Ellsworth 
  • Counsel, Baker Hostetler
  • Counsel, Clyde & Co
  • Special Counsel and Associate, Duane Morris
  • Associate, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps
Bar Admissions
  • New York State  
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Western District of New York
  • Northern District of New York
Languages
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Proficient in Italian and Portuguese
Professional Affiliations
  • International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)
  • Sedona Conference
  • Women in eDiscovery (WiE)
Skills
  • Legal process improvement
  • Technology development
  • Agile legal project management
  • Organizational and innovative strategic planning
  • E-discovery process management
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Business architecture
  • Emerging technologies
  • Design thinking
“Artificial intelligence and machine learning have infinite potential to improve business processes”
Joseph Gonzalez
Chief Information Officer
T 212.897.9503
M 202.294.4993
jgonzalez@kartalegal.com

Joseph Gonzalez has more than 20 years of experience implementing and managing information and communications technology. A natural educator, he excels at translating complex technology into the language of business.

Joseph has a knack for analyzing business requirements and integrating information technology to support them. He works extensively with vendors to ensure that their services meet client needs. While at the World Bank, Joseph managed vendor relations and contracts with more than 500 software developers and system administrators in the United States and India, radically streamlining processes and reducing risk by consolidating work into strategic agreements.

In the rapidly-evolving technology space, Joseph constantly seeks out the latest products and processes to serve clients better. “Technology is evolving so fast that it is critical to continuously sharpen and share skills,” he says.

Education
  • University of Maryland, University College, MS Computer Science
  • University of Puerto Rico, BS Biology
Professional Experience
  • Information and IT Sourcing Officer, World Bank Group
  • Senior Software Developer / Consultant, Comsys Inc.
  • Senior Technical Staff, Unisys Corporation / SAIC
  • Adjunct Faculty, Anne Arundel Community College and Howard     Community College
  • IT Consultant
Publications and Speeches
  • Self discovery in the Internet and World Wide Web, available through itunes.apple.com, 2012
Technical Certifications
  • Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science Data Science Certification (pending due 2019)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016
  • IT Project Management Certificate, George Washington University
Languages
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Working knowledge of French
  • Basic Chinese (Mandarin)