Founder and Chair of the Advisory Board

“The pursuit of innovation for innovation’s sake is futile. We can help set your goals and achieve them.”
Lourdes M. Fuentes, Esq.
Karta Legal LLC
M 203.561.7273

Our Founder has an unwavering commitment to excellence and a passion for empowering teams to achieve their full potential. She is a "master at navigating complex challenges and delivering results that drive growth and success." Her leadership style is collaborative and results-driven, and "she inspires her team to think creatively and embrace change." With a "deep understanding of the ever-evolving business landscape," our leader is constantly pushing boundaries and reimagining what's possible. She believes that success is achieved through a combination of strategic planning, focused execution, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

Lourdes is a legal innovator with decades of experience in litigation, both domestically and internationally. The genesis of Karta Legal was driven by a desire to transform an industry hyper-focused on precedent and tradition into a new era of innovation, technology, and process optimization. At Karta Legal, we prioritize team upskilling, process improvement and design, and technology innovation to achieve our goals.

She is known for her unique approach, which utilizes curated design thinking, Lean Six Sigma, and Agile project management tools and techniques tailored to the management of the business of law and legal processes. By doing this, the success of any innovation initiative is optimized, and efficiencies are maximized, resulting in significant savings in resources.

Lourdes is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Legal Project Manager. Her commitment to innovation and legal process improvement has been recognized by the prestigious New York Law Journal, naming her a New York Trailblazer for being "truly an agent of change," an "innovator," and a "thought leader." She is passionate about redesigning the future of the legal profession and improving the delivery of legal services to all.In 2021, Karta Legal LLC was selected as a Legal Technology Trailblazer by the National Law Journal, a rare and prestigious recognition. As the only WBENC and MBE recipient, this award is a testament to Lourdes's innovative approach to legal technology innovation and the importance of diversity in the industry.

Our leader's experience in litigation, coupled with her passion for technology, has led her to become a skilled negotiator and team builder. She has saved clients millions of dollars in everything from thorny discovery disputes to data management, procurement of legal services, technology implementation, auditing, and contracting. Lourdes has a passion for education and training, and she remains committed to teaching others about process improvement, legal technology, privacy, artificial intelligence, diversity & inclusion, and e-discovery issues.

  • 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
Recent Speaking Engagement & Awards
  • NAMWOLF Conference 2024, 2023
  • Lawyer Monthly July 2021
  • MPF Fall Symposium 2022
  • America's Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators® 2021, 2022, 2023
Karta Legal Awards and Recognitions
  • Faculty and Columnist with High Performance Counsel #CafeConLourdes
  • Webinar for Princeton Legal Search: Dear General Counsel - The Tech Tipping Point Is Now
  • Law School Guest lecturer, e.g.:
    Peking University School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen, China
    University of Pennsylvania Law School
    University of Connecticut Law School
  • LegalWeek: Third Annual Putting Insights into Practice Forum: To the Cloud! Speed, Security and Savings Await - or Do They?
  • LegalWeek 2020: Workshop on Lean Law
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School Law 2020, The Future of the Profession Initiative: Why do lawyers struggle to change?
  • Sedona Conference, WG11: Artificial Intelligence Guidelines & Principles 2018
  • Fairfax Bar, VA, Annual Convention: The Rise of the Technically Competent Lawyer 2019
  • Women, Influence, Power & Law: Driving Legal Tech Innovation with Lean and Agile 2019
  • Future Lawyers Week: Can private practice law firms and tech providers work together to improve efficiency in in-house legal teams? 2019
  • New York Trailblazer, New York Law Journal 2019
  • Discovery Management Firm of the Year
Recent Publications
  • Lean Process Improvement through Lean: Bringing the best of business to the world of law, ILTA
  • Bias in Artificial Intelligence, Law360
  • NewLaw in a New Era
  • The Why and the How of Legal Innovation
  • Tackling the Diversity & Inclusion Challenge using a Lean Six Sigma approach
  • How Technology Can Minimize Revenue Leakage During a Crisis
  • Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education
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
  • Fluent in Spanish, Native Speaker
  • Proficient in Italian and Portuguese
Professional Affiliations
  • International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)
  • Sedona Conference
  • Women in eDiscovery (WiE)
  • High Performance Counsel
  • Member, Advisory Board, Higher Talent Executive Search
  • Legal Process Improvement
  • Technology development
  • Agile Legal Project Management
  • Organizational and innovative strategic planning
  • E-discovery process management
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Business architecture
  • Certified Privacy Expert and Vendor Risk Manager Expert
  • 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

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.

  • 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, 2012
Technical Certifications
  • Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science Data Science Certification.
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016
  • IT Project Management Certificate, George Washington University
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Working knowledge of French
  • Basic Chinese (Mandarin)